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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. neutrino

    neutrino Senior member

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    Cross-posting from Epaulet thread.

    Natural Indy's maiden journey. These are my first pair of quality boots, and they are kick-ass (who am I trying to impress though, lol). I'm a comfortable 9D in Barrie, and these are perfect in the same size with some heavier socks. They turned out to behave not so well on slippery hard snow, but very well everywhere else I've been today.


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  2. Michigan Planner

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    I've had the exact opposite experience with crepe on wet concrete or wet tile. I have found that Aldens on the crepe sole have a lot of traction on wet surfaces. Much more than my Tricker's on Danite soles and right up there with my comando soled shoes and boots. I have some Ducky Brown Florsheim bucks on crepe sole and while they are comfortable, they are a bit slicker than my Aldens. The crepe that Alden uses seems stickier.
     
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    AGREED!
     
  4. Chaos_Cow

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    Yeah this is the crux of it. Honestly though? I kind of feel like I've gotten away with something when I go to an Alden store I've never gone to before and may never again and snag an incredibly in-demand pair of shoes. Doesn't really make much sense that I'm able to do that, but I'm pretty happy I got away with it until now.

    Like I definitely feel a slight sense of obligation towards CitiShoes, Alden of Madison, and ShoeMart for getting me my whiskey, ravello, and cigar shoes so if I ever do purchase, say, an unlined chukka or patent leather bals, I'm going to do it through one of them.
     
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    I'm a measured 11D with a slightly high volume/high instep foot. I size down by 1/2 in Barrie shoes but when I bight the J Crew shell cap toe boots I had to go TTS. The 1/2 size down was too snug.
     
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    FWIW, I have had excellent customer service from Alden SF. Call and ask for manager Jim if you have any issues. Jim is great. I have purchased 10 pairs from them (9 shell, 1 calf) and numerous trees, etc.

    Also, if the email address you are using is online@aldenshoe.com you are receiving replies from Alden's home base in Mass. Use aldensf@aldenshoe.com for the actual Alden SF shop.

    Alden SF is one of the first retailers I go to.
     
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    Good call. :nodding:

    The folks at Sherman Bros. are nice.
     
  8. FrankCowperwood

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    Agree with this. I've had very pleasant shopping experiences with Sherman Brothers. It's a good source for Alden staples.
     
  9. Todd V

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    There is no sales tax on clothing here in PA. That's a discount right there!
     
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    ^And this is grained shell on the Modified last in an exotic color? That's quite a unicorn. And not bad looking at all.
     
  12. ReppTiePrepster

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    My PTBs definitely feel a little more snug than my LWB, but not enough to go true to size.
     
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    Regarding Alden SF, I'll just chime in to say that they did not respond to my emails or phone calls regarding the Cigar Indys until three days after they all sold out telling me "we do not have the Indy in Cigar, you should contact the retail store you saw them in."

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  15. Al in Philly

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    The Haverford location of Sherman Bros is having an Alden trunk show this Saturday. I will be there early if anyone wants to stop by and say hello. They may have some rare Alden items as well.
     
  16. fitchottie

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    I call the brothers and the sale is on until Saturday. I wonder if the discount would apply to the Trunk Items as well as any Special Orders
     
  17. sevenfoldtieguy

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    If possible, please report back about any rare models. I'm not in the market for any, just curious more than anything.
     
  18. Al in Philly

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    I would assume it applies to everything Alden. Those guys are really good like that.
     
  19. Al in Philly

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    I certainly will.
     
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    I just talked to Ken Sherman at the Haverford store. He said there will be only pretty standard stuff. He specifically said there will be no special make-ups. I will still be there to report, but as it seems, it will be better for those that are looking for the basics and not anything rare.
     
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