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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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    Uncle Mac - looking sharp, as always.

    Merry Christmas to all !
     
  2. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    merry x-mas to you
    thank you
     
  3. tmw

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    I bought them last year at the sale price. A Beautiful high quality boot well worth the price.
     
  4. ReppTiePrepster

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    Do these boots fit TTS? Sounds like a heck of a deal...
     
  5. tmw

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    Yes they do. And yes, an incredible deal.
     
  6. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Those look cigar-ish to me. Do they have heavy brown tones?
     
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    what an awesome mother-in-law. mine is awesome too, but i think she would flip if she found out how much aldens go for.
     
  8. sqroot3

    sqroot3 Well-Known Member

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    they look like well-aged color 8, which from some other photos i've seen assumes a cigar hue..
     
  9. sevenfoldtieguy

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    For Michael Haines: Go tan calf - for me it's not even close.
     
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    They are well-aged no doubt; however, i have plenty of well-aged color 8 models that don't have cigar hues. But certainly some do ...
     
  11. hokie3000

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    My first pair of shells...Ravello PTB's

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  12. ReppTiePrepster

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    I know this may not be the place to ask this, but I trust the followers of this thread more than others when it comes to shell offerings, so forgive me if I have crossed a line.

    Do any of you own Carmina shells (or non-shell)? What is your opinion of the comfort and construction. I've come across a shell Fitzgerald which is comparable to the Barrie last at least according to Epaulet's website and was wondering. Is the extra cost worth the difference? Is their quality along the lines of the C&J, RL-Marlow? Other threads can be pretty harsh to Alden, and I just wanted to hear some feedback from other Alden enthusiasts who may have Carmina also.

    Thank you in advance!
     
  13. zippyh

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    I've got a couple pairs of Carmina shells and I'm not 100% convinced the premium over Alden is worth it. But, they were Ruby shell and where else you going to find Ruby shell? No question that their finishing is superior to Alden though.
    They seem comparable to C&J/AS; maybe better.
     
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    So the redrafting reduced the size? By how much?
     
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    ^ReppTiePrepster: Whether the premium is worth it or not is going to be a personal decision. One consideration is that the Fitzgerald is offered in the equivalent of exotic colors (essentially Cigar and Whiskey), so a similar Alden makeup is likely to sell at a premium to #8 or black shell and be hard to acquire. The Forest last is very nice, though different from anything Alden offers. It is perhaps most similar in fit and style to the Aberdeen, IMO. The shell is Horween, of course, and the finish on Carmina shoes is very high quality. I don't own any CJ or AS, so can't compare.

    I can recommend Epaulet very highly. The company is a pleasure to deal with and makes great efforts to offer unique makeups and to build short-run MTOs based on what customers want. You can special order your size and even a wide fitting in the Forest last. This is true even in their exotic shells. So if the style and the fit suit you, then I think both Carmina itself and Epaulet offer good value for the premium cost. I'm not going to say the shoes are better than Alden since I find much of the insistence on the superiority of one brand over another rather silly. We all love Alden here for what it is. I also enjoy Carmina for what it is. I'd say try a pair and see what you think for yourself.
     
  16. Akeem

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    Alden is the king of sophisticasual boots. The barrie and trubalance lasts are perfect for jeans and streetwear. I find Carmina lasts and styling to be on the dressy side. I wear them more with wool trousers and dress slacks. That's why there is a large thread on the MC side for Carmina.
     
  17. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    according to my grandchildren they do have heavy brown tones
     
  18. MrDV

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    Well done, one of my favorite. Protect those with some Alden defender.
     
  19. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    welcome to the forum, good choice for first shell. remember shell is very addictive
     
  20. mcarthur

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    ravello full strap
    argyles otc
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