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post #88981 of 122416
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post
 

 

No prob.  Those are some pretty sweet boots.  I have WT boots in snuff and love them.  Alden's suede is really nice and that's a great color.  Good luck and enjoy.


Oh nice.

 

 

I'm just a little concerned about colour. As per The Shoe Mart photo they look a lot lighter than this photo of Alden Snuff Suede here.

 

Can anyone tell me what it looks like actually?

I really prefer the darker colour.

 

I'm also going to try a friend's Cordo Colour #8 barrie lasted boots on to make sure I order the right size, anything wrong with that?

post #88982 of 122416

Fellas, just did my annual pilgrimage to Alden SF.  Came out with 664 (black shell tassel) and 684 (color 8 full strap loafer).  I must say that Jim and Robert, who assisted me, are beyond helpful, and really make the experience one to remember.  Really a well-run operation, and while I "only" purchased two pairs, we tried on many different stock models, and in all sorts of different permutations of lengths/widths.  For any of you who can't quite get the "right" fit in a certain last, I highly recommend making the trip to see them, as they can turn lasts that never work for you into your favorites.  For example, while I purchased the 10D in 684 (Aberdeen), we tried on the 9.5E, 10C, 10.5B, and 10.5C, just to ensure the perfect fit.  Great experience all around!

post #88983 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Fellas, just did my annual pilgrimage to Alden SF.  Came out with 664 (black shell tassel) and 684 (color 8 full strap loafer).  I must say that Jim and Robert, who assisted me, are beyond helpful, and really make the experience one to remember.  Really a well-run operation, and while I "only" purchased two pairs, we tried on many different stock models, and in all sorts of different permutations of lengths/widths.  For any of you who can't quite get the "right" fit in a certain last, I highly recommend making the trip to see them, as they can turn lasts that never work for you into your favorites.  For example, while I purchased the 10D in 684 (Aberdeen), we tried on the 9.5E, 10C, 10.5B, and 10.5C, just to ensure the perfect fit.  Great experience all around!

Beebs, glad to hear! I had a similar experience myself and I probably would not have determined my best Aberdeen size of 11B without their help and patience.

-Mike
post #88984 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Strong work tifosi. Great looking boots.
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The boots look great sazon. The sw are special.
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So nice uncle Mac. Beautiful loafers.

nephew,
thank you
post #88985 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Nearly had these in hand on sale for $475 at AoDC a few years ago. Unfortunately the size was one width off; broke my heart.  Well done Uncle.  They look spectacular!

nephew,
thank you
post #88986 of 122416
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All of our "preppy" talk yesterday inspired me today.  I'm with you DonL (and everyone else that went with the 986)... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)







nephew,
looking good
I like madras with lhs, my uniform from my youth
post #88987 of 122416
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Uncle, your great pics of your excellent Alden ravello collection always continue to impress.

nephew,
thank you
post #88988 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Uncle, these full straps are beyond beautiful.

nephew,
thank you
post #88989 of 122416
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Originally Posted by totalair1 View Post

One of my favorite Alden loafers. Looking timeless on you Uncle!

See Ya,
Steve

nephew,
thank you
post #88990 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Sorry, I have to jump in and provide a slight clarification. Alden has their standard single and double leather soles which are oak tanned. They also have the oil soaked soles which provide superior wet weather performance. I have heard that they are a pidge softer than the standard oak tanned soles. The single oil soaked sole is known as the "flex sole" or typically called the "flex welt". The double oil soaked sole is known as the "double Waterlock" sole.

Other than that slight clarification, my friend speaks the truth. Alden applies a small layer of cork for comfort under the insole prior to attaching the outsole. And the oil soaked soles are still made of leather and if you like Toppy's, this may or may not cause you to rethink that practice.

-Mike

When you say single/double oil soaked sole, single/double refers to the amount of oil, or the number of layers of leather?
post #88991 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


When you say single/double oil soaked sole, single/double refers to the amount of oil, or the number of layers of leather?

The latter. A single/double sole does not necessarily need to be oil soaked. 

post #88992 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

The latter. A single/double sole does not necessarily need to be oil soaked. 

Understood. I meant, when mdubs says

The single oil soaked sole is known as the "flex sole" or typically called the "flex welt".

Does he mean that flex welt is a (1) single leather sole, which is soaked in oil, or a (2) leather sole which is soaked in oil once?

Similarly, when he says

The double oil soaked sole is known as the "double Waterlock" sole.

Does he mean that double waterlock is a (1) double leather sole, which is soaked in oil, or a (2) leather sole which is soaked in oil twice?

This may be obvious to others, but I've never known the difference between the two and am taking this opportunity to figure it out once and for all.
post #88993 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


Understood. I meant, when mdubs says

The single oil soaked sole is known as the "flex sole" or typically called the "flex welt".

Does he mean that flex welt is a (1) single leather sole, which is soaked in oil, or a (2) leather sole which is soaked in oil once?

Similarly, when he says

The double oil soaked sole is known as the "double Waterlock" sole.

Does he mean that double waterlock is a (1) double leather sole, which is soaked in oil, or a (2) leather sole which is soaked in oil twice?

This may be obvious to others, but I've never known the difference between the two and am taking this opportunity to figure it out once and for all.

there in simplistic terms

post #88994 of 122416

Just ordered first pair of Aldens. Snuff Suede Perforated Captoe boots. Can't wait to have them. Being in Australia is annoying in the fact that I have to send them to a forwarder.

post #88995 of 122416
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there in simplistic terms

Thank you. I was pretty sure this was the case.
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