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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. Shawnc

    Shawnc Well-Known Member

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    I have read this article on tassels and shell cordovan few times. Each time I read it I enjoy it a little bit more. It was posted on this thread in response to a discussion on tassels. I am reposting for no good reason other than I find it interesting reading and think some others may as well.......

    http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/Tasseled-Loafers_7439/p/1
     
  2. mdubs

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    I love my Strands. Fit and feel are terrific!

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    I think a pair of C&J or Tricker's boots would be the perfect companion to the Roadmaster.
    The hardest part about getting Tricker's is getting your size figured out. There are basically two lasts that are of interest to some one coming from Aldens. The 4497 and 4444 country lasts. The 4497 is somewhat comparable to Barrie and the 4444 is even bigger. The standard production Tricker's are kind of boring. You have to look for the special make-ups from Shoe Healer and a myriad of other stores.

    For C&J, look to the Ralph Lauren models. You just missed the Lindrick/Gianni sale feeding frenzy though.

    For dubmunks, look to the AS Ramsey (A Fine Pair of Shoes had some whiskey shell seconds recently btw), C&J Lowndes, or many Carminas. The EG Westminster is nice but will run well over $1K.

    I wear my Gucci 1953 horsebit loafers when I want to go for the summer euro look (no suit).
     
  4. MrDV

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    whiskey Wednesday
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    Old pic, but I figured I'd continue with MrDV's blue laces...

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    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH those Whiskey PTBs keep me going in to work everyday to earn $$$
     
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    For me, I like most Alden for their current aesthetic and cannot really think of a design I'd like to see them tackle that they do not currently do. I dress in what would probably be considered "trad" most days (3 roll 2 J. Press sack suit with USMC heraldry rep tie today) and find the shape of the Barrie and Van lasts compliment my style nicely. When I do venture outside of Alden, it's most often to Rancourt and Tricker's, so there really isn't even that much aesthetic variety in my closet. Another reason I generally stick to Alden (and Rancourt and Tricker's) is that they have many options that transition very easily from casual, to business casual, to business dress. I've seen some Vass and Edward Green that I really like as well, but the price is generally more than I'm willing to pay and they don't look like they would work in the casual settings as easily for me.

    Corthay and G&G are interesting shoemakers to me - they make some absolutely gorgeous footwear but they are generally just too sleek for my tastes and I would probably not get much use out of them.

    In the end for me, Alden seems to hit my sweet spot for cost, construction quality, aesthetics, versatility, and availability. IMO, Rancourt beats them on cost and availability but they are too casual; Tricker's is comparable to Alden on cost and may beat them on construction quality (it's a very close battle between the two for all the stuff I've handled from each), but loses out on versatility (I really only like their more casual or "country" lines) and availability here in the states, Vass often beats Alden on aesthetics and I'm sure the construction is great, but they lose out on price and availability for me... etc.

    Alden may not be the best in every regard but they hit enough of the right marks to keep me coming back.
     
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    My thoughts exactly.
     
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    Whiskey Wednesday

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    ^^ Beautiful LHS, Don!
     
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    Staying with the whiskey Wednesday theme. [​IMG]
     
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    Those look great Shawn! Enjoy them!
     
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    Guess what day it is???

    Whiskey Wednesday!!!

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    Have a good Wednesday!

    -Mike
     
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    Mike, mike, mike, mike, mike, mike. Nice shoes!
     
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    HaHa! Thanks!

    -Mike
     
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    Now that was funny.
     
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    Maiden voyage of my Alden model 2210 Whiskey NST on I think Aberdeen. I think the 2210 is fairly rare in whiskey?
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    House breaking via the Mac Method.

    Happy Whiskey Wednesday! I've seen a lot of great Whiskey make ups today, and some whiskey belt and watch strap combos too! Very, very nice!

    See Ya,
    Steve
     
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    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    Nice laces, great shoes.
     
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    Awesome combo donl.
     
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