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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. brozek

    brozek Senior member

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    Wow - I assumed those were pictures of them brand-new, so I scrolled down for the broken-down, worn-in pictures. Impressive!
     
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  2. Dr. D

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    Can you get to an Alden store (SF, NYC, DC, Sherman Brothers, Shoemart, Leather Soul, etc) to see the colors in person? If not, I'd recommend buying a couple of different pairs from someone with a good return policy (Shoemart) and see for yourself. Put on the pants you want to match and see how they look. As long as you don't walk around and get them creased up you can return the other pairs and keep your favorite. You'll only be out a few dollars for return shipping but you'll know you have the right ones. And if you buy from Shoemart you'll save on tax unless you live in CT (in which case you should just go down to Norwalk).

    After having a couple of pairs of #8 I scoured the internet images and decided that I really wanted to get some cigar LHS. So I stopped by Shoemart when I was in CT and found that I really didn't like the color of the cigar LHS in person- I thought they looked olivey and kind of dull. But the ravello LHS- those were incredible so I got them instead. On that trip I also learned that whiskey didn't look anything like I thought it would and that cigar was a great color when it was on LWB or PTB but not on the LHS. Unless you're planning to have a huge collection you should pick out the pair(s) that fit you best in sizing, color, and style and to do this it really helps to have them in hand.

    A trip to your local store also helps so you can get sized on a couple of the more common Alden lasts for future purchase considerations. I'd recommend getting sized on the barrie and aberdeen lasts (and the van if you like loafers).
     
  3. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    good looking boot, enjoy wearing, keep it up
     
  4. HorseHide

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    Anyone have the address of the Madison Avenue website handy? Tried searching for it and came up with nothing. Thanks!
     
  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    +1 for cigar and marcoliani
     
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  7. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    consider color 8 ptb
     
  8. seer

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    Yes, I'm about an hour north of Shoe Mart - I need to take a ride... I saw the cordovan the last time I was there but I wasn't really interested until I got on this thread...
     
  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    very well stated
     
  10. Pastor

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    http://aldenmadisonny.com/

    Is this a new site? I don't recall ever seeing it before a few days ago.
     
  11. mcbrown

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    I also like the Alden horn that someone once threw in with a purchase. So did my dog. Now I use a cheap plastic shoehorn again. :)
     
  12. mcbrown

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    Nope, not new. At least not "last few weeks" new.
     
  13. HorseHide

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    Thanks Pastor - not sure when they added it.
     
  14. zazaza

    zazaza Senior member

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    Just wanted to give people a heads up that this ebay seller (not me) has some nice aldens at a pretty great discount in limited sizes
    (unsure which lasts these are on, but)

    if you're an 11.5c

    or a 10, 11.5 or 12


    if you search their listed items there are some bit loafers avail as well
     
  15. phototristan

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    I just picked up some leather defender from the SF Alden Store today. I suspect that it might be made by Horween, but really not certain. Could it be the mystery product Nick Horween mentioned back in 2009 here?:

    http://horween.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/brownout/#comment-75
     
  16. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    Does it work?
     
  17. phototristan

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    Just applied some. It doesn't seem to do anything in terms of shine but I guess it's only suppose to protect against water spots when it rains. I've heard it does work though.

    It also smells really good.

    I'll add this as the last step every time I condition (or polish) my cordovans.
     
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  18. NewYorkIslander

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    Cigar LWB, Ercoles Flannel Trousers, Friendly Mutt.
     
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  19. El Argentino

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    Pleased to announce I have officially joined the SF-Alden family. Just snagged a pair of shell 974s in #8 off ebay.

    Feel so proud of myself.
     
  20. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    post picture
     
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