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Originally Posted by ylku View Post

 

 

 

In my experience, venetian shoe cream would darken natural cxl.

 

 

 

Brand new unworn natural cxl LWB

 

 

 

 

About 1x times wear and apply venetian shoe cream twice.

 

 

Wow - thanks for posting those photos!  I definitely don't want to hasten any darkening (though the shoes look terrific in that second shot!).   So...neatsfoot?  Would be interesting to see similar photos with that stuff.  I'm assuming there's a CXL Care and feeding thread here somewhere - hoping it will be definitive vs. a lot of potentially conflicting opinions... smile.gif

 

 

 

I think I did buy Alden's cream - I was excited to wear the shoes right away, and they offered to ship my other shoes back so I think I asked them to toss a jar in the box.

 

 

 

I also recently picked up some AE's in natural waxed leather - I'll go find the AE section for some thoughts there beyond saddle soap smile.gif

You can refer http://horween.com/101/chromexcel-2/. Nick from Horween talks about their chromexcel leather and mention the condition of cxl.

 

"The last step for Chromexcel is coat of Neatsfoot Oil, so when people ask me how to condition this leather, that’s always my first recommendation."

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For me that means hiking through boulders and knee-deep water with CXL Indys while photographing waterfalls this past Saturday. A few days to dry out, some brushing, and a light coat of conditioner and they look no worse for the wear.

This doesn't make sense to me. A $250 pair of hiking boots (Lowa or Asolo) bought for $125 at Sierra Trading Post will give you better traction and support and will keep your feet dry (although not in knee-deep water.) They are also relatively maintenance free and will last longer than Indy boots. It's probably a more acceptable look on the trail as well. Alden makes a nice shoe and I've been wearing them longer than most people on here, but when another shoe makes more sense, I'll wear it. I'm not afraid to be seen in a non-Alden shoe as some of you seem to be.
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Valid points sans the last sentence no need to take a shot at anyone. It's perfectly fine to say alden isn't
the be all end all and leave it at that.
Edited by bespoken pa - 8/23/15 at 6:01am
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Valid points sans the last sentence no need to take a shot at anyone. It's perfectly fine to say alden is the be all end all and leave it at that.

The guy's name has dick in it twice so I wouldn't expect too much
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If you read my other post, I specifically said I didn't want to hasten any darkening, hence my question about neatsfoot vs. Venetian.   Maybe you meant to quote ylku?

In any case, looking forward to stomping around in these things!

Just responding in general to the discussion. smile.gif
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how does the viberg 2030 last compare to Alden trubalance?

I size the same

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Sizing question for those Van lovers (yes Chipshot, I'm targeting you). I'm a 8.5D Barrie but width-wise, it's a snug, though not uncomfortable, fit. I always assumed Van and Barrie would run the same but I recently picked up a pair of 8.5D snuff unlined LHS's and these definitely fit tighter than my 8.5D Barrie's. I don't know if this is related to the Last or the unlined nature of the LHS. I had always assumed that unlined would fit looser not tighter, but it was an assumption on my part and I could be wrong.

My question is whether a 9D 986 would work for me. As always, input is appreciated.
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Valid points sans the last sentence no need to take a shot at anyone. It's perfectly fine to say alden isn't
the be all end all and leave it at that.

Was definitely thinking the same thing.
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Sizing question for those Van lovers (yes Chipshot, I'm targeting you). I'm a 8.5D Barrie but width-wise, it's a snug, though not uncomfortable, fit. I always assumed Van and Barrie would run the same but I recently picked up a pair of 8.5D snuff unlined LHS's and these definitely fit tighter than my 8.5D Barrie's. I don't know if this is related to the Last or the unlined nature of the LHS. I had always assumed that unlined would fit looser not tighter, but it was an assumption on my part and I could be wrong.

My question is whether a 9D 986 would work for me. As always, input is appreciated.
Was definitely thinking the same thing.

I wear a 10.5D in Barrie, I have what I certainly would consider wide feet. Barrie is about perfect fit for me. I also just bought snuff suede LHS without trying on the Van last first- no question it's not as wide as Barrie but Barrie isn't tight on me. Because of the give of suede it fits me well but I probably couldn't do shell/normal calfskin in that same size. If I were you I would try 8.5E. They do make them in E.

I would also expect some stretch in the size you have so maybe wear them around the house a bit and see if they loosen up.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Sizing question for those Van lovers (yes Chipshot, I'm targeting you). I'm a 8.5D Barrie but width-wise, it's a snug, though not uncomfortable, fit. I always assumed Van and Barrie would run the same but I recently picked up a pair of 8.5D snuff unlined LHS's and these definitely fit tighter than my 8.5D Barrie's. I don't know if this is related to the Last or the unlined nature of the LHS. I had always assumed that unlined would fit looser not tighter, but it was an assumption on my part and I could be wrong.

My question is whether a 9D 986 would work for me. As always, input is appreciated.

I think the 9D would work for you. But consider 8.5E as well, especially if the 8.5 length is good and it's just a problem of 'width'.

The tightness in fit may be because you have a high instep? Others have made this point before but the Van sizing can be tricky for some, especially when trying to size a LHS. It's not just width that needs to be taken into account because it's a 3D problem and an issue that affects those with a high instep, like me. Going up in width will give you more volume which could relieve the snugness across the vamp.
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I think the 9D would work for you. But consider 8.5E as well, especially if the 8.5 length is good and it's just a problem of 'width'.

The tightness in fit may be because you have a high instep? Others have made this point before but the Van sizing can be tricky for some, especially when trying to size a LHS. It's not just width that needs to be taken into account because it's a 3D problem and an issue that affects those with a high instep, like me. Going up in width will give you more volume which could relieve the snugness across the vamp.

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Sizing question for those Van lovers (yes Chipshot, I'm targeting you). I'm a 8.5D Barrie but width-wise, it's a snug, though not uncomfortable, fit. I always assumed Van and Barrie would run the same but I recently picked up a pair of 8.5D snuff unlined LHS's and these definitely fit tighter than my 8.5D Barrie's. I don't know if this is related to the Last or the unlined nature of the LHS. I had always assumed that unlined would fit looser not tighter, but it was an assumption on my part and I could be wrong.

My question is whether a 9D 986 would work for me. As always, input is appreciated.
Was definitely thinking the same thing.

Shawn, Thromb is correct, it's a Three Dimensional problem and length and width are important but height on the camp is important as well. I do not recommend sizing on the LHS. I wear 10.5B on the Barrie and 10C on the Van. That's not necessarily intuitive...

-Mike
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Whiskey LHS for a day in San Francisco.

Alden X Brooks Whiskey LHS
Gustin Selvedge Chinos
Epaulet Made to Measure Shirt





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Interesting listing on the Bay (not mine):

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/alden-for-brooks-brothers-captoe-shell-cordovan-size-9d-medium-cigar-/271964776605?

 

I didn't know BB ever did exotic shell.  Or are those just patina'd king?

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Leisure Sunday 

BB Lined Suede LHS

post #115229 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post

I wear a 10.5D in Barrie, I have what I certainly would consider wide feet. Barrie is about perfect fit for me. I also just bought snuff suede LHS without trying on the Van last first- no question it's not as wide as Barrie but Barrie isn't tight on me. Because of the give of suede it fits me well but I probably couldn't do shell/normal calfskin in that same size. If I were you I would try 8.5E. They do make them in E.

I would also expect some stretch in the size you have so maybe wear them around the house a bit and see if they loosen up.

Appreciate the input B3, I'm in the same boat as you. They felt tight in the width and instep but after a couple of hours it felt like my feet were being hugged by a soft pillow. I'm looking to grab a pair of shell and I doubt that they will stretch like suede. Other than Aberdeen, I don't particularly care for how E width shoes look on my feet but fit is more important so I'll definitely consider it. Again, thanks.

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Originally Posted by thromb View Post

I think the 9D would work for you. But consider 8.5E as well, especially if the 8.5 length is good and it's just a problem of 'width'.

The tightness in fit may be because you have a high instep? Others have made this point before but the Van sizing can be tricky for some, especially when trying to size a LHS. It's not just width that needs to be taken into account because it's a 3D problem and an issue that affects those with a high instep, like me. Going up in width will give you more volume which could relieve the snugness across the vamp.

Hey thromb - I'm really leaning toward the 9D. I don't think I have a particularly high instep but it may be a little higher than normal. The concern with the 9D is the length but given that I am looking for a strictly casual shoe, I can live with a thicker sock if necessary. Plus I like your reasoning on the impact of the increased volume on the vamp. Thanks for the input.

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Shawn, Thromb is correct, it's a Three Dimensional problem and length and width are important but height on the camp is important as well. I do not recommend sizing on the LHS. I wear 10.5B on the Barrie and 10C on the Van. That's not necessarily intuitive...

-Mike

This type of sizing seems to be the norm Mike. I wouldn't mind nearly as much going from a B to C, but I just don't think I will like the look of an E width on my feet. I'm leaning toward going up to a 9 and seeing how that feels. Thanks for the input. Unrelated, killer killer unlined whiskey's.

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Interesting listing on the Bay (not mine):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/alden-for-brooks-brothers-captoe-shell-cordovan-size-9d-medium-cigar-/271964776605?

I didn't know BB ever did exotic shell.  Or are those just patina'd king?

I've seen this a couple of times and interestingly enough, both times it was on BB shoes. As with the initial listing, I think this is simply a case of a seller being intentionally misleading. I'll bet these are 8. Not a coincidence that he doesn't provide a pic of the inside numbering. That would make it easy to uncover the deception.
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

Interesting listing on the Bay (not mine):

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/alden-for-brooks-brothers-captoe-shell-cordovan-size-9d-medium-cigar-/271964776605?

 

I didn't know BB ever did exotic shell.  Or are those just patina'd king?


Definitely looks like color 8

 

Definitely does NOT look unworn.

 

Blurry pics = avoid

 

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