***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. violethour1951

    violethour1951 Senior member

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    The dark brown shell on the Darlton/Marlow is a fantastic shade. On some days I like it better than cigar shell.
     


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    How is color 8 like in person?

    I think instead of rafs I might get aldens
     


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    macjedi Senior member

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    Some more chukka love … #8 from TSM.
     


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    Maiden voyage of 403s today. My toes <3 trubalance.
    Those chukkas are both looking good... must resist.
     


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    Papa Doble Senior member

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    Excellent. I'm considering those for my second Aldens.
     


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    Beautiful
     


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    Thanks Papa Doble! These were my second Aldens. They're probably the most versatile shoes I own and they're super-comfy … like wearing slippers :)


    Thanks Alcibiades! I love your cigars as well!
     


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    I'm considering them for about my 22nd pair... as soon as I clean out some more closet space. The wife recommended I stop buying shoes since I seem to have run out of floor space under my side of the bed, in the closet, on the garage boot rack... So somebody buy the shoes in my signature so I can get some color #8 chukkas! :slayer:
     


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    ubiquiti Well-Known Member

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    The post right below yours is the best representation of Color 8 in person.

    Gentlemen,

    I have read online that getting an Alden shoe resoled by anyone other than Alden will result in a "less tight" feeling in the shoe, due to differing resoling methods.

    Can anyone confirm/deny this?
     
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    C&J quality is better and much more consistent than Alden

    Stitching on welt
    Stitching of uppers
    Thickness of leather (C&J shaves theirs for a closer finish)
    Alden misses punches on their brogues
    Alden ships shoes with obvious imperfections

    What I like about Alden is their treatment of shell. The #8 is painted as is the cigar which prevents it from drying out. C&J is notorious for this
     


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    Alden's burgundy or #8 is the best I've seen from any manufacturer
     


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    On the other hand, I have the following on my two pairs: leather coming unglued down around the lip of the heel, heel pads peeling off on all four shoes, some of that fine upper stitching getting frayed, plus the constant drying out of the cordovan as you said. These were issues that only emerged with time, but they are real.

    Don't get me wrong, I love them. But there are wear issues I have never had with Aldens. There may be fewer visible imperfections that come out of the C&J factory, but that doesn't mean they are higher quality in every way.
     


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    I hope you do it :)

    Once I'm no longer broke, I will get some whiskey or #8 chukkas. Then again, that may be a while.
     


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    Anyone else think that the small imperfections make these so much more...real?

    To know where they're made - by the kind of man/woman who actually worked with the leather - is a cool aspect to think about when handling and wearing these shoes. Every shoe has a story - and it happened from some field, to Chicago, to Massachusetts, to you. And none fit nearly as well as my modified last boots.
     


  15. ReppTiePrepster

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    Congrats on your new addition. I love the Marlow wingtip. I wear 10D on the Barrie last, 10 D for the Marlow, and 10.5D true to size. While the Marlow is not as spacious as the barrie last, the 10D Marlow fit perfectly.
     


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