***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. reedobandito

    reedobandito Senior member

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    Looks like I may be the proud owner of a pair of Alden snuff suede flexwelt chukkas in the next day or so, finalizing details with the guys at Blackbird.

    So excited, finally!

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    Yeah they raised prices on everything. Kinda tempted by the new designs though
     


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    I am between 11.5 and 12 in length, leaning towards 12, and solid A on the Brannock. I have a 12B Plaza shell chukka. According to Tom Park, "B" is the narrowest Plaza width. The B width fits me quite well. I think either width would work for you. It depends upon how you snug you like to wear your shoes. The length is a bit more of of an issue for me. I think the 12 is slightly long for me but it still works. I'd like to test an 11.5 sometime but shoes as narrow as my foot aren't available for testing. So, I live with what I can get. I would not size down on length even though the Plaza is very slightly elongated. As always, YMMV.
     
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    choptreesv Senior member

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    could someone school me on the difference between these two welts? (both cigar indys). Why is it that the uppers on the Leffot JC Indy boot meet the sole flush, where the ones from theshoemart have additional extra leather strip going around?

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    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    The extra bit of leather is the "reverse" or "storm" welt. Supposedly, they make the shoe more water tight.
     


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    mcarthur Senior member

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    enjoy wearing
    you did very well
    good shine
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    good shine on your chukkas
    always a good day for argyles
     


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    I'm fairly confident I saw them in the DC store recently. Give them a call.
     
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    As a follow up to my post before regarding the speed hooks tearing out of my #8 J Crew Cap Toe's. I was able to get the order information from the guy I bought them from and J Crew is currently sending me a new pair. Customer service was pretty excellent. Boots were originally purchased end of November.

    And with all that said I just bought a pair of the J Crew Indy's.

    I went from 0 to 2 pair in two weeks.

    Fucking Alden.
     


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    jasonfoote303 Senior member

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    the boot on the top has an all-around regular or flat welt and the boot on the bottom has an all-around reverse welt.

    alden makes no claim that either of these welts are more water tight. in fact, water will get through any of these welts - even the storm welt. the difference is purely cosmetic.
     


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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    I much prefer the flat welt.
     


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    PTB in modified last from Shoe Mart...debating whether to keep or not.
     


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    From a technical perspective, one has a flat welt and another has the reverse welt - that strip of leather standing up around the edge of the upper all around the shoe.

    In terms of impact on appearance, I think the reverse welt makes a shoe or boot look more substantial, perhaps a bit more casual. Depending on what you are wearing it with, you can go either way. As I normally wear my Aldens with jeans, I prefer a reverse or storm welt. I think a regular welt adds some class or perhaps makes the shoe appear a tad sleeker. On an Indy boot, having a flat welt might make it appear a tiny bit less rugged.

    It comes down to your own taste and goals for your outfits. Hope that helps.
     


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    Well said. I share your POV, too.

    The recent Leffot #8 LWB w/ antique edge were pictured w/ reverse welts, but somehow Alden made the larger sizes w/ the flat welt. I ended up returning mine due to the difference. On the one hand, a minor element in an all around gorgeous make up. On the other, for a nearly $650 shoe, I want the details to be right (for me) and I just don't love the flat welt on the LWBs.

    For some reason, it looks different to my eye on boots, though. Maybe that's just me...
     


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