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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. Handcuffed

    Handcuffed Well-Known Member

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    @kwhitelaw stop showing off my future boots!
     
  2. ironclad

    ironclad Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you, Akeem. I'd happily give up my Color 2 LWBs for a pair of Whiskey Indy's.
     
  3. mattw

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    Hey watches, something I can actually contribute on...

    I have a Fluco black shell strap, and Hodinkee straps in navy, green, and natural. Definitely recommend the Hodinkee straps, they're much, much more supple. No idea why, could be the different stitching, different thickness or grade of shell if that is such a thing, etc. Never would have believed there'd be such a difference just seeing them online.

    Also have my eyes on Deusis/Guarded Goods and a formfunctionform button-stud in Color 8.
     
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  4. Stefan88

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    Not cordovan, but some sizes left of a plain toe blucher boot in natural Chromexcel, double leather sole and light edge.

    Not the best of pics, but still
    https://www.instagram.com/p/75M8rmtMuh/
     
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  5. DavidLane

    DavidLane Well-Known Member

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    Hello fellow shell and Alden fans. I have been making custom watch straps since 2007, which are completely hand sewn by me. I have a full supply of shells including Color #8, Black, Cigar, Navy and Whiskey. I also have a couple of Dark Cognac shells coming from Horween tomorrow.

    Straps can be completely customized with or without taper, padding, backing ect. My website does not currently list all of the options, however all of the above can be done in any width, thickness, thread ect. The link is in my signature.

    Here is a cross post from the WAYWRN thread of a whiskey shell nato:
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    I do realize I am blatantly advertising here so mod's please feel free to delete my message. I am a regular on SF, so I thought I would throw my name in the hat for watch straps.

    Best,

    DL
     
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  6. Akeem

    Akeem Well-Known Member

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    Thumbs up to David Lane straps. My french ammo DLD strap is one of my favorites.
     
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  7. swils8610

    swils8610 Well-Known Member

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    I bought these from Adam at Alden of Carmel. They arrived last week and I promptly put them away until next fall as I thought spring had sprung in Buffalo. I was wrong! About 5 inches of snow gave me good reason to try out the Comando sole!!
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  8. M635Guy

    M635Guy Well-Known Member

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    I'd heard my snuff WTB's might arrive last week - now trying to forget i heard... :(

    (I don't know how you guys survive multi-year pre-orders)
     
  9. smfdoc

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    I am considering ordering a 901 be made up for me in cordovan as they are not usually created for my width. I was told it would be about 4 months from order to delivery. Can I get the sense of the forum on whether this is an accurate estimate or terribly understated. I am not interested in a full year or multi-year wait time. I would also like to get votes between burgundy or black. Thanks.
     
  10. KPDarb

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    In the same boat.... Although thinking about certain other preorders keeps me from making a fuss. Hopefully this week they show up [​IMG]
     
  11. melquiad

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    I know this has been discussed before, but I've never felt confident as to a consensus:
    There's been some talk about shell boots being lasted a bit larger due to the nature of the shell leather (possibly because it's more water resistant, so it doesn't take to the steam so well during the lasting process?)

    Those of you owning Indy boots in both shell and non-shell. Do you go with exactly the same size, or a half size smaller in shell?

    Thanks!
     
  12. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    Looking very good Swils today in your new Wingtip Boots. Like them argyles to of course! :)

    -Mike
     
  13. kwhitelaw

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    I go the same size in Indy.

    I remember reading that the thought was the shell couldnt stretch as much over the last like other materials, possibly accounting for a perceived roomier end result
     
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  14. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    I go 10.5B on the Indy Boot personally. On Shell and CXL.

    -Mike
     
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  15. mdubs

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    Yeah, Shell doesn't stretch over time like other materials, due to the denser pore structure that makes the Shell that we know and love. However, it also doesn't get pulled as tightly over the Last as say a Calfskin would due to the fact that it doesn't stretch and if overtightened it cracks or rips. Thus it sort of balances out after time... Though CXL seems to stretch a lot after wear.

    -Mike
     
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  16. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    Monday. Alden x ShoeMart Black Shell Cordovan Semi-Brogue Medallion Cap Toe Boot on the Plaza Last. Marcoliani Aqua Argyles OTC. Glen Plaid Suit.

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  17. tifosi

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    I go same size in shell or calf no matter the last. For me, the size difference is not great enough to warrant a size change.
     
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  18. melquiad

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    Thanks friends. I feel confident now as to my possible next purchase!
     
  19. JSO1

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    Looking good in your @mdubs boots! Nice combo with the grey ;)

    I agree - I've never changed sizes due to leather, but I would guess that for people who are really right on the edge between sizes, especially in certain lasts, that it might help.
     
  20. linafelt

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    Anyone have experience with the Stafford Plain Toe Boot, being offered by Need Supply?

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    Be interested to see the boots with some wear.
     
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