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post #6346 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MiniW View Post
personally I would go with these:

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men..._cordovan.html

and with age and sun exposure, they will become more brownish. Obviously this will take some time.

Otherwise search "alden captoe" or "alden straight tip" on the shoemart website and there are several dozen choices. good luck
Brand new, it's a burgundy shade, right?
post #6347 of 122416
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Originally Posted by LeatherSOUL View Post
Alden doesn't have the pattern available.

I received a lot of entires for stuff that just wasn't available. It's not that we didn't think they were good ideas, it's just that we can't make them. No blue chromexcel, no austerity brogues, no balmoral boots, no chelsea boots, etc, etc, etc.

You had to approach the contest with an idea of the mix and match parts you have available from Alden (ie, you can't create a completely original boot or shoe), what has already been done (a lot already has been) and try to find something that not everyone else is doing but that would also have an appeal. Plus, you need to like it yourself. With all the entries Tom got I'm sure he could toss out all the finalists (please, don't!) and have great finalists again.

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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
BOOT #3 is my favorite out of the lot and I am interested to see what it looks like.

+1
post #6348 of 122416
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Brand new, it's a burgundy shade, right?

Right - the Alden 'color 8' or 'no. 8 shell' is burgundy or some call it 'cordovan' color.
post #6349 of 122416
What again are the numbers for length / width differences as you from size to size with Aldens? I know some of you Alden fans / salesman know these by heart -- . . . assuming the same style, leather, and last . . . is it 1/8" longer for each half size and 3/32" wider for each width? What about width as you move up half sizes? E.g., difference in width between 11D and 11.5D?
post #6350 of 122416
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I'm looking for a pair of dark brown leather cap toes. Anyone got any suggestion? Thanks.

That was one of my suggestions also. I brown calf leather captoe on the barrie on the flex sole.
post #6351 of 122416
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post
Right - the Alden 'color 8' or 'no. 8 shell' is burgundy or some call it 'cordovan' color.
Gotcha. When we're talking about time to age...are we talking about years here? (I realize it depends on the amount of wears, but let's say once a week). I'm always a sucker for ShoeMart because of no tax and free shipping and 365 day return policy. I have stuff in my closet that "I may wear" because of that policy, lol. Lastly, how does the Aberdeen Last run? The Aldens I have are either TruBalance or Barrie, both which run .5 larger. Thanks, guys. Well thanks from me, not my wallet. Edit: How about the fit of the Hampton last? I'm also considering the Cigar Shell.
post #6352 of 122416
Also what is the difference between these two models? From the pics, the Hampton Last looks a bit wider?

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men..._cordovan.html

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men..._cordovan.html
post #6353 of 122416
I would like to buy shoes/boots for winter that will provide nice traction but with a relatively dressy look / without a hefty look. In this context, I consider 3 respects important: 1) sole; 2) last; and 3) welting. In regard of the sole, I find Alden's commando sole providing nice traction but at the same time having a very low profile. In fact among the rubber soles out there I think Alden's commando sole is the best in this regard. That's why I am not considering shoes/boots from other manufacturers. As to last, Plaza seems to be the one to go. As to welting, I would prefer regular close heel welt without any storm welt. 360 degree welt would not be a deal breaker, but a storm welt would. I have found the below chukkas almost suitable for my needs: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...a_Boot_203.htm The reason why I've said "almost" is because these chukkas have 360 degree storm welt. So I was wondering whether you have ever seen any Alden shoes/boots having commando sole but lacking storm welt. This would probably be "doable" by Alden, but if no one has seen this, that would probably mean Alden does not prefer to manufacture its footwear like this for its stock shoes + no retailers are interested in such a make-up, unless Alden expressly refuses such make-up patterns for some reason.
post #6354 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Doctor View Post
Have they ever made a longwing boot? That would have been my entry. Just because I'm curious

Visvim makes a longwing boot
post #6355 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Mr.K View Post
That was one of my suggestions also. I brown calf leather captoe on the barrie on the flex sole.

Any reason you chose the Barrie last? Or is that the Alden last that best conforms to your foot?
post #6356 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Odd I/O View Post
Any reason you chose the Barrie last? Or is that the Alden last that best conforms to your foot?

I like the Barrie last because it has a bit more shape to it. I do not like many of the last since the toe area is small and I think that wingtips and captoes look much better with a wider toe area.
post #6357 of 122416
Anybody know how how the Chromo Indy fit compared to the REDWING GT?

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men..._workboot.html

I am a 7.5 in REDWING GT. Wondering what I'd be in Chromo Indy.

Thanks
post #6358 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mg428 View Post
I would like to buy shoes/boots for winter that will provide nice traction but with a relatively dressy look / without a hefty look. In this context, I consider 3 respects important: 1) sole; 2) last; and 3) welting.

In regard of the sole, I find Alden's commando sole providing nice traction but at the same time having a very low profile. In fact among the rubber soles out there I think Alden's commando sole is the best in this regard. That's why I am not considering shoes/boots from other manufacturers. As to last, Plaza seems to be the one to go. As to welting, I would prefer regular close heel welt without any storm welt. 360 degree welt would not be a deal breaker, but a storm welt would.

I have found the below chukkas almost suitable for my needs:

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...a_Boot_203.htm


The reason why I've said "almost" is because these chukkas have 360 degree storm welt. So I was wondering whether you have ever seen any Alden shoes/boots having commando sole but lacking storm welt. This would probably be "doable" by Alden, but if no one has seen this, that would probably mean Alden does not prefer to manufacture its footwear like this for its stock shoes + no retailers are interested in such a make-up, unless Alden expressly refuses such make-up patterns for some reason.

In regards to the welt, I have a pair of the AF53's which have a Commando Sole and a regular welt (360). From what I've gathered, I'm pretty sure any sole can have any welt.

Try the AF60's, those are hot.
post #6359 of 122416
I have the AF53s as well. I like them a lot, but wish I got the AF60s, provided they came in color 8. The shoemart has the color 8 cap toe boots on the grant--they're beautiful.
post #6360 of 122416
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Also what is the difference between these two models?


first: oxford/bal = closed lacing
second: blucher = open lacing
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