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I've decided to start "The Official Alden Indy Appreciation Thread" this morning to celebrate the iconic boot. I have a number of them now, and find myself regularly wearing a pair these days whether it's in my work casual environment, taking a hike in the hills, or just going about my daily life. So, stop on over, if you're inspired to, and post some of your photos, etc, etc.

 

Cheers

Sean

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/480296/the-official-alden-indy-appreciation-thread

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I've decided to start "The Official Alden Indy Appreciation Thread" this morning to celebrate the iconic boot. I have a number of them now, and find myself regularly wearing a pair these days whether it's in my work casual environment, taking a hike in the hills, or just going about my daily life. So, stop on over, if you're inspired to, and post some of your photos, etc, etc.

 

Cheers

Sean

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/480296/the-official-alden-indy-appreciation-thread

 

Good Stuff - I'll admit the Indy boot is what got me into Aldens in the first place. I bought it from J. Crew, which markets it really well.

post #109683 of 122416

I've seen that video and read that article before. Again, with all due respect, I'm not impressed.

 

I also noticed this in the article:

 

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Personally, I am not a huge fan of Cordovan shoes because they wrinkle in a certain way, are harder and less breathable.

 

 

 

IMO, just because something is difficult and takes a long time, that does not make it automatically desireable or superior.

 

However, I understand the bit about "patina" over time, I'm just not really attracted to it. But, as I said, everyone has their tastes, and mine happens to be different in this case. As far as I'm concerned with this trend, I'll be happy to remain uninitiated and collect leathers that I find more interesting, which thankfully happen to be less expensive!  

 

But I do enjoy the variety and like seeing all the various pictures of shoes in various colors, leathers, and ages, so I'm appreciative of this thread. 

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I've seen that video and read that article before. Again, with all due respect, I'm not impressed.

 

IMO, just because something is difficult and takes a long time, that does not make it automatically desireable or superior.

Superiority is in the eye of the beholder.  Quick story - I worked in a large professional firm owned (partially but mainly) by a very successful, educated, sophisticated gentleman.  He was occasionally involved with projects in which I was responsible for handling.  As a result, I was exposed to some of the finer things over the years - most of which were out of my reach financially.  Years later, when I was considering purchasing my first nice watch, I asked for his opinion on a couple of Swiss-made automatics.  He basically told me that the Swiss automatics were a complete waste of money when a Seiko quartz (which he wore) beat the automatics in accuracy, cost, required maintenance, etc. 

 

I believe that when it comes to opinions and preferences, there is always more than one right answer.

 

Disclosures - I bought an Omega, my first of many Swiss automatics -and- I think I'm addicted to shell cordovan.

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Good Stuff - I'll admit the Indy boot is what got me into Aldens in the first place. I bought it from J. Crew, which markets it really well.

The Indy was my most worn boot over the winter. Next year it will have the Natty Tanker, Snuff WT Boot and B&M Reverse Chamois boot to contend with, but I am sure it will still get a lot of wear!
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The Indy was my most worn boot over the winter. Next year it will have the Natty Tanker, Snuff WT Boot and B&M Reverse Chamois boot to contend with, but I am sure it will still get a lot of wear!

Which Indy??

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Which Indy??

Leffot's 401 (black indy with commando sole)
post #109688 of 122416
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I really like the look of shell on a well used pair. Shells do look a bit plastic when new, but that goes away after a couple of wears.

The plastic look of Alden shell is due to the acrylic finisher that Alden uses on their shoes. Most other shell shoes do not have that plasticy feel, even when new, that includes Alden color 2 LWB.
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The plastic look of Alden shell is due to the acrylic finisher that Alden uses on their shoes. Most other shell shoes do not have that plasticy feel, even when new, that includes Alden color 2 LWB.

Thanks! Didn't know this.

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Leffot's 401 (black indy with commando sole)

Nice. I've never owned that model. How does that black leather look as it's worn in??

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The plastic look of Alden shell is due to the acrylic finisher that Alden uses on their shoes. Most other shell shoes do not have that plasticy feel, even when new, that includes Alden color 2 LWB.

Doesn't that finish "wear off" for lack of a better term, over time?

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The plastic look of Alden shell is due to the acrylic finisher that Alden uses on their shoes. Most other shell shoes do not have that plasticy feel, even when new, that includes Alden color 2 LWB.
So it's only used on color 8?
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Doesn't that finish "wear off" for lack of a better term, over time?

Yeah, gradually.
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Good Stuff - I'll admit the Indy boot is what got me into Aldens in the first place. I bought it from J. Crew, which markets it really well.

Yes, me too. I remember walking past the SF Alden Shop a few years ago, looking in the window, and thinking how amazing they all looked but they were out of my budget. 

I didn't like the contrast stitching on the Indy's at first, myself, but it's grown on me. Since then, I've probably picked up 8 or 9 pieces from SF Alden, and have more Alden's now than any other maker...

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So it's only used on color 8?

In my experience, that finish is on my black, ravello, cigar and whiskey Alden shell cordovan,  The #2 seems to have been the one exception in Alden's repertoire (at least from what I hear, I don't own any #2).  I also have no experience with #4.

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