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

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  1. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    gnatty, is chromexel from JCrew? I am really considering the JCrew Indys.

    Also, does anyone know what the "H" means on the sizing? JCrew has some sizes in 9 or 9H but I am not sure if that means wide or narrow.


    Thats what I was asking earlier, because I know there are Alden Chromexel and then there are Alden x JCrew Chromexel and was wondering if gnatty's is from JCrew or just the regular Alden. Also does anyone know if there are any difference? I know the JCrew version has leather lining, not sure about the regular Chromexel Alden since my original 405 isn't leather lined.

    Mine are from Shoemart. I didn't care for the J Crew version much.

    I actually think the NRO and Shoemart Indy are identical (chromexcel), and the Shoemart upcharge is probably intended to exploit guys like me who don't want to wait months for their shoes.. [​IMG]
     
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    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Crosspost, black pebble grain gunboats:

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    Thanks for the info gnatty. I'm still waiting for the black pair to be in stock but the chromexel might be might next Indy after that. Also, nothing that hasn't been seen before but I'm bored so why not... Classic Indy [​IMG]
     
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    If i just dropped 4.5 bills on a pair of chukkas and they looked like that i wouldn't be happy. aldens QC is shameful lately. the "commando" soles on my boots are coming unstitched after just a month and a half of wear.
    The uppers on my Indy boots completely separated from the welt after a few wears in November (pictured in a previous thread). Alden 'fixed' them by pulling the ripped leather and resoling (after a lengthy delay for recrafting). Of course, now my boots are visually off-balance and are too tight across the vamp (which is why I like the roomy Trubalance last in E, in the first place). Anyway, given the lousy service I'm receiving from Alden, it's hard to imagine buying another pair unless they get their QC under control. Not to mention, I paid first-quality retail for a second-quality pair of boots. Seems like Alden is following the pattern set by previous high-quality American shoe makers. On a side note, my retailer, Sherman Brothers, has been outstanding and very responsive. Good guys over there.
     
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    The uppers on my Indy boots completely separated from the welt after a few wears in November (pictured in a previous thread). Alden 'fixed' them by pulling the ripped leather and resoling (after a lengthy delay for recrafting). Of course, now my boots are visually off-balance and are too tight across the vamp (which is why I like the roomy Trubalance last in E, in the first place).

    Anyway, given the lousy service I'm receiving from Alden, it's hard to imagine buying another pair unless they get their QC under control. Not to mention, I paid first-quality retail for a second-quality pair of boots. Seems like Alden is following the pattern set by previous high-quality American shoe makers.

    On a side note, my retailer, Sherman Brothers, has been outstanding and very responsive. Good guys over there.


    If you're unhappy (and I don't blame you) I'd have sent them back to Alden and asked them to be replaced. I mean, a few months wear is one thing, but a few wears in total is another. I am surprised, but you might want to let Alden know you are unhappy with the results..
     
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    Thanks for the info gnatty. I'm still waiting for the black pair to be in stock but the chromexel might be might next Indy after that.


    Have you checked the Alden store in NY? They will ship.
     
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    Have you checked the Alden store in NY? They will ship.

    Yes, I am on their list. I called 2 weeks ago and they have my size on backorder and I believe I am 2nd and 3rd on the list so it looks like I might have to wait a little longer.
     
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    I'd like to see a pic of the top of the J.Crew Indy boot. I want to see how the stitching on the toe box compares to the Chrome Excel from The Shoe Mart.
     
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    The uppers on my Indy boots completely separated from the welt after a few wears in November (pictured in a previous thread). Alden 'fixed' them by pulling the ripped leather and resoling (after a lengthy delay for recrafting). Of course, now my boots are visually off-balance and are too tight across the vamp (which is why I like the roomy Trubalance last in E, in the first place).

    Anyway, given the lousy service I'm receiving from Alden, it's hard to imagine buying another pair unless they get their QC under control. Not to mention, I paid first-quality retail for a second-quality pair of boots. Seems like Alden is following the pattern set by previous high-quality American shoe makers.

    On a side note, my retailer, Sherman Brothers, has been outstanding and very responsive. Good guys over there.


    thats nuts, man. the exact same thing happened to a pair of Indy's i purchased in Nov. I sent them back to where they were purchased and they "repaired" it by setting a new welt stitch through the footbed. (this was discussed earlier in this thread)
    I spoke to a rep at Alden about this, asking if they thought it was a reasonable repair, and was told "well, if X thought that was a good repair we stand behind his decision"
    i contacted X and asked for a refund which i received, but its a sad state of affairs when a manufacturer would rather appease a retail outlet than help its customers.
    then again, they make how many hundreds of thousands of $ of that distributor vs me and my lowly few hundred dollars.
     
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    The uppers on my Indy boots completely separated from the welt after a few wears in November (pictured in a previous thread).

    Where are these pictures?
     
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    Crosspost, black pebble grain gunboats:

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    what jeans in the first picture? they're a perfect match with the shoes
     
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    Hi!

    In page 153 of this thread in reply #2283 there's linked to these boots:
    http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...postcount=2283

    First of all, am I correct that it's the Alden shoes plan toe flex boot? And if correct, where can this model be bought? Preferably european webstores.

    Regards Morten
     
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    Morten, they were sold through contextclothing

    Google it son

    They do cheap international shipping.
     
  14. gnatty8

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    what jeans in the first picture? they're a perfect match with the shoes

    J Crew vintage slim fit in black selvedge, and thanks, I didn't notice that until you mentioned it just now.. [​IMG]
     
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    I want to see pictures of the Roy Boot worn with a 7.5" hem.
     
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