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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. Arthur2sheds

    Arthur2sheds New Member

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    Hi,

    Longtime lurker, first time poster. I received my first pair of Alden's as a Christmas gift, and am now on a mission to add to my "collection." I stumbled across these on eBay and am tempted to pull the trigger, but given that I'm a total neophyte when it comes to discussions of lasts, colours etc. I was hoping someone here could help me determine if they're right before shelling out almost $200 with import taxes into Canada etc. Could someone give me the lowdown on this shoe?

    I typically wear a 12D, but I know that some of the Aldens can run up to a half size larger. Would this meet that criteria? Any thoughts as to if this constitutes a good deal?

    Sorry for the rookie questions, but looking forward to the feedback.

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/ALDEN-929-WI...Men_s_Shoes&hash=item5893260954#ht_2394wt_952
     


  2. Therendition

    Therendition Senior member

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    You definitely wanna ask what last they're on. That's the only way to know whether or not they run a half size large. Also, I always think it's sketchy when they don't show the Alden logo on the sole. Makes me questions whether or not they're authentic.
     


  3. Therendition

    Therendition Senior member

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    And in my humble opinion, I don't think it's a particularly nice-looking shoe. Just saying.
     


  4. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    The soles look like they have been fully re-soled so you should ask to see a picture of the sock liner or the insole; however, I am not familiar with older Alden manufacturing styles so they might not have any 'Alden' imprint in those areas.

    The price of $200 depends on how much you typically spent on shoes factoring how much risk you are willing to take. Personally, if I am not sure of the fit, I avoid taking risks unless it is REALLY a deal (which is my book is under 25% of the MSRP). Good luck if you do pick them up.
     


  5. ElDave

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    It's definitely not a deal where you're losing out if you take a pass. It's an okay deal at best. They've been resoled, look pretty worn, and (in my opinion) are not very attractive. For $200, I'd get a pair of AE seconds over these.
     


  6. PhiPsi32

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    I'm not familiar with the Alden last codes but the eBay seller does have a pic with the markings. Can someone remind me which number corresponds to the last?

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    929= burgundy calfskin on the aberdeen last
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012


  9. PhiPsi32

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    How do you determine that? Is there a link or something that I can reference for the future?
     


  11. edubs01

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    Quick question....
    After you polish your shoes and use a brush, do any of you gents follow-up with a chamois cloth/t-shirt? If so, do you have different cloths for diffferent color footwear or you just use the same one?
     


  12. PhiPsi32

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    I use an automotive finishing cloth to buff, then discard it.
     


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    I'm in love with these CXL chukkas from LS, but they are sold out. Anyone know of anywhere else to grab a pair?

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  14. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    The website may say sold out, but email LSW and check anyway.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012


  15. trunks206

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    They've sold out super fast...twice. I'm sure they will re-order them super soon so as Phi said shoot them an email and ask about a re-order and potential pre-order.
     


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