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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. beatific

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    Hi Everyone

    I just purchased my 2nd pair of Alden shells.

    Its rather tight at the 'tongue' area. (i am not sure if its the right name)

    Its quite painful.

    Is it a good idea to use shoe stretching spray to loosen it?


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  2. beatific

    beatific Member

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    A new purchase.

    Anyone knows if its a good idea to use 'Shoe Stretching spray' to loosen Shell cordorvan?

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  3. AAF-8AF

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    No, I haven't. I was just getting to the point of finding some of that or Venetian when I ran across the Alden product. I'm happy with the results so far, so I'll probably stick with it. Here are the whiskey chukkas I used it on.

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  4. bucksfan

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    I don't usually make a habit of speaking for Mac - but I think it accomplishes a few goals:
    1) make sure the shoes fit you
    2) make sure the shoes don't have defects that you overlooked inadvertently at first
    3) break in the outsoles slightly, so that the toe of the shoe does not suffer heavy wear the first time they are worn out of doors. (I've witnessed this one firsthand).
     
  5. seer

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    Great all around look...
     
  6. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    It's a pair of shoes. Wear them however you want. Wearing them on carpet helps to keep from wearing out the toe before the sole breaks in (if you're a toe dragger)

    Some times the idiocy of this place is surprising.
     
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    To clarify ( a la "guns don't kill people, people do...") - this place isn't idiotic, but some of the visitors to this place are another story altogether.
     
  8. FrankCowperwood

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    Beautiful whiskey chukkas. I just wore mine this past weekend and feel like they get better and better with age.
     
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    Whenever I see a NYR post i try to guess where he is (he and I live a neighborhood apart).
     
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    Nice.
     
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    Ultimate Indy waiting for a long flight
     
  12. Gunner72

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    I've read through entire forum and don't remember seeing this specific explanation:

    "Wearing them on carpet helps to keep from wearing out the toe before the sole breaks in (if you're a toe dragger)."

    I don't think it's that obvious and that's actually what makes your question a good one.
     
  13. HorseHide

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    That's because...No, never mind
     
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    Glad to see I'm not the only one who wears Indies while travelling - they aren't the most security checkpoint conducive footwear, but a lot of times I can only take on pair of shoes/boots with me and the 405s win out most of those times.
     
  16. NAMOR

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    I've traveled with the Indy and it was surprisingly easy to get them on and off thanks to the speedhooks
     
  17. hooker4186

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    I have flown a ton over the past year and a half wearing 405s and my usual approach is the morning before a flight when I put the boots on to just skip the speedhooks altogether and lace around the ankle until I get through security.
     
  18. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    looksvery good
     
  19. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew, very good shine on your boots
     
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