***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. Olifter

    Olifter Senior member

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    I found out about NRO and the 25% off sale on this site and ordered a pair of shells. They responded via email and explained that my order would be delayed up to eight days. About two weeks later, the sent am email canceling my order.

    I thought perhaps the 25% off for Aldens was a mistake. They have the shoes I tried to order on their site now.
     


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    God bless you
     


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    Any experiences w/ the snap last? Translation to Barrie sizing?
     
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  4. Therendition

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    I believe this question was asked and answered a few pages back.
     
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    Any photos of 96601 (Dark Tan Shortwing) out there? Saw it on The Shoe Mart site, and don't think I'd seen any around. Reminds me of the recent pebbled J.Crew model, which was (of course) Barrie, while this Shoe Mart model is Leydon... Curious how this leather ages.

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    Also, any thoughts on Leydon lasted shoes for casual wear? Is the silhouette on Leydon much "slimmer" than Barrie? I've only had experience with Barrie lasted shoes, and wouldn't want something too "slim."

    Thanks for any thoughts.
     


  6. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Gorgeous! A fine specimen indeed.

    Looks like dark edge trim? opposed to antique? am I correct?

    I have plans to acquire TSM's version, but need it in C width. Since there is a supposed scarcity of Ravello, I decided I'd wait a while, rather than front TSM the money and wait 18-24+ months for the shoes.

    Interesting insole. I bought my 986s from Alden San Francisco and they have a regular insole.

    Enjoy those beauties!
     


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    These look great - I don't think the Leydon is too slim to wear casually, the unlined chukka on that last is a great casual shoe. Also, many people go up a width on the Leydon anyway, so unless you have a really narrow foot I don't think you have to worry about it looking too slim. If you check Leffot's site for a Leydon-lasted Alden, you'll see they only offer E widths, as that would be comparable to a D in a lot of other lasts.
     


  8. Man with Apple

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    Thank you Uncle, I certainly will.
     


  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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  10. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    They are probably the best quality Alden shoes I have received to date. Really no blemishes at all, and the ravello has more of the reddish tint as opposed to some of the darker ravello which has shown up recently.

    Yes, they have the dark edge trim, which I prefer on my ravello shoes. I like the juxtaposition of the colors. And you are right about the ravello scarcity. Pretty slim pickings out there for ravello and whiskey unless you wear large sizes.

    In regard to the insole, I have spoken to both Alden D.C. and San Francisco and I think they have been encouraged to do their own special make-ups which get their shop name stamped on them. At least San Francisco does, I can't speak for D.C. I think they are also putting the shop stamp on the rarer shells because my ravello ptb's have the same stamp.

    And I will certainly enjoy them, thank you.
     


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    I wonder if there is some sort of explanation behind the scarcity of quality shells that has led to the shortage of whiskey and ravello. I was recently speaking with the local alden retailer, and he mentioned that quality calfskin in general is becoming harder to source because of the hormones or steroids that they are giving cows. It causes them to grow too fast and as a consequence the hide isn't able to develop as it otherwise would.

    Just something I hear, but thought that it made a lot of sense.
     


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    #8 Indy Boot
     


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    The lighter the color, the more imperfections of the skin show up. Black and #8 are more abundant because their deep colors help cover the imperfection of the skin.
     


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    Very nice, CTYGG. But your jeans would go better with brown kudu ML Indy boots. :D
     


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