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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post

Can someone explain what is being depicted in this picture taken from the Alden factory?

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To me, it suggests that the original insoles are removed as part of the restoration. Is that correct? Perhaps it is then re-installed as a benefit to the original owner who would then not have to repeat the break in process?

If I were to consider purchasing pre-owned quality footwear, I would want fresh, flat leather insoles installed as part of the restoration.

 

I have seen this photo, and I have taken it as evidence that Alden may replace insoles during recrafting if necessary.  Replacing the insole is never  standard procedure, and most companies don't do it at all.  It certainly adds a good bit of labor and risk to the repair process and shouldn't be done unless it is absolutely necessary to save the shoe from being thrown away (due to a worn out insole).  Some of the more expensive brands, like Edward Green and John Lobb do replace insoles as needed. 

 

I suppose the above photo could have been staged, and may have just been made for the purpose of showing the conformed insoles (which is fun to see).  However, I don't know why Alden would have a stack of worn insoles on hand, unless they do sometimes replace them as needed.  To be clear, I have never actually asked Alden if they do this, and a simple email to them would probably answer the question rather easily.  

 

The fact that most people get their Alden's back from restoration with the original insole should be expected, but it doesn't rule out the possibility that they may sometimes replace them if it is warranted.  

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Just outstanding Don L!

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No, I don't think so.  I think the 2145 has been around long before Epaulet came out with the Alden Alt Wien.  However, I believe "Alt Wien" is a particular type/model of Budipester shoe (with the cap toe medallion pattern) that is more of a "country-style" derby shoe (rounder, built like a tank), as opposed to a dress shoe.  While the 2145 is a Blucher, it is on the sleek/dressy Aberdeen last.

 

However, some of Vass's Alt Wien models are built on a sleeker last...  http://www.styleforum.net/t/130044/the-ultimate-vass-porn-thread/930#post_3725401

 

It may be that Alt Wien just means a Hungarian Medallion CTB ( I really don't know.)

 

I've tried to do some internet digging on this but not much is out there to clearly define, so I may be inaccurate with this.  Maybe someone like MoneyWellSpent or others could shed some light.

 

RTP my understanding is the same as yours above.  Lasts can be generally grouped into regional preferences.  Obviously each region has different shaped lasts within them, but nevertheless, there are some characteristics that seem to hold true to their heritage.  Lasts can be grouped as generally "English type", "Italian type", "German type", "Austrian type", "Budapest type", etc.   The term Alt Wien, as I have understood it, is that it is a nod to the heritage of the shoe that is generally Budapester, or some type of German/Austrian/Hungarian rooted style.  

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...like the Horween factory.

Absolutely. We are staying downtown and I'm hoping that Horeeen is convenient and that they do tours.

I'm guessing it'll smell pretty bad.

Old article about Horween.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-12-08/features/9104200812_1_durable-leather-shoes-johnston-murphy
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Easily my favorite pair of calfskin Alden's and my best fitting pair of shoes, regardless of material. I picked the up on eBay and they are sized 9.5 D/EE. I don't know what this means but I'll figure it out. I've emailed alden to see if they can help with the last and retailer but was hoping that some of the keen eyes from this site might recognize the last.


Fine score my friend.  I'm guessing hampton last.

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MoneyWellSpent - I'm not going to repost that message but it was awesomely informative. Many thanks for posting it.
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Fine score my friend.  I'm guessing hampton last.

Agreed. http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_medallion_tip_bal_calfskin_tan/pvc-ald-mxsdlc-911_ald_m_medallion_tip_bal_calfskin.html

Looks like Alden's model 911 on the Hampton last in tan.
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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

Shawn...the Alden's are easy to find in Chicago! Look for the Hancock Building (95+ stories tall) and go to the Delaware St entrance. You can't miss Hanig's Footwear!

Here's a nice article on tracking down some Alden's in Chicago:
http://m.chicago.racked.com/archives/2012/05/08/the-alden-review-where-to-find-it-in-the-windy-city.php

It would be remiss of me if I didn't mention the Ralph Lauren store just down the way a few blocks on Michigan Ave. Just look for the Mansion next to the Park Hyatt. It's RL's largest store and has a pretty amazing restaurant next to it called...you guessed it RL.

There are Alden's carried by the Brooks Brothers store on N Michigan Ave too.

Haberdash also carries Alden.
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Of course FedEx tried to deliver my TSM black shell captoe boots on Sat.! I'm hoping they try to re-deliver this afternoon! Tracking says estimated delivery on Tues., but I'm not sure why. Fingers crossed!
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Lucky my boots have been sitting 20 minutes from house for the last 48 hours.
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Pinocchio sports alt wien shoes, when not wearing clogs.

 

Octoberfest countdown begins

 

pumpkin beer made near Alden factory out now

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ravello lhs
Always love seeing your beautiful Ravello lhs's Uncle.
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My first Alden - color 8 cordovan indy
Excellent boot in an outstanding colour. Congratulations on your new boots and wear them in the best of health.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Easily my favorite pair of calfskin Alden's and my best fitting pair of shoes, regardless of material. I picked the up on eBay and they are sized 9.5 D/EE. I don't know what this means but I'll figure it out. I've emailed alden to see if they can help with the last and retailer but was hoping that some of the keen eyes from this site might recognize the last.
Nice cap toes and argyles shawnc. It all works to make a great combo.
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A super classy combo Don L. Outstanding shine sir.
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