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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. rick

    rick Senior member

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    EVERY time I see these I regret not buying them. Fantastic!

    thanks ahab[​IMG]
     
  2. Thor

    Thor Senior member

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    These are my new Ravello WingTip Boots from Shoemart...7D -barrie last- fit great...

    They are my first pair of Alden's since I bought my one and only pair 15yrs ago- black shell PTB.

    But I am all about boots now and these were not my first choice but they WERE available so I jumped on them...and I love them...the seductiveness of the shell is only exaggerated by the extra boot material...my feet feel positively bullet-proof when I lace them up...

    I am waiting on some #8 Indys (2 more months) and some #8 Wingtips w/commando (6 more months)- so, these are tiding me over until...I like the Ravello- its rich and warm but I am nervous as I do not want them to get any lighter (the flash makes look a tad bit darker than they are).

    I really want a PT boot in cigar [​IMG] - (Leather Soul???)

    Now I need to learn to take care of them and keep them as shiny as Michaelw's


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  3. blynch

    blynch Senior member

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    man, slept too long on that bb sale, was trying to decide between a pair of alden's and pearl & co. and figured it would last at least a couple days. My first pair of alden's, on the copley last with rubber sole. Discontinued so only $215 [​IMG] (returned the also pictured ptb on leydon, heel was too loose, loved the color though)
     
  4. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    These are my new Ravello WingTip Boots from Shoemart...7D -barrie last- fit great...

    They are my first pair of Alden's since I bought my one and only pair 15yrs ago- black shell PTB.

    But I am all about boots now and these were not my first choice but they WERE available so I jumped on them...and I love them...the seductiveness of the shell is only exaggerated by the extra boot material...my feet feel positively bullet-proof when I lace them up...

    I am waiting on some #8 Indys (2 more months) and some #8 Wingtips w/commando (6 more months)- so, these are tiding me over until...I like the Ravello- its rich and warm but I am nervous as I do not want them to get any lighter (the flash makes look a tad bit darker than they are).

    I really want a PT boot in cigar [​IMG] - (Leather Soul???)

    Now I need to learn to take care of them and keep them as shiny as Michaelw's

    I love these. You will love them. I love Ravello and Cigar equally and it seems that Ravello is more rare. Whiskey seems to be less versatile than either so I am not as fond of it.

    I have a pair of Cigar plain toe blucher's that I love. I wear them all the time. I am sure I would love the plain toe boot just as much if not more so I wholeheartedly support your search for those.

    As for care Michaelw has posted how he takes care of his here and on askandy. I think I may be using too much shoe cream on mine which is keeping them from fading at all! I do use shoe cream and I do use wax. Mine do not look as nice as Michaelw's though so I would listen to him.

    You have a fantastic pair of boots there.
     
  5. Tripleterror

    Tripleterror Member

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    I too have a pair of the Shoe Mart Ravello boots and absolutely love them.
    A link to Michaelw's info of looking after your shell would be handy as his footwear always looks superb and I can't seem to find anything on Ask Andy.
    Simon
     
  6. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    I too have a pair of the Shoe Mart Ravello boots and absolutely love them. A link to Michaelw's info of looking after your shell would be handy as his footwear always looks superb and I can't seem to find anything on Ask Andy. Simon
    He goes by mcarthur over at askandy. Here is one: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ns&p=643307#10 And I like this one: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...-s&p=626767#20 DEDICATION! Though I cannot find the MAC procedure here is a good post: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ther-there-is-!
     
  7. ctrlaltelite

    ctrlaltelite Senior member

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    is it just me, or have alden's prices gone up fairly recently? indys are now at 435 from 378.
     
  8. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    [​IMG]

    Wing Tip 9 Eyelet Boot. 5 Eylets 4 Hooks.
    Genuine Ravello Shell Cordovan.
    Goodyear Welt with Reverse Stormwelt Construction.
    Double Oak Leather Sole. Dovetail McAfee Heels.
    Fully leather lined.
    Made in U.S.A.
    Barrie Last.

    I think this is my new dream boot.
     
  9. saracen

    saracen Well-Known Member

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    White nubuck PTB's. These are seconds but I cannot see the flaw. They seem to be better made and nicer overall than my white suede saddle shoes.

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    Whiskey Shell Long Wings. These are also seconds I ordered last week from The Shoe Mart:

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    I see no problem with them and they do not look like they are seconds. They look like a return or a floor model. The finish seems to be the best of any of my Alden's though the Whiskey seems a tad darker than my other Whiskey. But they are definitely lighter than my Ravello. I love the commando soles. I plan on wearing the hell out of these this summer.


    Is it possible these are considered seconds because the commando sole is not stitched on but glued? It's possible that this was done after the shoe was manufactured. I have not seen other commando soles that were 'not' stitched on.
     
  10. Ahab

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    Is it possible these are considered seconds because the commando sole is not stitched on but glued? It's possible that this was done after the shoe was manufactured. I have not seen other commando soles that were 'not' stitched on.
    This is a great point. [​IMG] I think that these were returns to ShoeMart. They probably put the commando sole on there rather than at Alden. The other possibility is that there was something wrong with the sole at the end of the process and Alden put these on to cover it. Then sold them as seconds. I do not see Whiskey seconds in my size.
     
  11. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Forgot to post these up yesterday. From our friends at Leather Soul:

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  12. bbhewee

    bbhewee Senior member

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    This is a great point. [​IMG] I think that these were returns to ShoeMart. They probably put the commando sole on there rather than at Alden. The other possibility is that there was something wrong with the sole at the end of the process and Alden put these on to cover it. Then sold them as seconds. I do not see Whiskey seconds in my size.
    Given that there is Alden written on the commando sole, wouldn't the second scenario seem more likely?
     
  13. triumphman

    triumphman Senior member

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    I need a sizing advise.
    I really want to buy a pair of Alden Indies on ebay, but need to know what sz I should buy as I'm not good w/ these shoe sizing, and definitely don't want to buy the incorrect size.
    All I can tell you is that I wear a sz 8 in Clarks Desert Boots and Chucks.

    Many thanks in advance!
     
  14. Islander

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    is it just me, or have alden's prices gone up fairly recently? indys are now at 435 from 378.

    A year ago two online retailers had old stock Alden 405 boots available for around $310 (with the cotton duck lining). Less than six months ago two different online retailers (in addition to one of the first two) started offering the updated leather-lined models for $344 and another had them at $378 with a 10% off coupon available. All three now list the 405 variants starting at $435. So yes, Alden's prices have gone up.

    In the case of the Indy boots, there are three reasons I can think of: 1) Alden has been investing in updating this particular product line: universal leather linings, improved materials and new models (Chromexcel, Black, Tobacco Chamois etc). These activities require capital investment, which requires funding.

    2) Alden appears to be a business run by smart people who want to make a profit, and they understand how to create and maintain pricing power with their distributors/retailers. The following quote is from an email I received from one of the aforementioned retailers in April: "Unfortunately, the wholesale price (the price that we pay) was increased on March 1st; that is why our retail prices were increased."

    3) Supply and demand. Since people in this community help fuel Alden's success, the pricing increases are in part because of you and other people like you (e.g. me) that appreciate Alden's products.

    Closing sentence from the above email: "The boots have become somewhat of a fashion item, and cannot be found anywhere."
     
  15. slappy

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    Forgot to post these up yesterday. From our friends at Leather Soul:

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    What last is that? Doesnt look like trubalance to me for some reason
     
  16. alleyooptroop

    alleyooptroop Senior member

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    I need a sizing advise.
    I really want to buy a pair of Alden Indies on ebay, but need to know what sz I should buy as I'm not good w/ these shoe sizing, and definitely don't want to buy the incorrect size.
    All I can tell you is that I wear a sz 8 in Clarks Desert Boots and Chucks.

    Many thanks in advance!


    i'm the same size as you in those shoes. buy a 7.5 in the appropriate width.
     
  17. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Senior member

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    What last is that? Doesnt look like trubalance to me for some reason

    Alden Shoes - Chocolate Suede Plaza Cap Toe Boot
     
  18. JonB27

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    I'd prefer those on the Barrie last... Either way my next Alden purchases will be when Leather Soul finally opens the Beverly Hills location!
     
  19. slappy

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    Oh damn thats a decent looking last. I was never a big fan of trubalance or barrie; this Plaza last looks a bit sleeker. Anyone know how they fit? If I could find a boot like this in calf (not shell) that would be great
     
  20. bananananana

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    I go down 1/2 size on the plaza.
     
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