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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. AAF-8AF

    AAF-8AF Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Uncle Mac!
     
  2. kingscoat

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    best ketchup colored shoelace
     
  3. 1wb

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    I got a shipping notice this week from J.Crew for a pair of #8 captoe boots originally scheduled for shipment in mid-January.

    I figured that I would be getting a beat-up pair that had been returned by at least one previous buyer, and that they would soon be on their way back to J.Crew.

    When I received them, to my surprise, they were a pretty much flawless specimen - stitching was all perfect, clearly unworn with no creasing or markings on the soles. As many others have reported, they did not come in an Alden box, but rather a plain J.Crew one, with no bags.

    My problem is with the finish: it is a very light red. I have purchased some other pairs of #8 shoes from BB in the past that had clearly been in the stockroom for a few years, where the finish had begun to lighten, etc. These appear to be new, just lacking the dark purple color I am accustomed to seeing. Back they go, I guess.

    I put them next to a 5 year old pair of BB perf. toe bals for comparison - even with a few years of wearing, the BB pair is clearly much darker.

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  4. NewYorkIslander

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    Here's a couple of shots of the #8 vintage Hanovers I was talking about:
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  5. NAMOR

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    Are these both on Barrie? They look different
     
  6. 1wb

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    Nope. The BB perf. toe on the left is on BB's "Snap" last, which is close to the Hampton, but more rounded, and the J.Crew boot obviously is Barrie last.
     
  7. mcarthur

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  8. applky

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    If I had a dime for every time someone complained about a pair of Aldens they bought from J Crew I could buy a wardrobe of shells from Leffot, Epaulet, LS, and the Alden stores.
     
  9. Mr.K

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    FLex Long Wings

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  10. MiniW

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    I don't get this, you sound shocked if not disappointed that J crew sent you a brand new pair instead of one that was a return. Also I am pretty sure that the color is not J crew's fault so much as it is Alden's. Of course if you only want to buy new deadstock BB shell you are entitled to do that. But from the sounds of it, it was a "flawless" pair and likely to get a rich color with sun exposure like most pairs of #8. Good luck with your search for the perfect pair of Aldens.
     
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    Have you ever used Saphir Renovateur? Once you use that, you will need nothing else.
     
  12. El Argentino

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    I thank this thread for steering me clear of the collabs and just going straight for the good stuff.
     
  13. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    J Crew more or less offers no questions asked returns; therefore they have lots of tried on merchandise, old merchandise, etc. They likely send this stuff to people ordering online. The best way to deal with J Crew is to go to the store and inspect the merchandise yourself.
     
  14. Alcibiades

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    Rules from buying "brand" shoes from J Crew

    1) inspect the shoes before buying
    2) focus on exclusive models

    I have J Crew suede PTBs from Alden that I like; also, their chromexel longwings are also good. But try them out first

    Edit - I will say I love the J Crew Quoddy models I have, all are superbly built
     
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  15. 1wb

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    Thank you for that helpful insight. Like many here, my Alden collection numbers in the double digits, so I am fairly familiar with what I am buying. The point of my post, which was not clear, was that I expected to receive a beat-up pair of previously returned boots. Instead, I got new boots, albeit a pair that was nonetheless defective because it was dyed incorrectly. I have never seen a new pair of #8 in such a light red color - and that includes visits to Alden SF, NY & DC, Sherman Bros., J. Gilbert, and retailers in the Boston area.
     
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    It's your perogative to return them and since it's J Crew it shouldn't be any problem at all, but I don't think they're defective.
    I got a pair of those J Crew boots too. Mine are defintiely lighter and redder than other #8s I have. But I think the color difference is well
    within the range of normal variance. I prefer the shade on my J Crew ones too. It seems as long as the pair match in shade, I wouldn't call them defective. Alden gets a lot of deserved crap about their quality control, but I don't think this is a case here.
     
  17. zazaza

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    I feel like its been widely discussed how there's variance in all colors of shell that alden releases. (e.g. older cigar having a green cast to the more recent dark brown, darker whiskey that looks like a light ravello, lighter ravello that looks like whiskey...)

    chalk it up to the nuances of a natural material and a man made process.

    If you want uniformity get a black calf shoe made from corrected grain and call it a day.
     
  18. Joenobody0

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    I've seen a few pair of very light bright purple #8's at the Alden shop in SF that look similar to your picture. They happily pulled out all their shoes in my size and let me pick the pair with my preferred color.

    I probably wouldn't wear shoes whose color looks like your picture appears on my monitor.
     
  19. vivalet

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    Besides making sure your new shoes fit, what does this mac method do better than just wearing them?

    Is the mac method to be applied even with a pair of shoes you know fit correctly and you will want to keep and wear? Or is this mac method purely to decide if you want to keep the shoes?
     
  20. vivalet

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    you have and eyelet above a speed hook? Never seen that before.
     
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