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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. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    I agree although someone a couple of months ago here posted in no uncertain terms that they had Cigar Indy Boots on the Barrie at the SF Alden location, so maybe it's true.
     
  2. hkpm

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    I could confirm the tanker boot at least.
    I just visited the SF store yesterday and bought the color 8 tanker, it is in tru balance last.
    Some people hate nst in tru balance last, I agree that they are wide and might look a little weird., But when I tried a pair on my feet, omg they are so comfy, much better than my whiskey tanker in barrie, and I coudln't resist.....

    I got a pair stock tassels in color 8 as well, I tried both penny loafer and tassels, the fitting of loader is not so well, I tried several size and there was still heel slippage. However the tassels gave me different feel, just spot on.

    Btw, they still got a couple of cigar lwb and cigar cap toe blucher good luck.

    Again they claimed that they will not receive any rare color shell shortly (year wise).
     
  3. 100 yrs

    100 yrs Senior member

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    thanks for the suggestion, but i already own the chukkas and would like to add some eyelets (also the AE website blows the Alden one out of the water)
    thank you! did you notice a difference in fit after that was done?
     
  4. tommyhk

    tommyhk Active Member

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    Just posting to confirm that the Cordovan #8 Indy they offer is indeed on the Barrie last. The SA (Robert) definitively told me they were when I asked him and the 8.5 D I picked up fit just like the other 8.5 D Barrie boots I have. I also compared them pretty extensively to my other Barries to make sure and they are the same.

    I have not tried on the tanker nor have I asked about it, so I can not shed any light on that particular make-up.
     
  5. tsekh

    tsekh Senior member

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    Just out of curiosity, anyone owns both Alden's chukka and AE's Dundee? I'm interested in seeing how they compared side by side.
     
  6. Marshall W

    Marshall W Active Member

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    I found it to be a considerable improvement. I went from not liking the fit too much, to being my most comfortable pair of shoes.
     
  7. OIx

    OIx Well-Known Member

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    I was looking for experience with stretching Alden calf shoes for a while.. not sure if this was discussed...

    I've got Alden for Unionmade Officer shoes in brown - absolutely great casual shoes... unfortunately
    1) they are maybe halfsize small overall - 6D on Leydon, whereas i've got also shell LWB 6D on Barrie which fit me perfectly (no heel slip whatosever, maybe just a bit big in toebox if worn with thin sock, but very snug with thick socks)
    2) my right foot is bit bigger, and pinky finger is extremely painful

    I'm a bit concerned about stretching - 1) would it be possible at all to widen up toebox of shoe which is 0.5 size smaller and 2) would not stretching ruin the toebox appearance ?

    So - would you recommend to stretch ... or too high risk and better to sell them off ?

    Here are they - just to remind about this beautiful calf makeup in the land of shell fans :) mid-brown on plain toe is very lively and beautiful in person and gets tons of compliments... love them so much
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Arizor

    Arizor Senior member

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    Generally calf will stretch quite a lot, but if the pinky is *extremely painful*, then sell on whilst they're very new, you'll get pretty much what you paid for back, then buy half a size up and take it as lesson learned.

    Beautiful shoes by the way.
     
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  9. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    Congrats on the new acquisition. The cap toe blucher shoe is an interesting style that isn't often featured on this thread. I think in boot form it can work well casually with chinos or denim. I'm not sure that the same can be said of the shoe form, but perhaps that's because I haven't seen many examples?
     
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  10. mr chorizo

    mr chorizo Senior member

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    ^^allow me to demonstrate...

    Today, first day in #8 straight tip bluchers. my second stock shoe in the family...

    I pretty much live in denim, but feel confident that this can be a dressier casual shoe and also cross over for more formal occasions. Part of me wants to follow the cigar route and do antique edge, welt (as the cigar shell version of this shoe has), but would wait a bit for that.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  11. JermynStreet

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    Hey gents. I have a question/need some advice. I love my shortwing balmorals, but feel like they look so bulbous and clunky, that it actually takes away from the appearance of the shoe. [​IMG]

    I don't know if its my pair, but I feel like the cordovan is even more wrinkled than is I be expected. The construction here I feel is probably not typical of Alden, but I do really like these shoes a lot and want to figure out a way to solve this in the future.

    [​IMG]

    Is it crazy to send these back for a resoling and ask that they use a size C last? I got these at Alden DC and I think that they are a tremont last or possibly even Barrie. Has anyone had this same problem?

    [​IMG]

    Should I get a sole insert to push my foot higher in the shoe? I have a decent amount of room in the shoe left. I have used shoe trees for te entire life of the shoes, yet they still ended up like this.
     
  12. Shiny

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    Mr. Chorizo,
    Bluchers w/jeans. I don't see why not. Looks good!
     
  13. stmaier

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    What is everyone's opinion on the Leffot Naval Boot versus the J. Crew Alden Perforated Cap toe? I know Leffot has a color #8 version of the Naval Boot in the pipeline and I am deciding between the two.

    The main difference that I see are speedhooks for the J. Crew and all eyelets for the Naval and the J. Crew has double stitching on the cap versus single stitching for the Naval.

    I used to be against speedhooks until I got the Cigar cap toe boot from Alden DC. Now I do not really care. I think the double stitching on the J Crew looks a bit better.
     
  14. mr chorizo

    mr chorizo Senior member

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    i thought leffot was just reordering the black naval boot...not going #8.
     
  15. stmaier

    stmaier Senior member

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    They have an order for the #8 Naval Boot with Alden and are waiting for confirmation...once it is confirmed it will be put up for per-order
     
  16. violethour1951

    violethour1951 Senior member

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    Good day for some Ravello...
    [​IMG]
    Alden x Leather Soul Ravello SWBs, Barrie last
     
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  17. shaunw

    shaunw Senior member

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    Based on my experience I'd say that you have too much length in your shoes and this is likely responsible for the excessive creasing/wrinkling. Adding an insole and/or tongue pad may help with this but I'm not sure. I asked alden to resole a pair of indy boots that I had that were 10E to make them narrower 10D or 10C and their response to me was that they could not change the size of a shoe.
     
  18. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior member

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    Ah, thanks for your reply. I was fitted by a store sales rep who said they were the right size, but I guess it's my fault for believing him. Any fixes in the short term?
     
  19. shaunw

    shaunw Senior member

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    You can try my approach which is to try to embrace the creasing [​IMG]
     
  20. Hill

    Hill Senior member

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    I do not have experience with this but believe others on the thread have had B. Nelson do a re-sole and adjust the size of the shoe +/- .5.
     
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