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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. wunnaz

    wunnaz Well-Known Member

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    this might b stupid question. i m very new to Alden boots, actually hvn't own any pair yet.
    i m thinking to get a pair of Indy Boots but confusing between 403 and 405.
    can i know any differences between 403 and 405?
    Is there any different version of Indy boot 403 and 405? ( i mean Unionmade & J.Crew)
    Thanks for the helps.
     
  2. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    This has probably been answered 10 times in this thread but i'll pipe up anyway.

    In a nut shell the 403 is made of brown Horween Chromexcel leather and the 405 is the standard Tan leather "Indy Boot".
     
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  3. mr chorizo

    mr chorizo Senior member

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    also, the J.crew 403 has heel counter stitching added, whereas the stock 403 (sold at unionmade and most alden retailers) does not.
     
  4. mikeharo

    mikeharo Senior member

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    Is the general consensus that Tru-Balance and Barrie are the same size last with respect to length?
     
  5. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    Exactly :fistbump:
     
  6. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    I've found that the heel cup is about the same on both lasts but the forefoot/toebox on the trubalance has more room widthwise.
     
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    Coopa Senior member

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    I wear the same size in both (1/2 down from normal) but the tru-balance quite a bit wider in the toe area
     
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  8. misterjuiceman

    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    The Unionmade 403 and J.Crew 405 are the same except for some differences in stitching, and I believe the J.Crew 405 is fully-lined. Now the standard non-J.Crew 405 has a totally different leather from the 403 (plain cow-hide, not chromexcel), but it's the same in every other regard as the 403.
     
  9. Todd V

    Todd V Senior member

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    Does anyone find that their little toes push into the side of their trubalance boots? This phenomenon only occurs on my Indys and I'm contemplating stretching them.
     
  10. Al_Merick

    Al_Merick Senior member

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    Long time lurker, first time poster; to this particular thread. I received a good chunk of cash from my parents for Christmas and its time to make another Alden purchase. I have a very small collection and I am looking for my next purchase to be able to cover the widest spectrum in regards to versatility. I'm looking for something sleek enough to wear with a suit yet casual enough to wear with jeans. Also, this will be my first shell purchase.

    Current collection:
    Dark brown 913
    Burgundy calf 683
    Black pebble Longwing on Truflare(Grandfathers from the 80's)
    J. Crew Indy

    I view this thread daily and really am having a tough time deciding what my next best option may be. I know the decision is ultimately up to me and my tastes but I was hoping to get some feedback from the community.

    Considering:
    #8 longwing(actually would consider any color other than black)
    #8 J. Crew cap
    #8 Shoemart cap
    #8 Sherman brothers cap

    Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciate!! Replies with pictures never hurt anyone either!
     
  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    you have done well, consider the black in either tassel of strap tip
     
  12. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    based on your list-i would go with #8 lwb
     
  13. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    [​IMG]
    #8 cap toe boot
    argyles otc
    [​IMG]
     
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  14. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    Are they CXL? Should stretch on it's own



    And Al go with a #8 boot or lwb. I prefer boots but both would be good
     
  15. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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  16. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    These will be my next pair of #8 shell . LOVE them. Full eyelets are boss!
     
  17. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    Hey guys, just recently found this forum and wanted to say hello. Love that this exists! My current Alden collection is:

    #8 Wingtip Barrie Boots full eyelet
    Chromexcel Brown Indy's
    Suede Longwing - Tan

    I am thinking about a pair of chukkas next and having a very tough time deciding between Ravello and Cigar. I do have a pair of Leffot natural chromexcel loafers so I do have some light color as well ;) I know the likely response will be personal preference....but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
     
  18. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    total agreement
     
  19. mbrokerny

    mbrokerny Senior member

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    Are these on the Grant? How do you size these compared to your other lasts? I tried these on last week and they seemed a little tight in the toe box, went with Barrie Jcrew instead
     
  20. mdub1979

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    Who likes the commando sole on the color 8 LWB? Alden of Carmel sells them and I'm seriously considering buying them.
     
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