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There's not really much to elaborate on wrt the shell shortage of 2007-2008. Just search for threads on SF and Ask Andy.
There was plenty of speculation then too. You can even find some comment from mcarther that are more than just "wear in good health".

During that time Cigar, Whiskey, and Ravello were in very short supply. Especially Whiskey and Ravello.
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

heres to hoping the moulded kudu mto makes it through

+2

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These arrived in the mail yesterday. Alden Foot Balance System leather insoles. I called Alden the week before last and and told them that I wear an 11D in my PTB's and LWB's and that I wanted some insoles to help take up some of the extra volume. I was told they had a thin leather insole, which is what I got, and some which would better be classified as orthotics. I thought $40 was a bit stiff for two pair of insoles until I saw how perfectly they fit into my shoes. Even though the PTB's were my first Alden's, I was a little sanguine toward them because of their very generous proportions. Now with these insoles I can wear dress socks without having to tie the shoes so tight that its cutting off the blood flow to my feet. I can see wear Alden's history in corrective and special footwear comes from. If you thought Alden's were comfortable before these insoles take them to the next level. BTW my PTB's are looking kinda dull. I've got some Reno, #8 shell cordovan wax, and some brushes. Does anyone have their own special recipe for getting that high gloss Uncle Mac shine?
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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post

I know the grant last usually fits TTS or down a half size but has anyone needed to go up a half size?

I'm a Barrie 12.5D with a fairly wide foot.  I was able to fit in a Grant 13D very comfortably and didn't need to go up or out.

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No, that wasn't the "one fact" you got wrong. Can you tell us more about the Chinese hackers and how it relates to Rolex S/N and fakes?

You said there's a big lawsuit.


Apparently you've never been to a Tourneau. Amongst watch enthusiats, there's an old joke.

Q: What's the difference between a used car salesman and a Tourneau salesman?

A: The used car salesman knows when he's telling a lie.


Your story about the Chinese fakes that could fool everyone with a shadowy organized crime syndicate behind them are the same stories that were going around in the 90s only the fakes were reputed to be from Italy and the crime syndicates were eastern european. The hacking of Rolex computer systems is a nice new touch though.


You've somehow taken a remark from some one (a friend of a friend perhaps?) that the Chinese are buying up dead horses and that's what's causing the cordovan shortage. That sounds entirely plausible.

You then go on to raise some FUD by coming to the conclusion that they're obviously going to start faking Horween cordovan complete with stamp to make fake Aldens and flood the market.


Turn your wayback machine to 2007/2008 if you want to read about the last Cordovan shortage.


That funny Rolex story you linked to is questionable that it happened as stated. The presentation watch backs are engraved with Daytona 24 Winner or something like that.

Exaggeration to some degree, I have been lurking on this thread for a short while.  The more whiskey and ravello screenshots that are posted, the more those who don't have them will want to acquire them.  I fall into this group as I have recently bought my first pair of shell cordovan boots, and my focus has turned to acquiring ravello and whiskey shades.  They're beautiful colors and the talk of how rare they are make them even more appealing in a twisted manner.  This talk of shell shortage does very much to help sellers, and the buyers are now wanting if they are not #8 or black.

I'm curious zippyh, can you briefly elaborate on the shell shortage back in 2007-2008?  At the very least for me personally, if I can figure out this is cyclical and more supply will open up, I'll end up tempering my intent to perhaps spend much more money than I should for ravello and whiskey shell.


Guys,
This is all tulipomania.
the rare shells are not going to disappear, and even if they are out of the game for a couple of years they will come back. its too profitable for the companies involved not to find a way to get them back out there--and, on that note, part of this is surely hype to make it seem as though there is going to be some horrible shortage to make people want to stock up as much as they can right now.
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

ehhh cant hurt to have a black pair for the occasional use. the fact its cordovan is a bonus

I don't know what you guys have against black shell... I have about a half dozen pairs and they look awesome with suits... And nice grab on those cap toes... They look sweet...
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

These arrived in the mail yesterday. Alden Foot Balance System leather insoles. I called Alden the week before last and and told them that I wear an 11D in my PTB's and LWB's and that I wanted some insoles to help take up some of the extra volume. I was told they had a thin leather insole, which is what I got, and some which would better be classified as orthotics. I thought $40 was a bit stiff for two pair of insoles until I saw how perfectly they fit into my shoes. Even though the PTB's were my first Alden's, I was a little sanguine toward them because of their very generous proportions. Now with these insoles I can wear dress socks without having to tie the shoes so tight that its cutting off the blood flow to my feet. I can see wear Alden's history in corrective and special footwear comes from. If you thought Alden's were comfortable before these insoles take them to the next level. BTW my PTB's are looking kinda dull. I've got some Reno, #8 shell cordovan wax, and some brushes. Does anyone have their own special recipe for getting that high gloss Uncle Mac shine?

Nice! Look really comfortable...
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Quick question about sizing.  Most say that one should try shoes on after walking quite a bit, or at the end of the day after your feet have expanded some to obtain optimal sizing and fit.  However, I think my foot is largest in the morning after taking hot shower; heat creates expansion. I remember putting on my first pair of Aldens (LWBs) in the morning after a hot shower and thinking, holy crap, I've got the wrong size. It was uncomfortably snug, even with thin socks.  At the end of the workday (I am on my feet all day and walk quite a bit throughout the day), I felt as though I had a different shoe; there was plenty of room, almost too much room.  Throughout the day though, any of my Alden LWBs are the most comfortable, best fitting shoes I own! nod%5B1%5D.gif

This is my daily experience.  Am I alone with this, or is this experience common?  I am actually wary of trying on shoes at the end of the day or after walking a bunch.  If I do, I take the above into consideration.  From what I have read, I think I may be an outlier.

I have not noticed much difference in fit throughout the day. However, if I had to say, shoes feel tighter first thing in the morning and it seems that I will often untie and tighten the laces during the day. My Alden LWBs are also my most comfortable shoes.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-BEAUTIFUL-Alden-Horween-Shell-Cordovan-Cap-Toe-Boots-Size-10D-/181112954457?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item2a2b2c5e59

Any idea what last this is? The seller doesnt know. Looks like grant or barrie. Im thinking most likely grant


I don't think it could barrie.  The sleek look makes me think plaza, but grant is a possibility.

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Chromexcel makes a great leather for casual longwings. These are from Leffot - both these and their natural cousins will be my go to longwings on weekends this summer

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To those who have the J Crew snuff suede LWB (and possibly Leffot's version of this in blue suede), how do they fit compared to the shell LWB.  I know all three are on the barrie, but was curious if the fit is different.  Also, is the suede LWB lined?  I assume it is.  I have the J Crew unlined suede PTB in camel(tan), and was wondering if the fit might be similar.  Thanks in advance...

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Chromexcel makes a great leather for casual longwings. These are from Leffot - both these and their natural cousins will be my go to longwings on weekends this summer


Excellent choice Alcibiades... wear in great health!

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

To those who have the J Crew snuff suede LWB (and possibly Leffot's version of this in blue suede), how do they fit compared to he shell LWB.  I know all three are on the barrie, but was curious if the fit is different.  Also, is the suede LWB lined?  I assume it is.  I have the J Crew unlined suede PTB in camel(tan), and was wondering if the fit would be similar.  Thanks in advance...

The suede longwings are lined

IME suede longwings fit similar to cordovan versions
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I don't think it could barrie.  The sleek look makes me think plaza, but grant is a possibility.

I would lean plaza due to the toe. The seller mentionsnin the description that they would contact the seller to start the process of determining the last. Either way the boots looks awesome.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

To those who have the J Crew snuff suede LWB (and possibly Leffot's version of this in blue suede), how do they fit compared to he shell LWB.  I know all three are on the barrie, but was curious if the fit is different.  Also, is the suede LWB lined?  I assume it is.  I have the J Crew unlined suede PTB in camel(tan), and was wondering if the fit would be similar.  Thanks in advance...

The suede longwings are lined

IME suede longwings fit similar to cordovan versions


Thanks.  That's what I was hoping.

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