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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 Well-Known Member

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    let's not forgot the reason why many of us became Alden fans, or became aware of Alden in the first place, is because Harrison Ford wore them in the Indiana Jones movies. this was entirely his choice, Alden did not pay the production company or some professional dresser or stylist for that.

    it was because Ford swore by them for all day comfort and durability as well as style (he's an actor too) , etc., when he was working as a carpenter.

    and now they are known as "Indy Boots", which i sorta hate because they were in production for decades before the movies and known as the "Alden Work Boot 405".


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  2. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Well-Known Member

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    I was being jestful. Your point was spot-on.
     
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  4. MrDV

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    I wear aldens because a few years ago I googled "alden shoes" and uncle mac's pictures looked awesome. I'm not kidding, that's how I got hooked.
     
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  5. Bakes11771

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    My first pair was the Black Unlined LHS from BB, which is how I discovered them.

    I suspect many other recent fans became aware of Alden via J Crew.

    I didn't know why it was called the Indy boot until I stumbled across this thread one day during a google search.

    All but 1 pair of my Aldens are shell, which is essentially what I like them for. I have 1 pair in Mocha Kid Suede that I bought from BB, but mostly because I like style of the tassel moc, not because they are made by Alden.

    For non-shell make-ups, I usually look to other brands. I'm not one of those folks that buys clothes simply for the label.
     
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    MH, what makes you think that Indiana Jones is the reason that many of us are Alden fans? I certainly wouldn't think that Indiana Jones is the reason that anyone really became aware of Alden in the first place. It was a cool story to hear about Harrison Ford's dedication to his boots after I became aware of Alden, but I can't say I was watching one of those movies and thought to myself "hmm, I like those boots, I wonder who makes them?" I was too busy watching the faces melt off of the Nazi's to care about his dirty boots that are actually pretty hard to notice unless you really try. They look pretty non-descript being covered down to the ankles by his pants and the rest of them being shrouded in a thick layer of sand colored dust.
     
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    When I see this pic, the Indiana Jones theme music starts playing in my head.

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    My first attempt at pictures here, and I'm not that great of a phographer. These are my newsest Aldens, they were bought slightly used. First was pre any attention
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    Second after minor attention.
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    You're making it hard to defend you MH. I suppose then you were not being facetious with the Beckham and DiCaprio posts. Oh well...
     
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    my second pair of ravello lwb on my way to me soon :slayer:
     
  12. phototristan

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    yep, we already know Aldens are great. that a celebrity (who can likely afford any shoe available) also chooses Alden is just plain cool to see.

    another one, the guy from LOST and Hawaii Five-0 bought some Aldens from Leather Sole last year:

    http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/01/09/daniel-dae-kim/
     
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  14. phototristan

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    a lot of people see a certain article of clothing or shoes on a celebrity they like the look of and buy that same thing.

    we can get inspiration from different places, and someone famous can certainly be one of them. i really don't think there is anything wrong with it.

    this is what magazines and catalogs are all about. you see something cool on a celebrity or model and say to yourself, 'that's cool, i could be just like them if i buy that'. this is really nothing new.
     
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    Yea I had to chuckle when I saw this post with DiCaprio. My first thought was....wait who said DiCaprio was cool? Just because people are famous doesn't mean they are cool. I personally could care less what celebrity wears alden, I'd prefer that none of them did as they are already popular enough (the shoes) as it is. More spotlight isn't going to help the "alden fan" in any way.
     
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    Indiana Jones got me interested in Alden for sure.
    And then this thread scared me away. [​IMG]
     
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    I think you are missing the point again, MWS. I think what the 'Hound is trying to say, is that David Beckham and Leonardo DiCaprio are not the reason why he buys Aldens, it is Harrison Ford!

    (Just kidding)
    Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. shaunw

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    Me too, it all began with a J Crew catalog. I thought hmmm those shoes look pretty "cool" but why are they so expensive?
     
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    I think it's alot worse now than it was decades ago, probably just because of the proliferation of digital media, and technology. You are right that it isn't new. I don't think anyone is saying that it is. We also aren't saying that advertising isn't a perfectly fine thing, and someone has to wear the item in question while it is being advertised. I suppose it may as well be a celebrity. What we are saying is that some people imply that they think something is cool because that celebrity is wearing it, which is rediculous. Most people outgrew that mentality when they outgrew their Chuck Taylor All-Stars or their Nike Air Jordans.
     
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