• Hi, I am the owner and main administrator of Styleforum. If you find the forum useful and fun, please help support it by buying through the posted links on the forum. Our main, very popular sales thread, where the latest and best sales are listed, are posted HERE

    Purchases made through some of our links earns a commission for the forum and allows us to do the work of maintaining and improving it. Finally, thanks for being a part of this community. We realize that there are many choices today on the internet, and we have all of you to thank for making Styleforum the foremost destination for discussions of menswear.
  • This site contains affiliate links for which Styleforum may be compensated.
  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

    Styleforum is supported in part by commission earning affiliate links sitewide. Please support us by using them. You may learn more here.

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

Status
Not open for further replies.

sterlingindigo

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 7, 2017
Messages
3,043
Reaction score
10,407
I'd say they're similar in that they're both nice thick cuts of rugged cowhide, however that's where the similarities end. The appearance of Lux has many more complexities than CXL. Whereas CXL generally has an even flat appearance most of the time, Lux looks very different depending on lighting and angle - it's a chameleon. In a good way. It has a much more sugary finish on the top surface, so it gives off an almost crackly shimmer in bright light. Very dark brown but with golden undertones. In lower light it looks more even and flat. It's a very casual leather which I'm looking forward to just letting it get beat to hell - I think that's when its real beauty will be revealed - kind of like a leather jacket looks better the older it gets.
Thanks for the great reply. I think these will be perfect to go with my seal jerky horsehide jacket. The color and texture looks amazing!
 

Gabru

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 18, 2014
Messages
1,418
Reaction score
3,067
Tobacco chamois Indy
F83F6809-451C-4980-8B61-C4CBF0A3904E.jpeg
 

EndlessMike

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 7, 2019
Messages
48
Reaction score
234
Some boots from Ealdwine. Wore the Sir Walter Borge for the first time today, and took some photos of the Arabica Lux Cabarrus for the Stitchdown Thunderdome. Can't wait to wear those tomorrow! The leather is really fantastic in the sunlight.
 

Attachments

  • IMG_0314.jpg
    IMG_0314.jpg
    382 KB · Views: 42
  • IMG_0318.jpg
    IMG_0318.jpg
    145.9 KB · Views: 47
  • IMG_0319.jpg
    IMG_0319.jpg
    168.8 KB · Views: 47

ac106

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
283
Reaction score
404

leffot is supposedly releasing a a reverse tobacco on wedge and I really really want a pair but everyone is vague and evasive about when it’s supposed to launch.

I really want a suede/ reverse Indy on wedge and I am on the verge of getting the snuff from brick and mortar but then I see these and I make myself be patient
 

James1051

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 22, 2013
Messages
7,654
Reaction score
28,211
Some boots from Ealdwine. Wore the Sir Walter Borge for the first time today, and took some photos of the Arabica Lux Cabarrus for the Stitchdown Thunderdome. Can't wait to wear those tomorrow! The leather is really fantastic in the sunlight.
Two sweet boots. Congrats!
 

smfdoc

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
May 25, 2015
Messages
12,185
Reaction score
79,839
Happy Friday forum pals. Fall is in the air and boots are the order of the day.

IMG_0869.jpg
 

jaaz16

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2020
Messages
734
Reaction score
1,691
Hi everyone, I have a question about the unlined suede loafers that I'm hoping you'll be able to help me with. To skip to the punchline: Does the suede stretch a ton?

I'm an 8.5D with very few exceptions and generally size down 1/2 to an 8D (or 7UK) for loafers. The only Aldens I have are the Indys on the Trubalance which I sized down 1/2 and in width to an 8C, and they fit wonderfully. I also have the suede unlined chukkas in a 9D that I got many years ago as factory seconds that are definitely a bit long for me but the narrower last evens it out. Not perfect, but fine for a day's wear with a heel pad.

I bought the unlined suede LHS loafers in an 8D, my typical loafer size. They fit like a glove out of the box (without socks). No heel slip. Secure but neither tight nor loose around the toes. No gaps anywhere between the opening and my feet when walking. A bit more room between my big toe and the end of the shoe compared to other loafers in the same size, but only about a thumbnail as compared to half a thumbnail of room (~half an inch or less vs. ~a quarter inch).

So, while it sounds weird asking "is a perfect fit bad?"...that's basically what I'm asking.
 

audog

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 1, 2011
Messages
25,582
Reaction score
95,563
Hi everyone, I have a question about the unlined suede loafers that I'm hoping you'll be able to help me with. To skip to the punchline: Does the suede stretch a ton?

I'm an 8.5D with very few exceptions and generally size down 1/2 to an 8D (or 7UK) for loafers. The only Aldens I have are the Indys on the Trubalance which I sized down 1/2 and in width to an 8C, and they fit wonderfully. I also have the suede unlined chukkas in a 9D that I got many years ago as factory seconds that are definitely a bit long for me but the narrower last evens it out. Not perfect, but fine for a day's wear with a heel pad.

I bought the unlined suede LHS loafers in an 8D, my typical loafer size. They fit like a glove out of the box (without socks). No heel slip. Secure but neither tight nor loose around the toes. No gaps anywhere between the opening and my feet when walking. A bit more room between my big toe and the end of the shoe compared to other loafers in the same size, but only about a thumbnail as compared to half a thumbnail of room (~half an inch or less vs. ~a quarter inch).

So, while it sounds weird asking "is a perfect fit bad?"...that's basically what I'm asking.
Just my opinion, but a perfect fit is a good thing.
 

jischwar

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 12, 2012
Messages
7,275
Reaction score
17,593
Hi everyone, I have a question about the unlined suede loafers that I'm hoping you'll be able to help me with. To skip to the punchline: Does the suede stretch a ton?

I'm an 8.5D with very few exceptions and generally size down 1/2 to an 8D (or 7UK) for loafers. The only Aldens I have are the Indys on the Trubalance which I sized down 1/2 and in width to an 8C, and they fit wonderfully. I also have the suede unlined chukkas in a 9D that I got many years ago as factory seconds that are definitely a bit long for me but the narrower last evens it out. Not perfect, but fine for a day's wear with a heel pad.

I bought the unlined suede LHS loafers in an 8D, my typical loafer size. They fit like a glove out of the box (without socks). No heel slip. Secure but neither tight nor loose around the toes. No gaps anywhere between the opening and my feet when walking. A bit more room between my big toe and the end of the shoe compared to other loafers in the same size, but only about a thumbnail as compared to half a thumbnail of room (~half an inch or less vs. ~a quarter inch).

So, while it sounds weird asking "is a perfect fit bad?"...that's basically what I'm asking.
In my experience, shoes tend to only stretch out if there is quite a bit of pressure applied. A perfect fit out of the box is precisely how I like to buy my shoes
 

scurvyfreedman

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 5, 2010
Messages
2,838
Reaction score
4,439
Hi everyone, I have a question about the unlined suede loafers that I'm hoping you'll be able to help me with. To skip to the punchline: Does the suede stretch a ton?

I'm an 8.5D with very few exceptions and generally size down 1/2 to an 8D (or 7UK) for loafers. The only Aldens I have are the Indys on the Trubalance which I sized down 1/2 and in width to an 8C, and they fit wonderfully. I also have the suede unlined chukkas in a 9D that I got many years ago as factory seconds that are definitely a bit long for me but the narrower last evens it out. Not perfect, but fine for a day's wear with a heel pad.

I bought the unlined suede LHS loafers in an 8D, my typical loafer size. They fit like a glove out of the box (without socks). No heel slip. Secure but neither tight nor loose around the toes. No gaps anywhere between the opening and my feet when walking. A bit more room between my big toe and the end of the shoe compared to other loafers in the same size, but only about a thumbnail as compared to half a thumbnail of room (~half an inch or less vs. ~a quarter inch).

So, while it sounds weird asking "is a perfect fit bad?"...that's basically what I'm asking.

I'd take a perfect fit over any other option. I hate a heel slip more than anything. Wearing ill fitting shoes as a teen and even in my first jobs was one reason I hated dress shoes so much. They'd always tear up the back of my heel. I took to wearing bandaids or giant bandage pads all the time to prevent the raw skin from reopening.

Once I started being proper dress shoes, I decided to go for a fitting. Trying multiple sizes at Sky Valet and then Alden DC to find the perfect fit for each last and shoe type was the best thing that ever happened to my feet. A couple pairs of slip ons had to be sent back or sold b/c they either pinched at the toes or had heel slip. I now know my size across a half dozen lasts from the dearly departed Alfred Sargent (Paul Sargent just stared taking orders), a few lasts from Crockett and Jones, a couple from Edward Green, and everything from Alden (Barrie just doesn't work for my foot and I haven't tried modified). I now feel confident if I buy online instead of in person. I have now forgotten how bad poorly fitting shoes feel upon wearing them for the first dozen times or more. I now buy shoes, wear them, and feel comfortable. It's a totally different world. I also enjoy shoes and boots a lot more now.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Featured Sponsor

Do You Consider Sustainability When Purchasing Clothes?

  • Always - Sustainability is a top priority in all my clothing purchases.

  • Often - I frequently consider sustainability, but it isn't the main factor in my decisions.

  • Rarely - I seldom consider sustainability when purchasing clothes.

  • Never - Sustainability is not a factor I consider in my clothing choices.


Results are only viewable after voting.

Forum statistics

Threads
510,045
Messages
10,616,086
Members
225,111
Latest member
ngayogyakarta
Top