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The Official Alden Thread for 2021 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

DG123

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Depends on the retailer. Some bigger retailers get multiple allocations of whiskey and/or ravello per year, in amounts varying from 12 pair all the way up to 24 pair per allocation. Other smaller retailers might only get one allocation per year or even one every other year.

Each retailer handles the pre-sale/reservation process differently. Some operate on first-come first-served word of mouth when the order comes in, others take pre-orders (either by reaching out to their VIP/best customers first or by working off of request lists). On occasion, there will be pairs left over in inventory, but these days, the trend is to pre-fill the order (and this way they can also accommodate size requests). The larger retailers with established systems for rare shell tend not to have pairs left over, although the factory stores (Alden SF and Alden DC) do often have pairs available that are not spoken for when the order arrives.
Thanks for providing such helpful information. My Alden size is B width, which means the opportunity for me to buy a pair of shell shoes or shoots will likely have to come through the pre-order process.
 

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Some people have a thing about twisted laces. I have a thing about twisted granny knots. I'm shocked that not everyone on this forum does a square knot or some other symmetrical knot.
The best site for lacing patterns and knots (at least that I am aware of...).

 

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The best site for lacing patterns and knots (at least that I am aware of...).

It is the main reference place for lacing shoes/boots.
 

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Some people have a thing about twisted laces. I have a thing about twisted granny knots. I'm shocked that not everyone on this forum does a square knot or some other symmetrical knot.
don't use Granny knots any more as they never lay at a right angle to the shoe/boot. Although I don't care about twisted laces, I do want the knot to sit at right angles, Berlutti knot does this for me.
 

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don't use Granny knots any more as they never lay at a right angle to the shoe/boot. Although I don't care about twisted laces, I do want the knot to sit at right angles, Berlutti knot does this for me.
I never really see my knot getting twisted. Like, I see some people who have their knots all messed up, especially wearing sneakers, but I have never once had that problem just with the normal bunny ears knot.
 

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I never really see my knot getting twisted. Like, I see some people who have their knots all messed up, especially wearing sneakers, but I have never once had that problem just with the normal bunny ears knot.
Yes, because your knot is probably balanced. The main issue with granny knots is functional even more than aesthetic. I say that as someone who unknowingly used a granny knot until I was called out on it right here at SF some years back and re-taught myself to do a balanced knot.

I'd blame my parents but I see now that it can be a bit of brain exercise teaching children how to properly tie laces from the opposite perspective. 🤣
 

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Which ones do you recommend?
A pair of Vibergs I purchased came with an extra pair of thin cord laces and I'll use those occasionally, but guarded good's laces are overall well-received.

I'm personally waiting for the brown and burgundy to be restocked and a few other laces to place an order.
 

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Brooks tassel Tuesday

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Very excited to post my newest addition to the wardrobe... No spoiler for the goodies!

I've been after one of these for a long time, but it was never in the cards. When the opportunity presented itself, and with a few milestones approaching, including the birth of my first child I decided now was the time.

I keep eyeing my wrist during the day and I've momentarily stopped shoe gazing. Datejust on Super Jubilee, and this one has really knocked it out of the park; it's even better than photos suggest. I've certainly done some serious damage to the shoe budget for the foreseeable future!!

Without further ado...

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