***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. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Senior member

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    i died a little on the inside when my wife thought that my Unionmade Beales (plain toe, cigar, low top, crepe sole) looked the same as my #8 wingtip boots. :violin:
     


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    A very sad day indeed. :nodding:

    My condolences, and good luck. :D
     


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    Check out my post about Saphir.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/306841/first-time-using-saphir-products#post_5572433
     


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    Hey brothers....anyone here had any success with Alden making an exception to their policy of resoling a shoe on the same last it originally came with? I have a pair of black wingtips and while I have no problem with the hampton last I just want to re-sole and add some more character to the shoes instead of the black on black. White welt, tan heel, something fucking slick like this would be ideal

    http://imgur.com/oWVBD

    I'm in the bay area and had them stitch a pair of indys for me a few years ago so I'm wondering if they'd be more flexible to what I want as I'm local versus their mail-in resole service. I also ask here because I'm not exactly sure how to articulate what it is I want if I call in and try to talk shop.
     
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    They pretty much have to use the same last, I don't think you can relast on a different shaped last without screwing up the shape of the shoe. Couldn't hurt to ask of course! Last year I had luck getting them to size a pair of suede LWBs down for me, from 9.5D to 9E. They also changed out the sole from a commando to double leather - HOWEVER, they ignored or missed my request for antique edge trim, and used the dark brown. No big deal in the long run, of course.

    I dropped them off in person at the SF store, who were extremely helpful and will comfirm your request with the factory before shipping them back.
     


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    Is there a way to ask for the same last but to get the sole/heel/stitching in a different color? This is the pair in question: http://aldenmadisonny.com/903.jpg what could I say to have them change the black sole and heel to brown/tan? The welt also needs to be changed out for white.
     


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    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I just got the natural CXL plain toe on Modified from the Shoe Mart today. First thought was, "Geez, it really is narrow," but then I put them on and it was like butter. Really loving the CXL. While I think the Trubalance last fits me a little better than Modified, I think I look better in the Modified's slimmer look due to my small legs.

    I think I'm going to go with keeping this pair and returning the J.Crew. Like you guys said, that pair would be more versatile, but I saw a pair of single monks on Alden Shop of SF's site for sale and a few Sid Mashburn double monks on eBay that I have my eye on that would fill that work appropriate category...the shoe addiction sets in quick.
    I'll throw up some photos of the natty chromexcel in a bit; I'm still enjoying wearing them and I just got home so it's time to pour out a pint [​IMG]

    Not a bad way to spend a Friday. Cheers.
     


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    Very very nice. Looking for an oil chamois or something similar.
     


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    Why don't you check out B Nelson in NYC? They are a primo recrafter that has a lot of cred on SF. Their turnaround time is much faster than Alden. I haven't used them myself yet but when I need to I will definitely use them rather than trusting any local cobbler.
     


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    If you check out the B Nelson thread I actually just aired my grievances about apparently being barred from service because he tried to charge me an extra $80 for the welts that he apparently rarely charges others and as I asked about that rather than blindly pay it he doesn't seem to want my business all together now. I don't mind Alden's wait time or their price quotes I just want to know what to ask for.
     
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    My experience with BNelson (Nick) has been completely different. He has never charged me a dime more than he initially said he would.

    When I send in a pair of shoes, I am very specific about what I want. If I ask for something beyond, say, the JR Package resole/restoration, he has always first contacted me by phone or email to make sure he and I are on the same page. And he has always been very up front about prices.
     


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    I'm sorry to hear about your experience with BNelson and sorry to have suggested them.
     


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    Shell chukkas - size 9D - just recently went up on ebay (cigar and whiskey). Each pair looks very lightly used. An opportunity for someone, perhaps?
     


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    Not your fault, and its cool to hear others have had good experience. He seemed real put off that I didn't know exactly what I wanted right off the bat for one, and for two that I insisted on emailing as its easy to attach pictures back and forth rather than calling in because it helps me better understand what we're talking about and helps me better illustrate what it is I wanted. I didn't want to pay almost double the going rate for something that says is included in the all inclusive repair package on his site and from there he said he'd be charging me $15 per email to continue correspondence

    I don't want to muck this thread up with that stuff though. I'll put in an email to Alden with the same method of just attaching a couple pictures for reference and seeing what they can do for me.
     
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