1. Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 9: A MTM nylon MA-1 bomber from Falcon Garments

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 6th auction of the year is for a nylon MA-1 from Falcon garments. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. ThArtOfWardrobe

    ThArtOfWardrobe Senior Member

    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    I've owned my first pair of Aldens for a couple weeks now and just wanted to thank you guys for providing a great forum. I based much of my purchase decision on your posts and it was on this thread that I heard about the Tom Austin sale that made it possible to get my first pair. I bought a color 8 longwing floor model that was lovingly restored to somewhat match the left, which sat quietly in a box since 2002. They couldn't be considered firsts or even seconds, but it's the imperfections and mismatched color that endear them to me.
    [​IMG]

    Though this will surely be shunned by the argyle devotees, I usually wear mine without socks. I prefer the feel of the shoes directly on my feet and think the aesthetic bears a sense of candor to which I'm partial. I get a lot of crap for this from the older crowd at work, but I enjoy that as well. I might even be referred to as a 'hipster' by a few, but my intent to support quality, American made products is as genuine as the next person posting here.

    I've bought three shoes in the past couple months and am hoping my spending soon begins to wane. In addition to the #8 longwing, I have the The Bureau Kudu Boot and may be getting some #8 Indy Boots if I'm lucky enough to end up in the minority who has a decent experience with North River Outfitter. I'm surprised by the lack of love for kudu on this thread but caveat this sentiment by saying I do not own any chromexcel. It's a bigger test of will to rest my kudu boots than anything else I own.

    Anyway, thanks for maintaining such a quality thread. I'm having a lot of fun on here.
     


  2. thebunk

    thebunk Senior Member

    Messages:
    463
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    

    BULLSHIT

    Epaulet, Leffot, Leathersole, Context, etc., etc are all small businesses who still do markups.
     


  3. HorseHide

    HorseHide Senior Member

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2010
    Location:
    Chicago
    

    Allow me to give you some "crap" (all in good fun, of course...) for writing that sentence. Going sockless in LWBs is cool if that's what you want, but "the aesthetic bears a sense of candor"? I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person (others may disagree) and I have no idea wtf that means.
     


  4. HorseHide

    HorseHide Senior Member

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2010
    Location:
    Chicago
    

    +1 (to both points) ...but obviously we aren't thinking about street cred
     


  5. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    3,261
    Likes Received:
    680
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Location:
    New Yawk
    
    Quoting a very old post - NAMOR's Alden SF pics inspired me to order the color 8 captoe boots. I hope mine look like this with wear.
     


  6. marmottan

    marmottan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Welcome aboard Thom Browne!
    Enjoy wearing these great LWB.
     


  7. HorseHide

    HorseHide Senior Member

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2010
    Location:
    Chicago
    Before we all get overly sentimental about the Blackbird Christopherson's Creamery Milkman Boot - I owned that boot and ultimately flipped them without ever wearing them. As we all know, the Barrie last isn't "sleek". Add to that the 360 degree storm welt and you have a pretty "substantial" boot (they may have been based on Peter Boyle's boots in Young Frankenstein). I never seemed to find a place to wear them.
     


  8. HorseHide

    HorseHide Senior Member

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2010
    Location:
    Chicago
    

    Those boots (which are outstanding) look like they are on the Plaza last - from Alden SF?
     


  9. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    3,261
    Likes Received:
    680
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Location:
    New Yawk
    

    The pictured boots are on Plaza and were apparently from LeatherSoul. The Alden SF boots are Barrie (I would need an E in Plaza). I think the boots are similar from other standpoints (flat welt, dark sole, blind eyelets, etc)
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012


  10. CTYGGG

    CTYGGG Senior Member

    Messages:
    933
    Likes Received:
    289
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Location:
    'Tosa
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Cigar PTB & EP Butterscotch Canvas Rudy
     


  11. speekez

    speekez Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2012
    Location:
    Venice
    cheers. beautiful shoes, chap; but kudu is super cheap looking. chromexcel even tastes good.
     


  12. Costa

    Costa Senior Member

    Messages:
    137
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2011
    Anyone aware of a vendor carrying the whiskey LWB? I know some of the rarer colors are getting scarce. Thanks in advance!
     


  13. pelican

    pelican Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2012
    yes, but those places offer many models all the time Alden wouldn't tell them no. Blackbird is a little maker who had a model a couple years ago. Maybe Alden regards them as not worth their time.
     


  14. ThArtOfWardrobe

    ThArtOfWardrobe Senior Member

    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    I'm an artist and tend to lean toward the figurative side of language. In an attempt to pull the literal meaning from it...I think shedding an article of clothing that is generally considered to be a standard component of a man's outfit is a subtle gesture of presenting particular aspects of my personality to others. There's something personal and slightly intimate to me about showing some skin to strangers...even if only a slight glimpse of ankle. I think it's a meaningful attempt at expressing my open and honest nature to others. And no, that doesn't mean I go commando as well.
    Thank you for the warm welcome.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012


  15. ThArtOfWardrobe

    ThArtOfWardrobe Senior Member

    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    Thank you, will definitely have to check them out...sounds delicious.
     


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by