***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. jamesbond

    jamesbond Senior member

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    See, they do know how to finish ravello correctly. They look nice.
     
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    Thanks - tried both spellings this morning and not much luck. I'm curious because i saw these on the Shoemart seconds email; but was too slow and somebody got to them before me. Possibly a makeup for overseas / japan maybe?
     
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    I also try to avoid them...not so much for the aesthetics (nobody really sees them when you actually wear them) as for the function...they are less durable than eyelets and I have had the very annoying occurrence of the cuff of my pants getting snagged on the hook and ripping...

    I had a speed hook tear away from the boot- sent it back to Alden and they replaced them with eyelets...much happier...

    It does take a few seconds more to lace but its worth it..IMO...
     
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    The speed hooks look great with the work boot style. Maybe not so much on the cap toed boots.
     
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    I like speed hooks and my three boots have them. However, I don't wear dress pants for work (only khakis and jeans) and it's not a must have feature. They just happen to be on the styles I like.
     
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    Thanks for the list. The Shoemart thanks you too for the order I just placed.


    I have some boots with the speed hooks and some without. I agree with others that they don't look as good on a dressier boot, but they are not a deal breaker for me since they will generally be covered up by my pant legs anyway. Regarding functionality, I do like speed hooks, especially when taking my boots off.
     
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    Does anyone have the seconds list for 8 and 8.5? If you do, please PM me, Thanks!
     
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    I'm 81/2 D and all my Alden (many) are 81/2 D except to the Van last, which are typically 1/2 smaller i.e., 8 D. I own an Indy boots (403) True balance last, also 81/2D. I have to admit that the Barrie and the True balance will give you a bit freedom on the width side, but it's comfortable.
     
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    I decided that I cant keep babying these by waiting for only nice dry days to wear them.

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    Cigar shell + commando soles = the perfect rain boot.
     
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    My experience with #8 shell is rain doesn't do a thing. Any spots are gone in 24 hours. I expect it's similar with cigar. Whiskey... well, I have a few persistant spots, which I understand might upset a few owners, but I think it's just more character in the end. Here's one perspective on rain and alden shoes: http://theagatineeyelet.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/rain/

    IMHO you buy boots to punish them. Enjoy yours, sir.

    EDIT: they're beautiful (how could I forget the most important part of the response?!?)
     
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    On speed hooks vs. eyelets; I have boots with both. Aesthetically, I prefer eyelets and I like the idea of eyelets over speed hooks. However, a pair that I really like are my wingtip boots in #8. I don't wear them that often because I have to unlace the top to two eyelets on each side and really loosen the boot up to get my foot in. I haven't timed it but it "feels" like a couple of minutes to put them on. I am an admitted inpatient person and this just annoys the hell out of me.
    On the other hand, I have caught the hem on a nice pair of trousers on a speed hook and that annoyed me also :)
     
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    What's B&S?
     
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    went to the madison ave store today. whiskey indy is in stock in my size, but I was able to resist

    I tried on a #8 captoe boot on the grant last in the my barrie size and it's definitely too narrow. sized up a half and it was better, though possibly too loose in the heel. anyone take a wider size in the grant than the barrie?

    one of the guys there said they sold 10 pairs of whiskey indys in the past few days because "someone posted it on a blog or something" :)
     
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    interesting because i am tts 12D and I fit a 11.75 in Plaza
     
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