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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. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    I'll admit I threw on some calfskin AE PTB's when I saw today's weather as well. I'm glad I did. By 3PM, my iphone was buzzing with tornado and flash flood warnings for my town.
     
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    Hi Everyone,

    First time posting in a long time. Needless to say, I appreciate all the energy and enthusiasm everyone has brought to the thread. It's been busy around here while moving into the new house and doing construction around here, but I thought I'd share some pics of my newest acquisitions, the Leffot Naval Boot in black shell and a cigar ptb from DC.

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    Also, I thought I'd share the latest signs that my Alden habit has spiraled out of control. Undeterred by the hefty expense of installing a koi pond in my front courtyard, I was unable to help myself when LeatherSoul posted the arrival of the refresh of the Color 8 Plaza-lasted wt boot. So desperate was I to finally join the Plaza club that I dug into the funds that had been set aside for the ravello longwings promised to me by Sept by Kathy and the gang in DC--something I told myself I would not do this summer, no matter how seemingly special the makeup. Of course, to truly capture my hitting rock bottom, the money I set aside was not enough to cover the Plaza boots, so I essentially had to ask if I could prepay a large portion of the boots and then pay the balance next week (via cash I was anticipating patients giving me that I could turn into a gift card so as to remain undetected by dear wife). Sensing my desperation and perhaps taking pity on me, Bryan at LS was more than gentlemanly and even offered to throw in some free shoe trees upon payment of the balance [​IMG]

    That's when you know it's bad: when you're putting Aldens on layaway. [​IMG]That said, they're Plaza lasted shell boots! Someone please help me.
     
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  3. aldenwear

    aldenwear Senior member

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    Stop whining. Some of us could not plaza because a certain retailer did not order "e" sizes.

    enjoy and enjoy the goldfish and lwb's I am sure you will find a way to swing.
     
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    sazon Senior member

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    ^Doc : great looking additions ! Welcome to the Alden Out of Control Club.

    The Plaza is gonna be bad for you...you're gonna want a few more pairs immediately. :)
     
  5. DuckOB

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    rydenfan - that is a nice looking boot, thanks for sharing. I like the dark rough leather. I have been catching up on my Alden leathers as I have been researching the different styles lasts and leathers in anticipation of my first purchase and hadn't seen a rough dark leather like that.


    docalden2013 - beautiful shoes and laces - god help me if I catch the Shell bug, wear in good health
     
  6. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    O/T, but if you're on AT&T, they've been rolling out that government alert/notification capability for iphones this year which would explain why you didn't get them with Sandy.
    http://appleinsider.com/articles/13...lerts-to-iphone-5-and-4s-with-software-update
     
  7. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    wear in good health the cap toe boot and ptb
     
  8. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I don't understand the reluctance of retailers to order E sizes in the narrower lasts. Leffot sells out of E lasts in Barrie quickly, it's pretty clear Plaza, Aberdeen and Grant orders can support a lot of E widths
     
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    Alcibiades Senior member

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    1) Always remember that there is a healthy resale market for Alden shoes, so as your tastes evolve, you can sell shoes to fund future purposes 2) Amazing how purple those laces look in some photos 3) I have struggled with PTBs (owning both a ravello and cigar pair an selling them due to lack of use), but yours look great. I think it is timing, if I had bought cigar PTBs before buying captoe boots an chukkas, the PTBs would have stayed in the rotation 4) I need a black boot. Debating about whether to preorder the Context tankers, wait for the next Naval boot preorder or to go for something like a wingtip boot
     
  10. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Pick one in each group:

    1) Whiskey NST or whiskey Indy (both worn casually)

    2) Cigar Indy (double leather) or cigar captoe boot (commando)
     
  11. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    whiskey indy
    cigar captoe

    on top of that.. tell me where i can find both in 11.5d
     
  12. docalden2013

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    I tried to stop, but must have been infected with the whining bug by my 6-year-old :) Bryan from LeatherSoul told me that the Plaza gives enough width if you're on the border between D and E widths, as I am. (I can comfortably wear an 8.5D or an 8E; The leffot naval boot was an 8.5E and wears exactly like my 9D grant captoe boot).
    Glad to represent the Alden Out of Control Club and appreciate hearing I'm not alone.
    It's fun mixing up the laces from time to time. I have to thank BeSpiffington for getting me back into that style. My rubber sole, square-toe-wearing friends don't get it.
    Thank you, Uncle!

    Hi Alcibiades,
    1. My fellow Alden-heads always remind me of this. I haven't done this yet, although it occurs to me regularly that certain pairs barely see the light of day (e.g., Indy Boots). Do you find it easy to sell on the forum? I always worry about being a new seller and having no credibility and also worry about getting scammed. Still a newb after all these months...
    2. Thank you. I wish going purple on black shell was my original idea. As Nietzsche noted, all of the good ideas have been thought of already.
    3. I've struggled with the PTB issue. Heretofore, I had thought that shoes needed to have some ornamentation. Now, I see how useful the ptb is, especially if I'm wearing a busy-ish outfit, such as one that includes a colorful madras shirt.
    4. You may want to check out AofC's selection. IIRC, there were some black shell boots on sale as overstocks...

    5. I've been meaning to ask: what type of oysters are those in your avatar?
     
  13. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    The oysters are likely Kumomotos or another West Coast variety from the Pacific Northwest (I like West Coast oysters)... The photo was taken at Aquagrill, my favorite NYC seafood restaurant / raw bar ever since I moved here
     
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    stevent Senior member

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    Alden of Carmel have a few nice ones
     
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    unipair guy Senior member

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    We still have a few models left on sale. Let me know if you have any questions.
     
  16. neilz4

    neilz4 Well-Known Member

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    Anybody? These posts get drowned by pics. I thought this was the Alden thread.
     
  17. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    barrie and trubalance fit similarly for me.

    cant help you on your second question, sorry
     
  18. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Thanks for the funny (sad?; pathetic?) story. :D I don't think it stops there. :slayer: I have color 8 plaza boots in WT, plaintoe, and NST; and burgundy shell captoe boots from C&J (made for BB). Color 8 boots are splendid. And the Plaza is one of my favorites. Oh, and BTW, nice acquisitions pictured above. :nodding:
     
  19. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    I am not an E width, but your post makes a lot of sense to me.
     
  20. Bakes11771

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    That's odd! I could have sworn you were a native New Yorker. Your accent sounds sounds so authentic.
     
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