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

woofmang

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So many nice entries from my SF brothers. Calling this one out because I just love these saddles and enjoy them every time you post them. At some point, I will own these.
Thanks, Shawn - I love them, too. :)

Looking very awesome today woof! The LHSes look great and the deck looks nicely patina'ed... ;-)

-Mike
Thanks, Mike - I like your interpretation on the deck (wondering if Mrs. Woof will buy it)... :p
 

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Visited Soldier's Memorial today (first time); what a great museum! Unfortunately I didn't get to spend enough time there today.

Color 8 plain toe boot on Commando. Does anyone else get a bit of pinky/ring toe pinch with the Barrie last?

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Nice pair!
Mine do; I'd be tempted to go to 11EEE, but I worry the heel will go too sloppy. Plus signs of excess volume at vamp.
I was curious to see what you would choose, and I have the same feeling towards that specific medallion. The Atom bluchers sure do slap.
Were you expecting more suede? I was.
Madhat, thanks very much and a beautiful collection. Its really interesting to see everyone's choices and funny to see your narrative on your Floating Medallion King Boots. They are superb as are your others. I really love my Suede LHSes and if we weren't pivoting to the winter, my Snuff pair, which I wear a ton more than I post, probably would have made the list. Funny how the firsts always have a sentimental place in our hearts!
Thanks! I told Yenni more than once I think that they were my ideal Alden boot.

I knew even before I read through your list they'd all be winners! Truly a grail collection.
 

SonnyUte

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Not with Barrie, specifically (low instep keeps me from wearing Barrie), but I've had that problem with shoes/lasts that were a smidge too short or had a too aggressive taper on the outside for my foot shape.
Are you saying that you feel the Barrie last had a low instep, not compatible with your high instep foot? Just curious.
 

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My Fab 5

color 4 ct x the shoe mart
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Got them early in my alden collecting days. no one wears boots in San Diego, I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear or keep boots when I first bought them. The color, depth, and luster are all unbelievable.

ravello ptb x leffot
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my favorite shade of my favorite shell color. The ptb design really showcases the hide. Love the commando - antique - Barrie combo.

mahogany indy x brick + mortar
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via the shoe mart factory seconds list. They have a small blemish on the side which can’t be seen when on. One of the best boots Alden’s made. I don’t mean the design, I mean this particular pair.

cigar tanker x madison
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Lusted after the leather soul design for years. Thrilled to have gotten the call when madison got them in. Always told myself my rotation would be complete if I ever scored cigar tankers.

color 4 sw x the shoe mart
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My favorite pair of boots. lucky to have them. I try not to wear them every day.


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JSO1

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My Fab 5

color 4 ct x the shoe mart
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Got them early in my alden collecting days. no one wears boots in San Diego, I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear or keep boots when I first bought them. The color, depth, and luster are all unbelievable.

ravello ptb x leffot
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my favorite shade of my favorite shell color. The ptb design really showcases the hide. Love the commando - antique - Barrie combo.

mahogany indy x brick + mortar
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via the shoe mart factory seconds list. They have a small blemish on the side which can’t be seen when on. One of the best boots Alden’s made. I don’t mean the design, I mean this particular pair.

cigar tanker x madison
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Lusted after the leather soul design for years. Thrilled to have gotten the call when madison got them in. Always told myself my rotation would be complete if I ever scored cigar tankers.

color 4 sw x the shoe mart
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My favorite pair of boots. lucky to have them. I try not to wear them every day.


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damn
 

mdubs

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My Fab 5

color 4 ct x the shoe mart
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Got them early in my alden collecting days. no one wears boots in San Diego, I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear or keep boots when I first bought them. The color, depth, and luster are all unbelievable.

ravello ptb x leffot
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my favorite shade of my favorite shell color. The ptb design really showcases the hide. Love the commando - antique - Barrie combo.

mahogany indy x brick + mortar
View attachment 1281940
via the shoe mart factory seconds list. They have a small blemish on the side which can’t be seen when on. One of the best boots Alden’s made. I don’t mean the design, I mean this particular pair.

cigar tanker x madison
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Lusted after the leather soul design for years. Thrilled to have gotten the call when madison got them in. Always told myself my rotation would be complete if I ever scored cigar tankers.

color 4 sw x the shoe mart
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My favorite pair of boots. lucky to have them. I try not to wear them every day.


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Yeah, @JSO1 pretty much nailed it. Hard to say much more than that. That is a phenomenal collection of uber exotics that everyone wants. Beautiful looking collection bud and a nice narrative on each pair! I would suffer with those crappy Mahogany seconds as well.

-Mike
 

smfdoc

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Time for my favorite 5. Although I have many Aldens, I will take the route about my favorite 5 in my collection as the Mayor described.

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First up, alligator Chesters from Allen Edmonds from 2004.

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Second up, vintage shell Florsheims I obtained NOS.

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Third, Ravello U-tip boots.

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Fourth, Bourbon shell MacNeils.

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And number 5, whiskey Alden shell saddle NSTs.
 
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madhat

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Are you saying that you feel the Barrie last had a low instep, not compatible with your high instep foot? Just curious.
Aero's low instep. He was getting that folding of the vamp (parallel to foot rather than perpendicular) caused by low volume on a high volume last. I see it some too
 

madhat

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Time for my favorite 5. Although I have many ALden, I will take the route about my favorite 5 in my collection as the Mayor described.

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First up, alligator Chesters from Allen Edmonds from 2004.
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Second up, vintage Florsheims I modified with new edge colors and welt stitch colors.

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Third, Ravello boots.
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Bourbon shell MacNeils.

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And number 5, whiskey shell saddle NSTs.
Great stuff! My list would change a bit if all makes are included.
 

smartbrother

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My Fab 5

color 4 ct x the shoe mart
View attachment 1281942
Got them early in my alden collecting days. no one wears boots in San Diego, I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear or keep boots when I first bought them. The color, depth, and luster are all unbelievable.

ravello ptb x leffot
View attachment 1281941
my favorite shade of my favorite shell color. The ptb design really showcases the hide. Love the commando - antique - Barrie combo.

mahogany indy x brick + mortar
View attachment 1281940
via the shoe mart factory seconds list. They have a small blemish on the side which can’t be seen when on. One of the best boots Alden’s made. I don’t mean the design, I mean this particular pair.

cigar tanker x madison
View attachment 1281943
Lusted after the leather soul design for years. Thrilled to have gotten the call when madison got them in. Always told myself my rotation would be complete if I ever scored cigar tankers.

color 4 sw x the shoe mart
View attachment 1281939
My favorite pair of boots. lucky to have them. I try not to wear them every day.


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darkclassic

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My Fab 5

color 4 ct x the shoe mart
View attachment 1281942
Got them early in my alden collecting days. no one wears boots in San Diego, I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear or keep boots when I first bought them. The color, depth, and luster are all unbelievable.

ravello ptb x leffot
View attachment 1281941
my favorite shade of my favorite shell color. The ptb design really showcases the hide. Love the commando - antique - Barrie combo.

mahogany indy x brick + mortar
View attachment 1281940
via the shoe mart factory seconds list. They have a small blemish on the side which can’t be seen when on. One of the best boots Alden’s made. I don’t mean the design, I mean this particular pair.

cigar tanker x madison
View attachment 1281943
Lusted after the leather soul design for years. Thrilled to have gotten the call when madison got them in. Always told myself my rotation would be complete if I ever scored cigar tankers.

color 4 sw x the shoe mart
View attachment 1281939
My favorite pair of boots. lucky to have them. I try not to wear them every day.


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The key to @MrDV s shoe closet must be something like this:
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Time for my favorite 5. Although I have many ALden, I will take the route about my favorite 5 in my collection as the Mayor described.

View attachment 1281969

First up, alligator Chesters from Allen Edmonds from 2004.
View attachment 1281971

Second up, vintage Florsheims I modified with new edge colors and welt stitch colors.

View attachment 1281972

Third, Ravello boots.
View attachment 1281975

Bourbon shell MacNeils.

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And number 5, whiskey shell saddle NSTs.
I was waiting for those saddle to make an appearance for this top 5, just terrific.
 

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Are you saying that you feel the Barrie last had a low instep, not compatible with your high instep foot? Just curious.
Aero's low instep. He was getting that folding of the vamp (parallel to foot rather than perpendicular) caused by low volume on a high volume last. I see it some too
Exactly the opposite, as Madhat said. I have a low instep, which isn't the best with Barrie. The below is what happens, when sized appropriately with the ball of my foot at the widest part of the shoe (C width). As much as I adore the natural chromexel PTB, I just couldn't abide how these looked.
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