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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. gentfarmer

    gentfarmer Well-Known Member

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    Color 8 today. [​IMG]
     
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    Maiden voyage of Leathersoul shortwing #8 and antique edge. Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic. [​IMG]
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  3. tricky

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    Damnnnn those are nice!
     
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    Yes, you are correct. The "Commando" name is a bit misleading, hahaha. I prefer Dainite (which Alden doesn't offer) over Commando for this reason.
     
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    ^ But, but, but... Dainite is dangerous and will get you killed if even a small child sneezes on the floor as you pass by...

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    What can I say?? I live dangerously.
     
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    ^ Noted! Just mentioning "Dainite" on SF is living dangerously.
     
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    Life, those are both beautiful boots, but I would have to give the leg up to the ShoeMart version. The Grant Last is terrific. The only problem with the Grant is that it is A) not as commonly well understood by consumers as no stock models are made around it and B) not typically as friendly and accommodating as the Barrie. But it is definite a cleaner and sleeker looking Last.


    DV, those are amazing. Enough said.


    Don, those Unionmades are special and you wear them very well. I love the foxing detail on them. Your outfit pairing choice is impeccable.


    Congrats on your new Cap Toe Boot. They look very nice and glad they were worth the wait.


    Zipster, those are absolutely stunning. The pants are pretty rad pairing...


    Very nice Resis, I really like my AG Cititankers also. :)


    Looking very good Hoit in your suede Perf Tip Boots.


    Very nice Indy Boots. Cigar goes terrifically with that design.


    Have a good fall and enjoy your Snuff PTBs.


     
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    I am a big fan of the commando sole and weather you like it or not, you guys should check out this article about the history of the Alden commando sole by Alden of SD, certainly a great piece of info. Have a great day, Gents!!

    http://aldenofsandiego.com/going-commando-the-history-of-aldens-commando-sole/
     
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    Looking really sharp Hoit! I know you've been hunting for a snuff shoes/boots for a while and I am glad that you finally nailed it!! Enjoy them!!
     
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    Thanks for the compliments on the boots chaps!

    Just received another ShoeMart 2nds list. Absolutely nothing of interest. It's been the same old stuff for months now. We need another rare shell dump like the one that happened a couple of years back!
     
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    What does this mean? Is it a special order only last? Would you expound on this?
     
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    indeed.

    nothing worthwhile on 11.5/12D lists today
     
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    These just showed up for me on the seconds list: 6-eyelet, alpine grain, stitch toe chukka. Definitely an interesting makeup. They show an original price of $720! They do not appear to be shell cordovan (I've only heard talk of Alden using alpine grain shell once or twice before) and I imagine these were made for the Japanese market as they are on the 379x last.

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    Excellent thought. I think the commando gives you more utility (traction) over other soles. That doesn't mean it's a full lug work boot, it doesn't mean that it's a hardcore hiking boot, it wears well, but that isn't to say that other soles won't wear longer. The piece of exposed leather is on the arch, and takes very little abuse compared to the the rest of the sole. Leather is fairly durable overall, so I'm not going to be too concerned if it gets some water or ice touching it once in a while. Things will be ok, it's a boot, not a Stradivarius.

    My commando boots and shoes are all Goodyear welted, and meant to be resoled eventually. I'm fortunate enough to have the rotation where it will likely be years until they need such a service performed. I still love my C&J Islay boots that have Dainite, and I'm passively checking into Viberg with the same sole if I find a unicorn. It is not a bad sole by any stretch. I just tread with caution on ice and slick surfaces like wet smooth concrete or tile. I may just elect to wear another boot on days when there is a lot of ice.
     
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    @Michigan Planner
    They look like alpine grain.
    I would buy them if they were my size.
    If they turn out to be shell grain, you hit the lottery.
     
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  18. Akeem

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    saw that boot as well. the sale price doesn't correlate to their cordovan price. more likely the retail price is incorrect.
     
  19. Don L

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    TSM Ravello NST

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    For some reason, 379X boots/shoes tend to have an insanely high retail price listed on all the irregulars lists. Not sure if it has to do with it being a Japan/Asian market last primarily, and thus the prices are out of whack?

    They're almost certainly calf grain.
     
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