***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. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Not a huge fan but they are easier to put on and take off. My boots without speed hooks get less wear.....because I am usually running late and it takes just slightly longer to lace. Here are my problems with speed laces:

    Looks
    They eat laces
    They bend
    They snag on trousers
    They can rip off

    I REALLY wish that Alden would switch to the speedlace system from the Army:

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    Ahab Senior member

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    Love those things. I think they are on the Grant last, and fit perfectly. I have another pair of shoes on the Grant last which go from fitting perfectly to being a little too tight in the toe box on the left shoe. ODD.
     


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    Just wake up earlier.
     


  4. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Those army speed laces are awesome. I know the boot is ugly but the speed lacing is great,

    But I am getting used to the classic lacing on boots anyway.

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    Fromthe seconds list:
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    pretty sure there is something just like it on the shoe mart seconds list this month
     


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    Could someone please pm me the shoemart list for 12-12 1/2? It would be greatly appreciated.
     


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    wj4 Senior member

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    How many of you guys actually buy Alden 2nds on a regular basis? I'm asking because I will see something nice every now and then. But I see the price is only discounted around $150-200 or so, and in my mind, I would rather spend the extra money on a pair that I truly want.

    I'd see something like suede Chukkas at $XXX.XX, I'm tempted...but at retail, it wouldn't even cross my mind.
     


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    im in the same boat every time ... i cant pull the trigger on a pair
     


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    That's correct. It's part of the quirkiness of the seconds list-- misspelled words and incorrect last listings. For the most part the lasts listings are correct, but I have noticed quite a few shoes listed incorrectly,particularly on the shoes that are unique makeups for other Alden sellers. Apparently the shoes aren't the only thing that should be considered seconds :D
     


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    hooker4186 Senior member

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    Wear your damn boots.
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    Hello,

    What shop are these indy boots & buluchers sold in ?
    Please teach the details of the shop.
     


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    same same with me - i would be lucky to catch a pair from the 2nd list - even with the discount prices it must satisfy my taste/size......like the Whisky Shortwing SF Edition

    cheerio Joachim
     
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  14. terradilavoro

    terradilavoro Senior member

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    These pics are from the menswear fashion fair Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence 2011. I am really curious to see them in real Cheerio
     
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    Ahab Senior member

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    I think it is important to get exactly what you want. I purchased a pair of whiskey wintips and NEVER wore them, because I wanted a whiskey longwing. I finally traded them in for a pair of ravello longwings and was very lucky yo pick up a pair of whiskey longwings from the seconds list. It is kind of interesting because it looks like the whiskey longwings were firsts which someone may have worn a couple of times or just creased. When I got them they had a topy, but I liked that. Here is a picture:

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    I have a few seconds:

    Whiskey Longwings - Wanted, was a great deal and I am very happy

    Snuff Suede plain toe boots w/crepe sole - Was not on my list. Noticed some flaws but nothing that effects the overall boot. Wear them and like them. Allowed me to try a crepe sole, which I will probably avoid in the future.

    #8 Shell Cap toe boot on modified last without speed laces - Was not on my list. Allowed me to try modified last and a boot without speed laces. There are some leather flaws but I am going to wear the heck out of them and let them get some nice patina anyway. Glad I got them.

    White suede PTB as second and White Suede Saddle Shoe at DEEP discount - Not on my list but interest was rising at the time. I am happy I have both of these shoes. I have been wearing the saddle shoes and seeing how they work out. I have tried them sockless. Fun shoe to experiment with. Glad I got a pair. DO NOT NEED TWO! :lol:

    For seconds and rare shell I am a little more cautious then I used to be. I will not buy something that is not exactly what I want now. Despite the hype the rare shell stuff does come around and there is a fair amount of selection. Price is not an issue but closet space and rotation are. If I get a shoe and never wear it then it is taking up closet space or even worse I will buy the shoe I really wanted and that shoe will get little to no wear.

    Do not settle!
     
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