***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. kippy

    kippy Senior member

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    I really like the *look* of speed hooks as they enhance the appearance of a boot. However I appreciate the issue with torn speed hooks and how that would turn some off to them (worth the tradeoff to me).
     


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    Kudu is a great leather. It's pretty tough and requires very little maintenance. After trying on a pair, I opted for the LS Ultimate Kudu Indy. The contrast stitching and sole catches the eye a little better than the 404. No regrets here. I wear these at least once a week.


    I'm waiting for a confirmation on the Natty Tanker. I will post pics if a pair comes through.

    I like the commando sole on my Indy boots. It's comfortable and gives the boot an edgier look. Yet the lugs are pretty low profile. I tried the standard neoprene sole as well. They're also comfy and look good.

     


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    What do you do for maintenance on kudu?
     


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    It's a CXL variant, just wipe with damp cloth, a little bit of neatsfoot oil
     


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    i couldn't resist these blue suede lwb's when i saw them this morning, so i ordered them in 7D. i have a pair of #8 brixton boots (also barrie last) in 7.5D and they seem a little roomy even though i went a half size down from my normal shoe size (8D). i'm probably going to wear these blue suede lwb's without socks most of the time, or maybe thin dress socks if i wear them to work.

    does anyone have experience sizing down a full size on the barrie last? slightly big is ok for boots, but i really didn't want any heel slippage on these.
     


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    I had some problems with a pair of fairly new 403's, sent them to Alden SF and got a new pair! No questions asked! Great customer service! So now I have a brand new pair just waiting for fall!
     


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    I went with the general forum advice on all my Barrie-lasted shoes at first and then realized that my true barrie-size was a full size down from my regular shoe size. Doing so has resulted in a "glove-like" fit, far fewer creases and zero heel slippage. I went from 9.5e to 9e.
     


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    On the topic of speedhooks vs. eyelets, I must say Alden uses terrible hardware and also has worse finishing (on the hardware) than any other pair of shoes I own - this includes Nike, adidas, and department store brand dress shoes.

    Every pair of Aldens I have handled has burrs on the eyelets which fray the laces prematurely. Eyelets on some were not properly secured and fell off right out of the box.

    Having purchased other boots for less money with a higher quality of finish, I am appalled I spent as much money as I did on my Aldens. Oh, the things we do for shell cordovan...
     
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    In this case i'd go with the RL Marlow Penny. The Alden full strap is nice, but I feel it looks to elegant. It would not suit my build and i'd look like i was sporting my girlfriends ballet flats :confused: . However, there have been many in this forum who pull them off...so to each their own.
     


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    Don't own a pair on the barrie last (yet), but got sized by the guy at Alden NY on Madison. He put me in a 8e, when my regular size on a brannock device is 9d, and it fit great, I mean really great, so the full size down might very well be the way to go, depending on the shape of your own foot (mine's slightly wide).

    Edit: the thing that the guy at Alden NY said was that the barrie was a very long last, which gives reason for the full size down.
     
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    +1 the Marlow Penny is easily the clear winner here and much better bargain since the C&J shell boots typically go for $1200
     


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    I wonder why Alden SF doesn't carry any shell boots. Bummer.
     


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    I think they do. Last week I called about #8 Indys but they didn't have my size.
     


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    Fresh out the box. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep them.....size 8D, 1339, PM me if interested.


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