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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. strangebrew

    strangebrew Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I am aware of the wingtips but I was under the impression that the plaza last worked best as the most casual boot, like jeans and tshirt casual.

    I was looking at the AE daltons but i loved the look of the plaza captoes with the commando sole.
     
  2. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Most would say that the plaza last is among Alden's more dressier lasts. The plaza last is a beloved last on this thread, but I wouldn't describe it as jeans and tshirt casual. The barrie last works great as a casual last. That said, if you want plaza because you like the look, go for plaza.

    The grant last may also be a good option. Alden NYC stocks grant lasted captoe boots on double leather soles while Alden DC stocks them on commando soles.
     
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  3. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    This was always my understanding. If the cap has punching or a medallion then it is NOT a straight tip. Blucher or Bal.
     
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  4. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Senior member

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    LeatherSoul also has a plain toe "Pitt" boot in color #8 coming in sometime this fall. There was a pre-order for it back in January but if you contact them they may be able to tell you if your size will be available once they arrive.

    And I agree with Alcibiades that the berrie last works great for casual wear.
     
  5. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Wow, that's a long discussion about a simple case of semantics. [​IMG]

    A "Straight Tip" and a "Cap Toe" are the same thing. Alden calls them Straight Tips. Others call them Cap Toes. Nowhere on Alden's website do I find the term Cap Toe. Some other retailers refer to their Alden shoes as Cap Toes (such as The Shoe Mart), but they are the same shoe that Alden calls Straight Tips.

    The shoe can have a medallion. This has nothing to do with whether a shoe then has to be called a Straight Tip or a Cap Toe. It does have to do with it's brogue classification (see below).

    The edge of the leather tip can have broguing. Some call these perforations instead of broguing. Again, they are the same thing. Alden calls them perforations, but broguing is the official term.

    Officially, shoes are termed according to their amount of broguing:

    Full Brogues (wingtips)
    Semi or Half Brogues (toe cap with a brogued edge and medallion)
    Quarter Brogues (toe cap with brogued edge but no medallion)
    Longwing Brogues (longwings)

    Sorry, Alden can call their shoes whatever they want, but the history and art of shoe making is much longer, richer, and deeper than just this one company.
     
  6. Don L

    Don L Senior member

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    No Tips today [​IMG]

    Snuff LHS

    [​IMG]
     
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    89826 Senior member

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    My cigar lhs's have a stain about the size of a nickel right on the top. I just noticed it, and I haven't worn those shoes in a while. I tried brushing, Venetian shoe cream, and using a damp cloth to wet the stain. Nothing. I am sure the stain has set. Could be food-based, including oil, or maybe even urine. What to do? Could Reno help?
     
  8. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    "Official term"? Is there an international shoe governing body that defines these terms?
     
  9. wildstar

    wildstar Senior member

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    Chimaki, I think I bought the last 4060 8.5D from TSM a few days ago. It's an awesome boot but I think the Grant last isn't going to work out for me. I was thinking about selling it, I'll send you a PM.
     
  10. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Google "Shoe Terminology" and have a ball. If you want a quicker reference, simply go to Wikipedia. International shoe governing body? No. Books and authoritative resources that go back hundreds of years? Yes.
     
  11. dusttruffle

    dusttruffle Senior member

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    Yes, the Governing Etymology Officiating Footwear Faculty. People "ask Geoff".
     
  12. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    Thank you sir.

    Thanks, I'm glad I jumped on these.

    Thank you sir.

    Thanks uncle.
     
  13. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    Awesome start sir. Great looking boots.
     
  14. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    You would like the ptb. #8, ravello, or cigar.
     
  15. Shawnc

    Shawnc Senior member

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    That is a sweet combination DonL. Very nice.
     
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  16. jt2gt

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    Rishi....I say go boots. I didn't think I was a boot wearer either, but Alden boots are like no other. Find a good fit and you will love any of them from Alden. Dress up, dress down...they just work.
     
  17. TactileOne

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    Second that, never wore boots before my Alden's now have two pair and wear them all the time.
     
  18. aldenwear

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    +1 on all. Very well put.
     
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  19. aldenwear

    aldenwear Senior member

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    Excellent explanation. Thank you.
     
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  20. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Senior member

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    Thank you MrDv.Much appreciate
     
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