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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. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Suede Saturday. Alden x JCrew Snuff and Color 8 Saddle Shoe. Socks by CHUP. Brooks Brothers Camel Corduroys.

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    Leisure Sunday. Alden Cigar Shell Cordovan Leisure Handswen. Marcoliani Brown Argyles OTC. Epaulet Cedar Lavender Check Rivet Chinos.

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  2. Stefan88

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    Do indeed sell to the US market. No changes there, to be honest. We don't generally sell Alden online though, as we like to give people real fittings. Some are very well aware of their sizes, however.
    Edit: @mdubs , sorry, thought I sent you a message about selling to US previously, or maybe it was over instagram. As you say though, we generally order e-widths.

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    Those captoes are getting beautiful. Glad to see them being used :)
    This specific model will probably not be around for a very long time, though.
     
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    JezeC Distinguished Member

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    Perfect example of why shell is amazing. I mean, just look at how well the boots cleaned up. Alden's glow is unparalleled.

    Your boots are lovely!
     


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    http://www.coolvintagewatches.com/watch-straps/shell-cordovan-sport

    These are Horween like Aldens. I haven't seen the tan in person to know what it looks like, but i'd guess somewhere in the Ravello range. The 20mm one taper to 16mm at the buckle which they don't state on their site.
     


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    Wowzers! Not a model you see everyday. Are these old?
     


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    Thanks!

    They are somewhat old. Certainly pre-#menswear Alden days, but not old enough to have the 4A Alden logo. The grain is a cool detail but the color is what really sets it apart. There is much more of a distinct red undertone to it than that photo would suggest.
     


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    E Widths? My curiosity Is now piqued. Any interesting TruBalance makeups coming up?
     


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    eBay.de (Search "shell cordovan 20mm" etc) will hook you up. Bought a whiskey Fluco and two color 8 bands there. Great bands and not one was over $50 shipped, my latest color 8 was only $35 shipped (pictured below). The color 8 bands even turned out to be Nomos straps, I believe the seller had them as seconds possibly.

    20mm: http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_odkw...n+20mm.TRS0&_nkw=shell+cordovan+20mm&_sacat=0

    22mm: http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_odkw...n+22mm.TRS0&_nkw=shell+cordovan+22mm&_sacat=0

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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    I guess that I will jump into this conversation as well. I have the RIOS 1931 Natural Shell Cordovan watch strap (22mm) with an adapter kit for my Apple Watch. After approximately daily wear since October 14th, its probably closer in color to Ravello now than Whiskey. :)

    I personally would buy my next one from Jesse (GuardedGoods or @Deusis ).

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    i've tried cordovan straps from Leffot and Leathersoul in Whiskey and Color 4 (all from Horween). Same as Alden cordovan, stamped Horween on the back.

    And to the Mayor, I am constantly haunted by your whiskey indy's.
     


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    @kwhitelaw stop showing off my future boots!
     


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    I'm with you, Akeem. I'd happily give up my Color 2 LWBs for a pair of Whiskey Indy's.
     


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    Hey watches, something I can actually contribute on...

    I have a Fluco black shell strap, and Hodinkee straps in navy, green, and natural. Definitely recommend the Hodinkee straps, they're much, much more supple. No idea why, could be the different stitching, different thickness or grade of shell if that is such a thing, etc. Never would have believed there'd be such a difference just seeing them online.

    Also have my eyes on Deusis/Guarded Goods and a formfunctionform button-stud in Color 8.
     


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    Not cordovan, but some sizes left of a plain toe blucher boot in natural Chromexcel, double leather sole and light edge.

    Not the best of pics, but still
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    Hello fellow shell and Alden fans. I have been making custom watch straps since 2007, which are completely hand sewn by me. I have a full supply of shells including Color #8, Black, Cigar, Navy and Whiskey. I also have a couple of Dark Cognac shells coming from Horween tomorrow.

    Straps can be completely customized with or without taper, padding, backing ect. My website does not currently list all of the options, however all of the above can be done in any width, thickness, thread ect. The link is in my signature.

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    I do realize I am blatantly advertising here so mod's please feel free to delete my message. I am a regular on SF, so I thought I would throw my name in the hat for watch straps.

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