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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. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
    I do find my alden wt more comfortable then rl marlow wt
     
  2. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    looking good in your king nst
     
  3. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    Decided to keep these seconds. Maiden voyage.
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    ] wear in good health
     
  4. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    I like your tassels
     
  5. Roguls

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    Agreed. Kent Wang has them.
     
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    loafer socks:
    falke step (not sneaker - that one is higher cut) do not show in LHS, and do not slip as they have a rubber pad in the back. Mr porter and socksfox stock them. Best I've tried.
     
  7. Shawnc

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    Who would have thought that at my age I'd be posting to a forum, but I've been an avid follower of this site for about a month. I'm particularly struck by the civility, knowledge, and sense of style exhibited by the overwhelming majority of the members. I was bitten by the Alden bug about 3 months ago and have picked up 3 pairs (used) in that time. I finally decided to take the plunge with a new pair (2 actually) and I can state without shame that I am in love. Based on postings from this site, I picked these up from Alden of Carmel

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    I am also in like with these I picked up from the defect selection at Shoemart

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    Sorry for the long post but I do have a few questions for your consideration. First, one of the 3 pair of Aldens I picked up used has shell cordovan stamped in the inside of the shoe. Horween is also stamped inside the leather of one of the shoes. There is no such markings on the Shells from Alden of Carmel. My question is whether genuine shell's typically have some type of marking?

    Question 2 relates to the defects from Shoemart. I don't see anything wrong with the shoe but the stitching on the exterior looks much thinner than on any model of Alden Split Toe's that I've seen. I don't mean to sound like a snob, but part of the reason for dropping $1G on 2 pairs of shoes is that I want it to be obvious that I'm wearing Alden's. My concern is that one of the distinguishing characteristics of Alden Split Toe's is the thicker stitching. I would appreciate yor thoughts on this.

    Again, my apologies for the long post. I've got many more questions but I will save them for another day. Thanks.
     
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    bespoken pa Senior member

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    Question 2: it looks like you have a v tip model which differs from the standard NST.They are two completely different models but the good news, both look great. Congrats and welcome.
     
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    it's a lottery whether you'll discover a stamping on the inside of a pair of shells. from my dozen or so pair, I think one pair of boots has a faint circular line on the tongue. I've yet to get the elusive full stamp somewhere (other than in an Ashland wallet)

    imo, pay no mind to stampings. grab what you like when you find it in your size, as it may not come around for another year or two [​IMG]
     
  10. MrDV

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    Welcome to the forum shawnc,
    Your used pair with the horween shell cordovan oval logo is an unlined pair. Your alden of Carmel shoes will not have this logo visible because the leather lining covers the back of the shell. Genuine shell shoes will have a marking only on the leather soles, that mark will also disappear after a few wears.
    Bespoke pa is correct, your split toes are v tips, and they look awesome.
    5 pairs in 3 months, you have the fever sir.
     
  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    welcome to the forum
     
  12. ReppTiePrepster

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    Fine lookin' nst's Frank! Wear in great health my friend...
     
  13. FrankCowperwood

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    V-tips look nice. They are relatively unusual model to find. I wonder if these are on be modified last. That would be unusual in itself.

    Enjoy your Aldens and let us know how they are wearing for you.
     
  14. kwhitelaw

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    I think you are thinking of the NST, as opposed to the pair you procured.

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    No apologies needed. Welcome.

    As said, the second pair is a v-tip and not an NST, and it looks like how a v-tip should look. Alden v-tips are fairly rare so consider yourself lucky.
     
  16. MrDV

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    5 shades of shell
    inspired by the new ravello lhs, these are a new brown hue for me.
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    cigar, #4, ravello, ravello, whiskey
     
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  17. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    I keep hemming and hawing about these myself

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  18. kwhitelaw

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    MrDV dumping all over everyone in this thread again [​IMG]

    would love the middle pair myself. spent 15 minutes on the phone with kathy from DC then other day, having her add me to just about every preorder in ravello or cigar [​IMG]
     
  19. BeSpiffington

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    MrDV, great family photos. Congrats on the Ravello LHS. Where did you get the #4's? I need a pair to match my one-piece Horween belt. The blue laces on your whiskey PTB's are awesome, kinda almost pretty.
     
  20. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    My friend, just about everyone of these Alden shoe models we glorify and drool over are classics, shoes that have been around for many decades, beyond the 60s and 70s. Not much if anything has been done to alter or "modernize" our shoes. No one says we have to dress as some did 40 years ago. But the fact of the matter is there are many in the business and legal world today that wear the tassel moc and even the full strap as a dress shoe with suits as well as business casual. Ridicule them all you want, it is a reality whether you choose to wear them in that context or not. To each his own...
    Cheers friends.
     
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