Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. tropics

    tropics Senior member

    Messages:
    1,230
    Likes Received:
    262
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Location:
    Brooklyn NY / Cork IE
    

    i think you will find people answering both ways. i went with barrie(r) size. depends on shape of your foot.
     


  2. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

    Messages:
    8,070
    Likes Received:
    1,788
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Location:
    Where the Truckee waters flow
    A new camera serves as an enabler almost as much as a new pair.

    NatCXL Indy + PBJxx009

    [​IMG]

    Brushed for 3-5 minutes a piece immediately after every wear, 2 months old.
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012


  3. rennavate

    rennavate Senior member

    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    189
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2010
    Location:
    Deadmonton
    

    Natural chromexcel look great... but I think they'd look better less shined. They feel more casual of an Indy to me. Either way, nice shine you got there.
     


  4. kippy

    kippy Senior member

    Messages:
    317
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Does anyone know where the "Barrie" last name came from? I was browsing Ebay today and ran across this auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-BARRIE...1300136?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item337120b1a8

    It looks like there used to be a shoe brand called "Barrie Ltd" in New Haven, Connecticut. The shape of the shoe looks very much like the Barrie last to me. Perhaps the Alden Barrie last was named after this company? Anyone?

    I found this little nugget of info via google about the company:

    About Barrie Ltd.
    Barrie Ltd., on York Street in New Haven, a Yale institution since 1934, closed its doors in October 2004. For some 70 years Barrie presented an impressive array of fine English shoe made to their own specifications. Their clientele of Yale students, graduates and faculty supported this family run business through three generations of the Barrie family until recently when Barrie Ltd. was forced out by Yale University’s Real Estate Department’s lease demands. Yale had been buying such commercial buildings on Chapel, Broadway and York Streets as became available, including the building in which Barrie Ltd was housed.
    To be fair, much of the gentrification of Chapel Street in the last decade has been the result of Yale attracting “national” businesses. Even the old Barrie location is now occupied by a successor shoe business of quality. Still, for those of us who go a few years farther back in memory –rather say decades- the once noble decay of the area surrounding campus will be missed. As the Boarders, Bennetons and Burger Kings proliferate, as the area around campus comes to ever more resemble a mall, as quality and products migrate to some common denominator of market mediocrity, as shopping streets begin to be indistinguishable from one other, and as the wonderful disorder and diversity of former times is swept away with the passing of family owned business, to what will future generations of students turn, to avoid the rising tide of uniformity?
    Still, Barrie Ltd., their excellent English shoes, their free shoe shines for old clients, and the Barrie family manning the store for all those years will be remembered by many an old boy. On a Reunion Weekend, you were as likely to run into an old classmate in the Barrie’s shop as on campus.
    One old Yale graduate, David Chambers, writing about Barrie Ltd. and the old days remarked “When we were at Yale as students, we looked good (remember those coats and ties?) and the streets looked a bit shabby. Now the streets look good (all those "national" stores) and the students look shabby.” How very true.
     


  5. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

    Messages:
    4,730
    Likes Received:
    852
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2010
    Location:
    The Forum
    

    I went TTS. I tried my Barrie size and it did not fit well for me. It is one of the 'on the fence' last with regular width probably able to do the same size as the Barrie while those with wider widths (such as myself) do better with the TTS length. Just a hypothesis.
     


  6. Dr. D

    Dr. D Senior member

    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Location:
    Maine
    

    Thanks Uncle Mac- they had a great start (wink) and hopefully have many more years to darken gracefully.

    And welcome back- we're always happy to see your great shoes (and argyles)
     


  7. Teger

    Teger Senior member

    Messages:
    21,964
    Likes Received:
    6,612
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    can someone explain why everyone calls mcarthur 'uncle' and how its not creepy :(
     


  8. Dr. D

    Dr. D Senior member

    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Location:
    Maine
    

    I'm not sure if the Alden last was named for them but I do know they were a prominent brand a couple of generations ago. They were next door to the original J. Press in New Haven. In an interview last year Richard Press mentioned that he bought his shoes there.

    Here is a link to another story on the demise of the store:
    http://alumninet.yale.edu/classes/yc1962/barefoot.html
     


  9. rennavate

    rennavate Senior member

    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    189
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2010
    Location:
    Deadmonton
    

    I think it's a sign of respect. He's such a gentleman.
     


  10. furo

    furo Senior member

    Messages:
    6,192
    Likes Received:
    231
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    

    [​IMG]
     


  11. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

    Messages:
    1,843
    Likes Received:
    139
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    

    I'm surprised they don't call him Mac Daddy instead.
     


  12. HorseHide

    HorseHide Senior member

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2010
    Location:
    Chicago
    

    +1
     


  13. zazaza

    zazaza Senior member

    Messages:
    1,120
    Likes Received:
    130
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Location:
    boston, ma
    


    Every time I used to check this thread and read someone saying "thank you, Uncle" i felt violated.
     


  14. furo

    furo Senior member

    Messages:
    6,192
    Likes Received:
    231
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Can someone post up any first hand info on the "flex welt sole" that Alden puts on the Leffot day tripper boot?

    I'm wondering if there's any difference between that and the standard neocork sole that's commonly seen on the Indy 403 and 405
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012


  15. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

    Messages:
    6,574
    Likes Received:
    3,292
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Location:
    Seattle-ish
    

    Flex welt sole is nothing at all like the neocork sole.
    It's an oiled single leather sole (although I think there's a double sole version).
    It's rather soft and flexible as you may guess. Same sole is on the unlined chukkas.
     


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by