***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, looking good in your gunboats
     


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    nephew,
    thank you for posting. your efforts have been rewarded
     


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    Thanks, Don. I'm awaiting the arrival of the whiskeys and hope to high heaven Kathy and I figured out sizing ok. Once I know the proper lhs fit for me, I may well order the cigars right away. Do you definitely think cigar lhs trumps color 8? If you wouldn't mind it, would you or any others on this thread mind posting a lineup of whiskey and cigar lhs's? I'd be very appreciative!!
     


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    Thanks, Bakes. You're right. Kathy and most retailers can probably do color 8 lhs's in most widths with an approx 4-day turnaround time if Alden can get the shoe out to them right away. The whiskey situation was of course restricted to whatever she had in stock. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that sizing works out. If not, I guess we try for cigar then a color 8. Still hoping others will chime in about which shells are most versatile as lhs's. As I said in an earlier post, these will be pretty dressed down for spring and summer. Can I wear any of the shell lhs's with shorts or does a guy get banned from the thread for thinking like that? [​IMG]

    Re the unlined Bb lhs, what are the pros and cons of getting an unlined shoe? (Reminds me I've been thinking about going for an unlined Alden chukka in suede--Leffot comes to mind) How does it do in terms of fit, shoe creasing and style versatility? How is BB o deal with in terms of shipping, returns and exchanges?

    Will definitely think about the Rancourt, although the Alden bug makes it feel like buying another brand is tantamount to cheating on my lovely wife. I feel like I can barely look at all the poor AEs in the closet; they've been abandoned like Eponine from Les Mis!

    I'll definitely work on posting pics of the Aldens I've come into. Might have to wait a bit: some of them have yet to be smuggled home yet so DW doesn't freak out about my little spree [​IMG]

    One last thought: does anyone ever argue for the Alden beef rolls over the lhs? I know it might sound nuts or maybe just the buyers remorse that one can't buy all models one is considering. Just curious to hear folks' take on loafer styling in general.

    Sorry for the long post!!
     


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    Mr Spifington,
    I know what you mean. Despite the busy day I had yesterday, i was preoccupied by the LHSs like Frank Gallagher hankering for a drink in Shameless. Finally, I had the last free moment of the day before getting slammed with patients and there was no turning back, I just had to call Alden of DC, like a moth to a flame.

    No idea about the edge dressing or specifics on the sole. It was definitely a Pre-contemplated impulse purchase, so I didn't have the thousands of questions to bombard her with as I do when I buy a watch or a car. Ill definitely post pics later this week. (Still working on taking good pics. Don't want to carry my dslr kit with me all the time but don't want to embarrass myself here as I'm new on the forum and I want Mac's approval [​IMG]

    Good luck on calling Kathy and Joe. Ill keep my fingers crossed for you, if only so you won't come after me :)
     


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    In action for a rainy day in Atlanta.....thanks again!
     


  7. rydenfan

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    Unionmade just put up a great pair of Chukkas IMO. #8, Barrie Last with Commando sole...
     


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    Very tempting!
     


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    Hi guys, just looking for a little advice. I'd been sporadically wearing a pair of AF89 Leydon last black high boots I bought from Alden of Carmel a while back. I had hoped that, based on my previous sizing decisions, the boots would fit well. All AE 8E's have been fine, I fit comfortably in 8E Aberdeens, and I fit a 7.5E Truebalance pretty well. However, these boots have always had been snug all around, with an annoying toe pinch that I was hoping would go away. Alas, it has not, and I'll probably be putting them up for sale relatively soon.

    I was thinking about a replacement for after I sell them, and I was thinking about some cordovan wingtip boots from AoC. I just love the commando sole for casual wear in NYC. Great shock absorbing and I don't have to worry about slipping and killing myself. Unfortunately, that does seem to largely limit me to AoC. Right now, the only size they have that might work for me is a 9E Leydon. Is there any chance going up a size might fix the problems I'd been having with pinky toe pinch? In theory the curve on the toe box would start later. They don't have my size in Barrie right now, and the comando sole is not all that popular elsewhere.

    Let me know what you think.
     


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    Thanks for this post. Planning on ordering some shortly and will report on my thoughts.

    Also, enjoy those Ground Grippers. That are a very nice boot and it is interesting to heat the leather is now rare. Alden only seems to make with rare hides. ;-)
     


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    I know!! I had a Cigar PTB on my radar but really like the look of these
     


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    Thank you, Uncle. Nothing terribly out of the ordinary, however, you really don't see the Cigar Tassel on this thread much. I'm sure that you have pair.
     


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    The Leydon Last and my feet are usually not friends. :D

    As for sizing, I would surmise going up a full size would be too much. 1/2 size up might work though.
     


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    Definitely true about tassels in general even. I have decided not to wear tassels for the time being, but I'm sure I will at some point. I appreciate seeing styles that are less common on this thread, so thanks for posting.
     
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