***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. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Senior member

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    What jeans are these and are they tapered? I feel my straight leg jeans look funny and chunky with non-boot Aldens.
     
  2. furo

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    ^ I like the one on the right... if Alden did that on the Grant in #8 or Cigar, I'd be all over that
     
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    It is indeed a pink inseam stitch, NFxMomotaro 2 Collabs.


    About 6 months old only, very light wear.


    It's the wonder of natural lighting and shell.


    The jeans are tapered, NFxMomotaro 2 Collabs, Weird Guy fit.
     
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    ...so what's the story with Alden's weird habit of adding a leather strip onto their crepe soles? I've never understood it and never will, but I'm eager to learn more.

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    No idea but it is rather annoying if you ask me. The part of the sole that gets the most wear from many is the least reinforced....
     
  6. VRaivio

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    Spot on. This idiosyncrasy seems more like plain idiotism. Crepe should guarantee great traction and no-nonsense walking in all conditions, but this leather pach will wear through quickly.
     
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    Just a guess since I do not have any of the crepe soles) but maybe the crepe sole wears out faster than leather hence the leather portion? Maybe it is the lesser of two evils having he leather vs. all crepe.
     
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    I thought it had something to do with the fact crepe is sticky and the leather toe is to lessen the likelihood of dragging/catching your toe when worn on carpet.

    as for wear; the toe can be replaced without replacing the rest of the sole if it wears down quickly.

     
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    I've got a few pairs of Tricker's LW boots.

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    They also make a stubby Stow. Seems worth asking if you're looking for a stubby LW boot.
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    I seem to recall the purpose of the leather tip on the crepe sole is to help prevent catching your toe on carpet.
     
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    As much as I love my Cordovan longwings, I am going to have to sell them. I have had them for a few months, but they are just too tight. They are size 11.5 and I will be adding to B&S soon as I take some pictures.
     
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    I wish it were true. My leather tip has worn out faster than the crepe sole
     
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    Yes this is what I would expect as well, and it's why I haven't bought any like this yet.
     
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    Yeah, I have avoided the crepe since it makes the shoes less formal. I guess you can always have toe taps installed :)
     
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    I have no clue what the purpose of the leather tip on the crepe sole is, but I will endorse the crepe sole in general as very comfortable (my milkshake Indy boots are my most comfortable Alden boots) and functional (the sole provides good grip in rain). The leather tip doesn't detract anything from the sole, so you can just ignore it if you want

    Crepe soles work best on these types of more casual models, IMO

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    And the only cordovan models I've seen it really work in are:

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    winn perry really had some smart alden make ups. too bad they're no longer around.
     
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