The Official Alden Thread for 2016 - Share reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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  1. TommyB

    TommyB Senior member

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    @Mdubs and @MrDv have such great Alden collections I don't even get jealous, they're just on a different, very inspirational, level.
     


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    Gentlemen,

    I recently purchased a pair of used Alden 975s, and there's a small cut at the back seam of one the shoes. It's not a huge deal, especially considering I paid less than half the retail price for them, but is there anything that can be done for this?

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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    I got a pair of seconds like that. Not too big of a deal. That's pretty well hidden. Mine hasn't grown at all, so you should be okay... About all you can do is put some paste wax on it to add pigment to the edges. -Mike
     
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    Those shoes collections from @Mdubs and @MrDv are incredible.
    I would like to find a pair of ravello shell cordovan (long-wing blutcher) but after visiting almost all the shoes shops in Tokyo, l couldn't find any. Only #8 and black colors are available here (even for brands other than alden). And the Lakota store employees told me that if I ordered, I might get shoes after two or three years, but they can't even guarantee this delay.
    Do you have any tips?
    Thank you.
     


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    Besides TSM, does anybody else sell seconds? I signed up for the TSM email alerts, but the selection is always pretty slim. I think the slim pickings may be because of my shoe size (11.5).
     


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    You may want to check eBay and the listings in the FS section here.
     


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    Thanks for the advice, the thing is, I really wanna try the shoes before buying and also see the real color, as from what I understood, the same color name can actually cover many different variations.
     


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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Just ShoeMart.

    -Mike
     


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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Welcome to the thread, I have filtered through a lot of pairs to get where I am at now. Unfortunately, the factory gets shipments from Horween periodically and no batch is identical. Even if ordering from a retailer, there is no color guarantee.

    Best is to buy shoes from eBay with decent pictures once you get your sizing across the lasts locked down. Best thing you can do to prepare is to determine your absolute best fit on the Alden lasts.

    -Mike
     


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    She better love it; it's going to affect my shoe budget! [​IMG]
    Thanks for the kind words your mayorness...
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    Many thanks brotha...

    If @mdubs is mayor of Aldenville, @MrDV should be city councilman.

    Thank you and good luck acquiring the ravello wtip boot. I would highly recommend buying the color 8 version; I wear that more often and it is just as awesome! [​IMG]
     


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    Life's pleasures can be so simple! Fabulous collection my friend! Enjoy them often and in the best of health...
     


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    Well done my friend. Enjoy those rare but beautiful bluchers!
     


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    Mayor Dubs and City Councilman DV,
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    New to Alden, hope you fellows can help me out on a sizing question. I have got plenty of shell from Carmina already so i know what i´m exposing myself to also considering a venture into Alden [​IMG]

    Should be noted naturally that i´m in a location making me unable to try out sizes and lasts in a brick and mortar location

    I currently use the following

    Allen Edmonds
    10E on AE 65 with a nice but not to snug fit
    10D on AE 511 with a generous fit allowing for some thick socks
    Used to squeeze into AE 108 last 10D but they were to snug to be comfortable for a full day, liked the aesthetics of the last enough though to stick with this for a while

    Carmina (in the lasts standard width that varies between E and EE)
    UK 9 Oskar best boot fit. Semi snug with some room for medium weight socks
    UK 9 Forrest best derby fit. Snug fit all over
    UK9 Rain a bit to wide in the forefoot for me, also my instep is a bit on the lower side.
    UK9 Soller rather generously allowing some medium weight socks but not loose enough to size down
    UK9 Detroit fits very generously allowing thick socks, only Carmina last where i would consider going down half a size

    Where would that put me looking into going Alden with eyes currently on the sleeker last such as Aberdeen and Plaza? Any input appreciated
     


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