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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. coolarrow

    coolarrow Well-Known Member

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    Unlined Brooks #8 shell 2day:

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  2. JSO1

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    When I first got into the shoe game, I used to look at the AE and Alden threads and think to myself "what is so special about shell, why would anyone pay $700 for this, etc." Now, I have two dozen pairs of Alden shell shoes/boots and find myself still wanting more. Alden in particular does special things with shell, and their "exotic" shells are spectacular.

    The key is to be patient, check eBay / Styleforum classifieds / Grailed often, and develop good relationships with the main Alden retailers that run exotic shells often (Alden DC, Alden Madison, TheShoeMart, etc.). You will probably end up buying several Color 8 and Black shell pairs in the meantime (and that's not a bad thing - both #8 and Black shell are wonderful).
     
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  3. zippyh

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    Ravello chukkas.
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  4. Descry

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    Thanks for the tip! My very first pair of Alden's were color 8 Cordovan chukkas. Hoping to find a pair of whiskey lwb's or those slammin loafers in whiskey cause that color is so niceeeee
     
  5. JSO1

    JSO1 Well-Known Member

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    Well, TheShoeMart just got a run of Whiskey LWB and LHS in - most of them are probably presold, but there is a chance one will pop up in their store or on their website, and there will certainly be folks reselling their pairs (there are already some on eBay or Styleforum classifieds). I believe a handful of other retailers have recently received or will soon be receiving Whiskey LWBs as well. Never hurts to make a few phone calls or send a few emails.
     
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  6. coloradojeff

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    Went to Alden on Madison in Manhattan today. Absolute heaven for an Alden fan. I picked up a pair of Unlined Chukkas in Tan Suede and a pair of George Boots with commando soles in Color 8 cordovan. They should be there when I get home. I'll post pictures when they arrive.
     
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    AoM is a great shop, sounds like you got some good pairs!
     
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  8. coloradojeff

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    The shoe selection is amazing...but the best part is the customer service. I dealt with Moses, who was the best, most knowledgeable shoe guy I've ever worked with. It was a complete pleasure.
     
  9. ScarsdaleVibe

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    I know this is an Alden thread but C&J is offering a whiskey loafer at the moment.

    http://m.crockettandjones.com//product/harvard2-whiskey
     
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    I've never purchased C&J but have been looking into them lately. These look fantastic. Where do you US folks purchase from? I assume the quality of these is equal to Alden correct (acknowledging that maybe nobody does cordovan as good as Alden)?
     
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    I just received my boots (4461H) from Alden Shop in San Fran. There are some markings on these and I wanted to see if others think this is acceptable or if I should send back for a different pair. On one pair there is what appears to be a 1.5 inch scratch on the side and the other pair has a small .25 inch scuf that exposes the under color, some gritty finish around the top, and another small scratch in the rear.[​IMG]

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    Seems to be more of a seconds quality item, but I just wanted other's opinions and advice.
     
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    Wear those, nothing really wrong with them, minor handling marks and some shell bloom (bumps).
     
  14. Skelnik

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    Thank you.

    They sent me some Color 8 polish. Do you recommend using that on the handling marks or just leave as is and only use a horse hair brush for general dusting. I know everyone's care advice is different. Some say not to use any wax paste ever, even from Alden and others say at least use it once or twice a year. In this case I was wondering if it would be good to use on the marks.

    Also the boots feel tight on back of heels and bridge of foot, but toes feel good. I suspect that is normal for these boots until they are broken in. Does that sound right or do you recommend going to a 8.5 E?
     
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    Brogued cap toe today. Really looking forward to receiving mt black shell long-wing bluchers from TSM on Friday.

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    Update on these as I finally got some flat waxed laces.

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    Looking forward to seeing how they break in
     
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    That's pretty interesting.
    I wonder how the otterwax on suede will wear and compare to something like a waxed flesh.
     
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    The shell care I will leave to someone else. But for now, brush them if you'd like and wear them.

    The foot bed will compress a little bit as you break them in. The shell won't stretch but your foot will settle down slightly, possibly alleviating the instep and heel pressure a bit. How much pressure relief it will yield, hard to say.
     
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    In the theater district tonight to see Hamilton.

    Color 8 Saddles

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    Unicorn, ha. A stock model that basically never gets posted here. Looking good.
     
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