***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. sfactor23

    sfactor23 Senior member

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    Moulded Shoes in NYC offers the Alden sole - however, I wouldn't recommend them: they screwed up the stitching on top on the two pairs of boots I sent them, the stitching looks like crap - and it was quite expensive to begin with ($180 a pair) - I swallowed and took it because I didn't have the confidence they'd fix it correctly - I'm hoping that, down the road when they need to be resoled, Alden will fix the screw up - I'll buy shoes from Moulded Shoes, but no way am I bringing them work to fix ever again.
     


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    I'm not sure actually. I didn't ask, but my guess would be around $1200.



     


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    I have a pair of Aldens in #8 that are purple (light eggplant) in bright sunlight. I can't imagine finding a belt to perfectly match them. In most light no one will ever notice the difference between my shoes and the Allen Edmonds belt.
     


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    I have something very similar from The Shoe Mart and they probably get worn more often than any of my other Aldens. They are super comfortable and work great with whatever I wear on the weekends and whatever I normally wear to the office (unless it's a day I need a suit).
     


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    Holy moly. I want these. It really sucked that Leffot had a great blue suede Indy...and then put it on a red brick sole. If it was on ANY other sole, I would've purchased it. And I'd love these, but $1200 ain't happening.



    It's amazing how much variance these things have. My JCrew color 8 cap toe boots are straight up purple in sunlight, whereas my color 8 LWB stays the deep eggplant color. Going with an AE belt is risky... I had a pair of burgundy cordovan Leeds that were straight up red in sunlight - not even remotely similar to color 8. Of course, mileage varies.
     


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    My search for retail stores in Boston carrying Alden returned only NRO and The Tannery. Anybody know of other places? I guess I could check out Brooks Bros, also.
     


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    If you haven't already, check. http://www.aldenshoe.com/store.asp
     


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    Is the tannery in cambridge? I know of a place in cambridge and "the tannery" rings a bell
     


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    The J. Crew CXL 405 is actually the 403, correct?
     


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    No. Different welt color and different stitching on the shaft of the boot. I actually like the J Crew version myself.
     


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    Same chromexcel leather but j crew version has slightly different ankle stitching and welt color.
     


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    Thanks!
     


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    Not even my Alden #8 Belt is a good match for my Alden #8 shoes. The belt is more on the brownish side of things. The color also varies significantly across the belt, as it is made of 3 separate pieces of shell.

    Not complaining, still happy with it. Just sharing my experience.

    I also have cigar shoes and belt. Closer match, but still no where near perfect. The belts seem to have a flatter finish compared to the sheen you'll get on shell shoes.
     


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    The Tannery has stores in Harvard Square (Cambridge) and downtown on Boylston Street. Prices are full retail. You used to able to haggle them down, but they've stopped doing that. The selection in Harvard Sq is basically LWBs, PTBs, unlined chukkas, LHSs, and NSTs. They only have black and 8 shell as well as some calf. The selection at their Boylston store is more extensive but still nothing beyond the usual basics.
     


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    The J Crew Mens store in Copley has aldens as well, and Barneys has some also.

    I spoke with a new retailer in the back bay area who said they want to carry Aldens but apparently they have a policy about how many stores in a given area can carry their shoes.
    I thought it was BS, but when you think about it Brooks bros + J crew + Tannery + Barneys = 4 stores in a 4 block radius.

    edit: As for the Tannery on Boylston; their make-ups are all pretty much stock but once in awhile they carry collabs with the Wilderness Workshop downstairs (so I've been told)
     
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