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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. Calikid

    Calikid Well-Known Member

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    Sweet shoes!
     
  2. dahl5yankees

    dahl5yankees Well-Known Member

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    Picked up a pre-owned pair of Alden 9501 Natural Chromexel Oxfords.

    Can someone tell me a good polish or creme for these, hoping to grab
    something locally and not order Alden, etc...
     
  3. mcarthur

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    thank you
     
  4. Alcibiades

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    Leffot Ravello LWB


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    More "orange" than "red," but I like the color of these LWB
     
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    Interesting, I would bet Whiskey if you did not say they are Ravello!
     
  6. ATLjon

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    Great! Thanks for the help!

    Seriously, these are thrifted and not in my size, so I'm trying to get a bit of info on them for selling/trading purposes. Here's what Alden people have said:

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    Has anybody ever seen these?
     
  7. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    These are definitely lighter than my ravello tassels (which are more "true" ravello with deeper red/brown tones) but still darker and "redder" than my two whiskey models. Also, various lighting change how these shoes look significantly
     
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    terradilavoro Well-Known Member

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    I do use Neatsfoot Oil - recommended by Nick Horween also - have a look http://horween.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/chromexcel®-2/
    cheerio
    Joachim
     
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  9. Michigan Planner

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    I have a pair of kudu longwings on the plantation crepe sole - these ones here: http://leffot.com/2012/01/12/alden-x-leffot-kudu-longwing-blucher/. Thanks to the crepe sole, these are among the most comfortable shoes in my collection. Yours look like they have definitely been resoled, but the condition of the rest of the shoes look to be pretty good based on your Flickr photos. The kudu leather is great for being able to take a beating though.
     
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  10. CFowler2790

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    Quick question, I got sized at a local store that carries Alden and might be ordering some here soon, but dont understand the size he wrote down for me. He wrote down that I'm a 11D/B which fits perfectly for the Indy and PTB and Chukka, so do I fit a B or a D? Either or? [​IMG]
     
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  11. Johnny_5

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    Really? I went to the AE store and was told I had to do a custom order that would take 4+ weeks for an additional $80, and that they're not returnable. Where did you hear about this?
     
  12. SuitedDx

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    D is ball width and B is heel width. The wider the ball the wider typically the heel, e.g., D/B, E/C, etc.
     
  13. PhiPsi32

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    I would say don't use Neats Foot Oil on Natural CXL. I accidentally spilled some Neats Foot on my Natural CXL boots and they darkened considerably (dark brown). Nick from Horween suggested that the stain would fade after a while, but I haven't seen that happen yet (a few weeks later).

    In an email, Nick stated that he uses Venetian Shoe Cream but Saphir is good too.



     
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    Put the shoes in the sun; they'll lighten up.
     
  15. PhiPsi32

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    Alden uses a "combination" last hence the two letters. A "D" last for the ball fit is combined with a "B" last for the heel. I think this is the reason why Alden shoes fit my feet when other brands like AE do not.
     
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    It has arrived and it's beautiful:) Dealing with Alden of DC and Kathy is a pleasure and they've sent an extra pair of laces.
     
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  17. FrankCowperwood

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    These are the sought after Cigar Grant captoes, right? Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and enjoy wearing them.
    Wait, that's my size. Don't buy all my Aldens. :). Really, its a good thing that you fit in a pretty common size. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding plenty of great Aldens. Keep us up to date as you begin your collection.
     
  18. advan031

    advan031 Well-Known Member

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    ^^^Yessir they are...I almost didn't buy them:embar:
     
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    Natty cxl is the same, but is natural so of coures color would darken. I've used Neatsfoot oil on my Kudus as well as Yuketens and Quoddys and it's always produced good results
     
  20. CFowler2790

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    Ahhh, thank you both! Now I know to purchase 11 D and not B [​IMG]
     
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