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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. Randomore

    Randomore Senior member

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    Recently acquired these for a very good deal and figured I would poke in this fountain of knowledge for a few scraps of information on this shoe. I am not familiar with shoe terminology but I am learning. After handling such fine craftsmanship I am eager to buy a pair that will actually fit me correctly. After plugging in the numbers online I understand that they are shell cordovan but I do not know the "last" or what the difference between the lasts mean. Thanks in advance! I am not sure what I am going to do with these, maybe throw them up on ebay to help fund my new pair.

    I apologize in advance for the crappy phone pictures.


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  2. jacksh

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    Thank you!
     


  3. Olifter

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    I believe those are made on the Tremont last. I had a pair but ended up selling them as they were a 1/2 size too big.
     


  4. Alcibiades

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    I'm trying to hold off ordering whiskey longwings from Alden SF as I already have the whiskey balmoral wingtips and natural CXL longwings... But these photos are making me reconsider
     
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  5. Steel28

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    thank you gentlemen, my wallet is a bit thinner after 2 pair of shell purchases in one month but I'm extremely happy that went for it: :satisfied: One more pair in suede and I should slow down. My work environment is very casual so my fresh collection will reflect this.
     
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  6. Michigan Planner

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    Pick Flint as your new home and then tell the GF that since you have to live in Flint, you need something nice to make up for it... like some more Aldens! :slayer:

    Flint does have one good thing going for it - the airport. It's tiny but has a surprising number of convenient direct flights from it and if you live north of Detroit (Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, or St. Clair Counties), it's a much easier airport to use than Metro. The parking is so much easier too. Whenever we fly anywhere, we always check flights from Flint first. There are a couple nice areas to live just south of Flint in Grand Blanc, but it's still a pretty quiet, sleepy area. Especially if you are coming from NYC.

    I have to get a plug in for Oakland County and say that that's the best place to live. Anywhere south of the city of Pontiac and North of Detroit along the Woodward Corridor to be more precise. ;) Plus, the commute to Flint isn't too bad (40 minutes up I-75 to downtown).

    If when my wife and I got married a few years ago we hadn't been thinking about having kids so soon, we would have actually moved into the city of Detroit. If you don't mind paying high property taxes and car insurance rates, and can handle dealing with inept government, there are some awesome places to live, especially around Midtown and Corktown. Or if you are industrious and want a home with some real character there are great, affordable options in places like Boston-Edison, Sherwood Forest, Indian Village, Palmer Woods, and the University District).

    And as a former Wolverine, I would be remiss to not mention Ann Arbor. It's got a great little downtown and there is always stuff going on. Personally though, because of the demand from students and faculty , the best housing in the walkable areas is grossly over priced IMO - I'd rather stick to somewhere like Rochester, Birmingham, Ferndale, or Royal Oak.

    Ok, that's enough log-rolling from me on the Detroit area. Feel free to message me if you have any questions on the area. I am a geographic idiot savant.



    Now back to our regularly scheduled Alden discussion:

    I wanted to give a shout out to Alden of NYC. I had contacted them a while back about the availability of a specific shoe. It was out of stock in my size at the time (back in November or December) but they promised to notify me when it was available. Yesterday I got an email letting me know it had come in and today the shoes are on route to me. I've had numerous other retailers in the past promise to notify me about something coming in and then they never follow through (and I end up seeing the item, in my requested size, listed as available on their site). It may be a small courtesy, but it is really appreciated.

    Thanks again Alden NYC. :slayer:
     


  7. Alcibiades

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    I know Alden NYC has its detractors, but I've always had great service from them... They always call me right away when they get a shipment, they will put shoes aside for me for a week, etc.
     
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  8. sevenfoldtieguy

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    This is the shoe. It is on the Tremont last. Many believe it runs 1/2 size larger than one's regular size. http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-me...w-9741_ald_m_wing_tip_bal_shell_cordovan.html
     


  9. MrDV

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    Wow, now THAT is a rare combination!
     


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    +1 I have dealt with them on a couple of occasions, both of which were very positive.
     


  12. dddrees

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    Fabulous looking boots!!!
     


  13. ThArtOfWardrobe

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    Don L, these are so serious. So much character, they almost look burnished. You mind sharing the way you maintain these?

     


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    +2

    I really like the contrast the brass eyelets provide.... nonetheless a great looking shoe!
     


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