***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. elvi679

    elvi679 Senior member

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    awesome Color #4 Captoe - keep the pics coming as they breakin - congrats
     
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    Thank you SevenFTG. We can always count on you to be especially honest and supportive. Very much appreciated!
     
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    Much thanks Don L!
     
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    Burton Senior member

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    No. Not acceptable. Return to either J. Crew or Alden and they will repair.
     
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    This wouldn't bother me. I don't think the stitching will come loose. But, considering the price point, by all means return them if you aren't happy.

     
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    Hey so I finally started my collection. I bought a pair of LWB #8 to start but I have examined them at home and it doesn't feel right. I took a few photos maybe you guys can tell me if I am being OCD or not.

    1. There is a small scratch in the instep of the left shoe.
    2. Some discoloration on the inside of the heels
    3. There is a large bump or bend on the inner side of the left shoe.

    I imagine some polish might get the scratch out but what about that bump on the side? Could I fix that or is it just easier to exchange for another pair?
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    Those Stockton's look great, anyone have them or something similar?
     
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    Question: I just received my Indys from J.Crew and I noticed the stitching was undone in one area. Was wondering is this acceptable or will present a problem once I start wearing them? See the pic below.

    Wouldn't bother me either but if you are concerned, back they go!
     
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    I believe Leffot has Black Alpine Grain restock a few days ago
     
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    Returned my #8 cap toe from JCrew. With so many floating around that were copped on sale, plus the fact I have the #8 cap toe plaza from LS on order, it was hard to justify keeping them.

    But so I'm thinking of putting down for a pair of the #8 PTB from Alden of Carmel when they do their fall 2013 order. The comando sole + plaza last is hard to resist. Anyone have any pictures of theirs to share?
     
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    That would bother me, considering the price paid. I would send them back.
     
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    don't worry... they'll come undone in a few months regardless. It's alden, what do you expect?
     
  13. MarioImpemba

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    Internet is terrible at conveying tone, and I can be terse, so for that I apologize. Adding the "IMO" was my futile attempt at showcasing my personal beliefs are far from any objective fact.

    It's been discussed in this thread how other makers (C&J, Carmina, et al.) have equal or better quality at a lower price-point when it comes to calf. I did not mean to disparage the fact that Alden's in calf are certainly a step-up from say, a comparable Allen Edmonds, and are still a high-quality, American-made shoe. My only point was from a value-proposition sense, I personally believe the calf offerings miss the mark with prices approaching and exceeding $500, and I don't believe I am alone on this.

    BootSpell's sentiment echoes my own; I buy shell shoes to showcase the shell/material.

    I personally feel that adding the requisite brouging and ornamentation of a LWB detracts from the shell, and is harder to distinguish from a well-polished calf equivalent. The most obvious indicator of shell v. calf is in the rolls vs. creases, respectively, which is less pronounced in a shortened-vamp LWB.

    Perhaps it was my thinly veiled prejudice against LWB's coming through, but I understand their role in a wardrobe and place in classic-Americana.

    Those Ravellos are indeed pretty ReppTiePrepster !

    That said, I appreciate the civility of this thread and posters.
     
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    Boots or shoes? Either way, #8 + Plaza + Commando = Alden heaven [​IMG]
     
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    thanks for posting a followup, it's always interesting to see what can be done on older shoes. it appears in one of the before pics that there are some cracks on the right shoe, anything done to that? looks like they could use some conditioning that would enhance the patina.


    i get that the lwb is the effortless timeless classic shoe that is the staple of every wardrobe, and i don't have anything against them, but i wish more retailers would branch out from doing different leather variations of the lwb on the barrie last. but i guess that's what'll sell based on everyone picking them in their top 3.

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    if by ptb you mean plain toe boot, see my post here for my pair, probably my fav Alden's: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/36180#post_5819785
     
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