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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. ThArtOfWardrobe

    ThArtOfWardrobe Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone sized down a full size on chromexcel boots on the barrie last (Roy boot, Leffot plain toe chromexcel boot, etc.) to account for stretching? If so, are you happy with them after they've broken in and stretched out?
     
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    I received an email yesterday indicating that Alden prices are about to go up $20-$40 per pair. I apologize if this was addressed upthread, but it's the first I heard of it. The increase will be effective at the end of the month.
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    438, as i recall
     
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    RE: Mac method indoors (lost my quote in the response)

    I agree, I can determine fit better on a hard surface better than thick, plush carpet. However as I'm sure you know, The idea of carpet is to ensure that you can return the item as new. I tend to use "carpet" and "indoors" interchangeably.
     
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    $438 is what I remember too.
     
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    I'm looking for recommendations in picking one (sadly one as I know both are awesome) NST shoe between color #8 and cigar. Which in your eyes looks better or is more versatile?
    I do have a bordeauex vass shell similar I guess to #8 but dont have a #8 as such and I have heard ithey are different. I plan to wear them as as s semiformal dress shoe.
     
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    I'm wearing the cigar NST as I type. Picked it with the idea that the #8 is easier to find on a moments notice. My thought is that #8 is more formal as a darker color and with the dark welt and sole edge. Will be interested to see what others think.

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    They are both quite versatile, and certainly both look nice, but the color 8 version - darker color, darker edging - is more formal. The color 8 version is much easier to find.
     
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    The color 8 NST is more formal due to the darker sole. However, if the cigar NST is on aberdeen, it is sleek enough to wear with wool pants and suits IMO.

    I, like Frank, have cigar NSTs and I think it is just a cooler shoe than the color 8. I would recommend it to anyone (I also am biased towards cigar)
     
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    I agree with the above and think it depends what your style of dress is. Corporate suit I think #8 works better but some see NST's as not formal enough for a suit. I disagree and think it works well. I have Ravello NST's and Cigar are next on my hit list.
     
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    I have no objection to this method. However, I do wonder if any on this thread have used this method and then returned the shoes/boots because they deemed the fit improper. If so, was the return allowed?

    If a retailer has a no-crease policy, there is no way they would take them back. And even for the retailers that do not have a no-crease policy, this seems like quite a stretch (a full 3 hours of walking).
     
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    Count me in that camp. But mostly this is just personal. In other words, I don't think it looks bad, I just personally can't do it. :D
     
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    Absolutely not.
     
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    Agreed, #8 is much easier to come by. I would advise to go with cigar and pick up the #8 at a later date.
     
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    the crease patterns on mine are a little different but it doesn't bother me too much. I'm a little unlucky with my foot situation, my right foot is an alden 9.5 perfectly but wide so E width is ideal. My right foot is an alden 10 perfectly but narrower so a C or D with is best. So in general one foot is shorter and wider and the other is longer an skinnier......lol
     
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    FWIW, I have successfully returned shoes after wearing for several hours of combined walking indoors.
     
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    Any of the Alden lace-ups in #8 shell cordovan would be my suggestion. Unless required for formal evening wear or business purposes I prefer anything but black.
     
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