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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. macjedi

    macjedi Well-Known Member

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    ^ I bought 4 of the JAB trees the last sale for $8 or so a piece. Another sale starts at midnight. I didn't really know this until I got them, but they are identical to the AE full toe trees.
     
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  2. mdubs

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    Yeah, they are all made by Woodlore, an Allen Edmonds Company. :)

    Alden had their made by Rochester Shoe Tree Company, hew is apparently from New Hampshire!
     
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  3. thebeebs

    thebeebs Well-Known Member

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    11 EEE -- have you tried Muir Woods?

    I would think a standard combo tree would work as well as anything else. No lasted trees on Aldens.
     
  4. tifosi

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    Definitely pick up some Jos A Bank trees. I got all excited when I got my first pair of shell Alden and had to have Alden trees, too. That remains the only pair of Alden trees I have. I have all JAB, now. Well worth the less than $8 I paid for them.
     
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    Thanks for the tips on the JAB trees just grabbed 5 sets been meaning to get a few new sets.
     
  6. tsekh

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    AE/Nordstrom/JAB shoe trees are all made by Woodlore. Alden/JCrew she tress are all made by Rochester Shoe Tree Company.

    (Fun fact: Nordstrom sells Nordstrom branded shoe trees at Nordstrom... but they sell Woodlore shoe tress at Nordstrom Rack at a lower price. Yet they are all the identical except for the name on the metal plate.)

    I prefer Alden shoe trees to AE/Woodlore (standard) shoe trees. Their have better sanded edges and have bigger and rounder heels. But then the latter are a lot cheaper at Nordstrom Rack or at JAB when they are on sale. Yet, I like Woodlore Epic shoe trees the most:

    http://www.amazon.com/Woodlore-Epic-Twin-Tube-Shoe/dp/B002VWKRE4
     
  7. Organika

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    I have a Cigar pair that had contrasting vamps although maybe not as noticeable as above Whisky pair. After initial wears and first shoe shine using brown shoe cream, the two became more similar. As the other SF user mentioned above, after a couple wears and polish, both shoes gradually have more two tone/patina which also might make contrasting colors more subtle.

    Although a left and right vamp may not be cut from the same shell, they should be cut from shells which were tanned together or within same batch which assures same tannage or very close base color. Sometimes you see a color 8 that has a olive hue and some are dark purple which is drastically different as they were tanned in separate batches.

    Hope those Whisky pair work out. If you end up keeping em post some photos after some wear!
     
  8. blue collar

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    LS CXL Chukka on a gloomy day

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  10. bkotsko

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    I can not get enough of these saddles.
    The color is so good.
    They will be a staple in my rotation at least once a week.
    I think I may need to find another pair of something similar.
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  11. tifosi

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    ^^ Ohhh..now we're sneaking APs into our shoe pics, I see... haha
     
  12. bkotsko

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    Well... I have snuck a few other watches in. I couldn't help it today.
    This will probably be my "daily driver" for a while.
     
  13. mr chorizo

    mr chorizo Well-Known Member

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    Monday morning Cigar...
     
  14. tifosi

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    I can't blame you, dude. That thing is friggin' unreal. Happy for you.
     
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    Wow. If you asked me I'd say that was Ravello. Nice shade on those! How old are they?
     
  16. Michigan Planner

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    :bounce2: These are awesome. If I could find them in my size, I would not hesitate to add a second pair of saddle shoes to my collection!
     
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    I'm just waiting for when people start inconspicuously sneaking wads of cash in to the background of their shoe selfies.

    "Oh, oops, did that accidentally get in to the picture? I forgot that I left it sitting out. Just a little daily spend, no big deal"[​IMG]
     
  18. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, there is a direct converse relationship between the size of my watch and shoe collection and the size of my wads of cash. :(
     
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  19. bkotsko

    bkotsko Well-Known Member

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    Its not what you have/make, its what you do with it.
    Some of the most wealthy folks I know drive 20+ year old Subarus, Jeeps, or ratty old pickups. (Including a billionaire with a "B" that lives down the road from me in a relatively humble home)

    That being said, IMO its a balance.
     
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    I find it ironic in a thread where people show off their stuff that some one is getting called out for showing off their stuff.
     
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