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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. shaunw

    shaunw Well-Known Member

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    Anybody know off hand the standard lace length for the Alden indy?
    thx
     
  2. vivalet

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    Hi NYR, Can you tell us your steps to get it looking like this from so beat up? Thanks!
     
  3. LaymanX

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    Does anyone know of any brown chromexel boots in Grant/Plaza/Leydon last?

    The Ultimate Jumper from LS is gorgeous, but I just can't get over the trubalance blobbiness. Thanks!
     
  4. ceoceo

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    Xpost from small questions thread..

    I want a pair of Alden cordovan boots but the trubalance last looks too fat and out of date from pics.. Is it really that bad IRL?
    Plenty of Japanese dudes rocking Alden PTBs but a lot those turned out to be in modified last.
    I am just worried that it might look too bulky when I am 5'9'' and wear size 7
    Thanks!
     
  5. poena

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    I'm taking a quick and short trip to NY in a couple of days. where is the best spot to go try on some aldens! I do plan on stopping by the Jcrew liquor store.
     
  6. kippy

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    Beautiful - I am looking forward to mine. I pre-ordered with Shoemart last year for the Ravello Wingtop boot and I just saw that they charged my CC. I wonder if this means the boots have arrived and been shipped. Def need to call the store and confirm.

    Love the Barrie last!:nodding:
     
  7. nbernie

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    I don't have any experience with the Modified but according to our chart, Mod is the next blobbiest after TruB. Lots of cordo on the Barrie or Grant though if you're worried...
    Here's the chart by REGuy: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/13590#post_4526910



    Was in NY over Thanksgiving, went to Alden on Madison at 44th. Good selection to get sized though a little bit dickish service. Epaulet and JCrew Liq also have Aldens but more casual styles/fewer models.
     
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    Leffot would be a great option for cool custom makeups. Just popped in on Wednesday and they have a couple of amazing new makeups, Whiskey Tankers, saddles, etc...

    And for superior service and a great experience, Epaulet can't be beat. Best store in the city and they have a couple of natural chromexcel boots that are just crazy nice. I am rocking the wingtip natural chromexcel boot right now! My favorite boot.
     
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  9. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    Leffot in the West Village is the best place in NYC to shop for Alden shoes. Great special makeups, a lot of the basics (like #8 longwings), and awesome service. In the top tier of Alden retailers globally (with Leather Soul, Tassels, Alden of Carmel, etc). Their other shoes are awesome as well. This should be your first stop.

    Alden on Madison Ave have the widest selection, but as mentioned many times in this thread, gruffer service. They do have all the basics in stock plus a good selection of rarer cordovan (they have whisky indy boots in stock right now, for example)

    Epaulet Shop in Brooklyn has a lot of Alden stuff. They currently have natural chromexcel boots in stock in addition to more common Alden models.

    Citishoes apparently has a lot of Alden, I've never been though.

    The J Crew men's shops (Tribeca, Soho, Upper East Side, Columbus Circle) stock the Aldens that appear on the J Crew website and often some extra models (for example the Upper East Side store used to stock a #8 captoe).
     
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  10. mcbrown

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    The Alden store on Madison. Amazing selection of stock models and "rare" shell colors. Really underrated in my opinion. The service isn't as bad as some make it out to be - just don't expect the salesmen to be shoe nuts like us.

    Also go to Leffot if you can. Completely different experience from Alden Madison - it IS a store for and by shoe nuts.
     
  11. HorseHide

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    Alden on Madison Ave and Leffot are must stops.

    There have been lots of jokes about the people working at the Alden shop (shit kickerville, baby) but they have an unmatched selection (including multiple widths). And personally they have always treated me well, maybe because they are Mets fans and I hate the Yankees so we have something in common...

    I have said it before, Leffot is the finest shoe store I have ever been inside (I haven't made it to LSW yet...). Not the selection but each shoe is beautiful.

    Lots of other choices - Citishoes on Park Ave can surprise you, Epaulet in Brooklyn has great clothes, Moulded Shoe (especially if you want modified last), etc.

    As for the J Crew Liquor Store, you will know more about Aldens than anyone that works there (which likely won't be an issue because they would actually have to assist you for you to discover that! :rimshot:).
     
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    Gentlemen, if you are in NY, you owe it to yourselves to go to two other NYC Alden retailers:

    Moulded Shoe and Citishoes.

    Alden on Madison is a good store. The guys in there have been there a long time, and they are very helpful - they just deal with a shit load of tourists so are not apt to be conversational; I've never been in there when there hasn't been someone else looking for shoes. And the last time I was there, there was some tool from CT who wanted to take a full stroll in cigar LHSs...they had to tell him that he can't crease the shell.

    Moulded, though, is my favorite. But I have an affinity for the modified last.
     
  13. NewYorkIslander

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    Sure thing. Plain and simple, the Mac method. All done watching the first period of Rangers/Flyers...

    Took an old tee shirt, ran it under some warm water. Wrang it out so it was just damp, and wiped down the shoes, uppers and edges. Let the shoes dry for about 2 minutes, then I went to work with a horsehair brush. I literally brushed hard for about 4-5 minutes each shoe. My arm was killing me after about 3 minutes, so I changed hands for a minute, before finishing with my stronger hand. C'est tout. This is why cordovan in my mind is so worth the extra bucks. I used NO polish, NO conditioning creme, NOTHING but the damp cloth and hard brushing. Next time I will prob add some Venetian cream to give it a real luster.
     
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  14. Costa

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    Every time I tried to post a "thank you", it said it wouldn't post. As you can see, I don't give up easily. My apologies for the "spam".......
     
  15. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Well-Known Member

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    I was skeptical of the Mac Method at first, but I have to second this, it works wonders. Damp cloth + brushing + buffing works wonders. The only thing I would say is I would add more frequent treatments of Saphir Reno than Mac recommends.
     
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    I meant renovateur - cordovan can appear "dry" sometimes, particularly in the creases, reno helps a lot with that in addition to general cleaning and conditioning. While there are plenty of downsides to using too much wax on cordovan, I haven't read about or seen significant downsides of using renovateur on a regular basis

    I think Mac says wax polish every 15 wears, that seems fine, maybe you could stretch it to 20 wears or more if you do a reno only session in between. I use a mix of Saphir, Kiwi and Alden branded paste wax on my cordovan, the Saphir seems the best
     
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  18. velomane

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    Regarding the Mac method, what type of cloth do you use for the final buffing?
     
  19. Alcibiades

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    http://shoeshinekit.com/shoeshinecloth.html

    I have 3 (one for black and color 8, one for dark brown and one for light brown)

    In general, for shoe care, you need
    - old t-shirts (for cleaning and for applying polish)
    - a few horsehair brushes
    - Saphir renovateur
    - flannel cloths
    - paste waxes in various colors
    - boot care product (Montana, Obenauf, etc)
    - Suede waterproof spray
    - suede eraser & brush
    - Maybe some sole edge dressing (it seems most people here don't really use them on Alden cordovan shoes though)

    This should be sufficient
     
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  20. mcarthur

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    you will be very pleased!
     
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