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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. ATLVol

    ATLVol Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, this is how many of my purchases have been made!

    I have the "stoneman" chukkas and think they look great.....haven't worn them yet as I am hoping to sell my standard #8 chukkas first.
     
  2. tifosi

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    Drunk shoe shopping sounds really dangerous.

    Note to self: Hide iPad while drinking.
     
  3. Handcuffed

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    Yeah, I am returning them. But I hate returning shoes and I'm paying $18 for TSM to ship them to me and ship them back and ultimately just sell them to some other chap. So I'm peeved about it.
     
  4. Burzan

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    That dover on commando is super tempting. I think I need to log off the internet asap
     
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    Thank you all so much! I'm really happy with the fit on these. When you have flat feet, a nice supportive boot with no aching at the end of the day is a God-send.
     
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    Congrats! I really like these. If my casual collection wasn't filled I would add these. Love captoes and love pebble grain.
     
  8. tifosi

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    Ravello MCT:

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  9. tifosi

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    +1 I want those.
     
  10. Handcuffed

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    Believe me - I was aware of the risks and understand it all. But I feel like I was shipped one shoe in seconds condition and one shoe in third or fourths condition. Or whatever condition a shoe would be in after looking like it went through a washing machine and then a dryer.
     
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  12. ElDave

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    I agree regarding the the Sanderson last being better for another design, particularly if they just switched it from a long- to a short-wing.

    Regarding which is "better," I certainly like the Alden better, at least when it's not on my foot. Unfortunately, while I love the natural welt and all, on my own feet it just doesn't look good (example below.)

    Over the last year or so, my shoe collection has been moving to models that I don't even particularly like on a store shelf, but that I feel look good on my feet, in context of my outfit/height/weight, etc.

    (Mild exaggeration of how 10.5E Barrie-lasted shoes with natural welts look on my feet.)
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    While I'm sorry the purchase didn't work out, this certainly doesn't invalidate the TSM seconds list as a viable option. I've only purchased from the TSM seconds list once, but the Ravello chukkas I received were, as far as I could tell, perfect.

    Look at it this way: purchasing any second (Alden or other,) is a small gamble. After shipping and possibly a restocking fee, you're out, what, $30? That's a very small amount, relative to the cost of any Alden shoe.
     
  14. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    safe travel
     
  15. tifosi

    tifosi Well-Known Member

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    As true as that statement is....I wouldn't be fond of throwing money away.
     
  16. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    looking good!
     
  17. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]
    black tassels
    argyles otc
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    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    Nice tassels Mac. -Mike
     
  19. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  20. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen,

    It has been a while since we have had a shoe recovery post, so I thought that I would post mine. As I think I have mentioned before, I picked up a pair of Leffot Ravello Tassels off of eBay a few weeks back. Unfortunately, they aren't my size, but I put a lot of labor into recovering them. Here are the before and after pictures...

    Before - They had some bad creases, several slashes/nicks, and some signs of water.
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    After - not perfect yet, but with more TLC, they will be.
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    The method that I used on them was to buff with a moist towel, brush for a long time, buff with a dry towel, rub main creases and nicks with a deer bone, brush again, buff with a dry towel, and then I did a Saphir Reno and Neutral Cordovan Cream job to get them nourished and back to beautiful. Finally, I brushed them again and then buffed them.

    Sadly, their new owner, of whom they will actually fit, will be taking them on today. But, I know that they will be in great hands (or feet, whatever).

    Have an awesome Friday fellow Alden aficionados.

    -Mike
     
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