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Originally Posted by Dayman View Post

Your feet swell over the corse of the day, some peoples feet more than others. It is most likely if it bugs you more later in the day. Try measuring your feet early and late to see if this is happening.

Tried it out yesterday and that did appear to be the case.
Originally Posted by fredmull View Post

^^ my cxl context roy boots loosened up significantly. very pliable leather. i would think the leather should relax after a few weeks.

tx - good to know.
Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

I get that a little bit too, though only in the right foot (which is interesting because my left foot is bigger).  The nice thing about CXL is that it is softer and more supple.  I suspect it will get better once the shoe breaks in.  I don't know for sure, but I think some neats foot oil and leather conditioner (Saphir or Venetian) will keep it nice and soft (hence easier to stretch).

I found out today I am in on the #4 Shoemart captoe pre-order so I have put these up in B&S. I only need a single captoe in my life (famous last words) and would rather have the #4.
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Originally Posted by P. Bateman View Post

The kudu ultimate indys look glorious. I'm trying to resist.

could not resist. kudus have been ordered. frown.gifsmile.gif
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Originally Posted by lamdog123 View Post

hi, anyone know shoemart Alden Men's 9 Eyelet Cap Toe Boot Shell Cordovan colour 4

this one???


That looks like the day tripper in ravello on the grant last, so no, don't think that's anything like the wingtip boot in #4.
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I'm going to Seattle for a week and I have been in the market for a pair of Aldens. Anyone know of a place to find them in Seattle?

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Originally Posted by 0waterbouys View Post

I'm going to Seattle for a week and I have been in the market for a pair of Aldens. Anyone know of a place to find them in Seattle?

J. Gilbert
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Awesome, thanks guys. Anywhere else I should wander to?
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Blackbird in Ballard has some interesting collabs.

J Gilbert has more traditional offerings mostly in the Plaza last
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Not much is known about this boot yet. I just found out today that I was able to get in that pre-order, along with the WTB in #4. When I called Ed about this boot he said it was barrie lasted, 360-degree reverse welt, plain captoe, double leather sole.

is the preorder closed? do they have any E widths coming for the #4 captoe?
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Originally Posted by LImorowman View Post

Can you wear these boots as dress shoes? Or are they too casual?

I'm getting ready to buy my first pair of Alden's on the modified last. They don't offer too much in shell. I've narrowed it down to the shoe above of this shoe in calf.

Which would you choose and why?

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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Not much is known about this boot yet. I just found out today that I was able to get in that pre-order, along with the WTB in #4. When I called Ed about this boot he said it was barrie lasted, 360-degree reverse welt, plain captoe, double leather sole.

I understand from Shoemart that they have offered this plain cap toe boot in #4 in the past too. Can anyone provide a photo?
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(I was thinking about reposting this monthly, is it worthwhile? Someone mentioned putting it as the first post, but most people aren't going to start at post #1 in a thread that has this many responses...comments welcome)


Compiled by borderline using the combined wisdom of "The Official Alden Thread" on Styleforum and other web sources.

Before Buying
What are the different lasts and how do they fit relative to one another?
*See below for more sizing information

What do the different cordovan colors look like?

I feel like I'm buying too many Aldens, what can I do?
1) Give up, there is no hope.
2) Stop reading this thread

Why do they call it the Indy boot?

Are Alden shoes worth the price?
At the end of the day, the main benefits to Alden shoes are
1) High quality Horween leathers (Chromexcel, cordovan, and I assume suede) in unique colors
2) Willingness to work with retailers (many of whom work with customers) to develop special styles
3) Variety of well-fitting lasts
4) Recraft-ability (not necessarily by Alden, but by a variety of cobblers)
5) Decent price point compared to shoemakers that work with similar materials
6) Traditional aesthetic (high quality and stylish in a "handsome," "gentlemanly" way)
7) Alden shoes are pretty comfortable, can be very eye catching (cordovan, suede, etc tend to get tons of compliments) and overall enhance one's look.
The obvious downsides are
1) Poor quality control, particularly as they ramp production
2) Low / inconsistent availability

After Buying
How should I break in my shoes?
Use “Mac’s Break-in Procedure”:
Shoes should be worn only on carpeting on three different days for a minimum of one hour in order to ascertain that the fit is proper.

What is the "pen trick"?
You put a pen where your foot joints are and then crease the shoe. This way the crease is set exactly where your joint bends and the crease is nice and even. People report varying levels of success with this, and it is generally thought to be more important for the PTB.

Will my cordovan shoes stretch?
The consensus is that cordovan stretches very little, if at all.

Care and Cleaning
How should I clean my cordovan shoes or boots?
Use the “Mac Method”:
1) Clean shoes with damp cloth

2) Brush vigorously with a horsehair brush

3) Buff with smooth cloth

4) Use wax after a minimum of fifteen wearings

Some other cleaning advice from Alden of Carmel
1. Do not use 'neutral' polish
2. Do not clean cordovan shoes using saddle soap
3. Do not attempt to clean cordovan shoes using petroleum distillates or cleaning fluids
4. Do not use any spray shines or aerosol type waterproofs
5. Do not attempt to dry wet shell cordovan shoes with heat or a heater. Wipe them dry, and allow them to dry naturally
6. Do not attempt to polish shell cordovan shoes while wet

My shoes are dry and/or discolored in the creases. How can I fix this?
Alden SF recommends using a small amount of cream in the creases. This can moisturize the area and also bring up some of the natural color in the leather. Most people use either Saphir Renovateur or Venetian Shoe Cream.

My cordovan shoes got wet and there are tiny round marks or bubbles. What should I do?
1) Next time try the Alden Leather Defender
2) Brush them for awhile
3) Try some Renovateur
4) Try the deer bone treatment
5) Just wait, it will go away evenutally


Will Alden put a different sole on my shoes?
Alden Restoration will now only recraft your shoes using original materials. If you want to put on a different sole, your best bet may be B. Nelson.

Can I have speed hooks converted to eyelets?
B Nelson will do it for $12 per eyelet (not per pair). A standard Alden boot with 4 pairs of speed hooks would therefore run $96. The top four eyelets would be off-centered with the bottom five, which is often done to compensate for the oblong size of the speed hooks.
Here's an example: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/18000#post_4958968

I want new shoelaces for my Indy Boots. What are my options?
1) Alden will mail you a pair if you ask. http://www.aldenshoe.com/
2) The Alden Madison store will sell you waxed laces for ~$6. http://aldenmadisonny.com/
3) Red Wing model 9011 will work, request them here http://www.redwingheritage.com/laces/

LWB: Longwing blucher
SWB: Shortwing blucher
PTB: Plain toe blucher
LHS: Leisure hand sewn (a loafer)

A video by Epaulet about the Alden factory

Cordovan: A Photo Gallery of Some of Mac's Shoes
Whiskey: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11760#post_4267010
Ravello: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11760#post_4266962
Cigar: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11745#post_4266729
#8: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11745#post_4266673

Online Purchasing Options
Leather Soul http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/category/brands/alden/
The Shoe Mart http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-shoes/bt-ald.html
Alden Shop http://www.aldenshop.com/
O'Connells http://shop.oconnellsclothing.com/dress_shoes.php
Sherman Brothers http://www.shermanbrothers.com/brand...S&BrandCode=AL
J. Crew http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...enForJCrew.jsp
Leffot http://blog.leffot.com/category/footwear/alden-brands/
Ben Silver http://www.bensilver.com/Alden-American-Shoes.html
Orvis http://www.orvis.com/
Moulded Shoe http://mouldedshoe.com/alden1.html
Unionmade http://www.unionmadegoods.com/alden_Mens.html
Blackbird http://www.blackbirdballard.com/Alden_Mens.html
Context http://www.contextclothing.com/brand.php?brand=Alden
Epaulet http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/t...den/Categories
Renners Fine Boots & Shoes http://www.rennersbootsshoes.com/aldenshoes1.html
Sky Valet http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden.aspx
Frans Boone Store https://www.fransboonestore.com/en/store/brands/alden.html
The Bureau http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/brand/58/alden/
Alden of Carmel http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/shoes.htm
J. Gilbert http://www.jgilbertfootwear.com/?q=node/90
Need Supply http://needsupply.com/
Tres Bien http://www.tresbienshop.com/
Francos http://www.francos.com/
Barneys http://www.barneys.com/
Anecdotal sizing information:
I find the Modified last (for my foot) is wider than the Barrie. 9D Modified fits me great, while 9D in Barrie is a snug fit, the E width for me in Barrie is too wide. I find the Trubalance last to be a little bit bigger overall last to the Barrie, whereas the Modified has a more tapered mid foot under the arch, opening up to a wider forefoot. (NewYorkRanger)

Normal size is 10.5D, I take a 10D in Barrie and 10.5E in Leydon (borderline)

I wear a 9 D in the Barrie and i've also tried a 9E in the Barrie. I won some of each and wear them both. The 9D is a little snug and the 9E is a little loose. I have a pair of 9.5 D leydon lasted LWB and they fit great. I went with a 9.5D on the grant.
9.5 E in the Dalton and most all AE's
9D in the truebalance (almost perfect fit)
9.5 D in grant ( perfect fit)
9.5 D in leydon (perfect fit)


I wear 6.5D Barrie and the 7D Grants fits well for me (actually 6.5E also works fine). (dsmivtr)

If you size down 1/2 for barrie (say 10E to 9.5E), don't try to size down 1 and go wider (to 9EE) (kippy).

the best way to determine fit and comfort is to ensure that the ball of your foot is at the widest part of the shoes. some people may have short toes and some people may have longer toes but using that area as a reference point has always worked well for me. Also there is just a feel when you put on a pair of shoes if it feels slightly too large or slightly too tight. If you think it fits you well and is not causing any pain or slipping off when you lace them, then they are likely the right size.(MiniW)
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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

Alden (and quoddy) final clearance at Winn Perry
Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

If anyone is on the fence here's the WP Brown Chromexcel Workman Oxford with Double Waterlock Sole.

Thank you very much zazaza for this tip - and CTYCCC thank you for the pic.

They are mine now smile.gif within minutes Jordan replied - kind and smooth transaction.

Edited by terradilavoro - 4/1/12 at 3:26pm
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I got my replacement pair of redwing laces. They are a bit shorter than the standard alden flat laces, but they are basically indestructible. They take a while to get use too, but are pretty damn awesome. I would recommend them for anyone with boots that chew through standard laces. 

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whiskey lhs
argyles otc
Edited by mcarthur - 4/2/12 at 6:51pm
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