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These were my first Alden's as well. My collection has steadily grown ever since.

 

I suspect that's where I'm headed. I have to figure out whether Alden's other lasts will be as comfortable as the Trubalance.

 

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I have to saying seeing the picture of these make me feel better in that the stitching on the big toe side does tend to slope away. Mine are a bit tight and I trust they will loosen up... Mine are below and I thought the stitching sloping off on the big toe was a mistake but I guess that is how it is supposed to be... sorry for the blah pictue

 

 

 

Minor asymmetries in stitching, etc. don't really bother me at all, provided the shoe has other qualities. I would certainly keep your pair, judging by the photo. The only problem I have with these Indys is that the tongue on my right foot tends to wander toward my ankle on the outside. The left one stays put, oddly enough.

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

I have to saying seeing the picture of these make me feel better in that the stitching on the big toe side does tend to slope away. Mine are a bit tight and I trust they will loosen up... Mine are below and I thought the stitching sloping off on the big toe was a mistake but I guess that is how it is supposed to be... sorry for the blah pictue



The toe box stitching on yours is 10x better than the pair I received a few days ago.
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Color 8 naval boots arrived last week, and they already KO'd the Day Trippers and 975s for favorite Alden honors.  We'll see how the upcoming DC offerings settle into the mix...

 

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I suspect that's where I'm headed. I have to figure out whether Alden's other lasts will be as comfortable as the Trubalance.


Minor asymmetries in stitching, etc. don't really bother me at all, provided the shoe has other qualities. I would certainly keep your pair, judging by the photo. The only problem I have with these Indys is that the tongue on my right foot tends to wander toward my ankle on the outside. The left one stays put, oddly enough.

SkySaw, terrific post and welcome to the thread! The Indy Boot is a great boot. Designed to be a true work boot. It has many features designed to be anatomically comfortable and accurate. Some of its particular features are the Thomas Heel, which has a S like shape to it and the Neocork sole. Those are not common across all Aldens.

But it also has a steel shank for structural ridgitity and to reduce rolling on the sides as well as a cork bed for a more custom fit. Those are common across the Alden lineup (with possibly the Cape Cod Collection excluded, as those are made in a special factory in Maine).

Alden makes many great models for leisure, work, and business. Terrific brand and I love hearing your story.

Best of luck in your shoe shopping experience, if you have any questions please let us know!

Go Cordovan!

-Mike
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Mac, these are absolutely superb! Great looking loafer!!!
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Originally Posted by HankL0818 View Post

The toe box stitching on yours is 10x better than the pair I received a few days ago.

Yeah; yours were frankly jacked up. But it sounds like you are getting taken care of!

-Mike
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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

Color 8 naval boots arrived last week, and they already KO'd the Day Trippers and 975s for favorite Alden honors.  We'll see how the upcoming DC offerings settle into the mix...



Alpina, congratulations and thank you for sharing. My pair arrived today, but I will be unable to pick them up until Thursday or Friday. They are a very cool boot!

-Mike
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Originally Posted by Disco Volante View Post
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These were my first Alden's as well. My collection has steadily grown ever since.

 

I suspect that's where I'm headed. I have to figure out whether Alden's other lasts will be as comfortable as the Trubalance.

 

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

I have to saying seeing the picture of these make me feel better in that the stitching on the big toe side does tend to slope away. Mine are a bit tight and I trust they will loosen up... Mine are below and I thought the stitching sloping off on the big toe was a mistake but I guess that is how it is supposed to be... sorry for the blah pictue

 

 

 

Minor asymmetries in stitching, etc. don't really bother me at all, provided the shoe has other qualities. I would certainly keep your pair, judging by the photo. The only problem I have with these Indys is that the tongue on my right foot tends to wander toward my ankle on the outside. The left one stays put, oddly enough.

 

The Indy with the intended non symmetrical stitching bothered me to the point of not wanting them.....then slowly I warmed up as most predicted and when I had a chance to grab them on sale...well that was it. Yeah I am good with minor errors and such but I never realized the side stitching was not centered until I unpacked mine.

 

I plan on keeping them for sure and in a perfect world a 1/2 size larger would have been better to allow a boot sock.

 

In terms of the sole, it is that neo cork thing...any words of advice with it? slippery as can be on wet, snow etc or is it fine to take a beating?

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J Gilbert suede wingtip. My most comfortable pair of boots I own.
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I really like the sole matching 8 color

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
 

Color 8 naval boots arrived last week, and they already KO'd the Day Trippers and 975s for favorite Alden honors.  We'll see how the upcoming DC offerings settle into the mix...

 

hot.  i wish i'd gotten in on these.  if anyone has a 9.5D that doesn't work out for them, holler.

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All these boot photos reminded me I need to clean up cigar boots since I was caught in the rain last week.  Snapped a few photos before cleanup.

 

 

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Here are the comparison pics of my whiskey lwb and ravello chukka, both from sf.



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Originally Posted by stevefok View Post
 

Anyone knows which is gonna be wider in the same last, a 8E or a 8.5D?

 

Thanks!


8E.  The total volume is very, very close, but distributed differently.  But the "e" is an "e"  But MoneyWellSpent is the ultimate authority about such matters.  I seem to recall that MWS posted a chart showing overall volumes by size and width.

 

Edit:  After I wrote this, I saw others made the same point in more detail and BKotsko included with his post the chart to which I was referring.  The cognoscenti jumping in fast. 


Edited by aldenwear - 10/27/14 at 3:32pm
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