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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. bkotsko

    bkotsko Senior member

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    I have to agree with M635.
    There is WAY too much polish on those shoes.
    If you used Renomat and then renovateur (optional) and some neutral (or burgundy) cordovan creme (all from Saphir), you will probably see some really fantastic results.
    A little elbow grease and you'll likely be thrilled.
    I look forward to the results.
    Note: Renomat stinks to high heaven, but takes polish off like a champ.
     
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    smfdoc Senior member

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  3. darrellfilthy

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    Alden for beams international gallery / black grain / shell/ modified last/ v tip
     
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  4. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Eggplant indeed, those are looking superb my friend!
    Don, like all your others, these are rediculously awesome and a great combo.
    Andi, looking good bud!
    J, these are looking better with each wearing. Hope that you enjoyed them today!
    Chippy, your Color 8 NST Boots are looking good. Your should keep the Chukkas. They should get over it. I think those look normal to me.
    Your Black Grain Boots are looking superb! Many great makeups come from Seattle.
    Nice collection!
    That looks like it has a lot of product on it. I would personally renomat it to get the gunk off and then send it to Alden for a restoration.
    Those Grain/Shell V-Tips are looking great! Enjoy them! -Mike
     
  5. flofloryda

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    Hi everyone - I just purchased my first pair of color 8 Norwegian front shell cordovan Alden's last weekend. I have two (hopefully) quick questions:

    1) I walked into the store to simply try on a pair to see what the fanfare is about these and walked out $840 later (including polish, etc.). However, after trying these on last night and again tonight (in accordance with this wonderful, helpful guide) it feels like the right foot has more "space" in the shoe. I suspect that the shoe was tried on only in the right foot by someone with.... larger feet than I. I wear a 12D. My very first reaction to putting these on was similar and I didn't mind it at first but eventually I am now at the point that my right foot bangs around in that shoe. The fit on the left foot is incredible - hugs my foot perfectly and the crease is a perfect straight across the front. The crease on the right is starting to look more diagonal. I am curious what you would do in this situation? These were carpet worn only in my house and with inserts for cushioning. Should I return these and ask that they order me an unworn pair? The reason I jumped at these is because they mentioned a 6+ month wait list for these and I trusted that metric to be accurate. I don't mind waiting some months if necessary. Am I overreacting or over thinking this? Is it likely that the shell cordovan will eventually start to hug my right foot like it does in the left foot? I've never had a similar issue in 5ish pairs of AE.

    2) what is the concensus on shoe trees for these shell cordovan? I put a pair of AE shoe trees in there to test and it feels like a pretty extreme stretch in the front (spring of the tree is fully pressed) between the front and back of the tree. Should I go down a size or keep such a strong stretch?

    THANK YOU!!
     
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  6. Shawnc

    Shawnc Senior member

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    Without getting into nuances on how/where the shoe should crease, my experience is that if shoes don't fit right they eventually find their way out of my rotation. Based on what you describe, I would not keep these. It's a beautiful shoe and will be well worth the 6-month wait. You may run into a bit of an issue as many shops won't accept returns with creases. As for trees, for me, part of the appeal of an Aberdeen-lasted shoe is its sleekness. I would not want the trees fitting so snugly that you literally have to force them in and out of the shoes.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. M635Guy

    M635Guy Senior member

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    I'll preface this by saying there are far better resources here than me, but a couple thoughts/questions:
    • Firstly, I totally feel your pain on your first pair. I had the exact experience except I wound up buying Indy boots as a guy with zero boots and about that much interest in owning a pair. Until I tried them on. My fourth pair of Alden boots arrives this morning.
    • It is pretty common for feet to be different sizes (apologies if you knew that already)
    • Shell is extremely resistant to stretching, so it is extraordinarily unlikely the room you're feeling is from try-on wear. It is possible that it isn't lasted properly, or maybe the corkbed isn't as full as it should be, but I think both of these are unlikely (the second less likely than the first).
    • What is the fit like without the inserts?
    • How are you lacing the shoes?
    • Are there gaps at the heel or sides?
    • What model number are they?
    • Are you a 12 D on the Brannock or shoes you wore previously?
     
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    scb Senior member

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    laces broke on my snuff suede longwings. where's my best bet for a replacement online?
     
  9. JSO1

    JSO1 Senior member

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    You can e-mail Alden, they'll send you new laces. general@aldenshoe.com
     
  10. M635Guy

    M635Guy Senior member

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    Very often the retailer you bought them from will replace them for free. I've also heard that Alden will send you some if you call them (508-947-3926).
     
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    wdahab Senior member

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    If you have creased shell cordovan shoes, very few if any stores will accept a return even for store credit. But to your actual concerns, it's rather unlikely that someone's foot stretched out the shoe in trying it on. The idea that shoes stretch like that is a popular one, but it's rarely true. Shell cordovan, in particular, is very non-stretching. It's more likely that your feet are slightly different sizes, as mine are, by about a half size. In that case, you are rather better off having one shoe a hair big, and the other perfect, rather than one a hair small, and the other perfect.

    I'd also warn you to consider if there's a risk you might start sizing down, and eventually sizing down too much. Consider how much "banging" your right foot does, and whether the flex point on your right shoe is right at the ball of your foot (which is good), and how the shoe feels on your foot when you have all your weight down on that foot and your foot is flexed (your toes should splay out and maybe touch the side of the shoe a little, but not a so much as to hurt). I made the mistake of thinking my shoes were too big for me several years ago, I started sizing down, until my feet were in constant pain, and then I had to start sizing all the way back up until now, when I'm back where I started.
     
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    New JCrew Color 8 Dovers, fully lined, oiled sole. Don't mind the sweatpants...

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    Gabru Senior member

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    I also have slightly different sized feet ( more like 0.4 size difference), and I always go by this rule to buy shoes to accommodate my bigger foot.
     
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    A little NST action this morning
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    How is the coloring on yours, I ordered two pairs and both are slightly splotchy, granted I have to inspect with a fluoresce light and you can tell in direct sunlight... Think i am being too anal.

    http://imgur.com/NRJPys8 , http://imgur.com/3xTte3j , http://imgur.com/Tu9edvF , http://imgur.com/9Zd3ehH , http://imgur.com/fcRJ0fZ , http://imgur.com/0NXFiZj , http://imgur.com/SVXqGdP , http://imgur.com/bvyqhhT

    On another note,
    Alden Tan Indy
    http://imgur.com/UoFbZYS
     
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    fitchottie Senior member

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    Was your pair splotchy, I order two pair and both seem splotchy
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    On another note, Alden Tan Indy
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  19. bkotsko

    bkotsko Senior member

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    You should post actual pictures, rather than links to pictures.
    Many folks might not want to click on random links.
    YMMV
     
  20. seanathanjon

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    I've had splotches on a pair of color 8 boots and over time haven't been able to notice it actually. I'm sure others could chime in. No splotches on my pair except for a small one on the side which is hardly visable unless you are blasting it with an LED flash light.
     
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