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post #92896 of 122416
Originally Posted by chipshot View Post

Anybody else notice BB is not getting Alden stock whereby they once projected shipping dates? Seems odd.

It has become clear from the website over the past couple of years that much like O'Connell's, another venerable Alden retailer, BB has dropped all of their longtime Alden shell models - on the other hand, they seem to be stocking new one-off Alden suede offerings. It seems that BB shoes nowadays are pretty much AE, Rancourt, AS for Peal, and EG.
post #92897 of 122416

My "high work shoes" with about 5 wears on them. Trying out the leather laces, which I think I like:


post #92898 of 122416
Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

Also, looks like there's a new boot for sale at Epaulet.  I think someone on here was even asking about a makeup a lot like this one a while back: http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/alden-michigan-boot-in-chocolate-utica-leather

I've seen this new Michigan boot show up at a few retailers now and I still can decide whether I like it or not. I like that it's similar to the Indy without being on the TrueBalance, but something just looks strange on it. Maybe the Van last is just not meant for boots.

The shape sort of reminds me of Rancourt's hand-sewn boot but with a bit more "finished" looking stitching on the toe.
post #92899 of 122416
Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

My "high work shoes" with about 5 wears on them. Trying out the leather laces, which I think I like:

Any one out there able to compare alden
DC ravello LWB to shoemart whiskey LWB?
To me --- the color is identical
post #92900 of 122416

Having fun with colors today.




post #92901 of 122416
Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

It's been awhile since this has been posted. I have updated the post somewhat.


Compiled by @borderline and @Bakes11771 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?

Source: @REguy, Reference: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/13590#post_4526910


Anecdotal Sizing Information (Click to show)

From @NewYorkRanger

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.


From @borderline:
Normal size is 10.5D, I take a 10D in Barrie and 10.5E in Leydon

From @Pastor:

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)


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


From @kippy:
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)


From @MiniW:

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.


From @mdubs:

I am a 10.5C True to Size (TTS). I wear the following sizes on the following lasts:

-10D on Van

-10.5B on Barrie and Trubalance

-10.5C on Grant, Leydon, Plaza, and Tremont (and AE 5-last for those with AE experience)

-11B on Hampton and Aberdeen


What do the different cordovan colors look like?

@zippy Color Comparison: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/21165#post_5102551
@makewayhomer Color Comparison: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/21300#post_5108188

Color Variation Sample: http://cdn.styleforum.net/e/ec/ecd5c41b_image.jpeg

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

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

Some cordovan cleaning advice from the Shoe Care thread

Some cleaning advice from user MarioImpemba

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

My cordovan shoes has some white stuff on the leather. What do I do?
This is called "bloom". One method is to use a hair dryer, hold it 6" away from the shoe, and then after it cools down use a chamois cloth and buff it for awhile. It should go away.


How do I care for the edges on my shoes?

This depends for the color of the dressing. For Black, I recommend the Allen Edmonds Black Heel & Sole Edge Dressing. You may also want to consider the Saphir edge dressing projects available from the hangerproject.com as well.


For antique edge dressing, I recommend Patrick's method, which is as follows.



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/



Alden offers a restoration service. More information can be obtained from Alden directly.



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



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


Why do they call it the Indy boot?

Did Alden invent the Tasseled Loafer?

It has been claimed that Alden invented the Tassel Loafer for Paul Lukas.



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


Alden San Francisco (factory store - with online presence) http://www.aldenshop.com/

Alden Washington DC (factory store - no online presence) http://www.aldenshoe.com/

Alden New York (Madison Ave.) http://www.aldenmadisonny.com/

Alden of Carmel http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/shoes.htm

The Shoe Mart http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-shoes/bt-ald.html

Leather Soul http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/category/brands/alden/

CitiShoes http://citishoes.com/aldmen.htm

Sherman Brothers http://www.shermanbrothers.com/brand...S&BrandCode=AL
J. Crew https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew.jsp
Leffot http://blog.leffot.com/category/footwear/alden-brands/
Ben Silver http://www.bensilver.com/Alden.html
Moulded Shoe http://mouldedshoe.com/aldeno.html
Unionmade http://unionmadegoods.com/brands/alden/
Context http://www.contextclothing.com/brand.php?brand=Alden
Epaulet http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/alden
Renners Fine Boots & Shoes http://www.rennersbootsshoes.com/aldenshoes1.html
Sky Valet http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden_c_13.html
Frans Boone Store http://www.fransboonestore.com/collections/Alden
The Bureau https://www.thebureaubelfast.com/brand/alden-for-the-bureau-belfast
J. Gilbert http://www.jgilbertfootwear.com/products-page/alden/
Need Supply http://needsupply.com/mens/brands/alden
Francos http://www.francos.com/

Brooks Bros. http://www.brooksbrothers.com/

Really really nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to give a trillion like!


Thanks for the contribution Mike!!!



post #92902 of 122416
Cigar PTB's in a familiar setting...

post #92903 of 122416
Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

fixed that


tanker Tuesday for me

Looking Good DV!


Every time I see you wear this boot, I wanna own one! The brass eyelets make it look real spectacular!

post #92904 of 122416
Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

My "high work shoes" with about 5 wears on them. Trying out the leather laces, which I think I like:

Those laces look really great with those Indys. Well done!
post #92905 of 122416

Been a while since I broke out the loafers for a whiskey Wednesday. Won't be long now until they are packed up for the Winter.



post #92906 of 122416
Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

Cigar PTB's in a familiar setting...

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Precheck is your friend.
post #92907 of 122416
All this talk of Adam makes me think he's a little like "The Wolf"

post #92908 of 122416
Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

All this talk of Adam makes me think he's a little like "The Wolf"

So pretty please—with sugar on top—put me on the f-n list.  

post #92909 of 122416
Pre-check doesn't help you when you're wearing shoes with shanks that set off the metal detectors.
post #92910 of 122416
Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

Been a while since I broke out the loafers for a whiskey Wednesday. Won't be long now until they are packed up for the Winter.

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Looking good, Burzan. I just boxed up my whiskey LWB for the winter as well.
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