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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. coolarrow

    coolarrow Senior member

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    Maiden flight today:

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  2. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    wear in good health, did you use the break in method
     
  3. MrDV

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    Thanks uncle,
    I leave the house by 7:15, it was overcast this morning in sd.

    Beautiful cigars uncle. I passed on a pair this year. I didn't want to charge $800....
    In my defense, they were new at the store and did not look as good as uncle mac's look in this picture.
     
  4. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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    I am sorry you were disappointed, but I am not sure why. Did you think that absence of shell shoes in the exotic colors was made up? Or that the Alden stores have a secret stash available only to those who physically visit the store? I know someone -- I think See ya Steve -- said he recently got some exotic-colored shell there, but that person is of ginormous-sized feet and was able to take advantage of a relatively small population with which to compete. If you too are of ginormous feet, then See ya Steve got there first. If you are of relatively normal sized feet, there has been a scarcity everywhere for some time.

    As to the staples of the line, TSM seems to carry the full line and has a special relationship with Alden. Why would the Alden store have more staples than any well-stocked Alden dealer? My experience with Alden of NYC is that the store carries far more unique make-ups, particularly in cordovan and suede, than any other store. For example, Alden NYC carries in cordovan the balmoral PTB that is only done in calfskin in Alden's regular line. I have never seen this make-up anywhere else except, on rare occasion, at leathersoul. Alden NYC also offers NST and longwing loafers in cordovan, including some exotic colors, that no other Alden dealer carries. It also currently offers a snuff suede Indy on a red brick sole that is nowhwere else, and navy and snuff suede longwings that are offered only one or two other places, if that. There are other unique make-ups that they stock, but that is what pops to mind without research.

    As for prices being higher than TSM, that has not been my experience, but I have not researched extensively, so will not question your experience. I know definitively that it is not more expensive across the board.

    I hope you had a chance to visit leffot, citishoes and moulded shoe, three other Alden dealers in NYC.
     
  6. McPryon

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    I finally put my J. Crew cadet bluchers on today to wear them on carpet for a few hours. I really like their look.


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    I'm thinking of wearing them to a job interview tomorrow with a suit [​IMG] despite them not being balmorals. Which brings me to a question for the hard core shell owners...do you only own and/or wear shell? I've been obsessed with the idea of just having shell or suede boots/shoes. It's just one of those ideas that gets in my head and I can't get it out until I try it. Calf just doesn't appeal to me like shell and suede do.
     
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    I do own some standard calf, but I feel much the same way. My strong preference is for shell and suede, though I'd add grain calf to my list.
     
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    I honestly believe if none of us were here on SF talking about it ... there'd be a lot more shell available to buy! [​IMG]
     
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    What Subutai said. I'd only add two things. They have additional sizes for seconds in the back. If you see something you like but not your size, ask someone to check. Also, if you don't know your Carmina sizes, use the opportunity to try a few lasts, just in case you get interested in in them in the future.
     
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    I'd agree with that. Given the choice, shell first but nothing wrong with Alden's calf either. I'm eyeing up the Epaulet pebble calf Salzburg shortwing in fact [​IMG]
     
  11. ReppTiePrepster

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    Makes enough sense to me. However, I'm not sure I agree with your historical analysis of the horse. By the 1920s more people were living in urban/industrial centers than in rural areas, at least that was the case in the US, Britain, Germany, Japan, and other developing/industrializing nations. In any case though, it is likely that horses were more prevalent back then, than now.
     
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    I wouldn't, there some finishing you could only get in calf, to me the main appeal for shell is it doesn't scuff as easily and can take quite a beating, so I use it as rain wear...
     
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    Thanks Subutai. It's an interesting mix of products for sure, and the SA who was helping me seemed to know about Aldens as well as some New Balance sneakers! When was the Carmina sale?


    Tampa, I'll look out for that video!

    I tried on several Aldens to get a sense of the fit. I wear an 8.5D on C&J and AEs. Here's my notes from what I tried and what the SA George told me :

    FD 901 black captoe 8.5D fit feels good

    FD 911 tan captoe 8D fits but probably too small. SA said it's on the Hampton last which is narrow

    FD 1494 suede chukka 8D Leydon last was too small. Guessing the 8.5D would be a good fit.

    FD 11201 - Suede boots with a foot balance sole. 9D fits with slightly thicker socks (which makes sense since this is a casual boot). SA said this is a modified last like Barrie with a Flex Sole?? which is oil treated

    I didn't buy anything because they didn't have any shell cordovans in my size but I got a good idea of the fit, for whenever they get more seconds in my size (I also ordered 3 AEs on the way home, black captoe, brown chukka and burgundy PTBs - all in shell :D )
     
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    Thanks MrSix. They did check for additional sizes in the back, but they were all out of shell cordovan in my size! That's a brilliant suggestion about trying out the Carmina lasts - I wish I'd seen it before leaving the store :)
     
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    Uncle, your cigar NST's and argyles make one classy combo.
     
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    I am definitely partial to shell. But to go exclusively shell would mean, for all intents and purposes, having to forgo many fine English makers, including EG and JL. Variety is nice.
     
  17. green garden

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    Thanks for posting. It's about time that other people are recognizing the demand and doing something about the shell shortage. Having said that, I am sticking with Horween. Those guys know how to make a piece of shell that shine.
     
  18. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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    Thanks gents; they've aged quite nicely. I've had the boots for just over a year now. Definitely my favorite pair.

    A few coats of Obenauf's LP and Reno touch ups here and there. This is a few days after a first coat of Venetian shoe cream.

    I'll try to get some other photos when the time permits.
     
  20. coolarrow

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    Unc,
    Yes. These fit so well I just did it for one night. Usually, I spread it out over a few days, but I rushed these [​IMG]
     
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