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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. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    Ha ha ha... have to say I'd never pieced that together in your SF name yet. For some reason it has always looked like a variation on Dimitri or such to me.
     
  2. Racove

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    Hey collectors, when it comes to cordovan, do you find that the plain toe models get more creasing than models like wingtips, NST, moc toe, etc. Wondering if chukkas would be especially bad.
     
  3. hkpm

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    To me, I would go for #8 or cigar.
    Black is a bit too dressy, IMO.

     
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    From what I have seen in this thread, indeed plain toe, and especially chukka, have the most creasing than others.

     
  5. Beatlegeuse

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    Quick follow up to my sizing question...does anybody know how the Plaza compares to AE's 5 last (Strand, Park Ave, etc)? I tried on a pair of 12D Strands once and those definitely crushed my toes. So if the Plaza works roughly the same way as the 5 last, then I will definitely need to go for the 12.5 over the 12 in the Plaza.
     
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    I agree with the above. A brown shoe is going to be a bit more appropriate for casual wear with jeans, chinos, etc. I NEVER wear black shoes unless to an interview or with a tux. Also kind of depends on your age I guess. There's some older gents around these parts that don't mind black footwear for casual.
     
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    I did a little searching on this earlier, and it seems lots of people take the same size in plaza as AE #5, which is +.5 in length from barrie.

     
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    It's actually pretty ridiculous for a high end shoe manufacturer. Way too many examples of this crap.
     
  9. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Has Alden ever made a Scotch grain boot? I would love that.
     
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    twice per week at beginning few months and around once per weeks when with more for rotation.

    non-leather soled is more applicable in my country with wet and rainy climate
     
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    of coz providing good grip,
    they're my go to shoes in rainy day
     
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  13. onijo84

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    How should i size down on these...

    The Alden lwb(barrie last) i tried on has space for one index finger at the back of the heel when my foot is pushed all the way in comfortably. These are 10D. Should i size down to 9.5 or 9?
     
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    one entire finger? wow. what other shoes do you wear? and what sizes?
     
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    thanks for the replies. i completely agree that brown is more versatile in a casual setting, and i'm comfortable with my brown shoe rotation for right now. i'd like to introduce more black into the wardrobe though (black boots, slim black jeans, button down). i want the boots to walk the fine line between not too dressy, not too doc marten-y, and not too goth ninja-y. maybe a plain toe calf boot would be a better. it's just hard to judge by looking at pics on the internet. so maybe my original question was as much about the style of the boot (cordovan, all eyelet, cap toe, grant last) as the color.
     
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    I just got a lightly loved (nice way of saying used :*( i'm not in the 1%, what can i say) pair of 403's in standard brown chromexcel. the back of the boot from the heel up to the mid seem are they only things that seem worn. they've darkened quite a bit in a blemishy way. is there any way to lighten the boots at all?

    any recommendations to lighten would be much appreciated :)

    p.s. for those that told me Leather Soul Hawaii would sell the laces individually, I ordered 2 pair from Will. He was so kind and accommodating. Shipped them for free from me in a standard envelope from Hawaii to Toronto. So I just paid the $12 for the 2 pairs combined and that was that. When he told me that suprisingly the postage was more than he thought, I offered to pay more cause I felt bad. Will responded "I only ask that you continue to be our customer in the future :) "

    how kind is that??? what great service from Leather Soul!
     
  17. onijo84

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    I can stick the index finger through. Thats about it.
    Here is a list of common brands - CP43, Vans 10.5, Quoddy/Sperry 10.5

    NAMOR: I sent you a PM. Help me out with the info in there man. Thanks.
     
  18. wrinklefree

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    My 2 cents would be blk cordovan, all eyelet, cap toe, grant last might be too dressy due to the cap toe + sleeker toe shape.

    But I have the blackbird blk cordovan plain toe boot, barrie last with commando sole and find it very casual due to the 'clunkier' last and commando sole which gives it a bit of a different profile.
     
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    Alden 4065. my "one shoe"
     
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  20. ceoceo

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    Oh man I feel really bad for those in Japan.. didn't they run for $520-ish last year?
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