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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. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Distinguished Member

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    Many AE chili calf belts go well with ravello.
     


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    Well, it sounds as though you certainly have things figured out. I have received some very good advice from this forum. I still wear some Allen Edmonds, but decided to get a couple of Alden shells, black and #8 cap toes. That's it. Stumbling onto the forum has expanded that somewhat and I am interested in some styles and colors that I would have never considered previously. Can't say I have any regrets.

    Best of luck to you as well.
     


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    I think PTBs and LWBs are essentially the same in formality. I say this because while I recognize that technically a PTB is more formal than a LWB, all other things (last, material, sole, etc.) being equal, I think they have the same range. You can wear PTBs and LWBs from jeans to wool trousers. And, if you wear bluchers with suits, I don't think one is more equipped to do that than the other.

    Some consider NSTs to be more casual than PTBs and LWBs. I tend to agree, but only because I might wear a PTB or LWB with a suit, but probably not a NST. Otherwise, it's a blucher like the other two and works just as well from jeans to wool trousers. Note that NST boots in particular get a lot of love here, which makes them more casual still, in a way that I find to be fitting with the NST style.
     
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    I would think a lwb with its number of panels would take advantage of the shade variations to create a beautiful shoe in color 4 but then I find shade variation to be one of the most desirable aspects of shell.
    As to the belt I have a pair of ae swbs in chili that I shine w/ saphir congnac (very red)color seems close to the color 4 pic ive seen . unfortunately ive never spotted it in the real world
     


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    I use AE spray waterproofer... good for all types of leathers. Not sure about Meltonian or Alden leather defender; read the label.
     


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    Thanks.

    I was surprised to see the 2145 inside also. But it has the Brooks Brothers labeling inside the shoe and on the sole. Not sure how old they are, Is it possible that early on they used the same style number for both Alden factory shoes and made for BB? I think the BB version is also built on the aberdeen last.
     


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    FWIW, here are some color comparison pics of NatCXL. (Using my Indy's as an example)

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    Same boots at about a year, courtesy of the Mac Method.
     


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    Also, a custom SF-makeup using #4 would be beyond rad.

    Boot. Plaza/Grant last (...Modified...?). Medallion cap-toe. Pull-tabs. All eyelets. 270-degree welt. Commando sole. :drool:
     
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    Nice patination, El Argentino. A testament to the simple beauty that flows from the Mac methods

    Now, I just need to decide if the nat cxl ice breaker should be the Lwb, the brixton boot or the Oak Street Bootmakers trench boot or beef roll penny. If I'm down to my last $500, which is it?
     


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    LWB or Brixton (would love the latter but they don't carry my size)
     


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    My girlfriend would have a fit if I stored my shoes like that... hence, they have their own closet. :)
     


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    I'm really liking the LWB, especially going into spring/summer.
     


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    Not true. Sherman bros. has a sale on all Alden's every year after Christmas.
     


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    Is the Double Monk a classic style or a more modern trend?
    Alden sticks to the more traditional styles
     


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    It has a history I believe... John Lobb I think is associated with creating the design but I cannot confirm.
     


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