***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. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    I wish more people (or anyone) stocked Indy boots with commando soles. so much better than the cork sole
     


  2. g.michael

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    That is unbelievable--a completely different color (color #3? ha-ha). You could either revel in the fact that you have an absolutely unique pair of shell shoes, or send them back for a refund. IMO what Alden tried to do is yet another example of piss poor customer service. They know good and well how desirable whiskey shell is and they ruined them for you. What a bunch of cheap, pompous, a-holes.
     


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    I could tighten the laces but it was getting bit uncomfortable, mostly due to athletic socks. I tried both 12 and 11.5 but 12 was too big and 11.5 was better. I even tried 11.5 in 403. But when I ordered these from online and got them, they were bit tight. So I'm not sure whether I need to get 12D...
     


  4. WhoKnewI

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    Those do look too tight, but my indy boots (both the 403 and 405) stretched significantly. I don't know if that will be the case for you though.
     


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    maybe they are too tight and i need to size up... because I am waiting for them to loosen up and stretch..
     


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    Love this look. Keep rockin it man. White socks FTW!
     


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    Isn't this basically LS' ultimate indy?
     


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    Ryan Plett from youhavebrokentheinternet was given a pair of vintage wiskey bals as a gift from a friend. He send them into Alden for "restoration" and the gave the shoes the exact same treatment. I know if it was me and they made my golden/tan whiskeys RED i would lose my sh*t!!!

    The shoes before ...
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    ...and after the restoration
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    I would NOT be happy with that finished product...

    my $0.02
     


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    I think if you look at it as they will lighten with age, its not *that* big of a deal. Of course, this is the problem with buying a product on the internet sight unseen.
     


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    Not Whiskey, of course, but gorgeous.
     


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    For what it's worth, I have found Alden's recrafters to be very generous in their application of pigment in the absence of instructions to the contrary. When I sent in an old-ish pair of shell captoes for resoling, they left a very well-worn light burgundy, and they returned the deep purplish color of brand new color 8's. Lesson learned - next time I will give very specific instructions.

    Also, it seems to me that your longwings appear to have been on the darker/reddish side of whiskey to begin with. When I saw your "after" photo I was shocked at how dark the shoes are, but in comparison to your "before" photo they don't seem so different. For comparison here are my only pair of whiskeys, which almost appear a different color altogether from your "before" picture (of course different lighting could also be at play):

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    This is not to say you should be satisfied with the result. If you are at all unhappy I think you should send them back and ask for a new pair. Frankly I think your shoes were too dark to be called "whiskey" to begin with, and that already reflects a QC problem on Alden's end. However, they are an interesting shade and possibly more useful IRL than a lighter whiskey pair, so there is no shame in deciding to keep them if you like them for what they are.
     


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    It wasn't necessarily that I was against the white athletic socks, but that they were way too short. Seems to me like it would be very uncomfortable to wear these with ankle socks, which the OP confirmed in his next post. Besides, I highly doubt anyone here is actually wearing a pair of Indys as an actual work boot.
     


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    Harrison Ford wore them when he worked construction before becoming an actor. Spielberg wanted Ford to wear other boots during the movie, and he refused. Thus, the Indy. Ironic?
     
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    They seriously should not need to stretch that much. They're not raw denim for fucks sake. Sure they will be a bit uncomfortable at first, but if you are waiting for them to magically form to your foot you need to size up.
     


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    I'm sure they used to be worn as work boots, but I doubt anyone on SF is using them for that purpose...and any blue collar worker now is definitely not spending $400+ for a work boot.
     


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