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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. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Distinguished Member

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    hmm, definitely don't trust my local grouchy cobbler..

    maybe b.nelson could do it whilst installing some flush mount taps.. must find out

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  2. MrDV

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    ravello lwb crepe sole. my most comfortable aldens. i wore them to disneyland last week.
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  3. Broark

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    Hey guys, so I pulled the trigger on my first pair of Aldens. I ended up getting the natural chrome excel Indy and I love 'em, couldn't be more happy with the boot.
    Any basics as far as care and things like that? I'll try and snap some photos soon.
     


  4. imolazhp_ci

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    i think the consensus with CXL is some protectant like Venetian Cream, Pitch Blend, or Alden Fine boot cream. Popularity in that order... I used pitch blend. And brushing.
     


  5. rydenfan

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    Was down in New York for the weekend and was so excited to hit the Alden store looking for a pair of shell Chukkas (either Cigar or Ravello). To my surprise and disappointment I had one of the worst retail experiences of my life. The guy working there was so rude to me I could not believe it!! I called twice yesterday to confirm what time they opened this morning as I was tight for time. When I arrived at 9:35 for a 9:30 opening the salesman told me that he doesn't like to open the store until 10:00 because he had things to do. He then tried to convince me that I don't know the sizing of my foot and that I should be an E width as opposed to D; I am sure it was just a coincidence that they had a Cigar chukka in an 8E but not D...Needless to say they did not fit my feet right at all. I am only giving some of the top level details but it was such an awful experience I am considering calling back this week to complain. I am treated with more care over a $5 pair of athletic socks than I would treated over a $700 pair of shoes.
     


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    ^ Was it Ralph? Middle aged guy?

    Maybe he thought you were just there to try-on and not buy. I know he HATES that.
     


  7. rydenfan

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    Yes, I believe that's who it was. I told him off the bat thati had come down from Boston with the intention to buy a pair soi have no idea why he would have thought that. He was so rude the entire time I was there it was unbelievable.
     


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    I know many use the Mac method for caring for their Aldens, does anyone have a comment on the method advised by Kirby Allison? It will be time to polish some of my precious Aldens but I am quite nervous as I've never done it before. Commenting on the post above I recently had an excellent experience albeit over Internet with Alden in new York. All of my emails were returned within an hour of sending of sending them and them and i was able to acquire my first pair of cigar indys.
     


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    Meltonian Suede protector or AE suede spray. Both work well.
     


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    The gentleman who assisted me was named Anthony. He stated that I contacted anyone in the store to complete my transaction, hebstated they don't work on commission which struck as quite odd for retail.
     


  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    looking good in your gunboats and argyles
     


  12. Coldsnap

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    Any notice that heavy brushing dries out their CXL? Like if i brush the side of my boot pretty heavily I'll notice hairline cracks that are a light brown.
     


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    One very easy option to care for them: just use (1) Saphir Reno, allow to fully dry, (2) brush, and (3) then buff with flannel cloth.
     


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    i've never noticed this.
     


  15. REguy

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    Here's something a little different. I saw these Alden golf shoes on the eBay.

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