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Alden Cigar Cap Toe Boot on the Grant Last by Alden DC.

 

 

 

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-Mike

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Originally Posted by EastCoastBias View Post

Greetings.

I have been an occasional Alden styleforum follower for some time and figured this would be the place to post. I recently purchased a pair of Cigar Brown LHS in size 8.5C that simply do not fit. I took a chance on a C wide and it turned out to be too big.  I need a B.  Instead of taking a store credit or exchanging for a shoe i do not crave, i figured i would post here in hopes a real Alden fan could benefit from them.  I hope i am not out of line posting here.  Please message me if interested. 

Cheers

ecb, if you're passing these beautiful loafers at or near retail, you're doing us a favor. the number one rule here is help us get more aldens. specially cigar.

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Alden Cigar Cap Toe Boot on the Grant Last by Alden DC.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

-Mike

:slayer::bounce2::slayer::bounce2:

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To those that say Aldens come in waves, you're right. I have been waiting for months for some desired pairs in my size to pop up in B/S here and Ebay- pretty much nothing for a good 4-5 months. Now, within the past week, 3 pairs acquired. Crazy how that works.
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YES to the Kings

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

A fantastic twist on the classic 975 and your pair looks terrific!

-Mike

Thanks guys. These are quickly becoming one of my favorites.
post #115025 of 122416
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Originally Posted by EastCoastBias View Post

Greetings.

I have been an occasional Alden styleforum follower for some time and figured this would be the place to post. I recently purchased a pair of Cigar Brown LHS in size 8.5C that simply do not fit. I took a chance on a C wide and it turned out to be too big.  I need a B.  Instead of taking a store credit or exchanging for a shoe i do not crave, i figured i would post here in hopes a real Alden fan could benefit from them.  I hope i am not out of line posting here.  Please message me if interested. 

Cheers


As compared to years ago, Alden, IME, is definitely making its Van lasted LHS loafer wider than they used to. I own them in 9B and 9C. The last LHS shoe I tried on was 9B, and it was too wide. The LHS I tried on prior to that was 9C and it was way too wide (indeed, wider than an "old" 9D used to fit).
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Greetings.  Well I just placed an order for a shoe mart irregular...I have a few pairs of Aldens, but this is my first irregular order.  I got the Unlined CXL Plain Toe Blucher.  They will be here tomorrow but I am a little nervous.  What type of "defect" should I expect?  What are some of the defects you guys have seen when ordering irregulars?  

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You sure it's shell? Price would suggest calf.

You're right, looks like calf. I saw a shiny black boot in the email on my phone and didn't zoom in to look at the price or description. It's still a pretty cool boot either way.
post #115028 of 122416
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Originally Posted by usfpaul82 View Post

Greetings.  Well I just placed an order for a shoe mart irregular...I have a few pairs of Aldens, but this is my first irregular order.  I got the Unlined CXL Plain Toe Blucher.  They will be here tomorrow but I am a little nervous.  What type of "defect" should I expect?  What are some of the defects you guys have seen when ordering irregulars?  

Who knows? It's always a mystery what the defect will be. I've ordered two off of the seconds lists in the past and my defects amounted to a lot of bloom on a pair of shell PTBs that brushed right off of a pair of boots that I was never able to figure out what the defect was. I wouldn't hesitate to order off of the lists again if something I really liked showed up. The worst (IMO) defects that I've seen reported on here are shoes that are noticeably different colors between the right and left shoe.

Let us know how yours turn out.
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Ravello Chukka

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Originally Posted by usfpaul82 View Post
 

Greetings.  Well I just placed an order for a shoe mart irregular...I have a few pairs of Aldens, but this is my first irregular order.  I got the Unlined CXL Plain Toe Blucher.  They will be here tomorrow but I am a little nervous.  What type of "defect" should I expect?  What are some of the defects you guys have seen when ordering irregulars?  

 

out of two orders, one was a slight 1/4" scuff on shell and one was 4 successive 1/16"-1/8" holes straight through chromexcel. the latter went back.

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

As compared to years ago, Alden, IME, is definitely making its Van lasted LHS loafer wider than they used to. I own them in 9B and 9C. The last LHS shoe I tried on was 9B, and it was too wide. The LHS I tried on prior to that was 9C and it was way too wide (indeed, wider than an "old" 9D used to fit).

I tried on a 8.5C in store in color 8 and it seemed like the right fit. But as the salesman told me - when I called up about the size issue - this is the risk you take with handmade shoes. Each pair can fit a little bIt different. A risk I would take again for some cigar shell.
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Since everyone is discussing rare shell makeups that might never come again, there's a Carmina GMTO I organized for a saddle (somewhere between whiskey and ravello) horween shell cordovan full-brogued wing tip boot going on right now. Delivery November-ish (12-14 weeks is the outside delivery time). Order link is up here. I was in the same boat as everyone else, wanting a light colored wingtip boot to round out my collection. For everyone who wants Alden or nothing, best of luck, the Brixton boot is beautiful. But as Michigan Planner said, that pre-order has been about 4-5 years in the waiting.

As an aside, I'm especially grateful now that I have my Frans Boone #8 plain toe boots with brass. I'm sure people here have seen that on the Epaulet thread, it was announced Alden will no longer be making any more #8 with brass (or #8 with suede) due to too much of the dye staining the materials. So get them now if you can.
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Since everyone is discussing rare shell makeups that might never come again, there's a Carmina GMTO I organized for a saddle (somewhere between whiskey and ravello) horween shell cordovan full-brogued wing tip boot going on right now. Delivery November-ish (12-14 weeks is the outside delivery time). Order link is up here. I was in the same boat as everyone else, wanting a light colored wingtip boot to round out my collection. For everyone who wants Alden or nothing, best of luck, the Brixton boot is beautiful. But as Michigan Planner said, that pre-order has been about 4-5 years in the waiting.

As an aside, I'm especially grateful now that I have my Frans Boone #8 plain toe boots with brass. I'm sure people here have seen that on the Epaulet thread, it was announced Alden will no longer be making any more #8 with brass (or #8 with suede) due to too much of the dye staining the materials. So get them now if you can.

that's really nice. too close to my Lindrick for me, but that's what I was referring to above when it comes to people having more choice now than years ago
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Since everyone is discussing rare shell makeups that might never come again, there's a Carmina GMTO I organized for a saddle (somewhere between whiskey and ravello) horween shell cordovan full-brogued wing tip boot going on right now. Delivery November-ish (12-14 weeks is the outside delivery time). Order link is up here. I was in the same boat as everyone else, wanting a light colored wingtip boot to round out my collection. For everyone who wants Alden or nothing, best of luck, the Brixton boot is beautiful. But as Michigan Planner said, that pre-order has been about 4-5 years in the waiting.

As an aside, I'm especially grateful now that I have my Frans Boone #8 plain toe boots with brass. I'm sure people here have seen that on the Epaulet thread, it was announced Alden will no longer be making any more #8 with brass (or #8 with suede) due to too much of the dye staining the materials. So get them now if you can.

 

 

Wow, Carmina is getting nasty with its retailers. They cancelled the skoaktiebolaget saddle shell NST this week (order placed in Feb '15) and are redirecting the shell to their wingtip preorder? That's pretty sneaky.

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Wow, Carmina is getting nasty with its retailers. They cancelled the skoaktiebolaget saddle shell NST this week (order placed in Feb '15) and are redirecting the shell to their wingtip preorder? That's pretty sneaky.

Who's to say what the future holds, but to this point Carmina has been one of the most accomodating shoemakers there is for small MTO/GMTO...
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