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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. hanoiboy

    hanoiboy Well-Known Member

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    I am almost a perfect 9.5US (Thin feet), Barrie last shoe with storm welt I size down a full size to compensate the width and length.
     
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  2. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    wear in good health
     
  3. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew, looking good in your gunboats
     
  4. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew, nice combo
     
  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    wear in good health
     
  6. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    keep them and wear in good health
     
  7. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]
    ravello full strap
    argyles otc
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  8. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Well-Known Member

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    I like Ravello Aldens and argyles. Very nice pic of a beautiful shoe.
     
  9. blacksamurai30

    blacksamurai30 Well-Known Member

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    Quick question, I sent a pair of Alden cordovan loafers in last wednesday using the recrafting service, when should I expect to hear back from Alden regarding the shoes?
     
  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  11. MrDV

    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    They'll send you a postcard when they process your shoes. Restoration takes about 10 weeks.
     
  12. TactileOne

    TactileOne Well-Known Member

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    Quote:I sent a pair of LHS in and rec'd a postcard dated 6/12 saying ten weeks because of their annual 2 week vacation in July. I'm hoping of the 21st.
     
  13. blacksamurai30

    blacksamurai30 Well-Known Member

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    Excellent, thank you. I'm excited to see what kind of work they can do on them
     
  14. Michigan Planner

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    For some reasons the metal eyelets on these remind me of the "dress" shoes my dad had to wear when he was a manager at an automobile equipment manufacturer and would need shoes that would hold up well for walking the production floor of 100,000 sqft industrial building but still be serviceable if he needed to go into a meeting with the executives or out to lunch with the reps from Ford or GM...

    The shoes look comfortable enough but extra clunky for some reason. However, if the deal was good enough the could definitely be worthwhile for keeping as a foul weather dress shoe.
     
  15. aldenwear

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    Very, very sharp.
     
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  16. JermynStreet

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    X-post from another thread. A question on cordovan. I always hear that cordovan lasts forever-is this really the case? My dad has some Alden tassel loafers and he said that he replaces them about once every 10 years after 2-3 recraftings because they get quite beat up. I was always under the impression that cordovan is leather's "steel." Does anyone have any pics of their *own* shoes that are ten years or older that have been somewhat regularly worn (i.e. more than 50 times per year)? And I'm not talking about old stock. Thanks.
     
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    Jer, the company that made these shoes , Keith Highlander , went out of business in the 1980s they have obviously been resoled at least twice
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  18. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    Cross-post answer [​IMG].
    Cordovan is unquestionably tougher and more wear resistant than calf. The number of recraftings that a Goodyear-welted shoe can take (no matter what it's made of) is limited. Every time the welt is removed and a new one is stitched on, the leather upper at the inseam becomes weaker and weaker. Think of it like tearing a solid piece of paper vs. a piece with a perforated line. The more perforations, the easier it is to tear. When they stitch on a new welt, the needle is just "machine gunning" through the leather, and it is undoubtedly making new holes and widening others. After this has been done a few times, it simply becomes too weak to keep being done.
     
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  19. Beatlegeuse

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    I think some of Uncle Mac's shells are 30+ years old and they look brand new. However, he has such a large rotation so that probably helps them stay looking new for so long. I can't imagine he wears the same pair of shoes more than 10-15 times a year.
     
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  20. FrankCowperwood

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    This is an interesting piece on the subject:

    http://baus.net/alden-cordovan-af53-long-term-review/
     
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