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Originally Posted by meso View Post

Alden for J Crew is the same, you just lose a bit of street cred.
I don't like the indy boots either... generally consider suede to not be my thing.
Coming from a guy who like at least some of McNairy's offerings, which are often made by Sanders in the UK and make generally decent pairs.

Wearing my year+ old J Crew tan suede PTBs right now... Not many better shoes are available to wear sockless with a pair of navy chino shorts and an Oxford shirt... I am thinking about resoling this with a red Dainite sole and getting a new pair of tans next spring.

Personally I dont see a difference between buying Aldens from J Crew vs retailers like Brooks Brothers. Of course we like to support our independent boutiques as well but at the end of the day no one has much trouble selling their Aldens

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Originally Posted by pistolero View Post


that sounds like BS to me...Context only offers a couple of makeups and they're still placing orders. Does Blackbird even carry Alden anymore?

dunno, this is what they said. If you think it's bs email them expressing your interest for a reissue of the boot.

 

 

We would love to do another run and we will when we can but right now we are on hold with Alden and can't.  I believe they just got to popular and had to freeze some accounts so they could just focus on the big accounts like J Crew and such.  
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Blackbird is done with Alden.  At least that's what they told me.  Concentrating on Wolverine 1000 Mile boots and others.  Alden isn't a big seller for them and Alden is not supporting small shops with limited runs.

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Wearing my year+ old J Crew tan suede PTBs right now... Not many better shoes are available to wear sockless with a pair of navy chino shorts and an Oxford shirt... I am thinking about resoling this with a red Dainite sole and getting a new pair of tans next spring.
Personally I dont see a difference between buying Aldens from J Crew vs retailers like Brooks Brothers. Of course we like to support our independent boutiques as well but at the end of the day no one has much trouble selling their Aldens

I have unlined snuff suede PTBs from Unionmade, and I totally agree with your statement above - great summer shoe. nod[1].gif I've never bought Aldens from JCrew, but I have no problem with those who do. If JCrew has a unique model I like, I won't think twice about pulling the trigger.
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Originally Posted by Edgein View Post

Blackbird is done with Alden.  At least that's what they told me.  Concentrating on Wolverine 1000 Mile boots and others.  Alden isn't a big seller for them and Alden is not supporting small shops with limited runs.

Not that it really matters, but the other posts lead me to believe it is the other way around. No?
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I've owned my first pair of Aldens for a couple weeks now and just wanted to thank you guys for providing a great forum. I based much of my purchase decision on your posts and it was on this thread that I heard about the Tom Austin sale that made it possible to get my first pair. I bought a color 8 longwing floor model that was lovingly restored to somewhat match the left, which sat quietly in a box since 2002. They couldn't be considered firsts or even seconds, but it's the imperfections and mismatched color that endear them to me.

700

 

Though this will surely be shunned by the argyle devotees, I usually wear mine without socks. I prefer the feel of the shoes directly on my feet and think the aesthetic bears a sense of candor to which I'm partial. I get a lot of crap for this from the older crowd at work, but I enjoy that as well. I might even be referred to as a 'hipster' by a few, but my intent to support quality, American made products is as genuine as the next person posting here.

I've bought three shoes in the past couple months and am hoping my spending soon begins to wane. In addition to the #8 longwing, I have the The Bureau Kudu Boot and may be getting some #8 Indy Boots if I'm lucky enough to end up in the minority who has a decent experience with North River Outfitter. I'm surprised by the lack of love for kudu on this thread but caveat this sentiment by saying I do not own any chromexcel. It's a bigger test of will to rest my kudu boots than anything else I own.

Anyway, thanks for maintaining such a quality thread. I'm having a lot of fun on here.

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Originally Posted by pelican View Post

ok, I've heard back. They said they would like to make another run of the Blackbird milkman's, but Alden is not manufacturing for small businesses right now just larger ones. Really disappointing

BULLSHIT

Epaulet, Leffot, Leathersole, Context, etc., etc are all small businesses who still do markups.
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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post

I usually wear mine without socks. I prefer the feel of the shoes directly on my feet and think the aesthetic bears a sense of candor to which I'm partial. I get a lot of crap for this from the older crowd at work, but I enjoy that as well.

Allow me to give you some "crap" (all in good fun, of course...) for writing that sentence. Going sockless in LWBs is cool if that's what you want, but "the aesthetic bears a sense of candor"? I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person (others may disagree) and I have no idea wtf that means.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I have unlined snuff suede PTBs from Unionmade, and I totally agree with your statement above - great summer shoe. nod[1].gif I've never bought Aldens from JCrew, but I have no problem with those who do. If JCrew has a unique model I like, I won't think twice about pulling the trigger.

+1 (to both points) ...but obviously we aren't thinking about street cred
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Originally Posted by Arizor View Post

My cordovan #8s after approximately a year and a half of wear. Been wearing them all day so they need a wipe down and brush.


Quoting a very old post - NAMOR's Alden SF pics inspired me to order the color 8 captoe boots. I hope mine look like this with wear.
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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post
I usually wear mine without socks. I prefer the feel of the shoes directly on my feet and think the aesthetic bears a sense of candor to which I'm partial.

 

Welcome aboard Thom Browne!

Enjoy wearing these great LWB.

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Before we all get overly sentimental about the Blackbird Christopherson's Creamery Milkman Boot - I owned that boot and ultimately flipped them without ever wearing them. As we all know, the Barrie last isn't "sleek". Add to that the 360 degree storm welt and you have a pretty "substantial" boot (they may have been based on Peter Boyle's boots in Young Frankenstein). I never seemed to find a place to wear them.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Quoting a very old post - NAMOR's Alden SF pics inspired me to order the color 8 captoe boots. I hope mine look like this with wear.

Those boots (which are outstanding) look like they are on the Plaza last - from Alden SF?
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

Those boots (which are outstanding) look like they are on the Plaza last - from Alden SF?

The pictured boots are on Plaza and were apparently from LeatherSoul. The Alden SF boots are Barrie (I would need an E in Plaza). I think the boots are similar from other standpoints (flat welt, dark sole, blind eyelets, etc)
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