***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. fitchottie

    fitchottie Senior member

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    Wearing the Brown Longwings for Jcrew.... again supper comfy and super soft...

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  2. HorseHide

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    Just ordered a bottle of "Leather Defender" (sounds like a kinky super hero) from Alden DC - they mentioned they have a natural CXL tassel with waterloc sole on order for Spring. Could be a nice add.
     


  3. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     


  4. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    welcome!
     


  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    you have done a good job
     


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    Thanks, Uncle Mac!
     


  7. kingscoat

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    best ketchup colored shoelace
     


  8. 1wb

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    I got a shipping notice this week from J.Crew for a pair of #8 captoe boots originally scheduled for shipment in mid-January.

    I figured that I would be getting a beat-up pair that had been returned by at least one previous buyer, and that they would soon be on their way back to J.Crew.

    When I received them, to my surprise, they were a pretty much flawless specimen - stitching was all perfect, clearly unworn with no creasing or markings on the soles. As many others have reported, they did not come in an Alden box, but rather a plain J.Crew one, with no bags.

    My problem is with the finish: it is a very light red. I have purchased some other pairs of #8 shoes from BB in the past that had clearly been in the stockroom for a few years, where the finish had begun to lighten, etc. These appear to be new, just lacking the dark purple color I am accustomed to seeing. Back they go, I guess.

    I put them next to a 5 year old pair of BB perf. toe bals for comparison - even with a few years of wearing, the BB pair is clearly much darker.

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  9. NewYorkIslander

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    Here's a couple of shots of the #8 vintage Hanovers I was talking about:
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    Are these both on Barrie? They look different
     


  11. 1wb

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    Nope. The BB perf. toe on the left is on BB's "Snap" last, which is close to the Hampton, but more rounded, and the J.Crew boot obviously is Barrie last.
     


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  13. applky

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    If I had a dime for every time someone complained about a pair of Aldens they bought from J Crew I could buy a wardrobe of shells from Leffot, Epaulet, LS, and the Alden stores.
     


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    FLex Long Wings

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    I don't get this, you sound shocked if not disappointed that J crew sent you a brand new pair instead of one that was a return. Also I am pretty sure that the color is not J crew's fault so much as it is Alden's. Of course if you only want to buy new deadstock BB shell you are entitled to do that. But from the sounds of it, it was a "flawless" pair and likely to get a rich color with sun exposure like most pairs of #8. Good luck with your search for the perfect pair of Aldens.
     


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