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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. lagsun

    lagsun Well-Known Member

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    Here are mine (AF84 - Barrie). I think they are three years old and I haven't worn much lately as I plan to give to my son when he starts college in the Fall. I had the pull tab added by my local cobbler. Color is closer in the first pic.

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  2. ATLVol

    ATLVol Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the announcement....I have a pair of naby chukkas on the way!

    Just curios, does anyone wear their suede chukkas with shorts in the summer?
     
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    imolazhp_ci Well-Known Member

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    this i 100% disagree with.


    this i 100% agree with.
     
  4. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    So the LWB only goes with chinos (not trying to be argumentative, just curious about your thinking)

    Depending on what look you are trying to achieve, anything from sneakers/work boots to balmoral boots/shoes seem to go with jeans, so I would think LWB would fit in that spectrum. I can understand the idea about LWB with suits (even though I disagree with it)
     
  5. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Well-Known Member

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    Got any pics?

    If they are just a little tight, I would stick with them. If they are a lot tight, abort. My pairs have been a little snug at first. Sometimes a stitch or two where the strap perpendiculates the side of the shoe breaks, and it solves the problem. Also, your foot will sink a little in to the cork bed, and that will help.
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    Looking good in your PGH LHS, Frank!
     
  6. amathew

    amathew Well-Known Member

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    I'm also debating on what I should get as my first pair of Aldens, the Indy boot or the shell indy boot.

    I've read a bit about how shell doesn't breathe well but my main concern is the weight. Is there a significant difference in weight between a shell boot and non-shell boot. I have a small physical disability and don't like wearing heavy boots/shoes because it exacerbates my disability, so I'd like to stay with something "lightweight"
     
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  7. sazon

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    Gentlemen - Thank you for the compliments on the #4 Captoes. I feel very lucky having gotten these as they were made in an extremely small batch, after initially having been cancelled. The Shoe Mart was the seller.

    Part of me wants to keep these pristine and not wear them much due to their scarcity but the other part of me loves the shade and can't help but wanting to wear them often.
     
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    Follow up on PSA: spoke to Michael, who informed me there are also white bucks with red sole also 40%off. Model 96814. $475 before disc. Is that a real Alden? I feel like I never see white ones other than the JCrew makeup.
     
  9. Dbear

    Dbear Well-Known Member

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    indy boot if you want to go the normal route

    shell indy boot if you're advance and want next level
     
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    I was joking about the lobbs, when I saw them I couldn't believe it. I could have 22 pairs of Alden shell or one pair of lobbs? Or perhaps 5 pairs of eg top drawer with 5 pairs of shell Aldens.
     
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    bespoken pa Well-Known Member

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    I was joking about the lobbs, when I saw them I couldn't believe it. I could have 22 pairs of Alden shell or one pair of lobbs? Or perhaps 5 pairs of eg top drawer with 5 pairs of shell Aldens.
     
  12. ThArtOfWardrobe

    ThArtOfWardrobe Well-Known Member

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    I would go color 8 longwing. I wear jeans most days and it works well with them. You can't go wrong with boots either. Good luck!
     
  13. Alcibiades

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    A boot like a color 8 indy on double leather soles will be noticeably heavier than a boot like the 405 on Alden's commando soles (EDIT - the regular Indy boots are pretty heavy due to the cork sole)
     
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    shaunw Well-Known Member

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    If I could go back and do it again I would start with a #8 or cigar cordovan indy boot. Cordovan boots will not be heavier than regular leathers. It may actually be lighter in weight.
     
  15. mexicutioner

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    yeah i think the #8 barrie LWB/WTB looks most at home with casual wool pants (not smooth worsteds) or chinos. too much more casual or dressy than that (such as jeans or a business suit) and it starts to look incongruous. i think it can work with jeans, but it needs to be a pretty dress outfit. super dark jeans, no streaks or fades. no untucked shirts. preferably a sport jacket. i do that look pretty often with my #8 WTB's, but i just feel the same outfit with a less dressy-looking shoe (such as a ravello or suede WTB or a #8 PTB) would look a bit more balanced.

    for background, i haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate seeing dudes wear jeans with dressy looking shoes such as black balmorals. jeans are the most workwear of pants that men can wear (aside from paint-stained overalls) so to me, the shoes worn with jeans shouldn't look dressy. like how you would never wear a tuxedo jacket with floral-print swim tunks. everything has to be from the same level of dressiness.
     
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    Do you like the #4 captoe better than the #4 wingtip boot?
     
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    Good god, brother—wear them! Patina trumps pristine every time.
     
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    +1 I understand your desire to maintain them however (this is easy to say as I'm not the owner). Please share them with the world. Those boots were meant to shine brilliantly in this cold world, if it's bit much I apologize lol.
     
  19. FrankCowperwood

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    Thanks, you've had something of corner on the LHS photos recently. And PGH is right. Maybe I should start referring to them that way. Pretend they are some super rare #8 LHS: Only available in PGH!


    I do think the shell Indy will be heavier, though that is because of the double leather sole, not the shell cordovan itself IMO. Something with a single leather sole would be good for less weight, though I don't think you'll find a boot that way (other than on the Modified last, which is impossible or very expensive to find in shell). Single leather sole shoe makeups are more formal in general. The exception that comes to mind immediately is the #8 unlined LHS from Brooks Brothers.
     
  20. sazon

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    Yes, Captoes win out.


    Excellent point!


    Cold, cruel world, meet my #4 Captoes. Can't we all just get along and wear better shoes?
     
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