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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. mikesduc

    mikesduc Senior member

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    I have this boot in black and #8. The #8 does not have the blind eyelets unfortunately. I wear both a lot. In my job I'm tramping through muck on a regular basis inspecting properties so they're real handy for that. They look pretty good with anything except a slim suit in lightweight material. I think of the Leydon as a jack of all trades last. Good at everything, not that great at anything. But with my budget and uses it's hard to have shoes that are too narrowly focused.

    I would look at the J Gilbert Plaza Wingtip boot if you want something sleeker.
     


  2. Motorsport226

    Motorsport226 Senior member

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    I have several shoes on both lasts. The Leydon isn't as roomy and the toe is a little more low-profile than the Barrie's bulbous look. I personally think the Leydon still looks clunky as a shoe. However, I don't think you'll get anything more sleek from Alden in a boot unless you happen to find something in the Aberdeen or Hampton.

    I have this boot in black and #8. The #8 does not have the blind eyelets unfortunately. I wear both a lot. In my job I'm tramping through muck on a regular basis inspecting properties so they're real handy for that. They look pretty good with anything except a slim suit in lightweight material. I think of the Leydon as a jack of all trades last. Good at everything, not that great at anything. But with my budget and uses it's hard to have shoes that are too narrowly focused.

    I would look at the J Gilbert Plaza Wingtip boot if you want something sleeker.


    Good, that's exactly what I needed to know. I don't wear suits, so versatility shouldn't be a problem. And I have a similar budget where I can't afford shoes that are too specific.

    Thanks guys!

    -226
     


  3. enigma77

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    AFAIK, the 403 Indy is chromexcel and leather-lined. If that's close enough, it's available from a number of sellers. No commando sole though, not sure what the other differences are.

    It depends. As far as I can tell Leather Soul orders their Ultimate Indys as custom makes always, so each run might be a little different. If you search "ultimate Indy" on Leather Soul's site, you'll see how many permutations they have of that boot.

    The more "usual" 403 dark brown Chromexcel one is fantastic. I have that one and it has that newfangled oil-resistant neocork sole, which is slippery at first but picks up traction as you wear it. It also looks better, IMO, than the commando sole, although the commando sole's usefulness is fairly obvious. The difference, besides the commando sole, is that the 403 Chromexcel is more or less the same everywhere, whereas with Leather Soul you can get slight variations that may make your boot more unique. For me the 403 Chromexcel was perfect. I bought my pair from Epaulet and was very happy to give them the business. Shoemart also has some sizes in stock right now.
     


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    This might be a noob question, but what if you really like everything about the look of a brown chromexcel Indy except for the white contrast stitching on the toe? How easy is it to blend it in with the rest of the boot?
     


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    http://winnperry.com/updates/alden-d...-officer-boot/ If you email Jordan of Winn Perry, he will send you larger versions of the photos. I recall that there is a real life photo of the boots worn with a slim navy suit in this thread.
    Those look like what I've been looking for, I just wish they were available in E widths. I'm an 11E in the Indy boot so I think I'd have to size up to 11.5 with those and hope they wouldn't be too long. edit: werdswerf: it's pretty easy to blend it. When you polish the boots with a colored polish or cream just polish over the stitching. The stitching on my Indy boots blended right in after just a few times.
     


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    Wait, I thought the Chromexel Indys has the cork soles? How come the one in the pic has a rubber sole?
     


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    Yep, those are Ultimate Indy's, not the Chromexcel Indy's. The leather on both is the same, only difference between the two is the sole.
     


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    Yep, those are Ultimate Indy's, not the Chromexcel Indy's. The leather on both is the same, only difference between the two is the sole.

    The differences are subtle but its more than just the sole. I don't know all the technical jargon but as far as I can see they are:
    - white stitching on the top heel on the 403 vs matching stitching on the ultimate
    - white stitching on the outside edge of the sole on the 403 vs matching stitching on the ultimate
    - thicker (cotton?) laces with the 403 vs flat waxed laces on the ultimate

    And of course there's the obvious... cork sole on the 403 vs leather sole w/stitched rubber sole (commando) on the ultimate.
     


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    Good eye.. didn't even notice the different laces or white stitching.
     


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    The differences are subtle but its more than just the sole. I don't know all the technical jargon but as far as I can see they are:
    - white stitching on the top heel on the 403 vs matching stitching on the ultimate
    - white stitching on the outside edge of the sole on the 403 vs matching stitching on the ultimate
    - thicker (cotton?) laces with the 403 vs flat waxed laces on the ultimate

    And of course there's the obvious... cork sole on the 403 vs leather sole w/stitched rubber sole (commando) on the ultimate.


    These are the very differences why I preferred and paid more for the Leather Soul Ultimate Indy.
     


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    Almost at 10 weeks on my NRO order...really tired of this.

    In the meantime I ordered a pair from Epaulet, recieved them, and wore them about 6 times - in which time the stitching on the inside of one of the boots came loose - see below. Epaulet says I can send them back to Alden for repair...we'll see how that goes. So I will have none of the two pairs of Indy boots that I ordered to wear...

    [​IMG]
     


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    For those with wider feet, tbs got leydon last lined chukkas and #8 cordovan longwings in E width, but looks like they're only carrying whole sizes.. and the site is down right now.
     


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    Almost at 10 weeks on my NRO order...really tired of this.

    In the meantime I ordered a pair from Epaulet, recieved them, and wore them about 6 times - in which time the stitching on the inside of one of the boots came loose - see below. Epaulet says I can send them back to Alden for repair...we'll see how that goes. So I will have none of the two pairs of Indy boots that I ordered to wear...

    [​IMG]


    That sucks, but it's Alden's fault. Get in contact with them so they know to expect your boot.
     


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