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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. hkpm

    hkpm Well-Known Member

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    It is the KING.
    Freaking comfortable, the leather enclosing your feet just like a glove, the shoes really "go with" your feet.
    You wouldn't regret getting them, trust me on this.
     
  2. thams

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    I figured there's no time like the present to buy, so I pulled the trigger. It was almost an impulse buy for me, but like others have said...once I saw the Leffot Instagram feed I was sold. Should be my go-to shoe for many occasions.
     
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    Haha. Congrats Alex!!



    I'll never know.... LOL
     
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    Don't have to. My daughter doesn't like splash mnt. yet...

    Yes, make it a motorized one. With brass eyelets.
     
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    Damn, those #8 dovers are sweet. They sold out in my size in no time!

    Great lookin pix today gents!

    NST today for me
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    Does anyone have a tip on where I might be able to find dark brown CXL chukkas on commando? I've searched online but haven't seen anything. Thanks in advance.
     
  7. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Well-Known Member

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    that's a unique one.. other than pelle line, I can't recall seeing a brown chukka. even then, the brown chukka at pelle line doesn't even state that it is CXL. moreso, their photo doesn't reflect it being commando

    sorry, no help [​IMG]
     
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    Primum non nocere... but I think this might hurt a little. :) Here are comparison pics between my cigar LWB and EG Westminster on their 888 (I think this was the style you're interested in). Personally I don't think that my EG shoes are too "fragile" but they are definitely different. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Check shoe mart. I got a brown CXL chukka there previously. I think it was a waterloc but you could just beat the hell out of it and then send to to B Nelson once you need a new sole
     
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    Thank you to all that provided insight, my questions have been answered. Now if I can just find the perfect combination of LWB with an antique edge and double waterlock sole I can put this current fixation to rest.
     
  11. ReppTiePrepster

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    Sounds perfectly reasonable. Thanks...
     
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    I didn't see the original post, but Leffot has a few sizes left of their latest run of exactly what you described in Color 8
     
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    Thanks. I'll check with the Shoemart tomorrow. Unionmade makes something close but it's scotch grain which I've never been particularly interested in. Would love to find one to use over the winter.
     
  14. ReppTiePrepster

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    I thought long and hard about pulling the trigger on those shoes. Like I said earlier, i prefer the traditional double oak tanned leather soles (JR), so I didn't order them.
     
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    Thank you Uncle!
     
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    Thank you sir.....
     
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    onehotchili Well-Known Member

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    Just curious if any one feels that the Barrie last on a boot is tighter/smaller than shoe?!?! I have had or owned a Trubalance Indy, Barrie shell SWB, Plaza shell medallion toe, and recently a pair of Epaulet Taunton Cap Toe boot on Barrie.

    I was a 9.0D in Trubalance/Barrie shoes and 9.5D in my Plazas. I figured that I have this whole Alden sizing thing dialed in. Anyhow, I wore my new 9.0D Taunton Cap toes today and they feel really snug. They have the commando sole and I was planning on wearing thicker socks with them as my go to winter boot. At this point, it does not look like it is going to happen. I am totally bummed....

    Anyone interested in a pair of 9.0D Burnished Tan Cap Toe boots worn for 6 hours.... Probably less than 1/4 mile of walking :(
     
  18. kippy

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    I have cycled through ~20 different Alden shoes and boots now (kept 10 for the long haul) in a variety of soles; single waterlock, double waterlock, crepe, standard oak tan, commando. I have resolved to default to Alden purchases on the waterlock soles, preferably double waterlock. They are more comfortable immediately after purchase, have a shorter break in time and are better in wet weather. Crepe comes very close but it looks too casual in many situations and looks very rough after some wear. My oldest pairs of Alden are about 3 years old now and the shoes/boots with waterlock soles are holding up better than others in wear and appearance.

    WRT aesthetics, I usually wear my Alden's with jeans so I have no issue whatsoever with the idea that a waterlock sole is less formal than the standard oak. Having said that, unless you are a very conservative dresser or work in an environment where you are expected to maintain a certain appearance, I can't imagine someone would care to judge you based on the shade of your soles.

    I would not kick a beautiful makeup out of bed based on sole, but would much prefer any Alden shoe or boot with waterlock soles.
     
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    My experience is that there is more of a difference between style makeups on Barrie lasts (captoe versus shortwing vs longwing vs ptb vs etc..) than there is between boots and shoes on the Barrie last. You can say I am a Barrie/Trubalance specialist and all makeups I have received fit roughly all the same. I had captoe boots (two pairs out of ~20) that felt tighter than what I was used to. It might be related to the thicker band of leather used on a punched captoe that was placed more pressure on my forefoot but I was not sure.

    Keep in mind that the cork footbed will break in resulting in your foot sinking down a little bit into the boots after a few wears so any pressure you feel towards the top of your feet will ease, however if you feel pressure on the sides of your feet then it is likely not a good match.

    Best of luck and happy cordovan.
     
  20. hkpm

    hkpm Well-Known Member

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    My experience is cap toe style (no matter shoe/boot) is tighter than long wing/nst/plain toe.
    Some people said boots, in general, are tighter than shoes in the same last.

    If you still want to keep the boots, try wearing dress socks with them.
    But as you said you want to make them your go to winter boots, so.....
     
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