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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. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Well-Known Member

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    I bought #8 PTB's. A cursory glance revealed no obvious flaws. However, I later discovered a rather large patch on the inside of one where the finish is way-off. It's rather annoying, but certainly not visible from a normal perspective when wearing.

    This recent discussion on creasing is what prompted me to post, though. For some reason, my PTB's have some rather unsightly thin creases - not the typical large shell rolls I'm accustomed to. I only have a slight suspicion it's because it's a "second", when more likely I'm denying the fact I'm responsible from my walking style or improper sizing.
     
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  2. Bakes11771

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    Can you post a pic of the thin creasing?
     
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    That's what I thought it might look like. Saw that recently in this pic and am dissuaded by it. Do you think it could have something to do with the lining creasing inside the shoe?

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  6. ElDave

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    In my experience, lined shoes crease thinner. My chukkas (fully lined) did that, whereas my unlined models didn't.
     
  7. Reds & Tops

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    Wearing my Leather Soul CXL Chukkas today...love these things

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    Congrats - these are beautiful and Adam is a true gent to deal with.
     
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    I had this and the chromexcel jumper boots. Wanted to sell one as they were a bit redundant, and I ended up selling the jumper boots because I love this chukka model so much. It's one of my favorite pairs. I'm even considering selling my cigar chukkas because I would rather wear this shoe more often than not.
     
  11. FrankCowperwood

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    Speaking of CXL chukkas, I had the pleasure of discovering the Nettleton Shop off of Pittsburgh's Market Square this week and the gentleman owner, Scott, mentioned that he'll offer a CXL chukka on a double waterloc sole this fall (so, any day, I imagine). There'll be another shoe on double waterloc, though I can't remember what the makeup is. He had a couple of pairs of cigar PTBs in stock as well, 9 and 11.5D I think he said.

    Picked up a pair of #8 LHS myself, which I was waiting to buy when I could try them on. 11D seems to fit me very nicely, pending full break-in. This compared to 10.5E or 11D Barrie.
     
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    Maybe it has something to do with the direction of the grain of the fibers in the leather? Maybe its more of a roll if the grain is perpendicular to the crease, and thinner creases if the grain is parallel to the the crease? Just a postulation.
     
  13. Bakes11771

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    are you from pittsburgh?
     
  14. FrankCowperwood

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    ^I was in town for business. I was around the corner from Brooks Brothers and decided to take a walk at lunch to see if they had any of their cordovan models to try only. Tassels loafers only. But to their credit, they pointed me to the Nettleton Shop. It's a very nice little store, and I was very pleased to be able to pick up the LHS there. I've decided I really like the toe box on that shoe. It's built like a tugboat, in the very best possible sense. :)
     
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    I"m a NYC transplant living in PGH. I work downtown. Scott is a geat guy. Too bad they don't stock more Cordovan Aldens.
     
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    Probably hard for him to get the special makeup or rare colors. He said his most popular models are #8 LHS and #8 NST. He did say that he is carrying Carmina this fall, including a cognac shell LWB on the Detroit last. He might be able to do more shell with Carmina, until that becomes too popular too...
     
  17. ThArtOfWardrobe

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    I think your shoes look fantastic. I've never bought into the pen trick, setting creases, etc. Being particular about creases seems to contradict the masculinity of strapping an animal's ass to your feet. If I could sew the horse's balls to the heels of my shells I would.
     
  18. Trinitrogen Oxide

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    He really is. At first I was weirded out by the 100 percent email communication, but appreciated getting responses at weird hours. Then when I got the email warning me of the impending delivery I loved how he finished the email with "thank you for your appreciation of alden shoes"




    Your right, they are darker than I expected but absolutely amazing.


    It's nice that they are finally getting just a little appreciation, nobody I know personally understand why I waited 7 months for a pair of shoes that came from a horses ass :)

    Here's the best I could do with a cell phone, I think captures the color just a little better
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    Obligitory picture w/ argyle
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  19. grendel

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    Where would I look or whom would I contact to plan on getting a pair of cigar or ravello captoe boots with the edge broguing like the J Crew captoe? Preferrably with a commando sole.
     
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  20. Bakes11771

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    There isn't much demand for high-end shoes here, which probably makes things challanging for him. The fact that BB had almost no shell inventory supports this. Most people can't understand why anyone would spend that much on footwear. They think $100 is a lot to spend of a pair of formal shoes for work. Not the most fashion conscious city.
     
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