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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. Alpina

    Alpina Well-Known Member

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    Once one gets around to a recrafting, will Alden replace a single leather sole with double?

    Go Yankees!
     
  2. imolazhp_ci

    imolazhp_ci Well-Known Member

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    alden will now only replace with the original soles. this wasn't always the case.
     
  3. Alpina

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    Yet another reason to go with B Nelson. It's too bad they don't have the waterloc soles, but in the long run, I think the JR oak soles are superior on durability and comfort.
     
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    My AE Leeds come with JR soles. I haven't found them to be more durable than the soles on my 975 or Officer Indy.

    As for comfort, I think the variable is what's beneath the leather insole. My double-soled AEs and Aldens are much more comfortable than my double-soled Florsheims (made in India). I attribute that to the cork underlayer used by AE and Alden ... I have no idea what Florsheim uses, but I do not find their footbeds do not mold to one's foot.
     
  5. phototristan

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    Anyone know how The Shoe Mart's website works? It seems like every pair of Alden's shows some note about you have to call them to see if they actually have it. Is there a way to tell if it's actually in stock on their website?
     
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  6. Beatlegeuse

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    If the size you're looking for is in stock, it should let you add it to your cart and check out online. If you keep getting the message about calling the store, it most likely means that the sizes you're looking for are out of stock.
     
  7. sevenfoldtieguy

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    BNelson has had waterloc soles for the last 6 months or so.
     
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    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    WT
     
  9. hefner

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    I agree. I have both and greatly prefer the wingtip boot. It is a more substantial, rich-looking and interesting boot.
     
  10. sevenfoldtieguy

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    The message, as I understand it, means TSM doesn't have it at TSM (in stock), but may be able to readily get it from the factory (and most likely with direct shipment from the factory). And they contact the factory after you call to inquire. If the site doesn't allow you to add it to your cart, and you get no message, it means that TSM does not have it, and that TSM cannot readily get it from the factory.
     
  11. Alcibiades

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    Leffot has the black alpine longwings on crepe up for preorder... I've debated this shoe for a few years now, but now that I can get it in E I may order... It's one of their more popular makeups and seems like it would be a great shoe for casual fall/winter wear whenever you have anything black on (black sweater, outerwear, etc)
     
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    Thanks.
     
  13. phototristan

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    Question - does an Alden commando sole wear faster than the stock Neoprene sole on an Indy boot?
     
  14. sazon

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    On the Ravello discussion:

    Personally, I love WT Boots. However, I also love captoes.

    Because you can achieve the WT look with Ravello LWBs, I would keep the Captoe day trippers since I don't remember seeing a clean plain toe shoe in Ravello (Perhaps one is out there??)
     
  15. Alcibiades

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    This would be my exact same reply

    You can get a clean plain toe look via ravello PTBs or chukkas, but I find Alden's captoe boots to be a of a sleeker look (particularly on the grant last, which the day trippers are). IMO the captoe boot on the grant last is one of Alden's best makeups (looks great in black, color 8, ravello, cigar, etc0
     
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    One of the reasons I have issues with ordering from them. The tedious process of clicking on every shoe only tl be denied over and over again. It's like asking out every girl in high school and being turned down. Simply advertise what you have in stock. There now I feel better
     
  17. Michigan Planner

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    I saw those and really like them. I would be ordering them but I just got a very similar custom makeup from Tricker's last fall. I also like the fact that Leffot seems to be ordering more Alden in E widths (and allowing for it more often in their pre-orders).
     
  18. Hermitedge

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    WTB from TSM. I hope to own it eventually, but its one of the best looking makeups Alden offers imho.
     
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    Agreed love captoes particularly in ravello.
     
  20. imolazhp_ci

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    in my experience. the alden commando sole is VERY soft. i woke my indy's every day for 1 week on a cross country road trip and the heels already started to curve upward. went to be nelson and had heel taps hammered on. seems ridiculous on commando sole boots. but man, these are soft soles.
     
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