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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. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    :rotflmao:
     
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    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure this saddle is for me (bold contrast), but a great shoe nonetheless, and quite rare. :nodding:
     
  3. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    Nice. :nodding:

    The 994 is underrated. So is the 993.
     
  4. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  5. Alcibiades

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    It's kind of a cool alternative to the PTB.
     
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    I have been told that the only problem with sandel's is that they do not have any padding in them (please excuse my spelling if I missed the mark on that score).
     
  7. zippyh

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    I'd say there's not enough of a difference between them to make any generalizations.

    The shell Carminas I have are dressier, single leather sole models so don't really compare to most Alden cordovan models.
    Comfort is about the same when comparing Carminas to single leather sole Aldens.
    The Carminas are much better finished than Aldens.

    I find myself wearing Aldens much more often but that's mainly because they match how I usually dress.
    Plus I have about a 10:1 ratio between Alden and Carmina.
     
  8. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    thank you
    I agree that the black and #8 saddle are building blocks in a shoe wardrobe in either calf or shell
     
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    oops
     
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  10. MrDV

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    I own 3 pair of Carminas and preordered a 4th pair.
    They are very comfortable and lighter in weight when compared to alden.
    The narrower lasts make them less casual when compared to alden. Better w suits.
    My Carminas get worn less than my alden mainly because I wear more casual than formal.
    I wear Carmina w dark denim and dressier ep walts.
    My Carminas are more refined. they do straighter stitching and perforations, use identical matching shells, the shoes look more luxe out of the box.
    Alden shell ages better w less products and care, my Carmina shell needs more attention than my alden (Reno n wax)
    All that being said, I prefer aldens and only use Carmina for styles alden doesn't offer; ruby shell, double monks, loden shell. (I won't mention the pythons)
     
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    Thanks uncle.
    Great looking saddles, great looking shine.
     
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    Zippyh has 5.7 pairs of Carmina.
     
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    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    MrDV, I believe you own both the color 8 saddle and the Leffot saddle in color 8 and alpine grain. Which one do you prefer / wear the most?
     
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    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    I prefer and wear # 8 saddle the most.
     
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    Happy Friday. Snuff Suede. Super comfy.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Heh.

    Brown dub monks.
    Snuff suede dub monks.
    Brown single monks.
    Pythons.
    Ruby shell cap toe shoes.
    Ruby shell cap toe boots.
     
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    I LOVE this pair. I hesitated on these for a few days and when i went to pull the trigger they were gone :( They heavy contrast is what makes these special. You have a very diverse collection. :slayer:
     
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  19. sonvolt10

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    Knowing that it is purely subjective but which do most Alden afficionados prefer with cotton chinos, snuff suede or tan unlined chukkas?
     
  20. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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