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  1. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    Do you guys feel it's "worth it" to have Alden recraft a boot or shoe that has calf (or CXL) upper? Hands down i can see the value when a shoe is cordovan. But a calf Alden being $450-500 and a recraft being north of $150 last time i checked...i'm trying to find the justification.
    And i dont mean b nelson. I know what they are capable of. I'm mean a true Alden recraft. :satisfied:
     
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  2. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Why would recrafting a $595 pair of shells for $150 be such a logically clear idea, while recrafting a $500 pair of calf shoes is somehow questionable? They're both expensive.

    There are many good reasons to send your shoes somewhere else, but for me price isn't one.
     


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    I agree. I apologize for initiating this whole dialogue... I in no way intended for this to snowball.
     


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    Except the boot is on a different last and the reverse chamois insert makes it sufficiently differentiated. Going to be super unique and I for one am really excited.
     


  5. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    Woa easy there, i'm just trying to start a new topic rather than banter about weather or not shell is king (like it has been the past 5 pages). And last time i checked a cigar, whiskey, ravello shell is closer to $700 and something like a 966 is $477.

    I'm talking about the cost of recraft in relation to the initial cost of the shoe. Would you have b. nelson do a $100 resole on a $220 Cole Haan?
     
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    looking to purchase my first pair of indy.

    what's the best place to purchase Alden Indy chromexel or Brown nowadays in terms of price/return policy/reliability? shoemart?

    and how's the sizing?
     
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    slide13 Senior member

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    see if Baker's can help you out. http://www.bakershoe.com/ You'll probably need to call them though, they don't have Alden online.

    They have offered the Indy at really good prices in the past. They are also who I've gone through on a couple pairs of White's I've ordered and they are very good to work with in my experience.
     


  8. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Sorry if I came off harshly, it wasn't intended :)

    Some shells are $700, but thankfully not all. Here's one for much less:
    http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-me...sdmp-954_ald_m_monk_strap_shell_cordovan.html

    My point, which I guess I didn't do a good job of making clear, is that $500 versus $600 really isn't that big a difference. That's why I think you should let other factors guide your choice. For instance, if you want the sole switched then AFAIK sending them back to Alden is not an option. Also, if you want to keep the patina on your shell (no painted on dye) then you shouldn't have Alden do the job.

    Really all that Alden has going for them is the use of the factory lasts. I'm sure B.Nelson would do just as good a job, quicker, for less money, and while allowing more customization. Is the factory last worth paying for? I don't know and would like to hear from people who do.
     
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  9. CityHunter

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    Finally popped my Alden cherry and sprung for a pair of saddles:

    [​IMG]

    I know it's not a crowd fave, but I wasn't in a boot mood (Indy) and already have some wingtips. It was down to this or some chukka boots and the more comfy pair won out. Also, I know I might get some groans for this, but the search function wasn't helping me and I got tired researching the 1000+ pages in this thread...
    Do you guys treat your Aldens (and, I guess, any other leather shoe) before you wear them out? If so, what do you use? That cheap leather spray from Foot locker? I don't, but I'm thinking I should start...
     


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    Meh... for $650... not my taste. Would rather spend that kinda dough on a more versatile piece, esp. considering it's not shell


    lulz that's too funny... def a photoshop jobby
     
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    you need to be careful in how you describe what you are looking for:

    "chromexcel" is a type of leather that undergoes a complicated tanning process
    "Brown", of course, is a color[​IMG]

    Indys, in general, are made with Chromexcel leather (there are, of course, exceptions).

    if you are looking for a brown colored Indy made from chromexcel, then you are looking for a "403":
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    http://leffot.com/2010/03/03/403-indy-boot/

    to contrast, there is a lighter brown/tan colored Indy, the "405":
    [​IMG]

    to find a "regular" 403 or 405, call up an actual Alden store (i.e. Alden on Madison Avenue, Alden in DC, etc.)

    However, if you want a "special" Indy, you need to contact a small, specialized retailer that carries Aldens , such as Leather Soul, Epaulet, Alden of Carmel, Leffot, J. Gilbert (among several others) - these retailers will often carry Aldens that are a bit different than normal. For example, Leffot is close to selling out their 405C's (these are 405s with a commando sole, as opposed to the sole normally on Indys). Leather Soul is currently selling "Ultimate" Indys (their Ultimate Indys are in black, and I know that doesn't help you here - just using it as an example to illustrate my point). Just keep in mind that these retailers often rotate their stock: what they have now they might not carry again for a while once they sell out.

    By and by, I have dealt with and bought from Leather Soul, Epaulet, Alden of Carmel, Leffot and J. Gilbert, and can vouch for all of them: they are all very good and very accommodating.

    As for pricing, I think you will find that Indy prices are fairly comparable from retailer to retailer; sometimes small markups for specialized Indys - the only way to get significantly cheap, brand new Indys is to hope for J. Crew to offer their 30% off anything coupon again, like they did back during the holidays [​IMG]
    I guess what I'm saying is that price probably won't play too big of a part in your search, if you are going to buy Indys -

    As for sizing, size down 1/2 a size, and be aware that they are a bit on the wide side. For example, I normally wear size 9.5E; however, with the Indys, I am a size 9D, and they fit me perfectly.

    I am sure you will be happy with whichever Indy you purchase [​IMG]
    Good Luck -
     
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    Does anyone have any experience with the Alden's Chamois Leather? Do you like how it looks or ages? How do you care for it? Like suede? Thanks
     
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    blue collar Senior member

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    :crackup::lurk:
     
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    Am I missing something? Of course it's photoshopped; the boot doesn't exist yet. Do you all have a better suggestion for offering an approximation of a custom design?
     


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