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The Official Alden Thread for 2016 - Share reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mdubs, Jan 1, 2016.

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  1. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Well-Known Member

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    Sweet Jesus, they look good! (if you like suede LWBs) [​IMG]
     
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  2. MrDV

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    ravello ct bluchers

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  3. Fawkes007

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    Taking my PTB Shell 8's to work today.[​IMG]
     
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    Can't spoil these.

    Those reverse chamois WT boots from the Yenmeister look incredible.

    Forgive me, but I don’t remember who it was who proposed that one to Yenni. (ZennyPoo?) But Thank you again to whoever it was!

    The variety of make-ups being shown recently in the thread is most excellent.
     
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    Stunners!!
     
  7. Don L

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    TSM Cigar LHS

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    These are sweet Don! I like a worn model. Looks great!
     
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    Alden for ePaulet Ironside Indy Boot in Earth Chamois
     
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    Sweet
     
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    These are beauts!
     
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    Hey everyone, I'm looking to get my first pair of Aldens soon and am close to settling on the 9901 (PTB in Black Shell Cordovan), but I have a few questions:

    1) How durable are they and how well do they wear? Will one scuff ruin them? How careful do I need to be with them?

    2) Are they versatile enough to be dressed up with a suit or dressed down more casually?

    3) I'm a 10 in vans authentics and a 9 in chucks. What size do you recommend I try first?
     
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    Before the storm hit today. Frans Boone x Alden Parajumper Color 8
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    You are looking good in your Wingtip Boots. Happy Tuesday!
    Your Black Suede LWB is looking very good. I swore those were green. Haha!
    Meh. Those are okay. ;-)
    Looking great in your Shell PTBs my friend. Enjoy your shoes!
    Looking very good in your Cigars Don. Looking great in those Cigars.
    Very nice!
    Yeah, not sure what is nicer, those boots or those slacks. Looking great bud! -Mike
     
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    Shell Cordovan is revered for its durability. A scuff on the shoes doesn't ruin them, but rather gives them character. They are shoes, wear them, but don't play soccer with them on. :)

    The Black Shell PTB can go up or down pretty well. You should be happy with them.

    Yeah, I am not going to even touch sizing advice when a Van shoe is the reference. I have no clue how those size. All I can tell you is to go Brannock Size - 1/2 for the Barrie PTB. :)

    -Mike
     
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    I plan to get a natural cxl alden coz it changes color over time. Does someone has a photo of natural cxl alden with time as a reference?
    Thanks
    Lee
     
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    thanks for the kind words gentlemen.
    gilby, these are on the plaza.
     
  18. MrDV

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    the cigar lhs - check rivet combo is pure gold dubs.
    love how these came out. i shy away from adding product to my aldens, but your loafers are looking stellar.
    fantastic color on your boots Ben. i miss lighter #8.
    thank you sir.
     
  19. M635Guy

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    Time is probably less a factor than your care routine. I've only had my natty cxl Indy boots for 6 months or so, but in addition to a slight darkening of the leather, it has really achieved more depth. The welt has also darkened (somewhat more than the upper IMHO). I'm happy with all of that, though a slightly more matte finish wouldn't hurt my feelings. I'm fine either way.

    You can seen a Day 1 and current for my pair here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/480296/the-official-alden-indy-appreciation-thread/135#post_8315296

    My care routine is brushing before and after every wear, plus a handful of sessions where I wipe them with a slightly damp cloth and brush for several minutes. They've had two passes with Alden boot cream (which is probably one too many, but I've been wearing these a fair bit and they started life with me worn every day on a 10-day trip to rainy Japan). I'm not an expert, but my understanding is Nick Horween's recommended care for CXL is an occasional application of Neatsfoot oil or Venetian Shoe Cream, - , my understanding is both will darken the leather, especially the first (though all of that is the "heard on the internet" kind of "information" - I don't have direct experience with either).

    I might eventually try the Saphir Greasy Leather Greasy Cream (Cuir Gras) on it, though it also has neatsfoot oil.
     
  20. M635Guy

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    Here's my new and current pic
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