***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. ninja07

    ninja07 Senior member

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    arrived few days ago. loving the comfort of that crepe sole

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    yesterday with the cigar lwb
     
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    The tongue things happens all the time, don't think its a big deal. I prefer eyelets, so I won't buy a boot without all eyelets anymore. Maybe go to a local cobbler to fix the eyelets to avoid shipping and wait, or go back to Steven at Leffot. He has always seemed pretty standup with returns due to defects in the past. I have three shoes from him, thankfully no need for returns, but guys who have have been taken care of.


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    Deer bone without the Voodoo Priest? Worthless
     


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    LOL....
     


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    What boot is that? And love the Cigar LWB -- almost makes me regret going with Whiskey.
     


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    thanks, its the alden x context roy boots
     


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    Don't see balmoral shells very often. Very nice.

    Also, those aren't longwings, Just FYI [​IMG]
     


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    I'm personally a fan of speed hooks. I think it probably comes down to whether you have to unlace your all-eyelet boots to get your feet into them. If you don't, then there is no advantage to speed hooks over eyelets. I on the other hand find myself unlacing at least the top two eyelets anyway in order to get my feet in comfortably, and lacing/unlacing 4 speed hooks takes me less time than doing the same for 2+ eyelets.
     


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    Update, now they only have size 13 left. Sorry, they must have just had one of each size or something. I grabbed an 8.
     
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    Neither will I. The all-eyelets look is much cleaner and nicer, and the boots fit better I find.

    Also, Alden's speed hooks will pull out hems on dress trousers.
     
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    Chiming in on the eyelet vs. speed hooks debate - does anyone know the typical cost for converting a boot with speed hooks to all eyelets? I know some here have had it done and I was wondering how much it usually runs at a reputable shop.
     


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    I have a pair of Ravello captoe boots with speedhooks and I really wish they were all eyelets. I have a pair of Cigar Indys with all eyelets and really wish they were speedhooks. With casual boots I like the speedhooks but with dress boots I think all eyelets work best when wearing dress pants.
     


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    No experience at other shops, but I believe B Nelson will do it for $12 per eyelet (not per pair). A standard Alden boot with 4 pairs of speed hooks would therefore run $96. That being said, you might find that the top four eyelets would be off-centered with the bottom five, which is often done to compensate for the oblong size of the speed hooks.

    If you do this, I would be interested to see before and after pics.
     


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    Personally, I think it looks like ass. I don't know that I could live with the misalignment. But then I also don't mind speed hooks.
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/18000#post_4958968
     


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