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More saddles. LS two tone shell & Blackbird.

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Can anyone help me find a pair of #8 Tankers in a 10D? They need to be on either a Barrie or Trubalance last. Prefer a commando sole, but not a requirement. I tried Citishoes, but they were out of my size. Any help is appreciated.

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Here's something new. An Alden sizing question smile.gif However, I am not anywhere close to a rookie; I have about 30 pairs, almost all shell, in various lasts. Have just started to buy Alden suede shoes. Looking at some suede unlined chukkas on the Leydon last.

I wear a 9.5 D in Plaza, tie Aberdeen, Hampton, and Grant. 9 D in Barrie, Trubalance, and Van.

9 D in slip-on Aberdeen (full-strap loafers and tassel loafers) and 8.5 D in unlined slip-on Van (Brooks shell lhs)

Pretty standard stuff. Here's where it is a touch tricky. I would say my true size is 9.25 D. Plaza tie shoes are slightly big. Ditto tie Aberdeens. Had a pair of bitchin' 9.5 D Plaza slip-on shell boots from Leather Soul and had to give them to my son because they were too big. Plus in general I would say I like thin socks.

What are thoughts on the unlined suede Leydon tie chukkas? 9 D or 9.5 D? Haven't had unlined suede, and never even tried on a Leydon lasted shoe. Guess I'll go to a store too, but I'm curious now.

9.5D or 9.5E
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I have a cordovan specific question:

Are the names Whiskey, Ravello, and Cigar Horween terminology or is that specific to Alden?

Not specific to Alden. You can get the above shades from different shoemakers.

ie. Carmina Whiskey Shell or Vass Cigar Shell

FWIW, I have a light brown (tan) shell double monk from Carmina x Epaulet. It was called saddle shell.
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Just got my first pair of Alden Indy's #403. I've worn them a total of only 2 weeks, and walked about 50 miles in them. The rubber outer heel is wearing really fast; about 1/2 of the rubber has worn off at the backs of the heels.

 

By comparison, I have one other pair of Aldens, my All Weather Walkers #949. I've had these shoes for 8 months and walked about 1000 miles on them, and their heels are only slightly worn.

 

Is it normal for Indy heels to wear this fast? Should I replace the heels when the rubber is completely worn, or should I continue to wear through the leather underneath the rubber?

 

Thanks for the help!

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Hi guys, this thread is an incredible resource and a true danger to my wallet! I'm hunting hard for a pair of 11D 975's in Color 8 below retail. I've come up short on eBay and missed the J. Crew discount recently. If anyone has a pair they're looking to get rid of or has any leads, please do let me know. Thanks!

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Just got my first pair of Alden Indy's #403. I've worn them a total of only 2 weeks, and walked about 50 miles in them. The rubber outer heel is wearing really fast; about 1/2 of the rubber has worn off at the backs of the heels.

By comparison, I have one other pair of Aldens, my All Weather Walkers #949. I've had these shoes for 8 months and walked about 1000 miles on them, and their heels are only slightly worn.

Is it normal for Indy heels to wear this fast? Should I replace the heels when the rubber is completely worn, or should I continue to wear through the leather underneath the rubber?

Thanks for the help!

Are you dragging the heel since they're such heavy boots?
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Hi guys, this thread is an incredible resource and a true danger to my wallet! I'm hunting hard for a pair of 11D 975's in Color 8 below retail. I've come up short on eBay and missed the J. Crew discount recently. If anyone has a pair they're looking to get rid of or has any leads, please do let me know. Thanks!

 

Welcome to the thread! Yes, you need to be careful in joining this thread! It can be rather expensive... I think that your best bet would be either the MarketPlace on SF or eBay.

 

Alden shoes essentially never go on sale. The two sales this past week have been flukes.

 

-Mike

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Hi guys, this thread is an incredible resource and a true danger to my wallet! I'm hunting hard for a pair of 11D 975's in Color 8 below retail. I've come up short on eBay and missed the J. Crew discount recently. If anyone has a pair they're looking to get rid of or has any leads, please do let me know. Thanks!


11D is still available on the JCrew website, and the 20% discount is still working...
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11D is still available on the JCrew website, and the 20% discount is still working...

 

Crap, there you go!

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Welcome to the thread! Yes, you need to be careful in joining this thread! It can be rather expensive... I think that your best bet would be either the MarketPlace on SF or eBay.

 

Alden shoes essentially never go on sale. The two sales this past week have been flukes.

 

-Mike

You know I keep reading this but I have not found this to be true. During the past 7 months I've been interested in Alden's, I can already recount about 8 or 9  different instances in which they have been discounted anywhere from 10 to 33%. Of course a couple of them were "price mistakes", but I think it is wrong to say that they are never discounted. They just aren't as heavily discounted as other brands.

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Hi guys, this thread is an incredible resource and a true danger to my wallet! I'm hunting hard for a pair of 11D 975's in Color 8 below retail. I've come up short on eBay and missed the J. Crew discount recently. If anyone has a pair they're looking to get rid of or has any leads, please do let me know. Thanks!

Welcome to the forum.

Aldens seldom go on sale. Your best bet would be to buy them at regular price and establish a relationship with an Alden retailer. IMO, the time and energy you spend looking for that "deal" is not worth the $100-ish you might save should you find them on sale. And the shoes will be on your feet in the next few days. biggrin.gif
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Are you dragging the heel since they're such heavy boots?

I don't think so. I also have a pair of Red Wing Beckman boots that weigh about the same, and wear on their heels is normal.

 

But my most important question is: is the rubber portion of the heel individually replaceable, or does the replaceable unit also include the leather layers under the rubber? In other words, do I take my boots in for repair when just the rubber is worn through, or do I go ahead and wear through the leather part of the heel as well?

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But my most important question is: is the rubber portion of the heel individually replaceable, or does the replaceable unit also include the leather layers under the rubber? In other words, do I take my boots in for repair when just the rubber is worn through, or do I go ahead and wear through the leather part of the heel as well?

The rubber part that you are describing is called the "toplift". It is easily replaceable by most any cobbler. Your local cobbler may not be able to source the exact same ones that Alden uses, but there are plenty of good quality replacements available.

My advise is don't let the toplift wear down all the way to the heel stack (i.e. the leather part). If the heel stacks are damaged, they may have to be rebuilt. Quite a bid more costly in such case.

Hope that helps.
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The Japanese shops always have interesting make-ups. They're not for me, but here's a LWB in olive and brown.

http://store.silver-and-gold.com/?pid=44420717
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