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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. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    I am all for the dirty buck; a classic with the red brick sole. However, even with the 25% off, 400+ dollars is much too high for this shoe IMO. I'm not even sure these are goodyear welted. Can you have these resoled??? I think there are other options for essentially the same shoe for much less. If you are like me, wanting to maximize your shell acquisitions, I would save the $ on offerings like this, by going with alternatives. I bought these from RL last fall with their 35% sale plus the extra 15% kicker for about $225. Not sure Alden will make it much better...
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  2. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    j crew also has kenton bucks, where are like $200., although probably not nearly as good:

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/t...~15~all~mode+matchallany~~~~~kenton/43275.jsp

    i guess i'll see how well i like the aldens when i receive 'em.
     
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    bespoken pa Senior member

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    This is the exact reason why TSM frustrates me.
     
  4. tampatravel

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    Those BLUE Alden's are SUPERB. I just saw them in person at ALDEN SF this past weekend. I didn't have the stones to buy them though....
     
  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    alden only makes it loafers (lhs, full strap, tassels and monks) on a single sole. they have refused to make any loafer on a double sole even custom. c&j make the polo marlow which has a double sole on both the lhs and tassels. as you know horween is the worldwide supplier of shell cordovan
     
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  6. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew
    looking good
     
  7. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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  8. dusttruffle

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    perhaps a redundant question, but how does a 8D and a 7.5E Indy compare ?
     
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    alex4nder Well-Known Member

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    For comparison, I've had 9E and 9.5D 403s back-to-back and the 9E was obviously shorter, and maybe slightly wider (noticeable at the heel). With my foot, the 9E was passable but the 9.5D was the better fit.
     
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  10. Roguls

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    Uncle,

    good day for whiskey.
     
  11. Roguls

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    I agree here. Unless you have quite a bit of expendable income, the random suede varietals can be had for less than a quarter of Aldens. I just got some blue suede with red brick soles from Lands End at 40% off, they are goodyear welted, I will wear them probably fewer than 10 times/year, and 99.9% of the populous will deem them as "nice" - even though they are not nice compared to the Aldens. Plus, bucks should be beaten to hell. They begin looking excellent when they are dirty - hence the name, right ? (I'm just assuming here) All Aldens are goodyear welted, no?
     
  12. Roguls

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    Arguably my best Alden purchase. I need the 9901, too.
     
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    zippyh Senior member

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    I seem to recall seeing those loafers on some lookbook or blog. I think they were the same season as these grain loafers. [​IMG]
     
  14. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    I agree. and I when my ravello nst boot order went through the other day, I still didnt/wouldnt believe it until they showed up..

    apparently they are waiting at home, yet im stuck in sofla [​IMG]
     
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    Please post pics when you get them.
     
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    So, I bought my first pair of Alden shoes today; the unlined chukkas on the Leydon last. While they seem to fit my foot properly, afeter only walking for a few minutes I noticed how they dug into my ankles. After a 30 minutes or so quite irritating walk I ended up with small blisters on both my ankles. I wore quite thin socks, but not ultra-thin.
    How long should these shoes take to break in? Any tips here? Or should I just consider not wearing them and hope for a return?
     
  17. dahl5yankees

    dahl5yankees Senior member

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    (for me)
    I size up 1/2 size on Leydon last
     
  18. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    I should have went TTS on the leydon chukkas I bought, but hoped .5 down would miraculously work..

    sold them on here a week later. shame cause I got a great deal on them [​IMG]
     
  19. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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    Another option is walkover, they can be had for $80-120 and are USA made and goodyear welted.
     
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