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The Official Alden Indy Appreciation Thread

DG123

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Below are photos of the Foot Balance rubber heel cap which Alden uses for their cork sole Indy boots. My experience has been that the Alden cap wears relatively fast. The SoleTech brand of aftermarket heel caps fits the Alden Thomas heel and seems to provide 50% more longevity than the Alden heel cap. Specifically, for my boots I wear thru 3 pairs of the Alden heel caps each year, and the Sole Tech heel caps require replacement twice per year.
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I guess during the past year or two the Indy boot with a wedge sole has been a make up from a few retailers. If anybody here has worn a pair please reply with your opinion of how they compare to the Neocork or Commando soled Indy boots. Thanks.

Here was mine, not quite worn in, I sold them when I moved. They were on another level in terms of comfort. I don't perfer the neocork sole Indys for the reasons you listed later, the heel wear away way too quickly and the lack grip.
 

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Here was mine, not quite worn in, I sold them when I moved. They were on another level in terms of comfort. I don't perfer the neocork sole Indys for the reasons you listed later, the heel wear away way too quickly and the lack grip.
I don't mind replacing the heel caps of my Indy boots. It's only about .25" at the rear edge of the heel caps that gets worn away (yet the entire cap needs replacing because if the rear edge rubber wears away that will mean the actual leather heel would become compromised).
Regarding the wedge sole Indy boots I am considering ordering a pair and expect that when the rear edge of the wedge sole wears away I could just continue wearing the boot that way without affecting its integrity-support. The only thing stopping me from ordering a pair is that all the pre-order make ups I've seen with wedge sole also come with brass eyelets/speed lace hooks. The bright brassy look is not something I especially want, but I am thinking about it.
 
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For daily exercise walks I've been rotating my 8 year old 405 boots with a new pair of 405's. My size in this boot is a B width, not a width Alden stocks except for the model 405 model. Five years ago I considered special ordering my B width in the 401 (black), but never got around to doing it. So, now I've gone ahead and placed an order for a pair which I hope to receive within the next few months :).
 

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