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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. Roguls

    Roguls Well-Known Member

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    Two shots of one of my favorite pair of Aldens that don’t get enough wear: Ravello PTBs.
    First shot is near a window with natural light coming through. Second shot is with minimal natural light.

    Two hours after this picture I got caught outside in the rain and got some water welts. For some reason this pair gets the welts quite easily.


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  3. Papa Doble

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    If anyone's interested, eBay/PayPal ruled in the buyer's favor, despite the following evidence. Note that the listing was titled "Alden for Brooks Brothers", claimed only that Alden manufactured the shoes, and the pictures clearly showed only "Brooks Brothers" on the insole.

    1. An email from Alden SF confirming that they make the shoe.
    2. An email from the Alden factory confirming that they make the shoe.
    3. This video of Kathy from Alden DC, where at 44 seconds she explains that BB sells Alden shoes without Alden branding.
    4. The Q&A section for this Alden for BB shoe, where someone asks "Who makes these shoes?" and BB answers "The manufacturer is Alden for Brooks Brothers."

    Perhaps I should've put a disclaimer such as "While Alden makes these shoes, there is no Alden branding on them." But, it took PayPal less than 2 hours to make a ruling, and they never followed up with me, so I'm not convinced that it would have made a difference.
     
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    I'm usually a proponent of the crepe sole, but I think I have the same reaction when I see it on an Indy boot. It just seems so out of place there to me.

    After checking out the Unionmade site though, I do like their new Alpine grain NST boot. I regretted selling my Alpine grain wingtip boots almost immediately and these could be a serviceable replacement.
     
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    Black Calf NST and Argyle OTC
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    unfortunate news sir! that's why it stinks to sell on ebay nowadays as paypal and ebay care more about buyers than they do sellers.
     
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    Also one of my favorite pairs that doesn't see enough wear.

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    sazon, those are really nice looking PTB's. With the Ravello colour I can appreciate the beauty of their simple lines and construction, something which is to me less obvious on the #8's.
     
  9. turkey_sandwich

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    Burton, others:
    Is replacing the leather soles on my Officer Indys with a commando soles something that requires a really good cobbler? I contacted Alden and they refuse to do the work. I love these shoes and if anything happened to them I would be pretty upset. Is sending to B. Nelson the best option or does anyone know of a good cobbler in Chicago?
    Thanks!
     
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    This is something that most any capable cobbler should be able to do. I imagine somebody here will know of somebody in Chicagoland to refer you to. But, judging by the reasonable prices I've seen posted for B. Nelson's work, and the fact that we are pretty confident in that shops capabilities, the peace of mind might worth the added cost of postage to send them to NYC.
     
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    In legal speak, it sounds as if the ruling was arbitrary and capricious. Unfortunate ....
     
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    Postage is paid for various options one can select. Check their website.
     
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    3000 pages! Woot! :slayer:
     
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    ^ wrong setting bruh
     
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    Thanks MI planner and sevenfold. I think I may pony up and send them off to B Nelson. I've had minor work done in Chicago but I haven't had anything major done nor read rave reviews of anyone here in particular.
     
  16. Papa Doble

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    Agreed, I recommend setting your preferences to 100 posts per page.
     
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    I own this model from TSM. I can confirm it is a double waterloc. And it's a great shoe. Was beating myself up for not getting in on the LS version however long ago and then the same thing popped up on TSM.

    The double waterloc is getting a lot of play lately. And people like to tell you you can't topy it, but you absolutely can.
     
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    You guys make me feet better about my 7 in a year in a half.
     
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    I imagine it is very similar to the sole used on Wolverine 1k boots. The fact it is oil filled does make it difficult to topy. It took me three attempts, only on the last attempt did the cobbler say he used "double the glue" (whatever that meant). Luckily the topys were of a "lifetime guarantee" variety (which as far as I could tell was a way to get £5 extra for it) turned out to be worthwhile as they started to peel off twice in the space of a month - and each time were replaced with as new. I don't know if it made a difference but there were applied to the sole when brand new. Perhaps if the sole has been allowed to get more scuffed up it might have been different (although the cobbler did sand the surface).
     
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    interesting. I have had three pairs done and not one word from the cobbler. And he would have absolutely let me know.
     
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