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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. sazon

    sazon Senior member

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    Chris Hill - look at the above fact. Uncle Mac has had these Aldens for 30+ years.
    Spend the extra money make a wise investment.
     


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    You know you have too much shell when you have to resort to power tools for upkeep. Seriously though, these two things have saved me countless hours of brushing...

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    ^ where do you get that polishing bit?
     


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    B. Nelson metal toe taps on new Color 8 cap toe boots:
     
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    Any hardware store, Home Depot, etc. It's a cotton buffing wheel with whatever mandrel fits your drill. The wheels are only a few bucks (I use 4" diameter ones, but anything will work), and you can pick up a cordless screwdriver for $20-$30 bucks. There's something to be said for using good old fashioned elbow grease, but this takes Uncle Mac's method into the 21st century.
     


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    oops, sorry to hear that. that's more than painful for a 5 minute job.
     
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    ^ I have 4 Barrie last shoes and none of them fit the same...isn't that the charm of Alden?
     


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    Fenway: I have 10 pairs of Aldens, most are on Barrie and the fit has been consistent. The NSTs were noticeably smaller and tighter that I questioned if they labeled the last incorrectly.
     


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    Didn't realize the cigar LWs at alden shop in SF are with the darker edge trim (97896) vs the lighter 97894

    amazing how different those 2 shoes look just with a change in edge trim. love the lighter edge. not a fan of the darker one at all
     


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    I've thought of doing that but thought it might be a bit of overkill.
    Good to see I was wrong.
    Some one needs to source a horsehide brush wheel.
     


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    ^ Alden makes the NST, the shoe is made as a plain toe, then the stitching is applied so the bundling of leather could cause a slightly tighter fit. I had to go to an E width on this shoe just to fit into it. I mentioned this a little while back and got this information from Tom. What's funny is that the an E width on my NST shoe actually measures narrower than my LWB with a D width.
     


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    wow - I love this idea! going to stop tonight after work and pick up a buffing wheel!

    Why didn't I think of this?
     


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    I find it strange that I sold Kudu Indys, navy suede ptbs and formerly whiskey-now-something-else-longwings but i have yet to receive a single offer for a pair of ravello chukkas worn 4 times.

    not trying to plug my sale, but I think they were my favorite of the bunch. LOVE ravello
     


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    So...I have to ask...does having that metal toe tap actually make a sound when you walk?

    Do you sound like you are tap dancing walking down the street?
     


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