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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


1) Any of the Alden branded retailers. Most of the smaller stores that stock Alden also have a few pairs as well (I've gotten some from Leffot before)

2) In my experience and the experience of a few others on this thread, yes

3) This appears to be an Alden DC exclusive

I was just goofing around, since these 3 questions seem to be reoccurring so regularly.

 

I thought if you can't beat em, join em.

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post #45737 of 90009
Based on the photos from the Mac's treasures blog, it appears that he wears his shoes outside at least occasionally. Also, people that say drive to work and walk mainly on carpet will put less wear on shoes than those of us that pound the pavement walking to subways. Others just crease shoes instantly when they try them on due to the shape of their feet. Some people are going to put more wear on shoes than others, it is what it is. Just put trees in your shoes, brush, and condition and they will last a long time.
Edited by Alcibiades - 3/15/13 at 2:12pm
post #45738 of 90009
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

I was just goofing around, since these 3 questions seem to be reoccurring so regularly.

I thought if you can't beat em, join em.

Yeah, I should have known... I think I have answered the "Alden DC" question at least 10 times myself
post #45739 of 90009
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I was just goofing around, since these 3 questions seem to be reoccurring so regularly.

I thought if you can't beat em, join em.
post #45740 of 90009
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

He wears them outside.  He has taken plenty of outdoor photos of his Aldens on his feet.  Unless he carries them outside, sits down, puts them on, takes the picture, then takes them off to walk back inside.

When he said that in response to your questions about his minimal toe wear, I think he was kidding around.

He wears them outside. He was kidding around.
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post #45741 of 90009
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


He wears them outside. He was kidding around. nod[1].gif

 

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nephew,
always walk on carpeting and never walk on concrete.
 
 
I will also note that "Uncle" Mac frequently says that he tries to protect his shoes from inclement weather(overshoes are frequently cited as helping).  I know if I was diligent about limiting my leather soles' exposure to moisture, they'd last a lot longer.. but I don't spend the time to put the overshoes on typically, unless it's really bad.
 
At any rate, and to get the thread back on track, here's my modest Alden shell collection (and I do walk on concrete).
 
 

700

 

post #45742 of 90009
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

He wears them outside.  He has taken plenty of outdoor photos of his Aldens on his feet.  Unless he carries them outside, sits down, puts them on, takes the picture, then takes them off to walk back inside.

 

When he said that in response to your questions about his minimal toe wear, I think he was kidding around.

 

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Based on the photos from the Mac's treasures blog, it appears that he wears his shoes outside at least occasionally. Also, people that say drive to work and walk mainly on carpet will put more wear on shoes than those of us that pound the pavement walking to subways. Others just crease shoes instantly when they try them on due to the shape of their feet. Some people are going to put more wear on shoes than others, it is what it is. Just put trees in your shoes, brush, and condition and they will last a long time.

 

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He wears them outside. He was kidding around. nod[1].gif

 

Perhaps, I should clarify.  I'm not saying he is pulling into an office building and stepping out of his car like something you would see in a British spy movie. bigstar[1].gif  I am sure he walks from his car to the building and back.  That said, I have recieved tips that he wasn't playing around as much as you all seem to indicate.  As for the outdoor pictures, walking out to take a staged photo doesn't qualify as "wearing your shoes outdoors" in the real world definition.  Also, I sought clarification from him directly as to whether he was kidding, and got no reply.  I did, however, get some condescending remarks from the Gestapo members of the thread who will remain nameless, but come out of the woodwork when anything about Mac's methods come up in conversation. 

 

I would also add that I've not really known Mac to be a jokester.  He is normally short and to the point.  The question that he replied to regarding not wearing his shoes on concrete was not a joking question, so a joking answer with no follow up doesn't seem appropriate, given that Mac seems to appreciate people tapping into his expertise on shoes. 


Edited by MoneyWellSpent - 3/15/13 at 1:50pm
post #45743 of 90009
An old classic today, No.8 saddle shells

With Marcoliani OTC
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Perhaps, I should clarify.  I'm not saying he is pulling into an office building and stepping out of his car like something you would see in a British spy movie. bigstar%5B1%5D.gif  I am sure he walks from his car to the building and back.  That said, I have recieved tips that he wasn't playing around as much as you all seem to indicate.  As for the outdoor pictures, walking out to take a staged photo doesn't qualify as "wearing your shoes outdoors" in the real world definition.  Also, I sought clarification from him directly as to whether he was kidding, and got no reply.  I did, however, get some condescending remarks from the Gestapo members of the thread who will remain nameless, but come out of the woodwork when anything about Mac's methods come up in conversation. 

 

I would also add that I've not really known Mac to be a jokester.  He is normally short and to the point.  The question that he replied to regarding not wearing his shoes on concrete was not a joking question, so a joking answer with no follow up doesn't seem appropriate, given that Mac seems to appreciate people tapping into his expertise on shoes. 

 

As always, you are right, Sir.  Please forgive me for having questioned you.

post #45745 of 90009
I've seen some Alden issues, but has anybody seen this on their new Aldens?



On just one shoe, there are two small nails driven into the sole, close to the heel. These are a brand new pair of Alden 405 Indy's, from an online Alden retailer. I already contacted Alden, weren't very helpful, got a standardized email to return them.

Has anybody else experienced an issue like this? And if anybody has knowledge of the its purpose, is the integrity of the shoe compromised?

Thanks guys. First time I've ever seen this, in any new shoe.
post #45746 of 90009
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Based on the photos from the Mac's treasures blog, it appears that he wears his shoes outside at least occasionally. Also, people that say drive to work and walk mainly on carpet will put more wear on shoes than those of us that pound the pavement walking to subways. Others just crease shoes instantly when they try them on due to the shape of their feet. Some people are going to put more wear on shoes than others, it is what it is. Just put trees in your shoes, brush, and condition and they will last a long time.

Maybe I'm not getting something, but I thought it was vice versa?

post #45747 of 90009
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As always, you are right, Sir.  Please forgive me for having questioned you.

 

Think nothing of it, and I don't know that I'm anywhere near always right, shog[1].gif but I had good reason to take him seriously on that particular line of questioning. 

post #45748 of 90009
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Maybe I'm not getting something, but I thought it was vice versa?

Yeah, you are right, I mistyped, now it is edited
post #45749 of 90009
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Originally Posted by undarted View Post

I've seen some Alden issues, but has anybody seen this on their new Aldens?



On just one shoe, there are two small nails driven into the sole, close to the heel. These are a brand new pair of Alden 405 Indy's, from an online Alden retailer. I already contacted Alden, weren't very helpful, got a standardized email to return them.

Has anybody else experienced an issue like this? And if anybody has knowledge of the its purpose, is the integrity of the shoe compromised?

Thanks guys. First time I've ever seen this, in any new shoe.

 

Mine don't have those but if the boot is not coming apart and you don't feel the nails inside the boot, I would probably not worry about it. 

post #45750 of 90009
This debate about Mac's shoes pops up periodically. I don't really get it. There are plenty of examples of people who put shoes through very heavy wear, but end up with great looking shoes over time. Some people (like Mac) post shoes that are a decade or two old but still look good. If you take care of your shoes, Alden cordovan can look great after a long time.
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