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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. CTYGGG

    CTYGGG Senior member

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  2. Papa Doble

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    Agreed, an NST might not have the range you want. For some reason I prefer a boot to a shoe for a black cap toe blucher, but either would suit your needs. If you're open to colors besides black, I agree that J Crew's #8 perf cap toe blucher boot could be worn formally and casually.
     
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    I concur.
     
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    #1 is correct for calf.

    Neither is correct for shell. As per Alden: remove shoes, wait a few minutes to allow them to cool down, then insert trees.
    If I have worn my shells all day, or in particularly hot weather, I allow them a bit longer to cool down before inserting trees. The cool down period is meant to guard against unwanted stretching.
     
  5. Papa Doble

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    I was browsing old posts in this thread, and it looks like a group of collection pics starts around this post if anyone's interested.
     
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    wow and those are tightened all the way? You must have a high arch!
     
  7. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    General inquiry to all:

    Where does NST fall in the formal to casual spectrum?

    Formal ----> Casual

    Balmoral's > Derby's
    Cap > Adelaide > Plain > Whole-cut > Short-Wing > Long-Wing > Straps > Loafers
    No brouging > brouging
     
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    The idea is to keep the shoe from loosing shape. Your foot has the effect of moistening and warming up the leather, it may even stretch a bit. You don't want the leather to dry and cool back in on itself in a funky way. So you cram the shoe tree in there.
    You don't want to leave the tree in there all the time as it may stretch the shoe too much. But this may only be for people like myself who have a generic one size shoe tree. If you get a well made one I doubt it will stretch the shoe in a bad way that you will notice if you leave it in.
    I'd guess if you sweat heavily in your boot then letting it dry is more important that shoe treeing it right away. What kind of wear are you having? Try both ways.
     
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    I want to do sexy things to these in ways that are illegal in my state of Texas. Very nice!
     
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    These are great. What are these?
     
  11. Papa Doble

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    Hmm, there are exceptions, but I'd break it up this way in general:

    balmoral shoe > balmoral boot > double monk strap > blucher shoe > blucher boot > single monk strap > loafer

    The shoes to boots formality is for the same style. For example, though shoes are more formal than boots in general, a no brogue cap toe blucher boot is more formal than a long wing. There might also be some single monks that are more formal than bluchers, and some bluchers that are more formal than some double monks, but I think the trend is as above.

    Anyway, specially for bluchers (shoes and boots), I'd say (bicycle toe not considered):

    no brogue cap toe > perf cap toe & plain toe > half brogue cap toe > split toe / NST > long wing & full brogue / short wing

    I'd like to hear other comments though.
     
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    Thanks....LWBs in Tobacco Chamois w/commando sole. Here is a link:

    http://leffot.com/shop/alden-tobacco-chamois-longwing-pre-order-copy/

    Really loving these. Take a beating and show very little wear.

    JT
     
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    Appreciate the input. Damn, NST's are more casual than I thought, but it makes sense.



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    I thought those died out in the 90's :)
     
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    Immediately after. Get ventilated shoe trees if you are really concerned about moisture.
     
  16. Papa Doble

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    Keep in mind that I'm a noob -- I don't own NSTs, for example, but hope to soon -- so I'd love to hear other opinions.

    Also, I didn't consider bicycle toes because they are uncommon and also disgusting IMO.
     
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    This is the right approach to thinking about shoe trees. The wood in the shoe trees do not absorb that much moisture -- some higher-end shoe trees are even lacquered. Their main purpose is to keep the shoe's shape. And you want to do this while the leather is still warm from wearing.

    In practice, you should be rotating your shoes in such a way that the moisture would have had plenty of time to evaporate anyway. So the effect of leaving the shoe to dry for some time before putting in the shoe trees is negligible.
     
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    Thank you both. I have been wearing Aldens for many years. To me, they are more for dress than for casual wear, esp in the darker colors. I would admit that the tassels have always been my favorite model...
     
  19. Profligate47

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    Today Color 8 LHS, Alden for BB:

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  20. g.michael

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    Nice wingtips--bought them in black a few months ago. The seamless back was the selling point for me.
    Bought them in same size as my Aberdeen lasted shoes (no Plaza shoes, yet)--fit slightly bigger all over, but not enough to warrant sizing differently I don't believe.
     
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