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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. sazon

    sazon Well-Known Member

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    I love whiskey, but I feel Ravello has more versatility. If you wear a suit 4-5X a week, whiskey is a hard color to wear, IMO.
     
  2. 0waterbouys

    0waterbouys Well-Known Member

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    I see tons of posts regarding ravello, whiskey, cigar, color 8, but not to much on calf. Does everyone buy Aldens solely for their cordovan offerings? What is calf's standing is in the community? Do many shoe/Alden enthusiasts care about those offerings, or is it go cordovan or go home?
     
  3. El Argentino

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    My impression is that their calf offerings are only average and that better "deals" can be had by going to AE for calf leather, etc. The fact that they source all their cordovan from Horween makes the product that much better.
     
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    violethour1951 Well-Known Member

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    Alden has excellent calf offerings, but they are first and foremost cordovan specialists... and as uncle said, shell is very addictive [​IMG]
     
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    In my personal experience, the calf Alden uses is better than the calf AE uses. I wouldn't write them off. Also, don't forget about all the Chromexcel, suede and other medias Alden uses.
     
  6. AldenLuver

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    I have LWB in Black Shell, #8, and Cigar. Not sure but I'm thinking Ravello. Maybe NST instead of the LWB. Any other suggestions?
     
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    i use tongue pads in my #8 lwb's. it's not ideal but it gets the job done. i've tried heel grips before but it didn't work at all.
     
  8. mexicutioner

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    do any of you guys have experience in stretching CXL shoes?

    i bought a pair of 9.5D wingtip CXL boots (leathersoul) from B&S a few months ago, but they're kinda loose on me. as an experiment, i bought a pair of 9D CXL pitt boots last week, and while the length is good, the forefoot and toe area are a bit tight. based on this, i think my ideal size is 9E, but special edition makeups in 9E seem to be few and far between.

    so, i'd like to stretch the 9D's, but don't know if this is wise, and don't know what the best way to go about it would be. any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  9. PhiPsi32

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    I have picked up a few pairs of Aldens in suede and CXL. My prospective buys are all suede, CXL, or shell (or shell/calf mixed media). After laying hands on their calf shoes, I like the Alden calf over AE. I will eventually replace my AE dress shoes with comps from Alden. BTW the SA in DC suggested that the Alden calf is sourced from a French tannery. NFI.
     
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    My CXL Indy's have stretched a bit - I notice myself needing to lace them tighter and tighter so as to feel like they did originally. I'm not sure how this has translated to the toe box, if any, but all leather will have some give to it.
     
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    CXL is very soft, supple. Even then, the shoes will only stretch so much. I've experiemnted with do it yourself shoe stretchers, but I prefer to use my cobbler. The fee is very small.

    You say the boots are "kind loose". Can you be more specific about the fit?
     
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    CXL stretches a lot. I have a pair of indys in CXL and in the standard brown color, same size. the CXL is def larger and needs to be laced tighter now. CXL stretches the most, followed by regular calfskin, and finally cordovan. My plaza lasted boots in black cordo barely stretched, and I'll probably have to try and sell them on here because they're a pinch too small.
     
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    Same problem over here, I have the 403 Indy's and they stretched like crazy... I'm glad shell doesn't have as much give!
     
  14. Steel28

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    Hello colleagues :),

    After reading this thread I've finally decided on getting my first pair of Alden shoes (boots to follow in the fall).

    To wear with jeans/chinos, I'm thinking of getting LWB cordovan Ravello. Is this a good choice to go with as my first pair?

    cheers
     
  15. phototristan

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    Certainly a good choice. The problem will be sourcing it though.
     
  16. sazon

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    Steel - you will not be disappointed with that choice. Try Alden of DC or Alden of SanFran.
     
  17. mexicutioner

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    while that's a nice shoe, i think everyone who is thinking of taking the plunge with aldens should very strongly consider #8 cordovan longwings or wingtip boots as their first pair. easy to find at retail so you can try them on in person (and even available at discount in the B&S), extremely versatile, and would probably make a bigger difference in your shoe collection, which presumably already has brown shoes in it.
     
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    re: CXL stretching: thanks for the advice so far guys. the boots are at home, and later tonight i'll try them on again and try to give more details about the fit of the 9.5D boots.

    as for having it done professionally: in the past, i've always just used shoe trees with socks on them. week 1: one pair of socks, leave in closet, try on at end of week. if still too tight, week 2: two pairs of socks. each week, i keep adding a pair of socks until the fit is right. if a cobbler does it, how do they know what amount to stretch the shoes by?

    EDIT: fixed typo!
     
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  19. phototristan

    phototristan Well-Known Member

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    I agree that if you can only have one shell cordovan, it should be Color 8. But it doesn't matter the order you buy them in if you plan to have more than one. ;)
     
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    Great responses, thank you all. I might actually got for LWB in color 8. According to SF Alden shop and what I've read so far I need to size down .5 size from my US size, correct?

    regards
     
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