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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. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Beautiful
     
  2. macjedi

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    Thanks Papa Doble! These were my second Aldens. They're probably the most versatile shoes I own and they're super-comfy … like wearing slippers :)


    Thanks Alcibiades! I love your cigars as well!
     
  3. Michigan Planner

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    I'm considering them for about my 22nd pair... as soon as I clean out some more closet space. The wife recommended I stop buying shoes since I seem to have run out of floor space under my side of the bed, in the closet, on the garage boot rack... So somebody buy the shoes in my signature so I can get some color #8 chukkas! :slayer:
     
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    The post right below yours is the best representation of Color 8 in person.

    Gentlemen,

    I have read online that getting an Alden shoe resoled by anyone other than Alden will result in a "less tight" feeling in the shoe, due to differing resoling methods.

    Can anyone confirm/deny this?
     
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  5. NAMOR

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    C&J quality is better and much more consistent than Alden

    Stitching on welt
    Stitching of uppers
    Thickness of leather (C&J shaves theirs for a closer finish)
    Alden misses punches on their brogues
    Alden ships shoes with obvious imperfections

    What I like about Alden is their treatment of shell. The #8 is painted as is the cigar which prevents it from drying out. C&J is notorious for this
     
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    Alden's burgundy or #8 is the best I've seen from any manufacturer
     
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    On the other hand, I have the following on my two pairs: leather coming unglued down around the lip of the heel, heel pads peeling off on all four shoes, some of that fine upper stitching getting frayed, plus the constant drying out of the cordovan as you said. These were issues that only emerged with time, but they are real.

    Don't get me wrong, I love them. But there are wear issues I have never had with Aldens. There may be fewer visible imperfections that come out of the C&J factory, but that doesn't mean they are higher quality in every way.
     
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    I hope you do it :)

    Once I'm no longer broke, I will get some whiskey or #8 chukkas. Then again, that may be a while.
     
  9. Roguls

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    Anyone else think that the small imperfections make these so much more...real?

    To know where they're made - by the kind of man/woman who actually worked with the leather - is a cool aspect to think about when handling and wearing these shoes. Every shoe has a story - and it happened from some field, to Chicago, to Massachusetts, to you. And none fit nearly as well as my modified last boots.
     
  10. ReppTiePrepster

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    Congrats on your new addition. I love the Marlow wingtip. I wear 10D on the Barrie last, 10 D for the Marlow, and 10.5D true to size. While the Marlow is not as spacious as the barrie last, the 10D Marlow fit perfectly.
     
  11. Papa Doble

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    I'd give the edge to a cigar LHS, but I think I need a C width, which doesn't seem to exist.
     
  12. sevenfoldtieguy

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    +100
     
  13. wigglr

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    Being 22, I think I might get a few "stink eyes" wearing a LHS
     
  14. Man with Apple

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    Newest acquisition after their first night out. Alden Ravello Medallion Cap Toe Blucher on the Plaza. Really glad I was able to score the last pair at Alden D.C. that also happened to be in my size. This is my first foray into the plaza last and I am quite pleased with the fit and look of these Thanks Che!

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  15. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Nice.

    I scored these from Alden DC a few weeks ago. They are a wonderful model.
     
  16. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    Thanks! They really are. Surprised this pair was lingering around for about a year. The fit of the plaza is fantastic. In light of some of the QC talk, I also have to say that after close inspection the quality of these are superb.
     
  17. wigglr

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    Very good looking! I'm grabbing my Alden x Leffot Ravello cap toes tomorrow. They should've been here today, but I wasn't home when the mail arrived [​IMG]
     
  18. Papa Doble

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    Interesting. I feel that way about tassel loafers, but not penny loafers. I wore sneakers and sandals exclusively when I was 22 (I'm 28).
     
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  19. Winston S.

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    Agreed I don't see any issues with a 22 year old in penny loafers.
     
  20. sevenfoldtieguy

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    mine too
     
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