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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. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    Also mind-blowing! There's somthing about a whiskey bal that turns my crank :slayer:
     
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  2. cero

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    Thank you. This is what I wanted to know. So basically I am overreacting. I don't need to have it flawless, I just needed to make sure that I am not getting shafted with below average quality.

    I figured that there was no better place to get an experienced opinion on these shoes than the enthusiast thread.
     
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  3. Eleganza

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    Shell purists, 'eh? Okay, LOL! I live in NYC, and I walk plenty.[​IMG] Creasing is going to happen, especially in these streets.
    I was just thinking of how can you actually walk without a shoe, any shoe, creasing at all. It seems physiologically impossible, unless you are sliding to and from work.[​IMG]
     
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  4. Alcibiades

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    Only you can determine how important it is - other posters have bought fewer Alden shoes because of these issues. I obviously like Alden a lot, but quality control / consistency from pair to pair is not the company's strong suit
     
  5. Burton

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    I think you and I are saying exactly the same thing. My point above is that many here work really hard to prevent their shells from creasing. I agree with you, this seems to be at odds with what we know happens to shoes as you walk in them--but it doesn't stop people from trying.
     
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    Outstanding - I didn't submit a top 3, but these would likely be in mine
     
  7. cero

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    Well the comments from both you and Burton seem to indicate that it comes with the territory. I was not aware of the quality control issues but I am otherwise really excited about starting a shell collection.
     
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    I know this has been gone over a bunch of times, but I can't seem to find them on the thread. What are the rubbers that have the felt or fleece lining in them. I got my first pair(s) of shells this past year and need a new pair of outers. Thanks in advance.
     
  9. MickCollins1916

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    Thanks, I didn't submit a top 3 either. But if I could keep just 3, the list would be as follows:

    1. #8 Indy boots
    2. Ravello LWB
    3. #8 NST loafer on the Grant (super comfortable for me)

    I'd really miss the rest of the truckload of Aldens I own if I had to boil it down to only those few. But my lady wouldn't miss them taking up all the space in the house. Ha.
     
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    Well said.


    http://swims.com/

    http://www.tingleyrubber.com/product/dress-rubber-overshoes.html
     
  11. Winston S.

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    SWIMS
     
  12. Bakes11771

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    When I wear mine, the felt from the inside sheds and sticks to the thread of the stitching. Does that happen to anyone else?
     
  13. LouisCr

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    Originally Posted by Alcibiades [​IMG]

    I didn't submit a top 3, but these would likely be in mine:

    1. Color 8 PTB
    2. Ravello LWB
    3. Natural Indy Chromexcel (low)
     
  14. stanford88

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    [​IMG][/quote]

    I have an identical pair (well the colors of my right and left are a few shades different) and they have become my favorites! Great picture.
     
  15. ThArtOfWardrobe

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    I'm doing the same thing and expecting the larger size today. All of my shells have been shoes up until this point and fit fairly snug, so I figured I'd try a larger size in the boot to have the option of wearing thicker socks. I think someone posted a comment about shell warming up throughout the day which accommodates the initial tight feel. I agree with that and prefer the secure feel of a snug fit. I don't care for my feet sloshing around in the toe box...fingers crossed on the new size.
     
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    nice.......from Frans? I'm wearing mine today. Are yours on the darker end of the cigar spectrum?
     
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  18. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    if this is inappropriate for this thread let me know and I'll delete it but I just put up a pair of lightly used 9.5 Cigar NST's on the B&S.
     
  19. IRONHORSE

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    Yes and it is on the lighter side:)
     
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    1. Shell creases differently than calf creases. With shell the hairline creasing is absent. A shell shoe with literally no creasing = an unworn shell shoe.

    2. Beef rolls can be indicative of poor sizing (length or width, or both), but obviously not always.

    3. I personally have never met (or spoken to, or corresponded with) a shell shoe wearer who is anti-creasing.

    4. One with a trained eye can differentiate between shell and calf quite easily. But admittedly those with a trained eye in this regard are few and far between.

    5. A Merry Christmas to one and all.
     
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