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The Official Alden Thread for 2019 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

sterlingindigo

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I love the enthusiasm of this thread. I’m going to purchase a pair of Alden shoes (not boots) this fall and would appreciate anyone’s input on their favorite and/or first pair of Alden shoes and why. I recognize that’s a loaded question but suspect the gentlemen on this thread would be eager to share their thoughts. TIA.
I think for a lot of guys, their entry was the Indy boot. Mine was the 9071 black shell cap toe oxford because hey, everybody needs a good black cap toe.
 

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I love the enthusiasm of this thread. I’m going to purchase a pair of Alden shoes (not boots) this fall and would appreciate anyone’s input on their favorite and/or first pair of Alden shoes and why. I recognize that’s a loaded question but suspect the gentlemen on this thread would be eager to share their thoughts. TIA.

Great post! My first pair of Aldens is also my most worn a pair of tan calf plain toe bluchers. The establishment is no longer in business but they gave me great service and introduced me into the world of Alden. That was a long time and many pairs ago.
 

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Does anyone know of a retailer who does Unlined Dover with a normal single sole or even a waterlock single. Not a flex welt fan so I passed on the AoM version.. probably should have ordered them as someone here is also ever popular 9D and would have loved them.. next time they call..
 

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I love the enthusiasm of this thread. I’m going to purchase a pair of Alden shoes (not boots) this fall and would appreciate anyone’s input on their favorite and/or first pair of Alden shoes and why. I recognize that’s a loaded question but suspect the gentlemen on this thread would be eager to share their thoughts. TIA.
My first pair of Aldens was the 994 (Traditional Saddle Oxford in Color 8 Cordovan); I just loved the look of that shoe, and they're still going strong 15 years later. Current favorite is probably my B+M Unlined Dover in Color 8; it's so comfortable, and I love the look of a plain toe blucher, especially in shell - all that unspoiled Color 8 goodness.
 

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I love the enthusiasm of this thread. I’m going to purchase a pair of Alden shoes (not boots) this fall and would appreciate anyone’s input on their favorite and/or first pair of Alden shoes and why. I recognize that’s a loaded question but suspect the gentlemen on this thread would be eager to share their thoughts. TIA.
I've gushed about these things before, but here's my first pair:
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I tend to buy the less stereotypical Alden styles, but for my collection the quintessential styles are the LHS and Indy boots.

But, to make a recommendation i'd want to know your use as well as what you've got covered already
 

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I love the enthusiasm of this thread. I’m going to purchase a pair of Alden shoes (not boots) this fall and would appreciate anyone’s input on their favorite and/or first pair of Alden shoes and why. I recognize that’s a loaded question but suspect the gentlemen on this thread would be eager to share their thoughts. TIA.
My first Aldens were a pair of Chukkas in natural chromexcel and my first Alden shoe was the 98373 longwing in natural chromexcel. I'm a big fan of CXL (still am) and about a year and a half ago wanted to see what the fuss was about with Alden. Those first couple pair made an impression... I currently have 28 Aldens in my collection. The most frequently worn pair are the J Crew 405 Indy in kudu but the most frequently worn Alden shoe I have is the natural CXL longwing from Wynn Perry.
 

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Indy 403 $299 in size 10, 11, and 13 at Franco’s Fine Clothier.
 

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Speaking of Indys, this makes pair #8 (or #10 if we're counting the two Indy chukkas I own too)

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Congratulations on #10, they look absolutely outstanding! Enjoy them in good health.


I've gushed about these things before, but here's my first pair:
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I tend to buy the less stereotypical Alden styles, but for my collection the quintessential styles are the LHS and Indy boots.

But, to make a recommendation i'd want to know your use as well as what you've got covered already
Great looking shoes MadHat and those are a fantastic first pair!

-Mike
 

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