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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. Curbed Enthusiasm

    Curbed Enthusiasm Active Member

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    Breaking in my first pair of Aldens today. As I was walking outside in the morning sun, I noticed an odd glossy finish on part of the leather on my right shoe. This wasn't visible in my dark apartment. Would this be concerning to any of you?

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  2. jch7149

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    BB LHS for me today
     
  3. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Well-Known Member

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    No, having shiny shoes is generally not something that worries me.
     
  4. zennypoo

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    I have the same problem :cheers:


    I'm similar, Alden for shoes, EP for trousers, JCrew for shirts, and IH for denim/casual clothing. I subscribe to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", so if I find a fit/style that works for me, I tend to stick with it. Though I do have to admit I'm still in the "discovery" phase, like going from AE to Alden, and 3sixteen to IH. I am brand royal to some degree, but fit is king for me.

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  5. zennypoo

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    Don't worry about it, just wear them, brush and buff and the glooss will even out.

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  6. Burzan

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    Ravello LWB from DC with Double Waterlock soles.


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  7. HenryIII

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    Whiskey PTBs. Epaulet trousers
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  8. jhcam8

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    No - just polish both shoes and you'll be fine.
     
  9. Don L

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    I really like those Steve. I noticed those when Tassels came out with them. Very cool to see them being worn
     
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    You should wear those more often. [​IMG]
     
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  11. halfnhalfnhalf

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  12. shoetree

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    I spoke to the manager at J Crew about the similarities between their shoes and Alden. She said she thought it was good for both J Crew and Alden. With the price points and quality being so different, it is rare that a customer is trying to decide between a J Crew branded shoe and an Alden. The J Crew shoes do introduce their customers to a style and perhaps provide a stepping stone to higher quality purchases in the future (Alden).
     
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    Those are beautiful, but do they fit you properly? Looks like there's a big gap in the heel.
     
  14. Carson

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    Speaking of rotation, I have about 15 shoes/boots, and it ends up being that some very nice pieces that I have don't often get worn.

    A couple of weeks ago, I decided to implement 2-week "Tours of Duty" for 3 shoes/boots with one "reservist." Every two weeks, on a Sunday night, I picked the next three I want to put on
    active duty, and then I don't have to think about it much, plus I force myself to wear shoes that I love, but often overlook. So far I'm enjoying the idea of it.
     
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    #8 LS Saddle on the Leydon & EP
     
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  16. Bbombers85

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    I do something similar, but more on a monthly basis. I'm currently in a rotation of Color 8 Leffot LWB, Color 8 chukkas,Cigar PTBs and a couple of non-Alden shoes where each pair sees 1 day a week (I wear sneakers on weekends and Fridays. I just cleaned up by Indy boots last week and put them away for the summer as I try and stay away from boots in the warm NYC months, but I am thinking of cycling in the Ravello captoe boots to break in.
     
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  17. HenryIII

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    A gateway drug? Interesting...
     
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  18. Don L

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  19. J One

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    For all of you who have boots on the Grant last, I am looking to pinpoint the right size I wear
    11.5 C on the Hampton
    11 E on AE Park Avenue.
    So what will it be a the size to go with on the Grant last lengthwise since most boots are done on D

    Thanks in advance
     
  20. BenLeaman

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    I finally got someone to make my boots!!!

    Keep an eye out for the excellent Spring '16 lineup from Brick + Motar
     
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