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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. Steel28

    Steel28 Senior member

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    My favorite Aldens (Leffot's cigar Atoms). These are pleasure to wear, extremely comfortable, light and actually very sleek. Mac Method in progress.

    I'm very happy that I got these.


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  2. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    really wish I got in on those cigar atoms
     
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  4. dusttruffle

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    question regarding LHS.

    I have been looking for a pair of loafers that fit right on and off for a few years. no real luck except for some cheap bass weejuns but that was only when they were *really* small on me.

    i guess the issue is, i get that loafers are for loafing an' all, but am i having unrealistic expectations regarding expecting to be able to walk about a reasonable amount without heel slippage?

    Really tempted by the unlined BB #8 LHS - but before i try them for size --- I just wanted to check how you guys size your Alden Loafers - when you try them on are they *really tight and snug* / almost too tight? ... how should i think about heel slippage and walking .. is it just too be expected? One advantage with shell i guess i that i need not work too much about them stretching too out.

    Advices appreciated. Sure i could sell them if it doesnt work out - but it is a lot of dollar to drop.
     
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  5. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    When they are broken in your heel shouldn't slip at all. They shouldn't be too tight when new. A tiny bit tight when new is acceptable.

    In short, your expectations are not unreasonable.

    Check out Rancourt's loafers also. High level of customization available, and they'll send you some to try on before you buy.

    Edit: Maybe not if you are in the UK, but maybe they would.

    Also, I find that the unlined LHS is pretty forgiving about heel slip even if the fit is sloppy, as it is much more flexible. The lined version is another story.
     
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    Also consider Oak Street Bootmakers. A little more expensive than Rancourt, but a better return policy. IIRC the Rancourt trial shoes cost $50, which you only get back if you order. You could try on the ones Brooks Brothers sells though, I suppose. Also, OSB is goodyear welted and has a full length insole, which may be a plus or minus depending on your preferences.

    Personally, I am hoping to find a proper fit in the BB LHS by Summer.
     
  7. Numbernine

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    1. super glue a spot on one side to hold the tongue
    2. use a couple stiches thru the tongue to hold it to the lacing area
    3. pictures below show a " trainer " i made works great you only need it till the tongue resets itself[​IMG][/IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. Bakes11771

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    This is correct, so only get the try on pair if you have already decided on Rancourt.

    Can you customize OSB as you can with Rancourt?

    Also, Rancourt does Shell Cordovan. Didn't see it avail on OSB's website, but maybe I missed it.
     
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    Those boots have completly turned around my opinion of black shell . Just gorgeous !!!
     
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    Sorry above posts was referring to these boots
     
  11. Briar Snob

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    I saw that shoe a few weeks ago, and if they had it in a 12.5D, I would have snatched both the black and the 8. It was really sharp and looked perfect for an east coast summer.
     
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    Those look great. Truly a classic shoe.
     
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    I just recieved a pair of black unlined LHS from BB today.
    That's how I sized mine. Almost uncomfortably tight but I made sure to have room for my toes. I went down a size but up a width.

    Funny thing is I was wearing my lined #8 LHS today. I was surprised at how much the lined ones had stretched as compared to the new unlined ones. They're still snug but not uncomfortable. I've only had the lined ones since last summer.

    I still get a little heel slip but it's nothing as compared to some C&J loafers I have. The double leather sole on those was like plywood stiff at first. As the sole is softening up and starting to hinge, heel slip is getting better. They're comfortable now but I still wouldn't want to do a lot of walking in them.
     
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    Rob, I gave away all my vintage 1977-85 Star Wars figures when I started high school. It still hurts a little when I see a lose storm trooper at a swap meet.
    Keep the color 4 atoms, hide them in the back of your closet.
    That combo of color, last, and style makes them the sweetest Aldens out there.
     
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  15. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Thank you!
     
  16. david3558

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    Shameless plug here brothas - but I just dropped the price on my PTBs.. if anyone knows others who wants 'em send them my way! I'll be forever grateful :slayer:
     
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    Dude this trainer is literally genius - can you show more pics please? :)
     
  18. Numbernine

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    ill post a show and tell tomorrow getting late check back
     
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  19. ceoceo

    ceoceo Senior member

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    Thanks, I was going to ask the same thing I would love to see a step by step guide to make ones for my pair. :slayer:
     
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  20. david3558

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    Yeah sounds great - will have to try it out when I get a chance.

    For guys who obsess over sizing, what are some insoles (leather) that you all would recommend to take up a bit of space?
     
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