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Please excuse the large cuff as the inseam on these PBJ's is crazy long and I haven't had a chance to have them shortened yet.

Chamois LWB's today







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270-degrees can be sleeker. I don't think you'll find much difference otherwise, unless it's something like the Alden 404 that needs a 360-degree welt because of the storm welt. The shoe will have a steel shank regardless of the welt.

Alden does make some 270 degree storm welted boots.




Frankly, I don't like the look, as it appears more messy at the welt/heel seat junction.

Just my opinion, but I think they should 360 degree welt the pairs that have a storm welt, and use flat welts for the 270 degree models.

I have Indys (including the model pictured) in 270 and 360. I probably prefer the 270.
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I called and got an update on the Union Hill Indy boot at Need Supply. The posting on their website was premature, as --no surprises for an Alden boot-- there were quality issues. So it sounds that as opposed to releasing potentially flawed products [UNIONMADE, TAKE NOTES], Need Supply is working things out with Alden, and there is no clear date for their release.

There are still a few pics of them if you search Google Images. As you noted, they are much lighter than snuff, so they may not be for everyone.

... enter ShoeMart seconds lists
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I have Indys (including the model pictured) in 270 and 360. I probably prefer the 270.

 

I would pick a 270 as well, assuming I had the choice of a flat welt.  It is a bit of a trade-off.  The bulky welt/heel seat junction leading into a tight heel does admittedly still look more refined than a 360 welt.  I just think that a flat welt is a win-win in this case.

 

That said, a darker storm welt that blends in with the upper better would probably make me happy enough.  The natural colored welt contrasting against the darker upper is what makes the junction so apparent.

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I personally wouldn't buy it from Rancourt. Poly insoles on their boots are a dealbreaker for me.

 

Their handsewns are wonderful though

 

 

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One of the European shoemakers for sure. I'm not extremely familiar with them, but I know I would rather not have a blake rapid with a leatherboard insole.

 

Unfortunately, I don't even think they are leather board.  They are fiberboard (Texon).

 

I had the same stance as you with this before I found out that they automatically replace the insoles at each resoling.  But, doing so will shorten the overall lifespan of the boot, which I find unfortunate.

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like the new chukkas @ j crew - shame i havn't managed to get a fit for the alden chukka yet.  want to try the hald size down + one width.


I am looking for a pair of non-suede 'dress-y' chukka. Currently looking at these Alden and RL Saunders and wait for either one of them to have a sale. smile.gif

@dusttruffle - If you're looking at these two Aldens, as far as I know, you won't be able to get them in anything but D width.

 

@ bellyhungry - If you're looking for something dressy in the chukka these two Aldens don't really seam to suit your needs unless you have a more liberal view of dressy.  The RL Saunders can be dressy, but why not a color 8 Alden chukka?

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I am looking for a pair of non-suede 'dress-y' chukka. Currently looking at these Alden and RL Saunders and wait for either one of them to have a sale. smile.gif

If you time it right, you can find the RL Saunders down in the $250 range.
RL Give is Style is usually in April.
RL Private sale is usually soon after.
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@ bellyhungry - If you're looking for something dressy in the chukka these two Aldens don't really seam to suit your needs unless you have a more liberal view of dressy.  The RL Saunders can be dressy, but why not a color 8 Alden chukka?

Thank you....The color 8 Alden is sublime but a bit North of what I would want to spend for a pair of footwear right now. But never say never. smile.gif
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If you time it right, you can find the RL Saunders down in the $250 range.
RL Give is Style is usually in April.
RL Private sale is usually soon after.

Thanks...I am also hoping the Shoe Bank has my size in the upcoming Feb sales.
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I would pick a 270 as well, assuming I had the choice of a flat welt.  It is a bit of a trade-off.  The bulky welt/heel seat junction leading into a tight heel does admittedly still look more refined than a 360 welt.  I just think that a flat welt is a win-win in this case.

 

That said, a darker storm welt that blends in with the upper better would probably make me happy enough.  The natural colored welt contrasting against the darker upper is what makes the junction so apparent.

A fine point, but as your "workboot" (Indy) gets some wear, the light color of the welt doesn't usually stay light.  I picked up my first Indy a couple of months ago on sale and I also thought the contrast looked a little odd.  But after a handful of wears this winter, the welt has darkened some.  They look really good now, imo.

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Alden does make some 270 degree storm welted boots.
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Frankly, I don't like the look, as it appears more messy at the welt/heel seat junction.

Just my opinion, but I think they should 360 degree welt the pairs that have a storm welt, and use flat welts for the 270 degree models.
How dare you say such uncomplinentary things about the Innsbruck Indy. Don't you know that here on the SF Alden thread we're all just mindless sycophants who buy anything with Alden printed on it and we never express personal opinions.
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A fine point, but as your "workboot" (Indy) gets some wear, the light color of the welt doesn't usually stay light.  I picked up my first Indy a couple of months ago on sale and I also thought the contrast looked a little odd.  But after a handful of wears this winter, the welt has darkened some.  They look really good now, imo.

 

This is indeed true and I can vouch for the darkening of natural leather welt/sole edges to a beautiful golden/brass hue as well.

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How dare you say such uncomplinentary things about the Innsbruck Indy. Don't you know that here on the SF Alden thread we're all just mindless sycophants who buy anything with Alden printed on it and we never express personal opinions.

 

:rotflmao:

 

Yeah, I've never quite fit that mold myself! 

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How dare you say such uncomplinentary things about the Innsbruck Indy. Don't you know that here on the SF Alden thread we're all just mindless sycophants who buy anything with Alden printed on it and we never express personal opinions.

There is an entire area of economics, conspicuous consumption, related to what I coined the "Alden effect." Science has gotten in to the debate recently and identified that the purchasing of a luxury status good creates a chemical rush / euphoria. So, yes, we like Aldens, but for those of us with many pairs, we are subconsciously trying to spur and repeat that chemical rush, sort of like a natural chemical addiction.

Another words, this forum is as if a group of heroin addicts sat around and discussed what were the newest cuts to hit the streets and how awesome it made them feel.

Hi, my name is blackboard_knowledge [HI BLACKBOARD_KNOWLEDGE] and I have been addicted to Aldens for five years.
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the SF Alden thread all just  buy anything with Alden printed on it.

 

FTFY

QFT

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If you time it right, you can find the RL Saunders down in the $250 range.
RL Give is Style is usually in April.
RL Private sale is usually soon after.

Those Ralph Lauren Saunders are nice. Perhaps I need to revisit Ralph Lauren. I know that EG makes the Purple Label line and that Crockett & Jones makes the UK-made Blue Label line. Who makes RL's Blue Label line made in the US? How is their quality?
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