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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. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Well-Known Member

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    I like your choices. I find both the whiskey and Ravello appealing. Much appreciated Seven.
     
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    One caveat to add, if you have a high instep as I do, I have size up one width to an E. If I didn't do this the strap on the LHS would kill the top on my feet. Just my experience with the LHS.
     
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    Bakes11771 Well-Known Member

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    I concur with all of the above, I actually go down a width for both Barrie and Van, however, it may be very difficult to find Ravello, Cigar, or Whiskey LHS in a C width. If you end up settling (if you can call it that) for Black or #8, I encourage you to check out the unlined LHS exclusive to BB. Very comfortable! I heard that once upon a time the Madison BB offered an Unlined Whiskey LHS, which would have been great for you.

    Good Luck! Don't forget to post pics!


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    #8 Indy & EP
     
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    My girls, back from restoration, it's a whole new shoe, gents. Forgot how heavy and substantial they are, i'd worn them to the nub before, and they felt much lighter. Was considering having the resole done locally, a la Don Ville on La Brea, but I'm glad I went with Alden's program. I was wondering if they'd replace the cork footbed, and they definitely do.

    And those cedar trees they give you are the business. jah bless
     
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  6. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Well-Known Member

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    Those boots look outstanding. The restoration program is one reason I'm definitely sticking with Alden.
     
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    looks great, man. any before pics? also, what was the turn around time and cost? last i checked it was about $140
     
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    Thanks NAMOR, turnaround was 6 weeks (felt like eternity without these in my rotation), $140. I'll post better b4 pix. They'd gotten very light before I'd sent them in (I never use wax, only Reno). They had a ton of nicks and cuts, and a hole in the left sole.

    I was tempted to ask Alden if they could avoid using any wax in the resoling, but I sortof wanted to get the whole experience. w/e, I'm sure the wax will strip off in due time. They are oxblood as all get out. Smell like turpentine too, it's nice.
     
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    speaking of restoration.. I have some alden seconds that i picked up here on SF.. does Alden take issue with working on noted "seconds"? If so, B.Nelson would be the next choice (or first, haven't decided)
     
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    I don't see why they would take issue with working on seconds.
     
  11. speekez

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    my restoration was actually $160, my b. I was considering B. Nelson, because I wanted flush toe-taps put on my chukkas (petty thuggin'), but I talked to Tom(?) at LSBH, and he talked me out of it. He said because only Alden has the original lasts, he would only use their restoration.
     
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    That is interesting, I had wondered about that.

    B. Nelson says on his website: "Each pair of shoes is fitted with the correct size last before the sole is removed. "

    but i guess it says nothing about being the original last.


    I wonder if it's better to go to Alden for re-sole as well, for that same reason?
     
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    nephew,
    you should go with the 11 D
     
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    Speekez - this is a GREAT report back. So nice to see a beautiful pair completely done back up like new. Thank you for posting!
     
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    those are fabulous
     
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    So Alden also refurbished the upper? It looks good. Did you include a letter or something requested what you would like done?
     
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    Seven, why you prefer plaza? How is the toe area compared in these two lasts? Plaza more snug?
     
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    Personally I find the plaza to be the most attractive of all Alden lasts. Additionally I find that the toe box fits my toes perfectly where as the Barrie they tend to get a little lost even with the 1/2 size down. Sorry to jump in here just my 02.
     
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    speekez, I really dig your vernacular. Great pics and personality in your post.
     
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    It's already been said 10 times over, but those look awesome. I feel unless you want to 'change' the style of sole, Alden is the way to go to have them replaced.
     
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