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

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  1. gnu

    gnu Senior member

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    Is there a good place in or around Salt Lake City or good cobbler send my boots to to get eyelets on a pair of shell longwings?
     
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    Are they only snug across the vamp? not too short? as mdubs mentioned probably not a good idea however if the length is fine at least CXL is probably the leather that will stretch the most I have found. I would put a few gym socks on a shoe tree and leave that over night then add another sock the next night - I did this with my CXL indies and it worked. Also wear the hell out of them - wearing something once a month is not going to get it done.
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Unfortunately, I have no clue. Hopefully someone else here is from SLC! Randy the Cobbler is from Arizona. That's not TOO far from you! :)

    -Mike
     
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    I suppose I could do that. I also do quite a bit of walking throughout the day at the office. I'd feel a bit funny changing shoes at the office though, ha!
     
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    Interesting. Those are like NST's without the center stitching that goes to the sole. Most Indy's, aside from shell varieties, don't have a raised portion between the stitching. Even other suede models still look flat between the toe stitches. This one is raised like an NST. Pretty cool! Thanks for the tip!
     
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    This seems like a crime against nature! your whiskey bals are awesome, Dubsy!
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Hmmm. I did not notice that. I could be wrong, but this looks hand stitched to me. The hand stitching I believe typically has the bulge behavior that you are referring to. It's a nice touch on that boot. Especially for a non-shell makeup.

    -Mike
     
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    i would send them back.
    nice pairing with dress trousers. i haven't tried that... yet.
    yes. i wear leather soles indoors for an hour or 2. don't deed to with commando soles.
    fantastic combo with blue marcolianis.
    thanks for the kind words gentlemen.
    dubs, i'll steal your old laces if these ever snap.
     
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    AliMurtaza Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    I am a 10.5 B on brannock. On the Barrie last, my size is 9.5 C. 9.5 D was loose and 10.5 B was tight across the vamp. For the Indy boots that are on the Trubalance last, should I take the same size 9.5 C or try either 9.5 B or 10 B? Asking this because apparently Trubalance is wider than Barrie.

    Thank you
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Personally, I would start with 9.5C. I wear 10.5B on both. Anyone size differently between the Barrie and TB?

    -Mike
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Thanks guys. Not a worry on my end P! Yeah, you are in good hands J! :)

    -Mike
     
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    Hey guys,

    I'm sure these questions have been asked and answered a million times but, I am new here so cut me some slack! :)

    I just got the Color 8 Plaza NST from Brick and Mortar and they are almost black. Will they lighten up over time? I didn't know there was so much variance in the Color 8 and was really hoping for that eggplant color.

    My Brannock size is a 10.5 D/E (right in between). I have a 10.5 on the Aberdeen last (calf) that I wear all the time and it fits great.

    I also have two shell plaza last Aldens in a 10.5, the NST 8 and the PTB Cigar. They're a little tight but I have only worn one of the five times and the other never because it's been snowing a lot lately. Will they stretch out at all?

    Would you advise going to a 10 or staying at a 10.5 in the Barrie last?

    And lastly, is there anything you can do to minimize the rolls in the cordovan. All of Mike's shoes ( Alden of San Diego) look brand new. How does he do it!?
     
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    Your dark color 8 will lighten with time, wear, and exposure to natural light.

    I would try the 10D Barrie, it's a pretty roomy last so it might work. You might need a 10E though.

    Cordovan will not stretch much at all but the insoles will compress to give you a little room once they break in, if your tightness is in the toes you may need a 10.5E in the plaza last.

    Mikes shoes look new because many of them are very new, he acquired many of his pairs over the last few years and has a very large rotation. He also puts in The time after each wear to reduce the rolls, see his tutorial on Alden of San Diego. In my experience if they are going to crease they will crease, you can put in the work to reduce the rolls but they will come back the next time you wear if that's what your stride dictates. Embrace the rolls.
     
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    Thank you Mike:) I read the info on your website and it is helpful. There are too many outsoles to choose from, can you add a sole option part on your website? It will help us a lot to choose Alden shoes of different soles.
    I list some outsoles that Alden use:
    neoprene cork sole, Leather outsoles, Double Oak Leather Outsoles, Single Oak Leather Outsoles, Single flexible leather sole, Flex oil tanned leather sole, Waterlock Double Leather Sole, Commando Sole, Mini lug rubber outsoles, Microcellular Rubber Outsole......
    I cannot figure out the subtle difference among those leather outsoles, such as leather outsole, oak leather sole, flexible leather sole, oil tanned leather sole, waterlock leather sole, and copley last (looks like a flex sole or something).
     
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    Ravello Cap Toe Boot x DC today.

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