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#8 on my extremities.

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Arrgh!!! And I was thinking I didn't want an LHS.  This pic changes my mind.  Good looking shoe.

 

 

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The All Weather Walker makeup I really like is the Alden x Leffot Brown Chromexcel model. Don't see many of them out in the wild.

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Originally Posted by Soylent Green View Post

 At this point, my wife is about to kill me, though what she doesn't know is that I've already placed orders for cigar longwings and a pair of whiskey ptb.  

I love that line. And, I know where you are coming from.
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Originally Posted by cloudshift View Post

The All Weather Walker makeup I really like is the Alden x Leffot Brown Chromexcel model. Don't see many of them out in the wild.
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That leather is not as 'all weather' as scotch grain though. Scotch grain is almost like waterproof or something. Scotch grain is very popular in the rainy English countryside for hunters, etc.
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Alden #8 LHS
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Dammit, so upset I can't wear van lasted shoes
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

That leather is not as 'all weather' as scotch grain though. Scotch grain is almost like waterproof or something. Scotch grain is very popular in the rainy English countryside for hunters, etc.

Good point.
post #21397 of 122416

All around rugged boot? I'm looking for an all around boot that is more rugged - Alden model. I have it down to the 404 Kudu or the Roy boot when they come back out - any thoughts, insights?

 

I will probably be selling my Natural Tanker boots from Epaulet size 10D if anyone is interested. About 20 wears on them.

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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Hey if anyone is size 10 to size 11.5 Franco's has the 403 on sale for $329! And a (Snuff?) suede chukka for $329!

http://www.francos.com/items/index.asp?venID=101059&sale=True

The 1494 chukka is the tan/sand color.
Snuff is 1493 and more of rust color.

Good deal though. The tan chukks are one of my favorite summer shoes.
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Originally Posted by Soylent Green View Post

New forum member and new Alden fan here.  Here's my story.  So this holiday season I resolved to retool my wardrobe.  I'm a 40 year old humanities academic who never really stopped dressing like an impoverished grad student.  I have some nice things, but they're all performance gear related to hiking.  For instance, smartwool baselayers, Limmer hiking boots, Arc Teryx goretex jacket/pants.  But I don't have any nice office clothes, and nowhere is this more obvious than with shoes.  In the last 15 years, for instance, I can count up purchasing and discarding 17 pair of ill-fitting, ugly, cheap "dress shoes".  This includes many, many pair of Camper shoes that I got on sale and which all fell apart after a year or so.  

 

So in my wardrobe makeover everyone says start, or at least concentrate, on shoes.  I learn that if I spend $300 instead of $100, I get get sewn on soles that promise multiple resoles and many years of use.  I knew this in terms of hiking boots, but for some reason never made the connection to office wear.  So I go to Allen Edmonds in Boston and check out my first nice shoes.  Allen Edmonds, from the friendly and super helpful staff in their store to their all around famed customer service, is a company and brand I immediately like.  But many of the shoes I see in their store look like factory seconds.  There are scuff marks on the leather in many models I see, and weird creasing, coloration in other models.  Yes, I'm being more picky than usual, but for $300 I'm underwhelmed by their offerings.  (And I say this as someone who went into the store really, really wanting to like Allen Edmonds and who really liked the staff I worked with!)  Alas, I'd rather pay $500 for very good quality control than $300 for shoes that have obvious blemishes.  

 

So I go to Shoemart which isn't too far from where I live and check out Aldens.  I don't love the price point and reading about the company their customer service is not so well regarded as Allen Edmonds (see young clay b's story on Ask Andy).  But I reluctantly try on several pair and boom, done . . . I'm hooked.  I buy a pair of color 8 PTB and after a week of wear I love them.  I find the white creasing to be beguiling on the color 8 and I want more.  Plus, I need a full rotation so I dont prematurely wear my shoes out.  So the next week I pick up a pair of color 8 cordovan chukkas and a pair of suede chukkas (which I think are gorgeous in the snuff color).  But I want more cordovan, and the next day I pick up a pair of cigar chukkas.  At this point, my wife is about to kill me, though what she doesn't know is that I've already placed orders for cigar longwings and a pair of whiskey ptb.  So at the moment I have a pair of color 8 ptb, a pair of cigar and color 8 chukkas, and a pair of suede chukkas.  That's four pair in a month with two more on order.  Glad to have the obsession.  And no, none of you here have helped me control the symptoms.  God help us all.  P.S.  I wear an 8.5 D in the cordovans on the Barrie last, and I bought a 9D in the suede chukkas on the leydon last.  I think I need a 9E on the suede chukkas, if anyone is interested in a trade.  I've worn them only once, but I know they're tight.  

 

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Where do you get laces for your chukkas - also, what length
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

All around rugged boot? I'm looking for an all around boot that is more rugged - Alden model. I have it down to the 404 Kudu or the Roy boot when they come back out - any thoughts, insights?

I will probably be selling my Natural Tanker boots from Epaulet size 10D if anyone is interested. About 20 wears on them.

I have the Kudus, they have been pretty good for two days of snow and a lot of bar action. Woke up Friday with a bunch of glass stuck in the lug sole so that's a plus
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Hey if anyone is size 10 to size 11.5 Franco's has the 403 on sale for $329! And a (Snuff?) suede chukka for $329!
http://www.francos.com/items/index.asp?venID=101059&sale=True


Very tempting on the 403s. I literally just bought a pair of RRL boots but this is a way better deal as I know it will fit. Decisions, decisions...
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I have the Kudus, they have been pretty good for two days of snow and a lot of bar action. Woke up Friday with a bunch of glass stuck in the lug sole so that's a plus
 

I won't ask how the glass got in there - hopefully the cops aren't looking for you. BTW - how is the leather on the Kudus aging?

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I won't ask how the glass got in there - hopefully the cops aren't looking for you. BTW - how is the leather on the Kudus aging?

Haha no the glass came from a girl falling into one of the busboys holding a tray of glasses and it went everywhere. Aging wise, not much got them from the Barneys sale about a month ago so still breaking in. Will post a pic up later if you want
post #21403 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Soylent Green View Post

New forum member and new Alden fan here.  Here's my story.  So this holiday season I resolved to retool my wardrobe.  I'm a 40 year old humanities academic who never really stopped dressing like an impoverished grad student.  I have some nice things, but they're all performance gear related to hiking.  For instance, smartwool baselayers, Limmer hiking boots, Arc Teryx goretex jacket/pants.  But I don't have any nice office clothes, and nowhere is this more obvious than with shoes.  In the last 15 years, for instance, I can count up purchasing and discarding 17 pair of ill-fitting, ugly, cheap "dress shoes".  This includes many, many pair of Camper shoes that I got on sale and which all fell apart after a year or so.  

 

So in my wardrobe makeover everyone says start, or at least concentrate, on shoes.  I learn that if I spend $300 instead of $100, I get get sewn on soles that promise multiple resoles and many years of use.  I knew this in terms of hiking boots, but for some reason never made the connection to office wear.  So I go to Allen Edmonds in Boston and check out my first nice shoes.  Allen Edmonds, from the friendly and super helpful staff in their store to their all around famed customer service, is a company and brand I immediately like.  But many of the shoes I see in their store look like factory seconds.  There are scuff marks on the leather in many models I see, and weird creasing, coloration in other models.  Yes, I'm being more picky than usual, but for $300 I'm underwhelmed by their offerings.  (And I say this as someone who went into the store really, really wanting to like Allen Edmonds and who really liked the staff I worked with!)  Alas, I'd rather pay $500 for very good quality control than $300 for shoes that have obvious blemishes.  

 

So I go to Shoemart which isn't too far from where I live and check out Aldens.  I don't love the price point and reading about the company their customer service is not so well regarded as Allen Edmonds (see young clay b's story on Ask Andy).  But I reluctantly try on several pair and boom, done . . . I'm hooked.  I buy a pair of color 8 PTB and after a week of wear I love them.  I find the white creasing to be beguiling on the color 8 and I want more.  Plus, I need a full rotation so I dont prematurely wear my shoes out.  So the next week I pick up a pair of color 8 cordovan chukkas and a pair of suede chukkas (which I think are gorgeous in the snuff color).  But I want more cordovan, and the next day I pick up a pair of cigar chukkas.  At this point, my wife is about to kill me, though what she doesn't know is that I've already placed orders for cigar longwings and a pair of whiskey ptb.  So at the moment I have a pair of color 8 ptb, a pair of cigar and color 8 chukkas, and a pair of suede chukkas.  That's four pair in a month with two more on order.  Glad to have the obsession.  And no, none of you here have helped me control the symptoms.  God help us all.  P.S.  I wear an 8.5 D in the cordovans on the Barrie last, and I bought a 9D in the suede chukkas on the leydon last.  I think I need a 9E on the suede chukkas, if anyone is interested in a trade.  I've worn them only once, but I know they're tight.  

 

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Great collection thus far. Where did you get those laces? They look great on the snuff.
My snuff chukka's were snug at first, not tight though. Just an FYI, they should loosen a little.
post #21404 of 122416
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post


Haha no the glass came from a girl falling into one of the busboys holding a tray of glasses and it went everywhere. Aging wise, not much got them from the Barneys sale about a month ago so still breaking in. Will post a pic up later if you want



yes, please do

 

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yes, please do

Will do after the niners game today. And bought the 403s facepalm.gif really said I wasn't spending any more money but too hard to pass up.
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