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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. Rstldr

    Rstldr Senior member

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    First pic of the new year! Leathersoul Ultimate Indy, chups and first wear of 3sixteen sl-100xk
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    Same old Chamois tankers - cheers, everyone!

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    bkotsko Senior member

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    they look great.
     
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  4. ylku

    ylku Well-Known Member

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    Happy new year, new thread, and new tankers.

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  5. TO Tie Guy

    TO Tie Guy Senior member

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    Love those tankers! Also, kick ass socks!
     
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  6. Shawnc

    Shawnc Senior member

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    Really great work on the FAQ's Mike. Your contributions to this forum are greatly appreciated.

    Picked these up from the Bay and they were delivered on New Year's Eve. Expected a long restoration process but after 15 minutes, this is how they look. Love the recuperative powers of shell........

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    I've been hunting these down for a while on the after-market. Didn't want to pay retail because I already own a bal in color 8. Here's a quick comparison shot.......

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    Happy new year!
     
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  7. patrick_b

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    Have to assume you meant one in, one out. I can't imagine a more perfect example of a Freudian slip [​IMG].

    I've been successful in the one in, one out policy for about three years now. The hardest part is that I continue to read this thread and often hear about pre-orders with plenty of time to participate. While those days aren't all that tough, when the shoes start getting delivered a year later...that's when I get small pangs of regret [​IMG]. However, with one (or two) exception(s), when I bought something, I've sold something and pared down my rotation from 20+ to 15 pair of shoes & boots. Alden makes up the largest category and Viberg (1), AE (2), C&J (1) and and Rancourt (1) round out the rotation.

    Part of my motivation was to reduce overlap. I did the same thing with watches some years ago, so perhaps it's a pattern with me. Mechanical watches were one of the first hobbies/collections in which I took an interest. After about ten years of regular buying & selling, I eventually settled on just one good example of each type of watch. For instance, rather than owning a Sea Dweller and a Seamaster, I kept just one. So these days, it's just one diver, one GMT, a single chronograph, etc.

    It's clearly not for everyone but it's something that worked for me. Also, I love the look of well worn, cared for, aged leather. Most of my footwear falls into that category now. With a larger rotation, everything would look new forever. That's not necessarily a bad thing but wasn't what I wanted.

    Happy new year folks! Good luck TO Tie Guy!

    Lastly, thanks for the nice work @mdubs on the FAQ. I always kept a copy in an evernote folder for light reading from time to time.
     
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  8. thromb

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    Great front page post @mdubs! Can't imagine there being a better one out there!

    and hope everyone on this forum had a happy New Year!
     
  9. postal007

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    I can't believe I'm here for the start of a new Alden thread! Happy new year everyone.
     
  10. makewayhomer

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    Request for those with older/well worn suede: could you post some pics? I hear lots of folks talk about how suede is really underrated for its toughness, bad weather ability, etc - but then I also see pics of older suede and frankly they don't look good at all. A recent pair came up for sale in Buy/Sell here that falls into the latter bucket - it looked the nap was gone, there were large darker areas / inconsistent color, etc.

    So I'm trying to reconcile everyone who says suede is so tough, but then pics like that (which I see a decent amount of - stained suede, etc). Thoughts on that?
     
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    if you use a water defense spray with suede it lasts much longer
     
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    These! :worship:
     
  13. bkotsko

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    Brownvello glamour shot for the day.
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  14. makewayhomer

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    thanks - but, I guess, how solid/dependable is that for preventing snuff suede from ending up like this? or is this just typical for how worn snuff suede will end up?

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    (yes these were for sale here, but have already sold, so I'm not trying to squash anyones sale! also I rehosted)
     
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  15. bkotsko

    bkotsko Senior member

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    Some folks like the broken in look.
    The Nanoprotector does fairly well at keeping suede looking decent.
    I would invest in a suede eraser, shampoo, and a suede brush if you want things to stay pristine.
     
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    So I think my pair of tankers will have to go back to Alden to have some bad eyelets replaced. I can't seem to get them to stay fixed on my own. Just curious how long to expect Alden will have them? I'll contact them next week but thought I'd ask others experiences
     
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    i'm having a hard time adhering to the 1-in 1-out policy these days. I have very few pairs that I don't really like. Granted, I don't wear every pair all that often but even those that get minimal wear hold a special place in my heart.

    :violin:

    I have 4 pre-orders from '15 scheduled to arrive in 2016 and 2 pre-orders from 2015 still awaiting Confirmation.

    Other than that, there's only one other pair on my radar for this year.

    Let's see how I hold to that strategy...
     
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  18. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    You should wear these more often. They deserve it. They are glorious.
    Your Ultimate Indys are looking good and have a nice patina on them. Love the socks!
    Those same olds are looking very good. Something about the color of Chamois is really beautiful and full of character.
    Looking great in your new Tankers. The Color 8 on Antique Tanker is a splendid combination.
    I got my PCT Balmoral the same way. Lovely shine on them and yes Shell rocks!
    That's a superbly done glamor shot BK! Those Ravellos are looking good and ready to rock!
    Concur. Recommend periodic cleanings with a nano session after they have dried. That is if you want them to look clean. Working the edges also tends to go a long ways.
    I think it will take a few weeks, but no historical basis for that statement.
    Good luck with that Joe. ;-) -Mike
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Thank you everyone for all of your kind posts about the first post. Took me surprisingly little time to copy over from AoSD. :)

    -Mike
     
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  20. postal007

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    mdubs, you are a great ambassador to the community here. The value you add to this place is immeasurable, keep it up!
     
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