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Originally Posted by shunted22 View Post

Serious question (yet to venture into loafers) - how much of an upgrade are Alden suede loafers over something like AE Sea Island? My uneducated guess would be that there's less of a premium than there is on standard shoes/boots.

Alden sources from CF Stead, which is one of the best producers of suede.

The Sea Island specifically uses the sand suede, however it's a handsewn produced in the Dominican Republic versus Alden's Goodyear welted in the USA offerings.

Alden makes a better shoe hands down, but these particular models use the same quality leather, so whether the price difference is worth it is up to you.

Personally, I would try both and go for whichever one fits best.
post #4952 of 10584
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Originally Posted by MT1982 View Post
 

 

 

Unionmade has a pair - http://unionmadegoods.com/product/alden-unlined-flex-penny-loafer-in-snuff-suede-6243f/

Looking for a discount on them :)

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Thread Starter 

Leisure Sunday. Alden Color 8 Leisure Hand-sewn Penny Loafer. Gustin Tan Selvedge Chinos.

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

-Mike

post #4954 of 10584
Cigar NST

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Leisure Sunday. Alden Color 8 Leisure Hand-sewn Penny Loafer. Gustin Tan Selvedge Chinos.






Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)











-Mike

Mike, love these but they need some creasing to see the most beautiful patina of all #8 eggplant over time. BTW both our Padre's and Diamondbacks are killing me. I was born in Pasadena so I may revert back to LA fan. But after 20 years in the Bay Area, and my man Bumgarner.. Giant's rule the West! Those two teams are the cream ..
post #4956 of 10584
I've really come to appreciate the quality of Alden shoes this past year. I've purchased new and used, and have been happy every time (once I figured out my sizes in most of the lasts)

This past week I picked up a pair of very old pair of Alden 941s in burgundy calfskin with hopes of restoring them. Please note I've never restored anything, but thought it would be a fun project (my girlfriend did not think so since I've spent a small fortune in shoes the last 6 months).

Here they are in all their glory.







The insides looked in good condition, so I was hopeful for the outside. The cracking and peeling looked to be old polish that could be removed . Turns out I was right.

After some acetone (not a lot, just enough to remove)






I then applied some Saphir reno and gave them a good brush. Here they are compared with the other shoe.





I still want to make the edges antique instead of black. So will do that. And I'm gonna give them a good wax and polish. Not bad for an hour's work. These will be a great beater shoe. Will post more when I'm finished!
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Hi Alden brothers, I am deeply heartbroken to let you guys know about a tragic loss to my family today.  (Please let me know if anyone does not want this posted and I will remove it)

 

My wife's cousin passed away unexpectedly this morning, he was only 28 years old. He leaves behind his two adorable little boys, 7 and 3 years old. His sister has started a GoFundMe page to try and help with some of the funeral costs and I wanted to to share it here, if anyone feels like donating I thank you in advance. 

 

https://www.gofundme.com/j3zknn36

 

 

- Jesse

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@Burzan Very sad to hear about your family's loss. frown.gif
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Jfowles, your prognostication was right on the money! Well played.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

Hi Alden brothers, I am deeply heartbroken to let you guys know about a tragic loss to my family today.  (Please let me know if anyone does not want this posted and I will remove it)

My wife's cousin passed away unexpectedly this morning, he was only 28 years old. He leaves behind his two adorable little boys, 7 and 3 years old. His sister has started a GoFundMe page to try and help with some of the funeral costs and I wanted to to share it here, if anyone feels like donating I thank you in advance. 

https://www.gofundme.com/j3zknn36


- Jesse

Jesse, I am very sorry to hear about loss. My best to you and your family. May you be a pillar of strength.

-Mike
post #4961 of 10584
Another sizing advice request:

I have been breaking in a pair of natural CXL plain toe boots with regular wear over the last 2 months. These boots are on the Barrie last and were only available in D width. I was fitted at Alden SF and settled on 9.5. I recall size 10 feeling too roomy and noticed heel slippage. The boots I have are comfortable, but I could use just a little more length for my toes. I am a Brannock size 10.5 B/C, and these Alden boots have me thinking size 10C would be my ideal Barrie fit. Perhaps these boots will continue to stretch a little?

Looking ahead to some new shell cordovan boots, I am wondering where/how to track some down in size 10C. TSM has an option or two. Would I do better to look at some boots in a different last? I am unfamiliar with the Grant, Aberdeen, and Plaza lasts. Would one of these lasts be a better fit for my slightly narrow foot in the standard (D) width? If I'm a Barrie 10C, where should I start with the other lasts?

Thanks.
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I picked up a pair of PTB's at Epaulets sale as my first pair of Aldens! Brown CXL with a commando sole. Is there a good option of swapping out the heel for a less chunky piece of rubber? I feel like there could easily be another leather piece on the stack with thinner rubber and it would be just as durable, while looking better. Any ideas?
post #4963 of 10584
@Burzan my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time!
post #4964 of 10584
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Originally Posted by ltjaw View Post

Another sizing advice request:

I have been breaking in a pair of natural CXL plain toe boots with regular wear over the last 2 months. These boots are on the Barrie last and were only available in D width. I was fitted at Alden SF and settled on 9.5. I recall size 10 feeling too roomy and noticed heel slippage. The boots I have are comfortable, but I could use just a little more length for my toes. I am a Brannock size 10.5 B/C, and these Alden boots have me thinking size 10C would be my ideal Barrie fit. Perhaps these boots will continue to stretch a little?

Looking ahead to some new shell cordovan boots, I am wondering where/how to track some down in size 10C. TSM has an option or two. Would I do better to look at some boots in a different last? I am unfamiliar with the Grant, Aberdeen, and Plaza lasts. Would one of these lasts be a better fit for my slightly narrow foot in the standard (D) width? If I'm a Barrie 10C, where should I start with the other lasts?

Thanks.

Explore other lasts. I recognize that certain popular styles are often made on the Barrie last, but for narrow feet, you will likely need to opt for C widths on the Barrie, which sometimes require a special order.
A lot of fellows enjoy the Barrie because it is generous in terms of its width and shape. Personally, I prefer the Grant, Aberdeen, and Van over Barrie, but then again I also have narrow feet and just don't yearn for Barrie, which is too blobby to me.
post #4965 of 10584
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Originally Posted by TO Tie Guy View Post

@Burzan Very sad to hear about your family's loss. frown.gif
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Jesse, I am very sorry to hear about loss. My best to you and your family. May you be a pillar of strength.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by gatszu View Post

@Burzan my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time!

 

 

Thank you for the kind words gentleman

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