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The Official Alden Thread for 2023 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

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Thanks. I wasn't sure if the smudge next to the 10 was supposed to indicate a 1/2 or not.

It’s possible that the “1/2” stamp was very faint but that seems extremely faint to me. What does the other boot show?
 

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It’s possible that the “1/2” stamp was very faint but that seems extremely faint to me. What does the other boot show?
The exact same thing, they both have that same smudge.
 

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The exact same thing, they both have that same smudge.
For comparison: clear “1/2” and a random smudge (further away from the size number). Note: just screenshotted from ebay (not my personal pairs).


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Man, Alden aged well-cared for shell is just stunning. Those look amazing @vubui. I am curious about the comfort difference (if any) going from crepe to dainite.
Thanks! Yeah there was a difference especially right after the change. The crepe had an almost sneaker-like cushioning when walking that a Dainite studded sole definitely doesn’t have. But after a few wears they’ve become just as comfortable as they were, but without that cushy step. I think the majority of the comfort of wearing these comes from the fact that the shoe fits me really well, but a well-cushioned sole does feel nice in comparison to a hard Dainite or commando. I don’t necessarily feel it’s more comfortable for regular use, walking around, but if I needed to move more quickly or was jumping around I’d definitely miss the bounce of that crepe, or perhaps if I was walking very long distances I could see how these harder soles would be more fatiguing.
 

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Thanks! Yeah there was a difference especially right after the change. The crepe had an almost sneaker-like cushioning when walking that a Dainite studded sole definitely doesn’t have. But after a few wears they’ve become just as comfortable as they were, but without that cushy step. I think the majority of the comfort of wearing these comes from the fact that the shoe fits me really well, but a well-cushioned sole does feel nice in comparison to a hard Dainite or commando. I don’t necessarily feel it’s more comfortable for regular use, walking around, but if I needed to move more quickly or was jumping around I’d definitely miss the bounce of that crepe, or perhaps if I was walking very long distances I could see how these harder soles would be more fatiguing.

I’ve visited SF 3-4 times today and each time I’ve taken a glance at yours. Minor QC issues aside, anyone wants to question the value of Alden shell need only examine these 12 year old beauties. I’ve owned 2 pairs of black shell boots, both on TB, both on neocork. IMO neocork is king for comfort and the aesthetics works perfectly with black TB. But glad to hear you’ve broken in the Dainite. Those boots are made to be worn…..a lot. Nicely done my-man.
 

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I’ve visited SF 3-4 times today and each time I’ve taken a glance at yours. Minor QC issues aside, anyone wants to question the value of Alden shell need only examine these 12 year old beauties. I’ve owned 2 pairs of black shell boots, both on TB, both on neocork. IMO neocork is king for comfort and the aesthetics works perfectly with black TB. But glad to hear you’ve broken in the Dainite. Those boots are made to be worn…..a lot. Nicely done my-man.
Thanks so much, man! Yeah I know there’s suddenly hate around Alden and doubting of their value but it’s hard to argue with the many pairs that are out there, still being worn over a decade or more, still looking and feeling awesome.

I haven’t had a neocork sole, I think I need to try it some time! I was worried the Dainite would be uncomfortable based on so many people trashing it but it’s proven to work well for me, though I’ve experienced that it doesn’t do well on ice. Neither do my commando soles though, but I do think they fare slightly better. The crepe wasn’t great at all though it might have been better on wet tile. Winter is just a tough time to walk around!
 

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Thanks so much, man! Yeah I know there’s suddenly hate around Alden and doubting of their value but it’s hard to argue with the many pairs that are out there, still being worn over a decade or more, still looking and feeling awesome.

I haven’t had a neocork sole, I think I need to try it some time! I was worried the Dainite would be uncomfortable based on so many people trashing it but it’s proven to work well for me, though I’ve experienced that it doesn’t do well on ice. Neither do my commando soles though, but I do think they fare slightly better. The crepe wasn’t great at all though it might have been better on wet tile. Winter is just a tough time to walk around!
I'm a new Alden fan. Having said that, I've bought two pre-owned on eBay. The first are brilliant CXL Indys and the second (on their way) are Alden 903s. - black wingtip oxfords.
 

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I bought these from Epaulet in 2013, Alden Brixton in Natural Chromexcel. At the time I didn’t know much about leather care and treated them with Saphir Renovateur without testing it on a small area first, and they immediately darkened, but not in a good way, they were sort of greyish. I hated it! I still wore them but hoped that they would lighten back up... which of course didn’t happen. But over time the color deepened and changed to the much more complex and rich look that they have now, and it’s a color I wish I could replicate in other boots.

But now that I don’t live in the city anymore and have moved to the country I’m considering putting some sort of rubber sole on these, maybe Ridgeway. The double leather was great in town on dry days, but I haven’t worn them since I moved and I miss them. Any opinions on Ridgeway soles? I haven‘t owned them yet.

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Thank you...I know that they're rare but since I've seen unglazed #2 and Cigar, I was just checking. Thanks again.
Doing a color unglazed isnt rare. It just needs to be ordered as such. Unglazed shells eventaully patina to look like their glazed counterparts anyways thanks to conditioners. It mostly just speeds up the early stages of patina. Alden could order it at any time, just like they used to order embossed versions. Viberg was the last brand to run unglazed 8 afaik.
 

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I bought these from Epaulet in 2013, Alden Brixton in Natural Chromexcel. At the time I didn’t know much about leather care and treated them with Saphir Renovateur without testing it on a small area first, and they immediately darkened, but not in a good way, they were sort of greyish. I hated it! I still wore them but hoped that they would lighten back up... which of course didn’t happen. But over time the color deepened and changed to the much more complex and rich look that they have now, and it’s a color I wish I could replicate in other boots.

But now that I don’t live in the city anymore and have moved to the country I’m considering putting some sort of rubber sole on these, maybe Ridgeway. The double leather was great in town on dry days, but I haven’t worn them since I moved and I miss them. Any opinions on Ridgeway soles? I haven‘t owned them yet.

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Those look spectacular. I love the ridgeway soles — I find them both more grippy and more comfortable than studded dainite.
 

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Those look spectacular. I love the ridgeway soles — I find them both more grippy and more comfortable than studded dainite.
Thanks! And good to know about Ridgeway soles. Time to shop for something! 😂
 
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