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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. Cuttingboard

    Cuttingboard Well-Known Member

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    Got my first pair of Aldens: cigar longwings from Alden of Carmel yesterday. Adam was accommodating of my requests and e-mails over a period of months. I haven't had a chance to lace them up yet, but looks good so far. Let's see what all the hype is about.

    Lets see a picture of those bad boys!!
     
  2. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    I think it has more to do with lack of supply. it doesn't make sense for a company as large as Alden to order enough shell to make 20 pairs of shoes. just not enough ROI in real dollars to make it worth their while.

    for a similar reason, it's probably why Allen Edmonds only goes with 2 primary shell colors.

    re: cost, judging by how fast ravello and whiskey special makeups fly off the shelves at leathersoul et al, they could probably charge MORE.


    It's inefficient for both parties - Horween would need to set themselves up to make a special color, and as is the case with many things, the set up is the hard part and the manufacture is easy, quantity has no bearing once your stations are locked in. On the Alden side, if they only made 20 pairs of shoes from the unique color, they'd have tons of edge scraps from the cut out shells they couldn't use on anything else, and their material cost might go up some significant percentage that they'd need to charge for. Also, what would happen if they made an order of special leather, used it up, and then had returns or something for internal flaws that were undetectable on the final factory inspection or some freak reason? they wouldn't be able to remake/repair any of them for customers.
     
  3. ennui

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    Lets see a picture of those bad boys!!

    I'll see if I have time tonight to snap a couple of pictures and post them, though I'm sure half of this board has seen cigar longwings before. Considering half of my non-sneaker shoes are Varvatos [​IMG], these shoes are obviously a step up just by inspection.
     
  4. JOA

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    Tom, I'd really like a dark brown suede wingtip boot, similar to the one that won your first Alden contest (Phil S.'s boot). Anything like that coming down the pike?
     
  5. geoffmartin17

    geoffmartin17 Well-Known Member

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    That would be cool, wingtip boots in general are a win! Specifically in cordovan.... [​IMG]
     
  6. geoffmartin17

    geoffmartin17 Well-Known Member

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    Those U-tips are on the Leydon Last, which is sleeker than Trubalance by several orders of magnitude (at least for Aldens). Also they would have been better as NSTs.



    Yes it is. No offense Tom.



    None taken?

    She shoe looks poorly-proportioned as a blucher instead of a boot, no matter how sleek Tom's make up is. The big toe and the relatively fat laces make it look clunky. I know there are some people on the forum who won't even wear the Trubalance last.

    That said, I love my 403s. Moving along...

    Edit: I do remember liking Tom's Hawaiian stompers, and still do. Something about the tonal stitching and the chunky sole.



    I can't find the appeal of indy boots at all...even in boot form i find the trubalance last off
     
  7. srivats

    srivats Well-Known Member

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    I can't find the appeal of indy boots at all...even in boot form i find the trubalance last off

    The appeal comes from the comfort -- it is one of the better fitting boots I own. I also happen to like the looks a lot.
     
  8. Bartolo

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    I can't find the appeal of indy boots at all...even in boot form i find the trubalance last off

    I certainly see the differences in lasts when the shoos are shown side by side, but on my feet . . . I honestly don't have any "problem" with the shape of the Indy boots.

    I do love my 405's [​IMG]
     
  9. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Well-Known Member

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    Anyone here wear a size 8E? If you do, can you shoot me a pm. Got a question that needs resolving. Thanks.
     
  10. John_

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    Hey guys I have a quick question,

    I own a few different pairs of Aldens (405s, long wings, chukkas) but have never owned a pair of loafers from them.

    My question is: How would a loafer fit compared to a blucher on the same last? With a blucher you can obviously tighten the uppers with the laces. But on the loafers you only have the one "size".

    Currently I have 11.5 bluchers in a D width and an E width both on the Barrie. My D fits snug on the vamp with the uppers totally parallel when laced tight. My E width fits comfy on the vamp but the uppers lace in a V shape tapering towards the top (my leg) because I have a wide, flat foot but skinny ankle.

    What width should I go with when it comes to loafers (Van last to be specific)?

    Blue collar, I am a 10.5D in chukka on Barrie and have calfskin leisure hand sewn loafers on Van I believe in 11D. They are among my most comfortable! But you really should try them on first. My instep is not super high, but I know people who do have a high instep and it could make a difference. Over time (7 years since new) the fit just gets better. One interesting thing...I just had them restored by Alden and new they were a Chestnut brown and they have come back almost cordovan. I had been using a darker brown polish, and I'm not displeased with the color, but I was surprised given others' stories of patina removed by th restoration process. Anyway, good luck!
     
  11. enigma77

    enigma77 Well-Known Member

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    ^ +1. Always try loafers on. No laces and not much heel to speak of, so they better fit great!

    Also FWIW I've always found different leathers to fit differently across lasts (i.e. 10D Barrie shell fits differently than 10D Barrie Chromexcel). Always try on...
     
  12. LeatherSOUL

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    Tom, I'd really like a dark brown suede wingtip boot, similar to the one that won your first Alden contest (Phil S.'s boot). Anything like that coming down the pike?

    Great idea. None on order but we have Indy Boots and Tanker boots coming in dark brown suede.
     
  13. blue collar

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    Thanks John_ and enigma77 for your reply. This is all because I have ordered a pair of Chromexcel LHS from Leather Soul back in October. (not able to try this shoe or last on because I live in Toronto) I wear a snug 11.5 D blucher on the Barrie but from what I have read/what people tell me the Van fits a little more narrow/ more snug than the Barrie so I went with an 11.5 E[​IMG] I don't want to puss-out and order the D and have the shoe "balloon" out over the welt because of my wide/odd shaped feet. Tom has told me to stick with the E, i just wanted to hear what you guys have to say. Hope it works out. ugh life was less stressful when I had no idea who Alden was...
     
  14. John_

    John_ Active Member

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    I am not snug in either, but the Barrie is roomier, so it sounds like the right first choice...good luck!
     
  15. ennui

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    Lets see a picture of those bad boys!!

    I've attached a few photos I took just now with my point-and-shoot. I'm looking forward to wearing them once the bad weather clears out from around where I live. I've heard these lighten up after a while - I'm looking forward to the patina.
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  16. cimabue

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    Nice LWBs in cigar! You have tremendous restraint. I had mine laced and on my feet before the UPS guy was back on his truck.
     
  17. zinman74

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    Ooooohh, I'm getting GIDDY! [​IMG] My first shell cordovan inbound, due on the 16th. J Gilbert Plaza last cap toe in color 8 with commando soul. I hope they fit!
     
  18. jet

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    I've attached a few photos I took just now with my point-and-shoot. I'm looking forward to wearing them once the bad weather clears out from around where I live. I've heard these lighten up after a while - I'm looking forward to the patina.

    Been wanting these really bad for awhile think I need to pull the trigger soon, what size are they? They look wide for some reason.
     
  19. PorterInjax

    PorterInjax Well-Known Member

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    Ooooohh, I'm getting GIDDY! [​IMG] My first shell cordovan inbound, due on the 16th. J Gilbert Plaza last cap toe in color 8 with commando soul. I hope they fit!

    Good for you! The plaza last is my favorite for fit and the one you ordered looks great!
     
  20. ennui

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    Been wanting these really bad for awhile think I need to pull the trigger soon, what size are they? They look wide for some reason.

    I wear a 6.5E in the Barrie, so that's why they look wide. Also my picture-taking skills are known to suck. In real life they look fine IMHO.

    I was thinking to wait it out for a ravello or whiskey longwing, but with my shoe size, I gotta grab whatever I can.
     
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