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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. calidist

    calidist Well-Known Member

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    Call Alden San Francisco. They had some navy chukkas last time I was there, I just can't recall if they were suede or CXL.
     
  2. sazon

    sazon Well-Known Member

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    mdubs - you have a great collection. It's evident you take great care of them.

    I often ask myself the same questions when I look in my closet.

    Honestly, I can't imagine any man needing more than 7 pair of shoes : 3 dress, 2 casual, 1 boot, 1 sneaker. I bet more than 75% of men have 7 or less.
    That being said, this thread is not about shoes that we "need". So if you're happy with the collection, wear them and enjoy them.
     
  3. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    I used a reasonably heavy application of Saphir neutral cream on a pair of my whiskeys in an effort to slightly darken them. It worked.
     
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    For the whisky nst 24061 anyone know why sole looks so much sleeker than your typical Barrie? Heel is definitely narrower and waist looks to be as well. Fit feels the same though
     
  5. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    I've gotten great results from the Saphir cordovan cream in black, brown and color 8, and it looks like I will be trying neutral now. I prefer Alden's brown on cigar, but for black and color 8 I still use Saphir when I want to add color.
     
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    I didn't bother to look up the style number, but I speculate it is due to the closed heel and absence of storm welt.
     
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    What a happy coincidence. By any chance are you talking 10.5 TTS or 10.5 Barrie? If 10.5 Barrie (11 TTS) then I'm fairly certain you both need to purge :).
     
  8. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, 10.5 tts. 10D on Barrie.

    -Mike
     
  9. blues4life

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    Uncle
    Where are those socks from please?
     
  10. blues4life

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    I HAVE SEEN THE ALDEN GRAIL. VERY NICE.
     
  11. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Well-Known Member

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    A few words of caution on Saphir Cordovan Creme

    -Some folks dislike the greasy finish it leaves behind

    -It is not good for spot treating, it will change the appearance of the shoe a little, so use it on the whole shoe. Use wax for spot treating.

    -Apply and work it in to small sections at a time. It dries fast, so if you try to apply it all over a pair of shoes, it will be too dry to go back and work it in where you started.

    There is no one right/wrong answer to this question, or magic number of shoes that any individual should have. Personally, I like to have a lower number of higher quality shoes than an abundance of affordable shoes. I have 16 pairs of "nice" shoes. Meaning shoes that I try to keep looking good.
     
  12. blues4life

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    Forgive my newbie-ness. But I know the gentleman you are , socks please?
     
  13. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    He wears Marcoliani and gets them from customshirt1.com. I picked up two pairs from there a few months back. They are very nice.

    -Mike
     
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  14. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Well-Known Member

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    Uncle, nice shoes, nice combo!
     
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    phototristan Well-Known Member

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  16. MrDV

    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    Good lord, great looking combo.
     
  17. MrDV

    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    Thank you sazon.

    10.5 tts, 10 Barrie like mdubs
     
  18. 89826

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    Thanks to BWV, I just landed a pair of #8 slip-on chukkas on the Plaza last, from LS at a great price. Will be in my hands and on my feet in a few days. But now to play the Alden sizing game. I have been at this for a while, so I have almost everything covered. This one is new for me. I wear 9.5 in Plaza tie shoes and boots, 9.5 in Aberdeen tie shoes and boots, but 9 in Aberdeen slip-ons. My best Plaza size is probably 9.25; I think the last runs a sminch big. How secure on your feet are these slip-on chukkas? Which size, 9 or 9.5, is the question.
     
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  19. skeen7908

    skeen7908 Well-Known Member

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    Dear alden experts

    I was recently handed these alden shell boots by a friend

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    Is this colour cigar?

    The boots are quite old, and I notice that the shell is very darkened and rough at the bottom of the creases (sorry for poor photos)

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    I cant seem to get rid of this despite copious brushing and conditioning. It feels like it is dry and coarse, while the rest of the shell is very smooth and glossy

    Is it normal? Can I fix it?
     
  20. BWV988

    BWV988 Well-Known Member

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    This is all very useful info for a shell novice like me. Your first point, especially, would make me think twice about using it.
     
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