***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. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    You are my size - 10D or 9.5E. in Barrie, 10.5D or 10E in narrower lasts

    Also, who is that in your avatar
     
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    Its interesting to see that Kudu is getting a little love here. Many of the comments I've seen about it in the past have been negative. The kudu chukkas were one of my first Alden purchases. I liked them at first, although after I acquired some other models I found that I didn't want to wear them as often. Then after a while I just let them sit in the back of my closet.

    But when packing for a recent trip to Morocco I realized that they might be the ideal "one shoe" for two weeks of travel through different terrains and situations. Here I am riding a camel with them:

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    I don't think that the leather is great looking (although these have been complimented), but it is tough and you can abuse it if you need to. With the recent snow here in England I've made them my snow/slush boots.
     
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    Thanks...

    The avatrar is Charlize Theron.
     
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    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Thought so, wasn't sure though
     
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    Shell is great with jeans and khakis. Cigar or #8 go with pretty much anything- they're probably the most versatile colors. If I had to choose only one, I'd go with #8, because it can be worn with jeans, or almost any color trousers.
     
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    Reserved a pair of Cigar Cap toe boots from Alden of DC :) it'll be my last one for awhile.
     
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    Oh no...no...that's not good at all. That's what Horween calls "lateral canthal wrinkles". That's the breaking down of elastin in the shell cordovan. Those shoes are now garbage. Ship them to me and I'll dispose of them for you.





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    Man, if i had a pair of shells for everytime I've read that in this forum I'd rival Uncle Mac.


    Whatever helps you deal with the addicition and the fact that we spend $700 on brown boots lol.:slayer:
     
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    The conventional advice on the forum is to size down 1/2 from your normal size since Barrie is a very generously-proportioned last. Having said that, I myself discovered I needed to size down an entire full size (from 10E to 9E) to get the perfect fit.

    Good luck! Incidentally, I have a bunch of 9.5e shoes for sale on B&S.
     
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    Coldsnap Senior member

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    Grant last and vibram soles?
     
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    Alcibiades Senior member

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    The Alden DC captoe has a tradtiional Alden commando sole (leather and rubber combo), it's not Vibram though
     
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    the spoon trick is where you slowly drag the backside of a spoon across scratches or textural irregularities (i get them in some of my creases) in your shell to make the scratch go away or at least be less noticeable. I actually use the flat of my fingernail instead of a spoon, but a spoon is probably a better call because you can scratch them with the edge of your nail if you aren't careful doing it my way. With the fingernail and, logically, with the spoon as well, you have to press down pretty hard. This is what we who don't want to spend $36+shipping on a deer bone do.
     
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    Well, I assume he means that he'll now move on to buying AE and Carmina shell before returning to Alden. :)
     
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    Those pictures are making me miss them now. I'm glad you took the jump and they worked out, wear the in good heath.
     
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    I find the grant last to be the best fitting of all lasts.
     
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