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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    Why do people hate on the Alden crepe sole? I love mine so far. It is a very dense crepe (similar to some Church's crepe I have) that has some good traction.
     
  2. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    i like your sweater. your soles do not work for me.
     
  3. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    good looking boots, which could use the method
     
  4. sazon

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    I dig those soles!
    By the way, why are they called Jumpers? And what makes them a "jumper"? Are my J Crew #8 cap-toe boots jumpers?
     
  5. 1k2go

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    Definitely helps. Thank you. I'll probably hold off until I can find an true black. Although the color #8 is nice/tempting, I need a definitive change in colors in the closet.
     
  6. advan031

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    I wish those AF53s were on a different last like grant or something. Looks great nonetheless!
     
  7. phototristan

    phototristan Well-Known Member

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    It seems like any cap toe boot is often referred to as a 'jumper' because they resemble the military boots that para-troopers wear/wore to jump out of planes with.
     
  8. Abecedarian

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    I ask myself the same thing. I have the Alden x Leffot kudu LWB on the crepe sole and it's incredibly comfortable, has good traction, and looks great. If I were looking for something to complain about, I suppose it would be the speed with which the leather toe has worn down.
     
  9. ozzyboo

    ozzyboo Well-Known Member

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    I love the crepe soles also, the most comfortable sole I have on my Aldens and they work very well in slippery conditions, at least for me. Some folks here don't like how ragged they can get, however, particularly the leather tip at the toe.
     
  10. phototristan

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    I think part of the problem is the leather tip can wear at a different rate than the rest of the sole, which is annoying.
     
  11. zissou

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    How on Earth can you exchange a pair of shoes you've worn twice? Creases in calf are not something you can control like in shell. Just wear the shoes and enjoy them for what they are- nice shoes.
     
  12. Macpod

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    Hi guys. Just wondering if I can get my local cobbler/ shoemaker to fix 6 or so loose speedhooks on my tanker boots? He's probably not familiar with Alden's. Is it an easy fix that anyone in the business would be familiar with?
     
  13. cbbuff

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    yes.
     
  14. stevent

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    What about paint on speedhooks? Does Alden use a specific color?
     
  15. zissou

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    I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible to get captoe boots without loose speed hooks.
     
  16. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Well-Known Member

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    i just got a pair of used aldens that say "8H30 025 11 977" on the inside. does any of that information say what last they were made on? if i had to guess based on the look/fit i would say Grant. they're brown calfskin longwings.
     
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  17. advan031

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  18. zissou

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    Yes, all eyelets would be ideal, but I wanted Barrie last with brogueing.
     
  19. Macpod

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    i was hoping he could just reuse the loose ones. But the ones on the tanker boot arnt painted from what I can see. But I don't mind if they are just all unpainted metal.
     
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  20. stevent

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    The paint chipped on my Indy boots on two of the hooks not really a big deal but it kinda bothers me
     
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