***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. ElDave

    ElDave Senior member

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    I'm a 10.5D (just) in the Barrie and an 11E in most other shoes. Does the Van last offer the same width as the Barrie, or would I need to size up to a 10.5E?
     


  2. marmottan

    marmottan Well-Known Member

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    ^ In my opinion, a 10.5E (even a 11D) should fit you perfectly regarding what you mentioned.
    I wear 8E and 8.5D in the Barrie and 8.5 in the Van.
    Needless to say that you are advised to try before purchase.

    Hope this helps.
     


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    Kashiwa Senior member

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    A couple of new makeups at the Bureau on wedge soles.

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    Akeem Senior member

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    quick question:

    Is it possible to put topy/vibram/commando soles on the oiled waterlock soles?
     


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    Although an Indy boot was not going to be my first Alden boot purchase, I couldn't pass up the great price on a pair of 405's when I visited Chicago. I do like the boots and am breaking them in now but I was shocked at how heavy they were.

    I'm kind of anal and I keep a spreadsheet of all my boots with info like when I bought them, the price, type of lining, sole, etc. One of the things I also track is the weight of the boot. Most of my boots (at this point, mostly Italian but some AE) weigh in at the lightest about 15oz to about 1lb 5oz. My AE walnut shell Daltons are 1lb 3oz. But these 405's weight in at 1lb 12oz!!! I don't notice a 1lb 5oz boot too much but I definitely notice the weight on this Indy boot.

    Anyway, what I wanted to know was what is it that makes the 405 so heavy? Is it the neoprene cork sole? Or the steel shank? Because I have a pair of Alden plain toe boots on order (flex leather sole) and I'm wondering if they're going to be that heavy as well.
     


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    While I have no personal experience with Indy boots outfitted with the commando sole, I have read that they are considerably lighter than Indy boots with a neoprene cork sole and the rubber foot balance piece. I'd have to say that the majority of the heaviness comes from the foot balance piece. A dense piece of rubber that's meant to assist in keeping your feet grounded.
     


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    Where to buy shoelace which like wax shoelace from LS,Leffot and so on
     


  9. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    1) Alden shoes and boots are heavy, especially in cordovan and chromexcel. The steel shank, leather soles, and substantial leather make a heavy shoe.
    2) The stock Indy is particularly heavy due to cork sole. I have a commando soled Indy which is lighter than the normal version, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is still heavier than you are used to
     
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  10. BootSpell

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    Thanks guys for your input, much appreciated. Interesting ubiquiti, your comment about the Foot Balance heel. I hadn't thought of that but now that you mention its objective, these boots do make my feet feel well grounded.

    Another question --- these were not supposed to be seconds, at least I wasn't told so even though I paid only $380 for them. I do think they are older stock as they have the older cotton duck lining. Anyway, my issue is with the tongue on the left boot. It does not stay centered behind the laces as you can see from the pictures below. Actually, if you look at the eyelets, the left and right side don't appear to be aligned. So it's almost as if the whole vamp is kind of skewed to one side. The right boot is off only slightly.

    1. Am I being picky and is this kind of thing to be expected from "hand-made" type boots such as Alden? Or should these have truly been seconds? (and I know I should have noticed this before I left Chicago with them.)

    2. What can I do about the left boot? Do you think a good cobbler can detach the tongue from the vamp and sew it back on to make it straighter? I know the eyelets being askew will have to stay that way.

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  11. mcarthur

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    thank you
     


  12. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     


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    nephew,
    thank you
    the creases are do to genetics
     


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    It looks like these boots are made of Tiger Blood and contain Adonis DNA. Great boots! :slayer:

    VERY informative post. This may not be the only thing I learned today but it is the most important. Thank you. :satisfied:

    Uncle, I am going to say this, and I do not say this lightly.

    [COLOR=0000AA]Of[/COLOR] [COLOR=0055AA]all[/COLOR] [COLOR=0088AA]the[/COLOR] [COLOR=333333]shoes[/COLOR] [COLOR=0166cc]you[/COLOR] [COLOR=3333cc]have[/COLOR] [COLOR=6699ff]posted[/COLOR] [COLOR=6633ff]those[/COLOR] [COLOR=660099]Ravello[/COLOR] [COLOR=990066]PTB's[/COLOR] [COLOR=0350AA]are [COLOR=0400AA]my[/COLOR] [COLOR=990033]favorites[/COLOR].

    Those are going to be soooo great. :slayer:


    Leather Soul Hawaii

    http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2009/04/08/alden-shoes-black-shell-cordovan-ptboot/
     


  15. hkpm

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    I don't think they are seconds.
    But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.
    (yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)

    I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.

    To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)
     


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