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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. TO Tie Guy

    TO Tie Guy Well-Known Member

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    Went across the border this morning to pick up my Cigar LWB from AoC. Car got searched up and down in every crook and crevice on the way back. I guess declaring that I drove to Niagara Falls, NY just to pick up a $750 pair of shoes and then turn around and come home aroused some suspicion..

    Anyway here are some pics

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    with a little sunlight
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    and.. the Cigar shoe family
    PTB from 6-7 years ago. They were light to begin with and in the sun, they don't look much like the others. NST was made in 2009 but just purchased by me last month, and the LWB which, of course, was just made.
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  2. Johnniegold

    Johnniegold Well-Known Member

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    Color 8 Color 8 Color 8 Color 8

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    Color 8 is King. :)
     
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  3. stevefok

    stevefok Well-Known Member

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    Hi gents,

    May i know how you guys take care of the antique sole edge?

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  4. tifosi

    tifosi Well-Known Member

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    Neutral conditioner and neutral wax, here.
     
  5. thebeebs

    thebeebs Well-Known Member

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    AE Chili edge dressing.
     
  6. SkySaw

    SkySaw Well-Known Member

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    Those look beautiful! It's a good thing you declared them. Did you have them delivered to a mailbox service? May I ask how much you had to pay at the border - was it just the HST based on the sale amount on your receipt?
     
  7. Burzan

    Burzan Well-Known Member

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    I use AE Neutral edge dressing for me
     
  8. Shawnc

    Shawnc Well-Known Member

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    I use both of these.
     
  9. Handcuffed

    Handcuffed Well-Known Member

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    I didn't see anyone mention it but it looks like Leathersoul has a couple of new (or restocked) Alden makeups...

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    CXL plain toe "Pitt" boot
    CXL cap toe "Vanguard" boot

    Barrie lasted. $575... which seems really high for calf. Is that what Aldens are costing these days?

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    Green suede chukka (similar to what Madison and SF have?)

    Barrie lasted. $530.
     
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  10. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Very nice. Congrats.

    I'd Luv to get some Cigar LWBs sometime in the future.
     
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  11. sinda67

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    No sir,

    These are in fact "D" width. Fit exactly like by Nat.CXL Indy's
     
  12. TO Tie Guy

    TO Tie Guy Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I use CBI, right down the street from the Rainbow Bridge. I ALWAYS declare what I have. Sometimes I get lucky and the officer tells me to "have a nice day" other times, I pay. It just isn't worth the hassle if you false declare and get caught. (Nevermind being black listed!)

    I ended up paying about $105 in taxes. Cost of shoe converted to CAD and then the hst on that.

    So yes, these are $1000 LWB's!
     
  13. SkySaw

    SkySaw Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info. I have done this a couple of times, and always declared as well. However, the cost of my items has been a lot lower. The cost of shoes is definitely higher for Canadians. I hear that Leatherfoot might soon be carrying Aldens - could be interesting.
     
  14. Steel28

    Steel28 Well-Known Member

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    I use CBI as well. Never got searched but when I tell the border agents the cost of Aldens the look in their eyes is priceless lol
     
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  15. Disco Volante

    Disco Volante Well-Known Member

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    I enjoy taking my CXL Indys on all kinds of adventures. These boots were meant for it!

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  16. Hill

    Hill Well-Known Member

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    Wow, great shot man.
     
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  17. mdubs

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    Those look terrific. I am excited to have my replacement Cigar LWBs come in as I migrate from 10D to 10.5B. That is a very nice looking family.
     
  18. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    Steve, I use a combination of AE Walnut Shoe Polish and AE Brown Shoe Polish. This allows you to match the color pretty precisely and fill in crevices. Someone posted a tutorial here a year or two back and so I copied their method. Will look for the post number later.

    -Mike
     
  19. LeBeef

    LeBeef Well-Known Member

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    Hey mdubs, I'm wondering how you narrowed down your best fit/size in Alden lasts. I'm learning that I'm a C or D in the ball, but my heel is too narrow to fit C or D in non-boot shoes. With narrow sizing being mostly limited to pre-orders, did you have to trial and error your way through multiple shoes before you found a good fit?
     
  20. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    I went to Alden San Fran and did the Blind Taste Test on the Barrie Last and Aberdeen Last. I tried on a wide variety of lengths and widths within my size range. I tried to not know the size I was trying on as to go by feel alone.
     
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