***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. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    This is exactly what they want you to think... :devil: - it's so scarce I need MOAR!!!

    I'm guilty as well though.
     


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    AnOxymoron Senior member

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    Haha it's so true. I just feel like I should savor them instead of wearing them every single day like a pair of beaters. But now that I've worn shell cordovan, I don't even want regular leather boots, I want another pair of shell boots!
     
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    Shell is definitely different from calf in color and durability. Personally I think it is worth it but again Ravello LWB are not cheap...
     


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    I'm still contemplating a shell purchase. Alden of DC had a very nice cigar shell chukka. Lately, I've been favoring CXL and suede. No regrets.
     


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    Looking for some help gents,

    I'd like to get J Gilbert shell cap toe boots in Plaza last but not sure how Plaza fits.

    I've measured size 9US on the brannock and my width is D+

    I went to BB and tried their cordovan captoe boots in both, 9US and 8.5US. So the verdict was that 8.5 fitted more than perfect and 9US was quite swimmable:D

    What last was this BB boot? Also how different in fit this pictured last would be from Plaza cap toe sold at J.Gilbert with commnado sole?


    8.5US Alden for BB

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    thanks in advance
     
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    A couple of take aways from all this:

    First, nothing was too much trouble for Jordan. Nothing, apparently, but sufficient profits to stay in business?

    Second, EG also fits better, wears better, ages better, lasts longer, polishes up better and looks much better than Alden. Sounds like you found your brand dude.

    Lastly, that Tom actually responded to this ______ is yet another example of what a stand-up guy and all-around great retailer he is.
     


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    Debating between cigar and ravello shell cordovan LHS. Plan to wear casually with jeans and khakis. Which color is more versatile?
     


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    They are both pretty damn versatile. I prefer Ravello but it's basically preference. Dark shell vs light(er) shell.
     


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    if you're willing to shell out (no pun intended) for cordovan, i'd get the ravellos and sell the Jcrew LWB.
     


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    Thanks for your views - dude - but EG have been around a lot longer than Jordan was, they also bend over backwards to help a client and they're still very much in business, so that theory of yours don't work too well now does it?

    Found my brand? I don't use EGs on factory floors, fishing trips camping, climbing etc etc that spot is filled by Alden.

    Nobody attacked Tom, and nobody questioned his integrity. We have bought enough shoes and other products from LS to know what is or is not possible from LS. All that Tom did was he put his hand up offer some help instead of charging about, like other folks do, criticizing everyone, as if criticism is some sort of substitute for a solution.
     


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    I am a 10 on the Brannok, so 1 size bigger than you.

    If it helps, the BB #8 cordovan I own is the Peal & Co boot in size 9.5 D and all my Barrie last Aldens are either 9E or 9.5D. If I am going to wear thick socks I normally go for the 9.5D in the Barrie.

    The plaza fits slightly more like the BB Peal and Co boot in your pic. Although I prefer the fit of the plaza last, I buy both BB and the Alden plaza in 1/2 size smaller than my normal US foot size and the Barrie I can go down 1 full size without discomfort.

    Hope that helps
     
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    +1000 definitely. The waxed calf are great, but the cordovans are just a completely different shoe.

    Why don't you look at other options, like the cap toe, and you could keep both, just use them for different stuff
     


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    You sure those are Aldens?
    The only BB cordovan boots I can recall are Crockett &Jones on the 325 last.
     


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    anyone know if Alden of DC still have the cigar captoe boot in size 8 or 8.5?
     


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    Calling would probably bring the most accurate answer.
     


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