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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. shaunw

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    what size are you?

    I have a pair of 10D new for sale
     
  2. Coldsnap

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    :( I'm like a 7 or 8
     
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    Roggie Rog Well-Known Member

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    Hey what's this I've been reading about the crepe sole being slippery in the rain? I expected it to actually have more traction. Also, what's that about Alden not putting a different sole on a pair of shoes, e.g., crepe sole to Commando sole?
     
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    ^ If the weather is crappy (i.e. snowing), I don't like wearing 100% leather soled footwear. Also, I personally like oxfords over boots, but YMMV.
     
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    On a smooth wet surface like a garage floor, crepe is slippery but to be honest, it's no worse than a leather sole.
     
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    Both those are true. My crepe soles are slick, and Alden appears to no longer be willing to resole to anything but stock.
     
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    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    True, but leather isn't exactly the benchmark of wet weather practicality!

    My feeling with Alden is go commando or go leather.
     
  9. Coldsnap

    Coldsnap Senior member

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    Is there that much difference between a Plaza Last and Grant Last? Shit makes my head spin trying to pick the boot I want...
     
  10. Roggie Rog

    Roggie Rog Well-Known Member

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    Regarding that hole in your boots, of the few pairs of Alden's that I've inspected, most have had those damned holes! I feel that its ridiculous. I have fallen in love with this brand, but I have a low tolerance for imperfections. I love that they're handmade in the USA, but I also feel that if you're charging over $600 for a pair of boots, then the standards have to be higher. That's a LOT of money for shoes!
     
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    not really a defect, just an artifact of the construction process. Those holes are from the nails used to tack the uppers to the last during the construction of the shoe. I'll be the first to admit that Alden has sloppy quality and finishing (still love em though) but I don't find that this falls into that category really as you can't get around the necessity for them.
     
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    +1 Plus, I don't consider myself microphobic but the crepe sole gets real nasty, real fast (like leave them outside the house nasty).
     
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    New today, #8 plain toe boot, Truebalance last, commando sole. Sort of an Indy minus a some stitching. Quite happy with the the look and the prospect of using them in circumstances in which I wouldn't use leather soles.

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    I picked up two pairs that have no trace of the hole. It seems like something that can be either mitigated or avoided if one tries.
     
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    LynahFaithful Senior member

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    The holes are there, they are just covered on the ones you looked at, as they are supposed to be, by the leather backing.
     
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    These pairs are split right up the back, so now wrap around heel piece, but I know what you're saying.
     
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    If I wear 7.5 in Fiorentini + Baker, what size Indys (Trubalance) should I get?
    thanks
     
  18. Roggie Rog

    Roggie Rog Well-Known Member

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    Where did you get these?
     
  19. Joenobody0

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    Probably a 7 but don't get too unhappy if you buy that size and they don't fit.
     
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    I just found it strange that it mainly happened on Tanker.
    I do hope that in the future, Alden can change the making process so that the hole can be covered up, at least by the backing maybe? (if possible)

     
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