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going to be in SF next week.. besides Aldens store, anywhere else worth checking out? 

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going to be in SF next week.. besides Aldens store, anywhere else worth checking out? 

Ask half. I think he just did the same thing! Enjoy your trip, it's a beautiful city.
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No more sandals for me gentlemen

 

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going to be in SF next week.. besides Aldens store, anywhere else worth checking out? 

Ask half. I think he just did the same thing! Enjoy your trip, it's a beautiful city.

 

Indeed I did!  Unionmade, obviously.  The J. Crew store in San Francisco Centre is a good one and has AS and C&J in stock, but not Alden.  Other non-Alden personal highlights:

 

Wingtip

Wilkes Bashford

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece
Barneys

 

There are also two AE stores there.

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Beckett & Robb in Embarcadero Center (across from Alden) for sure. Also, lesser known spot with awesome dress shirts and ties—that's all they have—is Cafe Coton. Trust me.

For Banana-esque clothing and decent prices, I like Gant in Hayes and Emile Lafaurie (really nice stuff).

Taylor Stitch gets my vote for basics. Their shirt sizing goes by jacket sizing (36-38-40-42...).

AB Fits in North Beach has a nice selection of denim, as does TS mentioned above.

Self Edge is the true denim boutique, around 18th & Valencia. Expensive, but awesome selection.

There are also Paul Smith and Ted Baker (personal fave) stores in downtown.

Don't forget to eat at House of Prime Rib!
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Why alden indy 403 and 405 have the same price?
Whereas one is chromexcel while the other one is calf leather. Do they have a significant different quality?
Thanks smile.gif
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Beckett & Robb in Embarcadero Center (across from Alden) for sure. Also, lesser known spot with awesome dress shirts and ties—that's all they have—is Cafe Coton. Trust me.

For Banana-esque clothing and decent prices, I like Gant in Hayes and Emile Lafaurie (really nice stuff).

Taylor Stitch gets my vote for basics. Their shirt sizing goes by jacket sizing (36-38-40-42...).

AB Fits in North Beach has a nice selection of denim, as does TS mentioned above.

Self Edge is the true denim boutique, around 18th & Valencia. Expensive, but awesome selection.

There are also Paul Smith and Ted Baker (personal fave) stores in downtown.

Don't forget to eat at House of Prime Rib!

Holy smokes sounds awesome!

After reading this I dont feel like I should visit someday, I feel like I should buy a house! If I could ever afford one again with all these stores.

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Beckett & Robb in Embarcadero Center (across from Alden) for sure. Also, lesser known spot with awesome dress shirts and ties—that's all they have—is Cafe Coton. Trust me.

For Banana-esque clothing and decent prices, I like Gant in Hayes and Emile Lafaurie (really nice stuff).

Taylor Stitch gets my vote for basics. Their shirt sizing goes by jacket sizing (36-38-40-42...).

AB Fits in North Beach has a nice selection of denim, as does TS mentioned above.

Self Edge is the true denim boutique, around 18th & Valencia. Expensive, but awesome selection.

There are also Paul Smith and Ted Baker (personal fave) stores in downtown.

Don't forget to eat at House of Prime Rib!

 

Dang, @sacafotos!  You couldn't have popped out this list a month ago when I was there?  :embar:

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I got a little impulsive and bought some whiskey chukkas off ebay. Let's hope they're not too rough...


Interesting. If you don't mind me asking what was the final price? Of course I understand if you would rather not reveal it. If not too high I might be tempted to send them back to Alden for a full restoration (assuming they don't drastically darken the uppers).
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I picked them up for $255 and they'll certainly be making a trip up to Massachusetts for the overhaul. I just want to give them some TLC first.

Too bad they're not a 7-9.5 in size. They'd fetch a higher price no doubt.
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I've got a problem.  I have some tobacco J. Crew LWB and the left shoe seems too tight, widthwise at the front of my foot.  I've worn them about 10 times and it seems to be getting the best of my foot, which now makes a cracking sound when I walk in them and becomes sore.  

 

Is there a way to have a shoe stretched slightly?

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I've got a problem.  I have some tobacco J. Crew LWB and the left shoe seems too tight, widthwise at the front of my foot.  I've worn them about 10 times and it seems to be getting the best of my foot, which now makes a cracking sound when I walk in them and becomes sore.  

 

Is there a way to have a shoe stretched slightly?

 

You can technically stretch the vamp (vertically)—and easier to do if calfskin—by say 1/8"; look up "vamp stretcher" and you'll see a medieval-looking device that has a screw. It operates like a car jack. A cobbler should be able to do it for you. I haven't done it before.

 

What do you gents think of this by Unionmade:

 

http://unionmadegoods.com/product/alden-alder-two-tone-cap-toe-in-brownreginagrain-and-darkbrown-eclipse-d3501/

 

I tried it on and really liked it, but not sure how much use I'd get out of it. It's definitely striking.

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ravello kind of day...........

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey guys, just wondering, does this happen with all shell captoes? Does the cap stay dark while the rest of the shell cordovan lightens up?

 

 

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Not in my experience

I actually think that's pretty common among pics posted of shell on his thread.  The color in areas with creasing usually lighten with increased flexing.  The area adjacent to the cap toe typically changes in color, but it shouldn't be too much.  I actually find it appealing; it shows some nice character and patina.

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@brandall10

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Not quite cigar color, so I may have to get those, too. I'm loving these. Color is accurate.
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@brandall10

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Damn! Those are looking spectacular... like real Indy boots!

Have any recent on foot photos, esp. from the side?
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