***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. Kwaker

    Kwaker Senior member

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    I bought my first pair of Aldens earlier this month … a special make-up of the Indy. It was a final pair, they fit and so I wore them home.
    While admiring them one evening, I was disappointed to discover that I am in your same situation. I discovered a defect that has forced me to “live with it”. The defect is a crack to the smooth surface of the CXL leather. Fortunately, the defect is on the inside ankle, so it is not obvious unless I cross my left leg. CXL leather is also very supple and lubricated and so I do not fear that the crack will lengthen or affect durability (at least, I hope not). I’m just really disappointed that I wasn’t more attuned to the known QC issues. Otherwise, I would have better scrutinized this pair, before becoming so enamored.

    My next purchase will be a pair of #8 cordovan LWB. But rather than automatically go Alden, I will also consider other makers.
     


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    Two pair, ready to wear.
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    These, along with my cigar LWBs, are plenty of shell for my closet.
     
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    So I downloaded those pics in my shoeporn folder, and just now realized, holy shit did you take those photos yourself??? :slayer:

    x222222
     
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    Sure
     


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    Yessir I did and thank you. It's not that hard to take a picture like it. You just need a camera (doesn't have to be a dslr, I used an X100), white seamless paper, 2 external flashes (or a reflector if you only have one) then voila.
     


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    I tried Shoemart, but hey do not stock my size, a 5.5E on the Barrie and will not order it. I am going through Alden of Carmel. When I contacted him, he said it would be 9-12 months, but from my past experience, I am expecting 12-14 months.
     


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    my first pair of shell. Context x Alden #8 Tanker. Not liking today's rain in NYC.

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    ...which sums up why I usually unsubscribe to this thread (and I don't mean because I don't have any willpower).
     


  10. phototristan

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    Does anyone have experience with sending Aldens to B.Nelson for re-crafting instead of Alden?:

    http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/high_grade_shoes.asp

    Apparently, they only take a few weeks as opposed to sending to Alden, which can take like 4 months!

    I was just thinking this might be a good alternative?
     


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    Many people on here (including the Cordovan God father Uncle Mac) has used B. Nelson with great results. They'll pretty much put whatever you want on the sole. LHS with commando or a Whiskey lwb with White Vibram and everything in between.:satisfied:
     


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    Cool!

    Now a Whiskey lwb with White Vibram? That I gotta see....
     
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    Your "sharp around the office" statement piqued my interest. What Last was used for the Vanguard boot - Barrie? Seems like LS has last info for every boot/shoe on its site except that one. Thanks.
     


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    Very nice! Guess we have 6 more pics to look forward to! ;)
     


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    I'm just curious as to how you guys wear your Aldens aesthetically. I mean, I'm in a profession where I don't need to dress a "certain way" and I feel my Alden "clunkers" offer a bit of an eccentric twist to my look. From what I'm gathering, the clunkier lasts go well with Raw Denim in an "Americana" Workwear type look, or the simple American Trad. Any feel like sharing?
     


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