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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. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    color 8 full strap
    argyle otc
     
  2. El Argentino

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    Great color on those #8s, Mac. Beautiful. How long have you had that particular pair?
     
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    I am NOT an expert like many of the people in this thread, but when I recently picked up my 403's, I used my Brannock device size to size down. I measured an 8.5E (what I wear in Allen Edmonds) and ordered an 8E in the Indy. Hopefully someone else will chime in to help.
     
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    First day outside with my new LWBs.
     
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    An even worse story. I bought a pair of Kudu Indys and wore them a number of times. The left shoe was very loose, but my left foot is slightly smaller than the right so I didn't think about it too much and kept wearing them. Over and over I tightened the shoe laces on the left foot but couldnt get it tight enough for comfort. To make a long story short, the left shoe was a size 10.5 and I the other a 10 (I thought I had purchased size 10). So my slightly smaller foot was wearing a shoe that was a half size bigger than the shoe on my bigger foot. At that point the store wouldn't take them back because I had worn them.

    LESSON: Always look at the shoe size before putting them on your feet the first time!
     
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    Beauts.
     
  7. WhoKnewI

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    When I get a pair of Aldens, I inspect them for a good 5 minutes to make sure there aren't any horrible defects. I say horrible because I don't own a single pair of Alden shoes without a defect. I dont even like dealing with Alden when it comes to fixing mistakes because they manage that process poorly. The sole/heel on a pair of my Alden indy boots was clearly a size larger than it needed to be on one shoe (someone in the factory did a horrible job cutting off the excess edge). Alden refused to deal with me directly and told me to do it through the retailer. I sent the boots to the retailer with a note indicating what was wrong, and they sent the boots to Alden. Three weeks later I received the boots back with a note from Alden telling me they found no manufacturing defects.

    I am more or less done with Alden now and branched out to other brands. I really like the way barrie/plaza lasted shoes fit and look on my foot but have decided to just look elsewhere to find the quality standards I desire.
     
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  8. g.michael

    g.michael Senior member

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    Classic!:slayer:
     
  9. Coldsnap

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    You got any alternatives to a Black Cap Toe Boot?
     
  10. Alcibiades

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    At the end of the day, the main benefits to Alden shoes are

    1) High quality Horween leathers (Chromexcel, cordovan, and I assume suede) in unique colors
    2) Willingness to work with retailers (many of whom work with customers) to develop special styles
    3) Variety of well-fitting lasts
    4) Recraft-ability (not necessarily by Alden, but by a variety of cobblers)
    5) Decent price point compared to shoemakers that work with similar materials
    6) Traditional aesthetic (high quality and stylish in a "handsome," "gentlemanly" way)

    Alden shoes are pretty comfortable, can be very eye catching (cordovan, suede, etc tend to get tons of compliments) and overall enhance one's look.

    The obvious downsides are
    1) Poor quality control, particularly as they ramp production
    2) Low / inconsistent availability

    For what Alden is selling, there are similar brands, but you generally pay more or don't have the selection. For Chromexcel / suede boots in a similar aesthetic, Oak Street, Yuketen, etc are available but cost the same or more. If you want cordovan, Ralph Lauren's models start at $850 regular price (obviously they go on sale) while Allen Edmond's produces a few models in black and brown (they are expanding, but still don't offer the array of colors and styles). Otherwise, you have to go the MTO route with someone like Ron Rider, Edward Green, etc and spend $1,200+. YMMV

    EDIT - Here is an example. You can order MTO with Edward Green, they will make you a wingtip (or longwing or whatever) using Horween's whiskey shell and it will cost you $1,600 pre tax. It will be extremely well made

    http://leffot.com/2011/02/22/the-shell-game/

    Or you can buy an Alden whiskey longwing made from I believe [/I ]the same Horween whiskey shell for $700 pre-tax. It may have some quality control issues, but it is half the price.

    Maybe Carmina or other brands will fill in the gap, but right now it is what it is
     
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    How about this Alfred Sargent boot? I have no idea on sizing but you can check out the MC thread for A Fine Pair of Shoes.....
     
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    Speaking of quirks, I have a pair of seconds that may interest somebody; a new pair of #8 Indy Boots with Double leather soles in size 9.5D (Trubalance last). If anyone is interested feel free to shoot me a PM and I can send pictures. I'll do first come, first served. The only flaw that exists is that the machine stitching is a little off. Probably not something that would be noticed when worn. NIce opportunity for someone as they now go for over $700 new, first quality.

    The asking price would be what I paid plus fees ($410 + shipping + paypal). = ~ $445 shipped.

    Thank you.
     
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    Gah. Why do you people all have such small feet?
     
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    I agree with your point. However, someone posted up a pair of MTO Shell AS shoes that he said cost around $600. I'm really thinking about going that route for future shoes. As far as I know (I talked to Chay Cooper about it a bit), AS will do some minor fit tweaks on the MTO shoes as well.
     
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    what do people think of the Leydon last?
     
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    Better version of the Barrie.
     
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    Size the same as the Aberdeen/Hampton?
     
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    I'm not sure everyone agrees on that one. Some people take their Barrie size.
     
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    Why does Alden of Carmel charge more for the same shoes than their competitors?
     
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    im actually really liking what I see from carmina and will probably go with them in the future. For now, I'm set for shoes.
     
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