The Official Alden Thread for 2016
based on a post originally by @borderline
(Admins note: Thank you gentlemen - Cheers, Fok.)
Gentlemen, welcome to the Official Alden Thread for 2016. This thread is the continuation of the long running Official Alden Thread. This thread is intended to provide an environment to share information, enthusiasm, and pictures about Alden Shoes; ask questions about Alden; and to provide advice to others interested in Alden shoes. As alluded to in the title, a new thread will be started for each year in order to keep thread sizes manageable.
I am starting this thread off with the Frequently Asked Questions to utilize as a reference for all in the Alden Community. The FAQ is broken out into four major sections: Before Buying, Lasts and Sizing, After Buying, and Miscellaneous.
How do I size my shoes?
The Exotic Colors: Cigar, Ravello, and Whiskey Shell Cordovan
Lasts and Sizing
|10.5B||Barrie, Modified, and Trubalance|
|10.5C||Copley, Grant, Leydon, Plaza, and Tremont (AE 5-Last for reference)|
|11B||Hampton and Aberdeen|
Care and Cleaning
For antique edge dressing, I recommend Patrick’s method, which is as follows.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Now that you have the finest pair of shoes, what do you wear with them? Well, most likely the only other piece of leather that you are going to have on you is your belt. So, where do you get the best possible match in terms of a belt? Sadly, Alden is not producing belts any more at this point in time. Here are some other alternatives that are available at the time of this posting:
- Allen Edmonds Shell Cordovan Belts (Black, Burgundy, and Brown)
- Brooks Brothers Shell Cordovan Belts (Black and Color 8)
- Rancourt Shell Cordovan Belts (Black, Burgundy, Espresso, Caramel)
- Carmina Shell Cordovan Belts (Black and Color 8)