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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. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I find that it depends on the last for me. On some lasts, I end up with a really wicked crease right over the joint of my big toe, and the rest of the shoe stays almost crease free. I have two pairs where the right shoe had been tried on by someone else before I bought them... The other person's foot set the creases in the right shoe in the "ideal" location, and then my left foot set them in the annoying place over my left big toe, so the shoes look completely different as far as creases go. On other lasts, they crease in the "right" location and look the same on both feet. It is a combination of factors that lead to shoe creasing, so don't over think it.
     
  2. tmw

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    thanks Uncle Mac.
     
  3. Burton

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    I am in that camp as well. To me the NST is a weekend shoe - or very casual business dress shoe. I, too, think this is a personal thing. I struggle wearing bluchers with suits - though this is very common in Austria and Germany.

    I would like to see Alden do a medallion shell cap on the Aberdeen, but I might be the only one.
     
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  4. Bakes11771

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    When I received my Cigar LHS they were very, very creased. Someone had obviously done a lot of walking around on carpet in them. I would have to guess much more than 3 hrs. I called the retailer and brought it to their attention because I wanted to see if I could switch them for a non-creased pair. They were very defensive and said it must have been from someone trying them on in the store. No other pair was available because it was a C width, so I decided to just keep them as I didn't want to wait several months. So to me this experience suggests that certain retailers will still accept the shoes as a return after the break-in method has been implemented. I now try to avoid that retailer if possible, just because I was so turned off by the experience. I've had other retailers drop-ship items from the factory to me, even though they already had them in stock just because they weren't satisfied with the condition of the shoes that they had in their own inventory.

    Like this much creasing:

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    Compared to my #8 LHS that I've had for the same amount of time and has barely creased at all:
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    When I try shoes on in the store that I'm not sure that I am going to buy I just put them on and stand-up. I don't really walk around in them, as a courtesy to the future owner.
     
  5. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    That is definitely a considerate thing to do. This begs the question though... How many times have you ended up deciding that the shoes weren't a perfect fit after you bought them and wore them around your house for a while, when you may have otherwise figured it out in the store beforehand?
     
  6. Don L

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    Whiskey LWB's today

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    This is interesting. If I owned a #8 NST shoe, I would not wear it with a suit, but would certainly wear it with a sport coat, especially on the Aberdeen last.
     
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    Personally, never.

    When I was figuring out my Van size I had to send 2 pairs back before I arrived at the correct size, but I sent them back with no sign of try on. I didn't have the opportunity to try them on the store, however I already owned a pair of the unlined LHS in my true size, so that was what I ordered initially. (Then down .5, before arriving at down .5 and a width)

    I understand what you are saying though, and I don't expect people to keep shoes that don't fit just because they have taken a few steps in them on carpet. However, I suspect that some people may abuse the return policy.

    The point of my post was not to scold those folks. Someone asked if anyone had experience returning a pair after implementing the Mac Break-in method, so I shared my anecdote to show that it seems to be possible.
     
  9. Don L

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    I have worn my Black Calf NST's with a dark suit before....
     
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    PD - I have worn mine with a jacket and tie, but I think about it as a weekend or country shoe. Call me old fahioned. I am a little older than most of the guys here.
     
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  11. Papa Doble

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    Fair enough. I certainly get that it's a casual style, though I see the NST as equivalent to a LWB in formality. Others may disagree.
     
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    Thank you all, much appreciated, is the Aberdeen last true to size?
     
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    After several posts, i think they look the best of jeans compared to a suit
     
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    ^ Going going gone, let's see how long this one stays up before the mods get to it.
     
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    Looks like 51 minutes so far . . . I'll take the over . . .
     
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    already bought/preordered three pairs this month, I need to overlook those 11.5 ravello lwb [​IMG]
     
  17. MoneyWellSpent

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    I definitely believe that people abuse the return policy. I didn't take your comment to be saying that you were scolding anyone. I tend to take a middle ground approach, by caring for the shoes in my own home as if the sales associate is watching me before I decide to keep them. After I decide to keep them, I take pictures for my own records of how they looked when I recieved them, then proceed with conditioning/polishing and wearing.
     
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    Is this on the Barrie last?
     
  19. PhiPsi32

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    Tempting I know . . .
     
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    gorgeous. makes me re-consider passing up whiskey LWBs all these years.
     
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