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***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. chipshot

    chipshot Senior member

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    Did you size down from normal for the RL Shortwings? I have found the RL PTB to be slightly shorter and slightly narrower. Definitely is built of a different last. My advice is to make sure you try on the PTB first and not just go off the Shortwing sizing alone.
     
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    You might also consider the difference in the heel size in your decision. Alden uses a combination last, so you are going from B/D to C/E. That is from D to E in the width of the ball and from B to C in heel size width. So the heel will be somewhat larger/looser in the 9.5E vs. 9.5D. Not sure the exact difference in heel volume that would be. Perhaps someone else knows?
     
  4. SuitedDx

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    Excellent NST boots!
     
  5. forsan

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    Another long time lurker here, finally decided to post.
    I've pre-ordered the Context Roy boot due February and wanted another boot in the meantime to really wear in as a daily wearer.
    I'm pretty picky, and I love Indy's, but I really prefer a plain toe. After seeing some surprisingly great photos of the J.Crew plain toe on here, I decided to pull the trigger; I figured with free in-store returns, it couldn't hurt.

    I got the boots in today, and I actually really like them, but between ordering and delivery, I stumbled across the natural CXL plain toe on the Shoe Mart and really like those as well.
    Considering I'm getting the Roy in February, should I hold onto the J.Crew boot or return them and pick up the natural CXL PTBoot?
    On the upside, I can probably wear the J.Crew pair to work and the calfskin is a nice contrast to the brown CXL the Roy will have. On the other hand, I'm a huge fan of chromexcel, but I've heard mixed things on natural CXL and how it ages and wears.

    tl;dr keep J.Crew plain toe or swap out for natural chromexcel plain toe from Shoe Mart

    Sorry for the phone photos, just wanted to get this up ASAP so I could get feedback and make a decision. First two are obviously indoor lighting, with the latter two in the driveway after work.


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  6. Roguls

    Roguls Senior member

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    Why in hell are we talking about Ralph Lauren here?

    Made in China, anyone?
     
  7. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Nope. The RL cordovan shoes we are talking about are made by Crockett and Jones in England, using Horween (USA) Shell Cordovan.

    And we're talking about them because they, for the most part, are a good comparison to Aldens in terms of quality and fit and finish.
     
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  8. zippyh

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    Pretty sure the RL wingtip and PTB are on the same 325 last.
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/268417/...ran-lindrick-mccallum-rhett/1065#post_5341986
    I've got both and they feel the same to me.

    Robert (sf user dastig) robert.schoettker@ralphlauren.com has been pretty helpful although I've only dealt with him on the phone and via email..
    He's at the Michigan Ave store. He's an RRL specialist but he's helped me with non RRL stuff.
     
  9. closerlook

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    i'd still like to see a picture; i have a similar issue.
    i would suggest demanding the shoe be remade by the factory. major inconsistencies of the shell cordovan such as you describe should be caught be qc and sent to shoe mart as seconds.
     
  10. ubiquiti

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    You're welcome.
    The Barrie last does work for me but I am a 6.5 D. I am getting rid of them because not only are they slightly big, but I like - but not love them.
     
  11. Therendition

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    J.Crew's navy suede longwings on a micro sole and natural CXL longwings on a crepe sole are up on their website.
     
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    Snuff suede chukka on a crepe sole, too.
     
  13. bateleur

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    My Leffot Cigar Indys - so far enjoying the hell out of them.
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  14. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  15. Roguls

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    I know this. But this is the Alden thread.
     
  16. blue collar

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    IMO i'd stick with the j.crew and the roys. I find natural CXL to be a hard color to pair with a lot of outfits...and have it flow.
     
  17. NewYorkIslander

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    Well, all is still good in the world!

    So, Sazon, 103 Yesterday, and I'm in my Brown Chromex Ultimate Jumpers from LS. Granted I was inside at NYHS all day.
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  18. Alcibiades

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    agreed
     
  19. amftx

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    I hope when they post their ravello makeup it has a leather sole. Not a fan of crepe...
     
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  20. sevenfoldtieguy

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    A wonderful cigar model just showed up on Leffot. :nodding:
     
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