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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. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

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    Yeah, that's fair too.
     
  2. Beatlegeuse

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    All very good points. I wasn't really trying to bash Leffot here, just giving a detailed review of my experience. Like Papa Doble said, this would have been a non-issue if they responded to my first e-mail and said "sorry, we can't accommodate special sizing requests." That would have been the end of it for me, and I would have continued buying elsewhere without ever bothering to mention my experience. But the fact that they responded to me on two separate occasions to say that they would let me know about pre-order details if they did in fact re-order the shoe. And then when they actually did re-order the style (which they explicitly told me twice that they had no plans of doing), they respond and say they can't order any special sizes, even if they offer a pre-order. They seem to be a pretty big Alden retailer, so I'm confused why they can't offer special sizes while many other Alden retailers can.

    Next time in in NYC I would love to take a look around the shop and talk shoes with the guys there, and hopefully get a better understanding of how their operation works with some answers to my questions. Not expecting them to give me a rundown of their whole business model, but maybe I could get some better insight as to how things work for them regarding pre-orders.
     
  3. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    If a business says they will let you know when something comes in or becomes available to order, and they don't follow through-the only reasonable assumption one could make is they don't want your business. That's what I would assume if it were me...
     
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  4. grendel

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    Wore these today for the first time


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  5. Alcibiades

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    Nice pant and shoe combo
     
  6. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Calling all natural chromexcel longwing owners - how do you like em? What do you wear them with? I've been on the fence regarding that shoe for over a year, thinking about preordering
     
  7. neutrino

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    I own it in Epaulet version. These are my first Alden shoes and I love 'em. Obviously a perfect fit for raw denim - and you could find pics of that easily. I've worn them also with some Epaulet chinos, like grey oxford cloth and leaf ducks. This is the only pic I have of them with the leaf duck chinos in natural lighting:


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    wigglr Senior member

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    I like the pant + shoe combo!
     
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    i own the brown CXL barrie boot version from leathersoul. definitely a dressy-casual shoe. too dressy for jeans and a ratty t shirt, too casual for worsted wool trousers and a blazer. sweet spot is dark denim or nicer chinos with a button down shirt, like wigglr's picture above.
     
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  10. chipshot

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    I live in the Desert so Whiskey is King here, 24/7 year round. Quit hating on Whiskey. I own Whiskey in LWB and LHS; next up Chukka.

    1. Whiskey
    2. Cigar
    3. Ravello
    4. #8
    5. Black
     
  11. sevenfoldtieguy

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    I have these three whiskey models. Can't go wrong with any of them. Having said that, and given my style of dress (professional business attire during the week), I find whiskey to be the least versatile, by a long shot. But having said that, I can see why some love whiskey. It is very unique.
     
  12. mr chorizo

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    i only have natural cxl in the indy boot, but yearn for more.

    would love: LHS (shoemart has one, but with horrible sole)

    a cap toe, medallion punched blucher, or something a little more ornate. I think this leather takes broguing really well and it would be interesting to see a dandier make up in this rugged leather...possibly even with a crepe sole.

    http://www.freemanbrand.com/journal/alden-medallion-toe-spectator-for-unionmade.html

    a saddle make up could be cool too...
     
  13. Profligate47

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    Alden LHS lined Color 8:
     
  14. amftx

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    Correct. It's the pattern on the side where the leather is sewn together. Most suede ptbs, union made's officer shoe, and Leather Soul's ptb make ups have it. LSW also has what they call a "Nassau" which is similar to what you see on a chukka.

    I am not a fan of Alden's default floppy ear over a whole cut ptb.
     
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    Seeing the pic of the #8 LHS a couple of posts back, reminded me of Uncle Mac and his frequent posts of what he was wearing that day. Hope he's okay as we haven't heard from him in awhile.
     
  16. ReppTiePrepster

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    I was thinking the exact same thing. Hope to see and hear from you again Mac!
     
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    You can create a new paypal account with diferent email and opt it as US resident.
    I have two, one for international shipping and one for the US.
     
  18. Papa Doble

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    I received a pair of ravello NSTs on the Aberdeen last from Shoe Mart today. Now that I've seen them in person, I realized the combination of the Aberdeen last and the NST style isn't for me (maybe a #8 NST boot on the Barrie last is in my future). They also happened to not fit particular well either. I ordered 11.5 D, and I'm an 11.5 D on the AE 5 last for reference. I'm in the process of determining my Barrie last size (I think 11 D). These seemed to be a bit too long, and large in general (there was very little gap in the laces).

    Anyway, I figured I'd take some pictures before returning them:
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    I really enjoy mine which I bought from Leffot[​IMG]

    They are pretty versatile and age gracefully.
     
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    I've always found the NST shoe to be a bit of an odd one... It combines some relatively sleek features (blind eyelet vamp, single leather sole, flat welt, Aberdeen last) with a pattern in the front of the shoe that makes the shoe simply look very big and casual. Every time I look at the shoe at Alden NYC, I'm always struck at how "big" it looks compared to other cordovan shoes the same size. I think the NST looks a whole lot better on a boot. Maybe Alden should experiment with machine stitching on the NST shoe...
     
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