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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. slappy

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    I need someone to talk me into buying the JCrew Indy boots. Any takers? Also as for fit, if I wear a 11.5 in Clarks DB should I go for a 11 in the Indy boots? I generally wear an E size shoe, though the Clarks are presumably just the standard 11.5 (D). Im really tempted to buy them but it just irks me how much Indy boots have gone up in price over the past two years.
     
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    I need someone to talk me into buying the JCrew Indy boots. Any takers? Also as for fit, if I wear a 11.5 in Clarks DB should I go for a 11 in the Indy boots? I generally wear an E size shoe, though the Clarks are presumably just the standard 11.5 (D). Im really tempted to buy them but it just irks me how much Indy boots have gone up in price over the past two years.

    Before pulling the trigger on the J.Crews, I would compare their stitching pattern to the chromexcel 403's found at shoemart (and now in some Alden stores) and see which you like best. Cause it's different. Personally, I much prefer the standard indy stitching over the J.Crew variation.
     
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    Are you referring to these: http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men..._workboot.html Im sorry I dont see a difference between those and the J.Crew ones http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/Mens...8428/18428.jsp Edit: Oh do you mean on the top left of the J.Crew picture? It has some stitching right below the top of the shoe, whereas the shoemart model does not. That seems to be the only difference I can see, except for the color. Honestly though I have no idea what either of these shoes really look like in person, is the color as different as it seems? The shoemart shoe Im referring to is the brown chrom excel
     
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    Shoemart has free shipping and no tax also. Thanks for the recommendation I might go that route instead once I get the lowdown on the color difference.
     
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    Yes, the shoemart link is to the boot I'm referring to. Check the second photo in the line-up (the side shot) and compare the stitching along the side of the boot to that of the J.Crew. The J.Crew stitching follows the contours of the cut leather and looks much more work-bootish than the shoemart version. The latter (which is the original 405 pattern )is a nicer line and bit more refined, imo. But some might find the J.Crew has its own appeal.
     
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    Well they are different, I dont know if Id agree that one looks more work bootish than the other however. Honestly it's unfortunate that I can't view any of these without ordering first. The stitching pattern is pretty different but as for which one I like its just hard to tell without seeing them. Back to the color though, the JCrew color looks fantastic from the pictures Ive seen such as in this thread http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=132919 It's a brown but has some red undertones it looks like, with a lot of depth to the leather. How does the shoemart version compare?
     
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    Someone should correct me if I'm wrong, but it should be the same leather for both versions. Brown Horween chromexcel.
     
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    Shoemart has free shipping and no tax also. Thanks for the recommendation I might go that route instead once I get the lowdown on the color difference.

    That and Shoemart is a damn fine company, so people should be buying from them anyway.. [​IMG]
     
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    So anybody want to take the tan suede flex welt chukkas off my hands? Will sell for $300 shipped. Have been worn once, but I just can't get into the brown stitching at the welt. PM me if interested, and sorry for momentarily turning this into B&S. Thanks Alden for the $100 loss.. [​IMG]
    I don't know. I would prob keep them for a while and you may actually like it in a little bit.

    I remember when I bought my black cordovan plain toe boots that I really did not like them that much. Now I love them. But I understand if you have to do what you have to do.

    I have noticed that Alden will take some liberties or changes when filling orders. Even if it is a re-order of a previous mock up. I do not hate that they do this but look at it as a sign of handcrafting.

    Anyway here are my new dark brown long wings in calf that I got from Leather Soul. I saved my pair of cigar shell long wings to compare with them so both are brand new.

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    I REALLY love the dark brown calf. I am VERY happy with this shoe.

    Thanks Tom!
     
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    That dark brown calf is gorgeous.
     
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    Someone should correct me if I'm wrong, but it should be the same leather for both versions. Brown Horween chromexcel.

    The JCrew site lists theirs as Dark Brown
     
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    The JCrew site lists theirs as Dark Brown
    So that means it cannot be chromexcel leather?
     
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    THESE ARE AMAZING SHOES, BUT I'VE BEEN TRYING LIKE CRAZY TO FIND A PAIR OF LONGWINGS LIKE LEATHER SOUL SOLD LAST YEAR

    THEY WERE DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: "Our newest Leather Soul Exclusive is the Alden flex welt, soft cognac calf longwing. Buttery soft tumbled lady calf coupled with Alden's flex welt construction and oiled leather sole make this longwing the most comfortable American classic you'll ever own."

    ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ANYTHING LIKE THIS? (LEATHER SOUL IS OUT OF THEM).
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    So that means it cannot be chromexcel leather?

    I believe it is chrome excel. I just assumed it came in varying colors, if not then yea they are the same color. Just odd because they look different in pictures
     
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    I believe it is chrome excel. I just assumed it came in varying colors, if not then yea they are the same color. Just odd because they look different in pictures

    It doesn't matter what the retailer decides to call it, afaik it's either the same exact color or extremely close.
     
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    THESE ARE AMAZING SHOES, BUT I'VE BEEN TRYING LIKE CRAZY TO FIND A PAIR OF LONGWINGS LIKE LEATHER SOUL SOLD LAST YEAR

    THEY WERE DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: "Our newest Leather Soul Exclusive is the Alden flex welt, soft cognac calf longwing. Buttery soft tumbled lady calf coupled with Alden's flex welt construction and oiled leather sole make this longwing the most comfortable American classic you'll ever own."

    ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ANYTHING LIKE THIS? (LEATHER SOUL IS OUT OF THEM).


    Try here.

    http://winnperry.com/updates/alden-winn-perry/

    I have the Leathersoul version. One of my favorites.

    +1, the Winn Perry shoe is supposed to be really nice. I like it. I think it is different from the Leather Soul shoe. If not I am sure Tom will redo that shoe. It gets a lot of positive mentions.

    It doesn't matter what the retailer decides to call it, afaik it's either the same exact color or extremely close.
    I think there will always be slight variations in colors because leather is in and of itself a flawed medium. Not all leather is the same.

    Also I think the the color of stitching and soul edges as well as lighting will make shoes look different from pic to pic. Even the pics I posted tonight had the same shoes looking different because of clouds or some sh*t. The best you can do is to see them in person. Otherwise it is a crap shoot.
     
  18. sellran

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    Try here.

    http://winnperry.com/updates/alden-winn-perry/

    I have the Leathersoul version. One of my favorites.


    Thanks for the WinPerry suggestion. My only concern is that the WinPerry's are described as "walnut brown" and the Leathersoul version is described as "cognac." The Leathersoul version also looks a little lighter in color. I was looking for something like the whiskey cordovan's but in calf and the Leathersoul's are the closest I've ever seen.
     
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    Sorry if it has been asked but does anybody know the last on the 40721C?
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  20. Ahab

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    Thanks for the WinPerry suggestion. My only concern is that the WinPerry's are described as "walnut brown" and the Leathersoul version is described as "cognac." The Leathersoul version also looks a little lighter in color. I was looking for something like the whiskey cordovan's but in calf and the Leathersoul's are the closest I've ever seen.
    Why not get the Whiskey Cordovan's? I do not think that the Leather Soul or the Winn Perry will look very similar.
     
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