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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. closerlook

    closerlook Senior member

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    If anyone has any leads, I am looking for a pair of Wingtip boots in shell cordovan, 8.5D barrie last (or 9D in any other last).
    i can also trade a pair of these that I have new in box from Epaulet in 8D barrie last.

    thanks!
     
  2. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    No, they are not made of cordovan. Leather soles come from the "bend" of a cow, which is part of the back. The sole bend runs along the length of the cow's back from head to tail. The sole has the be the hardest, longest lasting part of the shoe, so it is rolled very dense to compress the fibers. It is oak bark tanned, which is the hardiest method of tanning for leather to make it optimum for use in shoe soles because it has the best combination of hardness for durability while remaining bendable for walking purposes. Bends come in varying degrees of thickness and quality, so there will be variance between companies. JR Redenbach is considered the best by many, but not all.
     
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    Uncle, I likewise am not being argumentative. Plus, who am I to argue with someone who has your collection of shoes/boots? However, if your analogy is equating Honda = calf and Bentley = shell, then we will likely have to agree to disagree. I own a number of shell boots whilst also owning a number of calf (and CXL) boots. And I love them all. I also enjoyed the recent discussion of shell vs calf. I appreciate the unique individual attributes of both shell and calf. And I certainly don't feel like I'm going from a Bentley to a Honda when I switch out a pair of my shell boots for a pair of my calf boots.
     
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  4. digga

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    I mentioned this before, but it quickly got lost... Hunt club clothiers in downtown cincinnati has 20% off Alden's through tomorrow. They quoted me $500 plus tax for a pair of 990s, a good deal, i think. They are listed on aldenshoe.com and I bet they would ship to you if you call them. I bought my pair elsewhere, but might have them order me another pair or a LWB tomorrow.
     
  5. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    Does anyone know the extent of their inventory? Black and #8 for shell, I assume?
     
  6. sevenfoldtieguy

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    It is my understanding that Alden uses JR soles with their shell models when new.
     
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  7. digga

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    They only sell stuff from the stock catalog. They have calf business dress stuff in stock, but can order the others.
     
  8. sevenfoldtieguy

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    $500 is a great deal, particularly in light of the price increase.
     
  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    #8 wt or black wt are staples and they can found at shoemart, alden-dc or alden-sf. you can have them in two weeks
     
  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    #8 nst
     
  12. digga

    digga Senior member

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    Does Alden DC have a website or is it a phone only affair? I am interested in these boots. Is this something they normally stock?


     
  13. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    from my experience i would go with your plaza size
     
  14. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew, looking good and please do not jump into the pool
     
  15. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    thank you,
    you will enjoy wearing your wt
     
  16. Ahriman4891

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    Thanks Renton. I also wear Allen Edmonds last #8 in 8.5 EEE, and LL Bean boots in 8.5 Wide, guess I'm between sizes, hence my hesitation. I am not going to wear them with thick socks though -- New York City winters are not cold enough -- so I guess I'll just go with my normal size.
     
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    Mr. Mac,I know that you have the #8 nst . Are they on the plaza? Thanks
     
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    Mr. Mac,I know that you have the #8 nst . Are they on the plaza? Thanks
     
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    Black shell LWBs:
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