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

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Top 5 Thankful Challenge

5. Color 8 Plain Toe Boots
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4. Cigar Wingtip Boots
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3. Whiskey Perf Cap Toe Boots
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2. Cigar Indy
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1. OG Indy (my first Aldens)
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The Pair That Would Easily Top My Entire List of All Time If Not For Fit Issues. Color 8 Brixtons
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Top 5 Thankful Challenge

5. Color 8 Plain Toe Boots
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4. Cigar Wingtip Boots
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3. Whiskey Perf Cap Toe Boots
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2. Cigar Indy
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1. OG Indy (my first Aldens)
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The Pair That Would Easily Top My Entire List of All Time If Not For Fit Issues. Color 8 Brixtons
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Very nice! I knew you'd have an interesting line up.
Are your 405 old enough to have the cloth liner? They have a noticeably longer u-tip stitch that I've seen on much older pairs. (Which looks nice)
 

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Very nice! I knew you'd have an interesting line up.
Are your 405 old enough to have the cloth liner? They have a noticeably longer u-tip stitch that I've seen on much older pairs. (Which looks nice)
Thanks, madhat! Yes, that pair of Indys is appx. 15 years old. Cotton duck/canvas interior lining, different multi-color heel stack (above the rubber heel), and the shape/contour of the toe stitching is superior to today’s 405s. Just one man’s humble opinion. ;)
 

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Okay, I'll bite - TOP 5:

#5 Indy Boot in Snuff Suede by Alden of Carmel (and others): This was my first Alden make-up and it's been a good one. I wear my 403s a lot, so when you slip these on they fell like they're half the weight. Combine that with the soft and supple suede and it's like someone mashed a boot and a slipper together and these are the result. They feel so good.

1282494


#4 The 207 Boot by David Wood: It's hard not to make this my #1 because from a design perspective it's probably my most favorite. It's a true original, which doesn't always make a design great, but I think this one works really well. It's a fantastic reinterpretation of the Michigan Boot (typically seen on Van last - which is not my favorite), but on Barrie it completely changes the look. The idea of this came from David wanting to make a 2-tone Indy boot, which Alden is loathe to do, so we flipped the idea onto Michigan, changed TruBalance to Barrie, and changed machine stitch to handsewing. The 2-tone look of Dark Brown and Black Regina is not as contrasting as you see in this photo - it's much more subtle in real life.

1282497


#3 Color 8 Plain Toe Boot by The Shoe Mart, aka The Faded Boot: I grabbed these FD's as my first pair of Alden shell cordovan. I don't generally wear dark colors on my feet, but I figured they're boots so I'll probably get some wear out of them. Then I put them in my closet where they sat untouched for a few weeks, because, well, I don't wear dark colors... so I figured I'd create a little project to see if I could fade them down to a lighter shade I'd want to wear. I was a little nervous beforehand about what might happen so I did some googling and realized the masters themselves (Horween) had blogged 10 years ago about fading some shell, so I actively faded them in mostly full sun for a good 6 months and they got quite light. In bright sunlight they can look a lot like Color 4. In indoor light folks have mistaken them for both Cigar and Ravello. In addition to just fading I added a little faux cap toe line, and a companion line just below the collar of the shoe. On Instagram I created the hashtag #TheFadedBoot (now filling up with other like minded folks) where you can see their evolution.

1282506


#2 The 979 Longwing Tan Calfskin: This was my first pair from Alden and it remains probably the 2nd most worn shoe in my collection. In fact, having been in the shoe biz most of my life, I've always had a lot of shoes so I've never needed a resole on anything. Until about 6 months after I got these. I wore these so much and pounded so much pavement that they went in for a restoration. The resole was great. The finishing job during the restoration not so much. So the factory refinished the leather a second time and they've been weirdly bullet proof ever since - like almost not needing a polish for a year. I've always been a fan of the long wingtip and these have proven to the best of any I've owned. Makes me want to fade a pair of 975's.

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#1 The 403 Indy Boot: Easily my favorite pair of Alden as it's just so, well... Alden. And I wear it more than anything else - all the time outside of working hours, and sometime during working hours. I wear it everywhere - hiking in the woods, letting waves crash on it on the beach, construction around the house, out to dinner. It just does everything for me. I remember when these were brand new and I put them on to go to the beach and my wife said "You're not going to wear those to the beach are you? You'll ruin them!" And I was like "I think they'll be okay."

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Cheers!
 

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Okay, I'll bite - TOP 5:

#5 Indy Boot in Snuff Suede by Alden of Carmel (and others): This was my first Alden make-up and it's been a good one. I wear my 403s a lot, so when you slip these on they fell like they're half the weight. Combine that with the soft and supple suede and it's like someone mashed a boot and a slipper together and these are the result. They feel so good.

View attachment 1282494

#4 The 207 Boot by David Wood: It's hard not to make this my #1 because from a design perspective it's probably my most favorite. It's a true original, which doesn't always make a design great, but I think this one works really well. It's a fantastic reinterpretation of the Michigan Boot (typically seen on Van last - which is not my favorite), but on Barrie it completely changes the look. The idea of this came from David wanting to make a 2-tone Indy boot, which Alden is loathe to do, so we flipped the idea onto Michigan, changed TruBalance to Barrie, and changed machine stitch to handsewing. The 2-tone look of Dark Brown and Black Regina is not as contrasting as you see in this photo - it's much more subtle in real life.

View attachment 1282497

#3 Color 8 Plain Toe Boot by The Shoe Mart, aka The Faded Boot: I grabbed these FD's as my first pair of Alden shell cordovan. I don't generally wear dark colors on my feet, but I figured they're boots so I'll probably get some wear out of them. Then I put them in my closet where they sat untouched for a few weeks, because, well, I don't wear dark colors... so I figured I'd create a little project to see if I could fade them down to a lighter shade I'd want to wear. I was a little nervous beforehand about what might happen so I did some googling and realized the masters themselves (Horween) had blogged 10 years ago about fading some shell, so I actively faded them in mostly full sun for a good 6 months and they got quite light. In bright sunlight they can look a lot like Color 4. In indoor light folks have mistaken them for both Cigar and Ravello. In addition to just fading I added a little faux cap toe line, and a companion line just below the collar of the shoe. On Instagram I created the hashtag #TheFadedBoot (now filling up with other like minded folks) where you can see their evolution.

View attachment 1282506

#2 The 979 Longwing Tan Calfskin: This was my first pair from Alden and it remains probably the 2nd most worn shoe in my collection. In fact, having been in the shoe biz most of my life, I've always had a lot of shoes so I've never needed a resole on anything. Until about 6 months after I got these. I wore these so much and pounded so much pavement that they went in for a restoration. The resole was great. The finishing job during the restoration not so much. So the factory refinished the leather a second time and they've been weirdly bullet proof ever since - like almost not needing a polish for a year. I've always been a fan of the long wingtip and these have proven to the best of any I've owned. Makes me want to fade a pair of 975's.

View attachment 1282509

#1 The 403 Indy Boot: Easily my favorite pair of Alden as it's just so, well... Alden. And I wear it more than anything else - all the time outside of working hours, and sometime during working hours. I wear it everywhere - hiking in the woods, letting waves crash on it on the beach, construction around the house, out to dinner. It just does everything for me. I remember when these were brand new and I put them on to go to the beach and my wife said "You're not going to wear those to the beach are you? You'll ruin them!" And I was like "I think they'll be okay."

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Cheers!
I love those Indy boots!
 
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Please don’t. ;)
Agree - I think I’ve done all the jonesing I can muster. I’m just glad there isn’t a Ravello anything out there to impulse buy right now.
 

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Okay, I'll bite - TOP 5:

#5 Indy Boot in Snuff Suede by Alden of Carmel (and others): This was my first Alden make-up and it's been a good one. I wear my 403s a lot, so when you slip these on they fell like they're half the weight. Combine that with the soft and supple suede and it's like someone mashed a boot and a slipper together and these are the result. They feel so good.

View attachment 1282494

#4 The 207 Boot by David Wood: It's hard not to make this my #1 because from a design perspective it's probably my most favorite. It's a true original, which doesn't always make a design great, but I think this one works really well. It's a fantastic reinterpretation of the Michigan Boot (typically seen on Van last - which is not my favorite), but on Barrie it completely changes the look. The idea of this came from David wanting to make a 2-tone Indy boot, which Alden is loathe to do, so we flipped the idea onto Michigan, changed TruBalance to Barrie, and changed machine stitch to handsewing. The 2-tone look of Dark Brown and Black Regina is not as contrasting as you see in this photo - it's much more subtle in real life.

View attachment 1282497

#3 Color 8 Plain Toe Boot by The Shoe Mart, aka The Faded Boot: I grabbed these FD's as my first pair of Alden shell cordovan. I don't generally wear dark colors on my feet, but I figured they're boots so I'll probably get some wear out of them. Then I put them in my closet where they sat untouched for a few weeks, because, well, I don't wear dark colors... so I figured I'd create a little project to see if I could fade them down to a lighter shade I'd want to wear. I was a little nervous beforehand about what might happen so I did some googling and realized the masters themselves (Horween) had blogged 10 years ago about fading some shell, so I actively faded them in mostly full sun for a good 6 months and they got quite light. In bright sunlight they can look a lot like Color 4. In indoor light folks have mistaken them for both Cigar and Ravello. In addition to just fading I added a little faux cap toe line, and a companion line just below the collar of the shoe. On Instagram I created the hashtag #TheFadedBoot (now filling up with other like minded folks) where you can see their evolution.

View attachment 1282506

#2 The 979 Longwing Tan Calfskin: This was my first pair from Alden and it remains probably the 2nd most worn shoe in my collection. In fact, having been in the shoe biz most of my life, I've always had a lot of shoes so I've never needed a resole on anything. Until about 6 months after I got these. I wore these so much and pounded so much pavement that they went in for a restoration. The resole was great. The finishing job during the restoration not so much. So the factory refinished the leather a second time and they've been weirdly bullet proof ever since - like almost not needing a polish for a year. I've always been a fan of the long wingtip and these have proven to the best of any I've owned. Makes me want to fade a pair of 975's.

View attachment 1282509

#1 The 403 Indy Boot: Easily my favorite pair of Alden as it's just so, well... Alden. And I wear it more than anything else - all the time outside of working hours, and sometime during working hours. I wear it everywhere - hiking in the woods, letting waves crash on it on the beach, construction around the house, out to dinner. It just does everything for me. I remember when these were brand new and I put them on to go to the beach and my wife said "You're not going to wear those to the beach are you? You'll ruin them!" And I was like "I think they'll be okay."

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Cheers!
Some great patina and stories going on here!
 
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Okay, I'll bite - TOP 5:

#5 Indy Boot in Snuff Suede by Alden of Carmel (and others): This was my first Alden make-up and it's been a good one. I wear my 403s a lot, so when you slip these on they fell like they're half the weight. Combine that with the soft and supple suede and it's like someone mashed a boot and a slipper together and these are the result. They feel so good.

View attachment 1282494

#4 The 207 Boot by David Wood: It's hard not to make this my #1 because from a design perspective it's probably my most favorite. It's a true original, which doesn't always make a design great, but I think this one works really well. It's a fantastic reinterpretation of the Michigan Boot (typically seen on Van last - which is not my favorite), but on Barrie it completely changes the look. The idea of this came from David wanting to make a 2-tone Indy boot, which Alden is loathe to do, so we flipped the idea onto Michigan, changed TruBalance to Barrie, and changed machine stitch to handsewing. The 2-tone look of Dark Brown and Black Regina is not as contrasting as you see in this photo - it's much more subtle in real life.

View attachment 1282497

#3 Color 8 Plain Toe Boot by The Shoe Mart, aka The Faded Boot: I grabbed these FD's as my first pair of Alden shell cordovan. I don't generally wear dark colors on my feet, but I figured they're boots so I'll probably get some wear out of them. Then I put them in my closet where they sat untouched for a few weeks, because, well, I don't wear dark colors... so I figured I'd create a little project to see if I could fade them down to a lighter shade I'd want to wear. I was a little nervous beforehand about what might happen so I did some googling and realized the masters themselves (Horween) had blogged 10 years ago about fading some shell, so I actively faded them in mostly full sun for a good 6 months and they got quite light. In bright sunlight they can look a lot like Color 4. In indoor light folks have mistaken them for both Cigar and Ravello. In addition to just fading I added a little faux cap toe line, and a companion line just below the collar of the shoe. On Instagram I created the hashtag #TheFadedBoot (now filling up with other like minded folks) where you can see their evolution.

View attachment 1282506

#2 The 979 Longwing Tan Calfskin: This was my first pair from Alden and it remains probably the 2nd most worn shoe in my collection. In fact, having been in the shoe biz most of my life, I've always had a lot of shoes so I've never needed a resole on anything. Until about 6 months after I got these. I wore these so much and pounded so much pavement that they went in for a restoration. The resole was great. The finishing job during the restoration not so much. So the factory refinished the leather a second time and they've been weirdly bullet proof ever since - like almost not needing a polish for a year. I've always been a fan of the long wingtip and these have proven to the best of any I've owned. Makes me want to fade a pair of 975's.

View attachment 1282509

#1 The 403 Indy Boot: Easily my favorite pair of Alden as it's just so, well... Alden. And I wear it more than anything else - all the time outside of working hours, and sometime during working hours. I wear it everywhere - hiking in the woods, letting waves crash on it on the beach, construction around the house, out to dinner. It just does everything for me. I remember when these were brand new and I put them on to go to the beach and my wife said "You're not going to wear those to the beach are you? You'll ruin them!" And I was like "I think they'll be okay."

View attachment 1282511

Cheers!
Great group, but the patina on the 403s is so sweet!
 
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Gentlemen,

Thought that it would be fun to do something fun and special. With Thanksgiving coming up, thought that it would be nice to share the 5 pairs that you are most Thankful to have (a.k.a. Your Favorite Five). The shoes have to be in your personal collection.

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I thought that I would kick this off with my personal favorites. I will say that it was really hard to pick 5 personally, because each pair has a special story associated with them.

5. Alden Cigar Shell Cordovan NST Bluchers.

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This is actually my second pair of these guys. My first pair was a 10D and I begrudgingly shoved my feet into them. Finally, I got the call from Leffot that they were going to remake them and I was able to get an 11B. I love these in particular because of their shade. Their color is just phenomenal and looks like chocolate that I want to bite into. The handwork is nothing short of impressive and it’s always nice to see the Cigar and Antique combination.

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4. Alden Color #8 Shell Cordovan Tassel Loafers.

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You know, there is always something special about the first pair. These are mine. All of my other Alden’s can thank these guys for getting me going. Alden says that their Tassel is often replicated, but never duplicated and they are right. These are just a phenomenal model with a great balance. After nearly 8 years of good wear, these guys have faded tremendously and have an amazing patina coming in.

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3. Alden x Brooks Brothers Unlined Whiskey Shell Cordovan LHS.

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I could probably end this explanation with just Unlined Whiskey and that would be good enough justification. But I love loafers and these are about as good as they get. Super soft and supple that just hugs my toes and an amazing color that just continues to take on more character each time I take them out. I also got these guys used on eBay for a ridiculously cheap price, but that was because they were really beat up. I have sincerely enjoyed bringing them back to life, spending time brushing and polishing them and nurturing them back to the beauties they are today.

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2. Alden Color #4 Wingtip Boots.

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Seriously, because they are stinking Color #4! This color doesn’t quit. It is just the most beautiful shade of Shell Cordovan that I have seen. The perfect blend of Browns and Reds make this untouchable. Combined with Alden’s perfectly balanced Wingtip Boot pattern and the always comfortable Barrie Last and you have the ultimate untouchable.

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1. Alden x JCrew Brassvello LWBs.

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Yes, it is possible to top Color #4, and these guys do it. The Longwing or Gunboat pattern has always been my favorite. It maximizes the “hole punches” as my wife likes to call them. These stellar Gunboats are paired with what I consider to be the nicest shade of Ravello that I have ever seen, the perfect Caramel with Red undertones combating the Brown base shade. That shade paired with Alden’s amazing and coveted Antique Edges is topped with the perfect icing, the Exposed Brass Eyelets. The Brass pops perfectly against the Ravello and Antique and provides a perfect balance with all of the broguing.

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Here is the lineup of shoes that I am the most thankful to have the ability to curate.

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Would love to see what pairs everyone else here is most thankful to have this week!

-Mike
Color #4 Wingtip boots are amazing
 
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