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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. shunted22

    shunted22 Senior member

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    Deets on the pants? Seersucker?
     
  2. JSO1

    JSO1 Senior member

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    Wearing the exact same boots today. I was going to take and post a picture, but why bother now? [​IMG]
     
  3. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    I think you picked up a nice pair of wingtip bluchers. I have a pair of similar shortwing bluchers on commando/barrie that have some color 8 splatter on the inside lining. They too have some awkward splotching of dye on the vamp. It is very difficult to see unless you're looking for it under bright light. Not terribly happy with it, but I don't really notice it. In fact I didn't notice the splotchiness on the vamp until someone here mentioned it on the exact same shoe. Still love it... (You can see the splotchy spot on the vamp in this first pic)
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  4. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Deets on the pants? Seersucker?
    Not seersucker, but they are similar. The are J Crew Ludlow slim fit, cotton suiting pants. They have very thin red and white lines. They are hard to pick up on my pics. Unless you are up close they look like they could be pink pants.

    Great boots that should get some consideration even during the summer! Enjoy them my friend!
     
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  5. TommyB

    TommyB Senior member

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    Good suggestion. I would add the Aberdeen last as another option to consider.
     
  6. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    For the boots, I would probably lean toward plaza. But for shoes, I think the aberdeen last is awesome for the NST.
     
  7. TommyB

    TommyB Senior member

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    It's funny how preferences change. I used to think that the split seem on the Aberdeen NST boots were too long, and then I finally wore my pair and fell in love. Extremely comfortable on my feet, too. Also saw a pair of WT boots on Aberdeen on AoC's Instagram
    account and they looked great.

    But you have a good point, I love Plaza-lasted boots too, don't think you can go wrong with any of those two lasts.
     
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  8. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I have a cigar NST blucher coming in Aberdeen, so I don't think I need an Aberdeen NST boot. A dark edge Plaza or Barrie NST could work... Also a Barrie wingtip boot.
     
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  9. chipshot

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    Will Alden replace the entire leather footbed in recrafting. The tiny heel pad replacement is nice but I want a new leather footbead.. Anyone?
     
  10. rbf1138

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    Just got my first pair of Alden's, the J. Crew longwings in tobacco. I know these may be novice questions...but I want to do things "right!" I already own Saphir Renovateur; can I just go ahead and apply a coat of that before wearing? Any other maintenance I should do in these early days?

    Second, any preferred way of lacing these?

    Lastly, any suggestions on a good matching belt, preferably one that wont break the bank? Would any one of these be particularly better than another?
    http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/accessories/products/mens-dress-belt-caramel-calfskin

    https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/accessories/belts/PRDOVR~E3145/E3145.jsp?color_name=english-tan

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/sale/fa...F96630.html?dwvar_SF96630_color=96636#start=1 (in chili)

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    This is probably just my OCD talking, and I'm sure these shoes vary from year to year and even pair to pair, but does the black along the edge and the darkness on the heel look alright to you guys? A lot of pictures in google image search, including the one on J Crew's website, show a lighter, matching heel color (https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/oxfords/PRDOVR~18582/18582.jsp). I ordered these last week, and they were (and still are) on back order till July 11, but they shipped last week so I'm just curious if you think they were factory seconds they or something...

    Thank you!
     
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  11. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    That is tough, both of those are great and beautiful boots. Personally, I would go for Shell anyday over CXL, but that is just me. The Color 8 Naval is pretty stinking close to the DC Cigar CT Boots. Considering that, I would probably go for the Natty CXL WTs.


    Those look stunning and you wear them very well Repp! Enjoy your Boots!


    Those sound like keepers to me. That doesn't look too abnormal for Alden staining. The tongue must have not fully dried when it bumped the lining.


    I would look to others to give you care tips, I really don't own any calf shoes anymore. I generically followed the Allen Edmonds care for calf back in the day... Buff, Leather Condition, Brush, Buff, Polish, Brush, Buff.

    I do what is called the European Straight Bar lacing on all of my shoes. I like the look and its easy to tie compared to straight bar lacing.
    http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/straighteuropeanlacing.htm

    Any of those belts would be good, personally, I would support Mike @ Epaulet.

    -Mike
     
  12. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Happy Monday! Alden Color 8 Wingtip Balmorals (974) on the Tremont Last. Navy Argyles. Epaulet Navy Windowpane Trousers.

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    Surprise, surprise. The guy with the ungodly shell collection and what seems to be first dibs on every rare shell release from every vendor prefers cordovan to CXL. :p
     
  14. peppercorn78

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    Each leather has its best use. Dubsy works in a professional office environment and may have less use for a more casual, rugged leather like CXL. Although I do know he has two or three pairs ;)
     
  15. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    I have three pairs of CXL, technically four if you count the pair out of my rotation for sale, but I have a Natty LWB, Brown Ultimate Indy, and fresh in box from last Thursday Plaza Navy Wingtip.

    Ha, as pepper said, business rules make Shell much more appealing to me. I have to wear slacks most days and I prefer the formality of Shell with slacks.

    -Mike
     
  16. ReppTiePrepster

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    Thanks for the recent nice words regarding my cigar boots and whiskey LWBs. You wear your 974 exceptionally well. Though the Tremont last is a little odd to size, I think this model is extremely underrated; great model. Enjoy ALL of your Aldens often and in the best of health my friend!
     
  17. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Ha, thanks Repp. Yeah, the Tremont is an interesting last and its not used too frequently. The Atom and this Shortwing Balmoral (and its variants) are the models that come to mind.

    Thanks and I will enjoy them all!

    -Mike
     
  18. andiandi

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    Fuck! What have I done???

    My oldest workhorse Ravello PTBs After a little Reno/Deerbone treatment.
    Is there a way to remove the Black stains?
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  19. JSO1

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    Ravello NST boot today.

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  20. sansimeon

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    Thanks guys! Wasn't sure if Alden did any further coloring on cordovan, hence the question.

    PS Prepster that is a beautiful shoe! Will post some better pics of mine after brushing out the shell bloom.
     
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