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The J. Crew CXL 405 is actually the 403, correct?

Same chromexcel leather but j crew version has slightly different ankle stitching and welt color.

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Same chromexcel leather but j crew version has slightly different ankle stitching and welt color.

Thanks!

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I have a pair of Aldens in #8 that are purple (light eggplant) in bright sunlight. I can't imagine finding a belt to perfectly match them. In most light no one will ever notice the difference between my shoes and the Allen Edmonds belt.

Not even my Alden #8 Belt is a good match for my Alden #8 shoes.  The belt is more on the brownish side of things.  The color also varies significantly across the belt, as it is made of 3 separate pieces of shell.

 

Not complaining, still happy with it.  Just sharing my experience.

 

I also have cigar shoes and belt.  Closer match, but still no where near perfect.  The belts seem to have a flatter finish compared to the sheen you'll get on shell shoes.

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Is the tannery in cambridge? I know of a place in cambridge and "the tannery" rings a bell

The Tannery has stores in Harvard Square (Cambridge) and downtown on Boylston Street. Prices are full retail. You used to able to haggle them down, but they've stopped doing that. The selection in Harvard Sq is basically LWBs, PTBs, unlined chukkas, LHSs, and NSTs. They only have black and 8 shell as well as some calf. The selection at their Boylston store is more extensive but still nothing beyond the usual basics.
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My search for retail stores in Boston carrying Alden returned only NRO and The Tannery.  Anybody know of other places?  I guess I could check out Brooks Bros, also.

The J Crew Mens store in Copley has aldens as well, and Barneys has some also.

I spoke with a new retailer in the back bay area who said they want to carry Aldens but apparently they have a policy about how many stores in a given area can carry their shoes.
I thought it was BS, but when you think about it Brooks bros + J crew + Tannery + Barneys = 4 stores in a 4 block radius.

edit: As for the Tannery on Boylston; their make-ups are all pretty much stock but once in awhile they carry collabs with the Wilderness Workshop downstairs (so I've been told)
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If you haven't already, check. http://www.aldenshoe.com/store.asp

 

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The Tannery has stores in Harvard Square (Cambridge) and downtown on Boylston Street. Prices are full retail. You used to able to haggle them down, but they've stopped doing that. The selection in Harvard Sq is basically LWBs, PTBs, unlined chukkas, LHSs, and NSTs. They only have black and 8 shell as well as some calf. The selection at their Boylston store is more extensive but still nothing beyond the usual basics.

 

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The J Crew Mens store in Copley has aldens as well, and Barneys has some also.
I spoke with a new retailer in the back bay area who said they want to carry Aldens but apparently they have a policy about how many stores in a given area can carry their shoes.
I thought it was BS, but when you think about it Brooks bros + J crew + Tannery + Barneys = 4 stores in a 4 block radius.
edit: As for the Tannery on Boylston; their make-ups are all pretty much stock but once in awhile they carry collabs with the Wilderness Workshop downstairs (so I've been told)

Thanks everyone for your input.  I had forgotten I could check J Crew and Barneys as well.  I know all the concerns about web orders from NRO but I recall someone saying their focus is really their B&M store and that it is a pretty nice store.  I've also read some pretty negative reviews on the Tannery.  But you have to take some of those with a grain of salt.

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NRO has a nice retail space, but remember that the mail order is still the same management as the B&M. (although they claim their orders are fulfilled from their "warehouse", which seems to be a fancy name for the stockroom off the floor of the retail space...)

I'll never give them a $, sale or otherwise.

Tannery sales staff is high pressure and obnoxious as hell, but Jason and Brad in the Wilderness Workshop are aces. Even though it seems all Alden stock is carried upstairs in the Tannery I'd recommend popping downstairs to the WW and seeing if any of them can help you. Those dudes actually wear/love Aldens and are vastly more knowledgeable than the Prada and Magli clad guys upstairs.
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FYI - I would much prefer an Alden color 8 belt (and cigar and ravello as well), but they are pretty much impossible to find in my experience. I therefore just bought one from Allen Edmonds. They are on sale and have free shipping. Mine arrived quickly and is very nice.

Alden SF has a full size run of them

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NRO has a nice retail space, but remember that the mail order is still the same management as the B&M. (although they claim their orders are fulfilled from their "warehouse", which seems to be a fancy name for the stockroom off the floor of the retail space...)
I'll never give them a $, sale or otherwise.
Tannery sales staff is high pressure and obnoxious as hell, but Jason and Brad in the Wilderness Workshop are aces. Even though it seems all Alden stock is carried upstairs in the Tannery I'd recommend popping downstairs to the WW and seeing if any of them can help you. Those dudes actually wear/love Aldens and are vastly more knowledgeable than the Prada and Magli clad guys upstairs.

 

Thanks, zazaza.  Input is very much appreciated.  I will seek out Jason/Brad when I get there next week.  I am even tempted to take the train (or get there somehow/rent a car) to Norwalk CT to the Shoemart, but that's probably pushing it.  Also going to check out the AE stores in Boston.

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Alden SF has a full size run of them

Do you mean in just color 8?
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Thanks, zazaza.  Input is very much appreciated.  I will seek out Jason/Brad when I get there next week.  I am even tempted to take the train (or get there somehow/rent a car) to Norwalk CT to the Shoemart, but that's probably pushing it.  Also going to check out the AE stores in Boston.

You are welcome. Not sure what you're after but I'd recommend checking out Ball and Buck (its on Datmouth, right off Newbury, right down the st from Tannery and near Copley) everything they carry is made in the USA and it's a pretty well curated shop.
No Aldens, but a good run of Rancourts and they just released their collabo with Allen Edmonds of the Neumora. (it's pretty sharp, but a grip over retail on the regular neumora you can buy at AE further down Newburry st.) If you need any other boston-centric recs I'm happy to oblige.

btw, the shoemart is sweet, but the retail space is nothing to write home about and I wouldn't recommend driving all the way from boston unless you're on your way to NYC.
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What size AE shoe trees would you recommend for 10D Indy's?

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What size AE shoe trees would you recommend for 10D Indy's?

 

The AE size guide puts a 10D (probably 10.5D TTS) on the cusp of a M and a L.  So you'd best see if someone with your exact size in the Indy's (TB last I assume) responds.

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You are welcome. Not sure what you're after but I'd recommend checking out Ball and Buck (its on Datmouth, right off Newbury, right down the st from Tannery and near Copley) everything they carry is made in the USA and it's a pretty well curated shop.
No Aldens, but a good run of Rancourts and they just released their collabo with Allen Edmonds of the Neumora. (it's pretty sharp, but a grip over retail on the regular neumora you can buy at AE further down Newburry st.) If you need any other boston-centric recs I'm happy to oblige.
btw, the shoemart is sweet, but the retail space is nothing to write home about and I wouldn't recommend driving all the way from boston unless you're on your way to NYC.

 

Good input on TSM.  Their online selection is so extensive I would have thought their retail store would be pretty nice.  That'll save me a disappointing trip there this time.  I'll try to hit it up next time I'm back east and have more time.  And thanks for the tip on Ball & Buck.  I've read good things about them here on SF.

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The AE size guide puts a 10D (probably 10.5D TTS) on the cusp of a M and a L.  So you'd best see if someone with your exact size in the Indy's (TB last I assume) responds.


it's a bit funky. I heard somebody using a medium tree on the 10D barrie lasted shoe; however, I use L on my 10.5 AEs, so I'd figure using L since 10.5D AE and 10D Barrie/TB are pretty similar

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