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post #46186 of 94362
Bad lighting but

Ravello and raw


#8 and raw
post #46187 of 94362
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Originally Posted by kinetic758 View Post

Read a few posts back about someone getting a pair of Aldens that seemed "tried on" due to the fact that the laces were already in the shoe.

Just curious: have your Alden's arrived with the laces completely separate? I recall that the last two pairs I received had the laces in only the first hole (both left and right).


I think you are referring to my post.  The shoes were not already laced up, but you could see the subtle indentations on the tongue created by someone lacing and tying the laces.  It wasn't a big deal because that's what it looks like after the first time you lace and tie.  I almost always receive my new ones the way you described.  The one time I did not was with my whiskey wingtip bal oxfords.  The laces were separate in the box which makes sense because the effort required to lace those bals might have created creases right off the bat.

post #46188 of 94362
Finally received my exchanged J Crew cap toe boots. Had to go +.5 to my TTS of 11.5. Marcoliani argyles OTC
Edited by BeSpiffington - 3/19/13 at 2:12pm
post #46189 of 94362
Beautiful, why did you have to size up from your LWB Barrie size? As in, where did it feel too tight?
post #46190 of 94362
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Originally Posted by BIG WONG View Post


Looks like Alden SF did so as well, but they forgot to take down the Whiskey and Cigar LHS.

Alden SF kept up the whiskey shortwing bal too.
post #46191 of 94362
^But they don't show photos of them. You have to know to click on a given style, or do so accidentally, to see if exotic shell stock is available. I had definitely noticed that Whiskey, Cigar, and Ravello disappeared from AoC and Alden Madison sites awhile ago. Interesting to find out why.
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Originally Posted by englade321 View Post

My wife was watching me put on my color 8 captoe boots this morning and commented that I didn't " have any boots in that caramel color". Crap !! this is a really bad time for a shell shortage

Then get some in that caramel color and make her happy. biggrin.gif
post #46193 of 94362
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

^But they don't show photos of them. You have to know to click on a given style, or do so accidentally, to see if exotic shell stock is available. I had definitely noticed that Whiskey, Cigar, and Ravello disappeared from AoC and Alden Madison sites awhile ago. Interesting to find out why.

For Alden SF, just run a search for whiskey in the keyword search box and it will pull up whiskey models that are available, but no pics. Same for cigar. Same for ravello.
post #46194 of 94362
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Originally Posted by easy_golfing View Post

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I like the eggplant look and hope it stays that way. It does look blackish to me at times in pictures though

Use saphir shell cordovan cream in burgundy ("cordovan" color, as they say) and they will remain dark.
post #46195 of 94362
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Originally Posted by david3558 View Post

Beautiful, why did you have to size up from your LWB Barrie size? As in, where did it feel too tight?
Thanks david. They seem even nicer than the size 11 mediums I originally ordered. Probably because these actually fit. I think that's just the nature of Alden shell, no two pair are alike. Kind of like snowflakes my girlfriend says. The first pair I received were too short and to narrow. I believe anybody who's ever tried lace-up boots knows that how a boot flexes is an indication of whether or not its a proper fit. Looking forward to wearing the bejesus out of these boots. Maybe then I'll go for a commando sole with an antique edge trimming like mr chorizo.
post #46196 of 94362
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


For Alden SF, just run a search for whiskey in the keyword search box and it will pull up whiskey models that are available, but no pics. Same for cigar. Same for ravello.

Wasn't this always the case though?  All pics are of Color 8?

post #46197 of 94362
Yeah I totally regret returning my pair - I got them 2 years ago and had buyer's remorse because it was so damn much. And that was before all the price hikes - I think they were only $590 and I got 25% off via J.Crew coupon...

That's what actually bugs me about Alden's consistency though - I had the Barrie SWB in Ravello and was extremely disappointed that the fit was very off. Recently, I decide to give the Barrie a try again and all the LWB's I've been trying on have been spot on. It's really frustrating -_-
post #46198 of 94362

Sizing Paranoia Question:

 

I'm 9C Van/Barrie, 9D Aberdeen/Hampton.

 

US 9.5D Gucci/Tod's

 

I typically buy 10D New Balances, but am wondering if I should get my next pairs 9.5D.

 

The 10Ds don't feel to big, and there is a little room in front of my big toe, but not excessive.  (Maybe 1/4 inch)

 

It just seems weird that my NB size would be a full size up from all of my Alden sizes, and that I'm normally 9.5 in all other shoes.

 

Can anyone that wears New Balances comment on my predicament or share their sizing experience?

 

TIA

post #46199 of 94362
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Anyone ever had any "loose stitching" repaired by Alden Restoration or B. Nelson?  What exactly do they do and how does it look?  like can you tell it has been repaired or does it look exactly like it did before it became loose.  Have some loose stitching on several pairs, would it be bad to cut the loose ends?

Be careful with this. I sent back a pair of 403s that I bought from LS, which had a bad stitch in the upper. Alden ended up just cutting the loose thread, and running a new stitch through the outer leather and inner lining. Those boots were beat up, so I wasn't heart broken, but I would have been pissed if they had treated some cordovan in the same way.
post #46200 of 94362
Hey guys new to the forum and just got my first pair of Aldens!

The pair I got is second hand and the rubber dovetails on the heel are a bit worn down.

Is it possible for a local cobbler to replace these without replacing the entire heel? I'm new to the game and was hoping you veterans could help me out. Thanks!
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