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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. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks you for the reply! You may see me in store soon!
     


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    It's hard to tell in the photo, but the left boot is slightly darker......nothing drastic. The cloth sure looks like black to me.........It seems weird that they would recommend a product that removes polish (it's actually called Leather Defender) from a brand new shoe......
     


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    I can notice the difference just in this thumbnail image on my laptop screen - not something I would accept lightly in a +$600 shoe. Unfortunate =/

    EDIT: Though you could probably even them out by simply placing the darker one outside under the sun.
     
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    It probably wasn't the Leather Defender, there was likely wax on the shoe - I've applied Leather Defender to new cordovan shoes with no issue. Regarding the color, the left is slightly darker - you could attempt a return if it bothers you. Cigar chukkas are rare though, so you have to weigh if you want to wait for a new pair.
     


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    Thanks for the replies. Yeah........Cigar is a little harder to come by, and they'd probably have to special order................After a week of wear, it might not be noticeable (trying to convince myself)
     


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    No, if it's a problem call the Alden shop right away. See if you have the option to return or exchange.
     


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    tsekh Senior Member

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    Can anyone name me some stores in Chicago area what stock Alden?
     


  8. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew, thank you looking good in #8 nst past in the future on that combination
     


  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    you certainly do both four legged and two legged
     
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    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew,
    thank you
    i have at least 6 pairs that are in the forty years range. aldens will last a life tine
    remember shells are addictive
     


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    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew,
    highly recommend nick and you will find that you have both a lot in common
     


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    Shell has variations. :nodding: It is all what you can live with. If you can exchange them for the same pair in the same size, then do it - but most times this is not possible with exotic shells. Over the years I have had to return a handful of pairs due to color variations I personally could not live with. In recent times I was going to acquire a certain cigar model. The CS gentlemen told me one shoe was lighter in color than the other. I asked him to email me a pic. He did so. I did not buy them - too much variation for my liking.
     


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    Hanig's Footwear in the Hancock tower has a staple selection of Aldens (no exotic shells like Ravello/Whiskey, however) -- the gentlemen there are very courteous and helpful, I'd highly recommend.

    Then there's Haberdash in River North... they have a selection of Aldens, but it's a very unfortunate experience shopping there unless you look like you walked out of a page in GQ.
     
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    I had an alright experience at Haberdash, nothing special but nothing terrible. They did have paté though.

    Edit: Wow, every single review for Hanig's mentions Vibram Five-fingers. I didn't realize they were that big a deal to people.
     
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    long shot, but any shops in New Orleans? I'll be down next month. thanks!
     


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