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

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mdubs, Jan 1, 2016.

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  1. gilby

    gilby Senior Member

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    First time out for the suede gunboats.
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  2. StrangeJeremy

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    I've been getting a ton of questions about the black Walkabout leather we're using for our next Indy boot makeup.

    This will probably be a little bit too explain-y for serious shoe guys, but here's what they had to say:
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  3. ah Mo

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    This is 7.5D Plaza.


    Thanks

    I really love this pair. It's time to learn how to mix and match from all of you and how to maintain and polish it.
     


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    Great collection
    Would you show them *^O^*?!
     


  5. g.michael

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    Posted this in its own thread earlier by mistake.
    Anyway, after becoming intrigued with shell cordovan about 5 years ago, and learning a ton on this forum (and its predecessor), I have since owned/worn over a dozen pair or so, from 3 different manufacturers. I have about 6 pair in the current rotation, including the Indy boot (via J. Gilbert) pictured below. Cordovan is a great material, and I have personally found it to be very low maintenance. I know some people follow the Mac method with almost religious fervor, and I respect that. But for me, I go with a very low maintenance routine—after a day of wear (and I do wear them, as you will see), they may get a light brushing (10 seconds) and then shoe trees go in and they go on the shelf until the next wearing. Once every 15-25 wearings, they may get some Reno and some paste wax, but a quick buffing does wonders as well. That’s it. Shell holds up great and I’ve honestly got better things to do with my time.

    Anyway, for your enjoyment, or shock, below are pics of a cleanup job that my Indy’s needed. I have worn them on some light hikes in the woods, but recently took them to my father-in-law’s farm where he has a great place for shooting guns. It had rained recently, but I thought the ground had dried out sufficiently, but this turned out not to be the case. Anyway, after a couple hours of blasting sporting clays, exploding 2 liter bottles of pop, and getting in some 9mm target practice, my boots had suffered the effects you can see below.

    Not only that, when I got home, I took them off in the cold garage and they sat in that state for 2 full weeks. Yes, you read that right. I’m a busy guy, but had also worn shell long enough to know that any worry was over nothing.
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    Here they are after a wipe down with a very wet cloth and a wet toothbrush along the welt, and a towel dry. Scuffs and scratches show character.
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    Here they are after a quick treatment with Renovateur, some light paste wax, some brushing (not a lot), an application of Alden leather defender, and a buff with an old cotton t-shirt. They look fantastic. Shell is some great stuff.
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    Note the watermark--more character!
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    Looks like I may be wearing them down there again tomorrow for more marksmanship fun.:slayer:
     


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    Holy moley!
    Details please; about how old, retailer or mto, are they 10.5?
     


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    Eduard Meier of Germany. Old-ish, but not old enough to have the 4A logo. Size 9...get out the bone saw.
     


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    Thanks !
    Thanks Ben !














    Thanks gentlemen! I can't even believe how much joy this little human has already brought to our lives. It truly is something special!
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    (I write this at 1am with her in my arms so my wife can get some sleep. Turns out everything we read about the second night had been true.)


    We were discharged from the hospital today with a clean bill of health for everyone. Here we are just arriving home earlier today.

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    Thanks for bearing with my off topic sidetrack.
     


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    I picked one up from @Leffot in "rust" which is seemingly cigar. I paired it with my Grand Seiko SBGA057. Here's a link to their site alas they don't have ravello or whiskey though.

    https://leffot.com/shop/index.php/accessories/watch-straps/strap-sc-cordovan.html

    Some pics...

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    You could check with SF member @Deusis too. He may be able to hook you up!
     


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    Truly one of the miracles of life. Congrats!
     


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    Hi,first post and would really appreciate some advise. I am about to order a pair of 4060H Cap toe Naval boot, Grant last. I use 8,5D in Allen Edmunds Strand and 7,5F in Loake. Will 8,0E fit or should I go for 8,5 (not available)?
    Thanks a lot in advance:)
    Tom
     


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    Thanks for the info. Really interesting model.
     


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    I wear the same size for strands and grant lasted boots. True to size 10.5.
    Welcome to the dark side mr sting.
     


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    Thanks a lot MrDV! I kind of hoped the answer would be different, but you confirmed my suspision. Will have to put them on order or continue the search otherwhere. I live in Norway so not many options over here.
    Yeah, I feel drawn to the dark side:)
     


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    I think this makeup may be the all around best made by Alden. I own a version from Leffot and it's certainly the best i have owned or seen personally. Maybe the various ravello wingtip boots can compare
     


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