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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

PSA: Use code thankyou for 20% off Alden's at JCREW.

Johnnyrich, great post!

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Originally Posted by prez View Post
 


Brown suede cap toe boot on the Aberdeen last


Sweet lookin' boot prez!  Are you sure they're not grant? Either way, they're definitely keepers!  Enjoy often and in great health my friend...

 

[Edit:  Just checked the website and I think it is incorrect.  They have what appears to be the stock 4060 which is on the grant last and their website also says aberdeen.  I think both boots are actually grant last.  Like I said though, either way they are very cool!]


Edited by ReppTiePrepster - 3/23/15 at 6:48am
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Originally Posted by aldennoob View Post


worst thing is that i am not locate in US....need to take risk of wrong size:brick:

I wear barrie and grant in the same size, but the barrie has a little room.  The grant in the same size fits perfectly.  If your barrie size is a perfect fit, the same in grant will likely be too snug.  All the best...

post #106714 of 122416
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

PSA: Use code thankyou for 20% off Alden's at JCREW.


Another thanks!  Picked up the cadet cordovan bluchers.  I was due to add a nice pair of black shells, and I think this will fit the bill for dress pants & suits :)

 

Now i need to give the wallet a break...... lol


Edited by JR Magat - 3/23/15 at 7:01am
post #106715 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Buckeye Nation View Post

Hey you go Joe, here is how the shoes are made, no reason to pass your BS as gospel for those who don't "know any better"

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jNYbOMVV0Us

Do you actually know what constitutes a handmade shoe? Sorry, but a bit of decorative stitching ain't it.
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Wish I could use that jcrew code on some 975s but I need a C in Barrie.. Ugh. Oh well.
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

Do you actually know what constitutes a handmade shoe? Sorry, but a bit of decorative stitching ain't it.

I think we all know that Aldens are not made the same way as St. Crispins so can we please let it go? Aldens are not made by robots, either, so there is some human hand work.
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^^^Alden may not be genuinely handmade in the the sense that Vass or Enzo B, G&G etc.

But there is quite a bit of handwork in many of their models.

For instance, I feel strongly that Alden hand sewn Mocs and NST's are as good if not better than any maker in the world.

And, in those models at least, there is much handwork.

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

I wear barrie and grant in the same size, but the barrie has a little room.  The grant in the same size fits perfectly.  If your barrie size is a perfect fit, the same in grant will likely be too snug.  All the best...

:fistbump:

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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

^^^Alden may not be genuinely handmade in the the sense that Vass or Enzo B, G&G etc.

But there is quite a bit of handwork in many of their models.

For instance, I feel strongly that Alden hand sewn Mocs and NST's are as good if not better than any maker in the world.

And, in those models at least, there is much handwork.

Thanks.
I agree with almost all of that. Alden's decorative split toe is one of my favorites, but it doesn't come close to the true split toe and hand sewn apron of EG's Dover.
post #106721 of 122416

well guys,

 

i just received my LHS unlined in snuff. I ordered then in 8.5d which is half size down than my TTS.

They feel tight on the width and I believe quite ok on length.

 

do you have any experience if or how much they would stretch in future?

 

thank you

post #106722 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

Do you actually know what constitutes a handmade shoe? Sorry, but a bit of decorative stitching ain't it.

Enlighten us.
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no dont. plenty of posts on it on the CM side. alden is great for what it is. nobody is saying to compare it St Crispins or Vass. but you can go try and get a cordovan boot from St.C and you will be paying close to $3k.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I think we all know that Aldens are not made the same way as St. Crispins so can we please let it go? Aldens are not made by robots, either, so there is some human hand work.

Regrets if this is a touchy subject, but it's my first post on the "handmade" topic. For me, a shoe should be hand-welted to be considered handmade. Merely feeding components into machines by hand doesn't mean much; even complete crap like Aldo involves that.

In my experience, the human work that fed the hide into the machine could well have been inebriated, from the looks of it. I should post some photos of the #8 shell cordovan Indys that came out fresh of the box with poor stitching that was already starting to fail, and then fell apart (complete separation of heel from upper) in less than a year. I'm not expecting something that compares to my Vass or Koronya stuff — though for what they cost in Europe, it wouldn't be unreasonable — but not having visible, sloppy rework on the uppers, and a sole that actually stays attached, shouldn't be too much to ask.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


I agree with almost all of that. Alden's decorative split toe is one of my favorites, but it doesn't come close to the true split toe and hand sewn apron of EG's Dover.

*All just my opinion. To each their own*

 

Maybe that's true for craftsmanship, but aesthetically(IMO) Alden's NST hand stitched decorative toes are leaps and bounds ahead of EG. The EG Dover does nothing for me. It reminds me of the Alden V-Tip. Just not my style. My statement has nothing to do with quality or craftsmanship. Just aesthetics:)

 

In the words of Dennis Miller, "Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."


Edited by breck81 - 3/23/15 at 7:47am
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