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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. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'm sure some Italian shoes are very well made, but they probably cost more than Gucci/Ferragamos.

    I must admit when I was younger I wore a few Ferragamo models (Gucci bit moccasins are still very good and classic IMO for that style) and thought they were the bees knees before moving on to Alden.

    I still don't think Alden has high recognition as a fashion brand outside of the blogs and forums, and it's probably best kept that way
     
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  2. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Well-Known Member

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    I'd be curious to hear how you handle such questions.
     
  3. handconstructed

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    digga- it sounds like you're trying to force the Alden issue. Maybe you'd be better served trying another brand that doesn't require your making comfort sacrifices.
     
  4. El Argentino

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    I was spooning/deerboning my pair of #8 Captoe Boots tonight, pleasantly enough. My 3-year-old came in and sat down next to me, observing me for a few minutes before the inevitable question came;

    "What are you doing, daddy?"

    Without thinking much, I answered, "I'm rubbing this spoon across daddy's boots."

    "Why come?" (translation: why? / how come?)

    "To help daddy's boots last a long time."

    There was the briefest of silences. Then an exasperated burst of air escaped my daughter's mouth. "Haha, that's silly daddy. You so funny."

    She promptly stood up and ran out of the room. I paused there, mid-brush. I realized how silly this would look to a 3-year-old, how silly this would look to anyone.

    Here's to you, Alden brethren.
     
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  5. tommyhk

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    Anyone know where I can try to get my hands on a pair of Indy Boots in Natural Chromexcel (9D).

    Leffot : Pre-Orders are gone
    Shoemart : None available in 9D
    North River Outfitters : Less than favorable reviews of available stock/service
    Unionmade : Swung by the shop and the person I asked said they weren't expecting any in the near future.

    Any info on where to snag a pair would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    Yes, my comment on the Barrie last was essentially independent from the general discussions of the 2161. Thank you for allowing me to clarify my position.
     
  7. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    I just say "these are much more durable" or something
     
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  8. FENWAY

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    Checking out a new Allen Edmonds store, I got a 'Whoa' from the sales assoc. on my cigar Indys. 'Hey guys, check out these Aldens', to his staff. A bit uncomfortable, even more so when they went back to their script trying to explain shell cordovan to me :satisfied:
     
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    musica22 Active Member

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    http://mouldedshoe.com/modbootindy.html
    http://www.fransboonestore.com/store/alden/alden-x-fransboone-chromexcel-workboot
     
  10. Steel28

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    I'm in Toronto, Canada and spot SA in Harry Rosen wearing Indys. I was wearing mine as well and we talk Aldens for a bit. He was very passionate about the brand.

    I do see some Aldens in the wild time to time but not many.
     
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  12. sungmineyo

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    I am also from toronto and sa in harry rosen asked me about alden #8 captoe that i was wearing. He told me he never saw alden codovan in person before and it is far better than ae burgundy cordovan
     
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  13. MoneyWellSpent

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    The first thing I do when I get home from work is head straight up stairs to change so that I can crawl around on the floor to play with the kids. My oldest daughter is nearly 4, but she comes with me almost every day and watches me meticulously remove my shoes and examine them for scuffs/scratches, inserting shoe trees, and brushing before putting them in the closet. She knows more shoe terminology simply from asking the innocent 3-year-old questions than the average guy out there wearing cheap shoes. It's hilarious to me.
     
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  14. MoneyWellSpent

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    I also suspect that we all see more Alden's than we may think we do. They may not be the latest shell cordovan offerings that we all know at first glance because we are viewing them day in and day out on this thread. Alden has been around for a long long time, and their consistent offerings are the timeless classic men's shoes that have been around for decades (if not over a century). If a decently dressed man in his mid-fifties walks by you on the sidewalk wearing a black calf cap-toe balmoral Alden with a common looking suit, you aren't going to know if they are Alden's from a glance. You may be able to see the signs of a goodyear-welt or the dove-tail heel as he lifts his foot up while walking, but even that isn't a guarantee that they are Alden's, it just means they are higher quality shoes. The vast majority of men out there wearing Alden's are the ones that know of their quality and durability, and probably got into them because their dads wore them, or their colleagues or friends recommended them. They are going to think you are a wierdo if you gawk at their shoes or ask questions because they take them for granted. Style Forum is a small community in a wide business world out there.
     
  15. ThArtOfWardrobe

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    I wear my toes fairly aggressively too and like the way my shoes look as a result. When they toe portion of the sole begins to tapers off I think it gives the toe a sleeker look. That said, I still use the break-in method so it looks natural instead of appearing as though it's been sanded down at a sharp angle. Not saying taps aren't a great option, just wanted to share my opinion.

    Also, interesting to note that the bit of leather attached to the toe of my pair with crepe sole has not worn down like the rest of my double leather soles. Not sure if Alden uses a different/tougher leather on those.

    I do the same thing. It's kind of a fun game to play while walking around a city.
     
  16. Don L

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    Ravello NST's, Pants by EP

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    Your Ravello NST's look awesome with the cuffed EP's.
     
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    The theme of this thread has inspired me to share a funny story. Two weekends ago I was in uptown new orleans (trendy area) and while walking out of a coffee shop I noticed a gentleman wearing shell 8's. I said that guy is wearing nice shoes to my girlfriend while walking away my girlfriend utters, yeah they look like shell. I almost fell out laughing, it appears my exuberance and frequent orders from Alden NYC having gone unnoticed.
     
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    Haven't gone unnoticed, I apologize for the iPhone post.
     
  20. Calikid

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    I've seen top banking executive wear Bruno Magli square toe loafers with 'dress' suits and they think they look good.
     
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