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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. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    Never noticed how similar the natural chromexcel looks to Whiskey until now......
     
  2. jasonfoote303

    jasonfoote303 Senior member

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    Is there a difference from the ones sold at Shoe Mart (other than the laces)?

    360 degree flat welt on the Leffot's. It might not seem like much, but the little things can make all the difference sometimes. Also, I might be wrong but I'd guess that the laces are the same color and just appear to be different in the pictures. I don't think Alden has a slightly different lace color that it ships. Like I said, I could be wrong about that.

    Never noticed how similar the natural chromexcel looks to Whiskey until now......

    I still haven't seen an entire shoe or boot in person in the natural Chromexcel, but from the swatch I don't think it's that close to whiskey. To me, the Chromexcel is a bit "cooler" in tone to the "warmer" Whiskey. But hey, what do I know???
     
  3. darnold

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    My first pair of Aldens just arrived today from Tom... and they are gorgeous [​IMG] (no QC issues that I can discern [​IMG]). Kudu Ultimate Indy. Quick iPhone shot... [​IMG]
     
  4. GreatHighway

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    Kudus to these pics, naturally!
     
  5. PeterParker

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    360 degree flat welt on the Leffot's. It might not seem like much, but the little things can make all the difference sometimes. Also, I might be wrong but I'd guess that the laces are the same color and just appear to be different in the pictures. I don't think Alden has a slightly different lace color that it ships. Like I said, I could be wrong about that.
    Good eye! Don't think I've ever seen an Indy boot with the 360 flat welt before. Definitely adds a classy touch. I would have liked to see a commando sole on it too, but I suppose that would be infringing on the characteristics of an "Ultimate Indy".
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Horrible. [​IMG] Let us know how you feel about the replacement. I am looking at that exact shoe.


    I returned the shoes for a full refund. The retailer was quite sincere about it and promptly paid me back. I actually used the fund to buy a different pair. [​IMG]
     
  7. ducatisteve

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    My first pair of Aldens just arrived today from Tom... and they are gorgeous [​IMG] (no QC issues that I can discern [​IMG]). Kudu Ultimate Indy.

    Quick iPhone shot... [​IMG]



    Kudu is a great leather....I think you'll really enjoy those!
     
  8. GreatHighway

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    i got this water dispenser today to help with my shoe cleaning
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Doctor

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    Question for the sizing experts...

    I have a pair of Medallion tips made on the Aberdeen last in size 14E. I like the fit, but I think I could lose just a fraction in width and/or length without any serious dramas.

    Therefore, which will be closest to the 14E Aberdeen's? Either: 13E Barrie or 14D Grant.
     
  10. tekstyl

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    so, i finally decided to buy a pair of 974. i would like to know the proper sizing/fitting for this model. when i'm only wearing socks, there is a gap between my heel and the shoe that i could insert my thumb snugly. if i put insoles, it seems like a perfect fit.. should i return for exchange or keep it? i wear 10D on red wing with 1/2 allowance and ordered 10D on 974.. should i get 9.5D for true to size?
     
  11. LeatherSOUL

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    Question for the sizing experts...

    I have a pair of Medallion tips made on the Aberdeen last in size 14E. I like the fit, but I think I could lose just a fraction in width and/or length without any serious dramas.

    Therefore, which will be closest to the 14E Aberdeen's? Either: 13E Barrie or 14D Grant.


    14D would be closer than 13E.

    so, i finally decided to buy a pair of 974. i would like to know the proper sizing/fitting for this model. when i'm only wearing socks, there is a gap between my heel and the shoe that i could insert my thumb snugly. if i put insoles, it seems like a perfect fit.. should i return for exchange or keep it? i wear 10D on red wing with 1/2 allowance and ordered 10D on 974.. should i get 9.5D for true to size?

    If there's that much room in the heel then you should probably size down...
     
  12. LeatherSOUL

    LeatherSOUL Senior member

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    i got this water dispenser today to help with my shoe cleaning
    [​IMG]


    All the Japanese shoe geeks are getting those...where'd you pick it up?
     
  13. Doctor

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    14D would be closer than 13E.

    Thanks - would you say the same for a 14D Barrie?

    Looks like I'm going to try a new pair of color 8 cap toe boots on for size (fingers crossed).
     
  14. LeatherSOUL

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    Thanks - would you say the same for a 14D Barrie?

    Yes, 14D Barrie would be somewhat similar to your 14E Aberdeen.
     
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    Sounds even better. Appreciate the assistance [​IMG] Out of interest, are LeatherSOUL still doing preorders? When is the next one likely to be?
     
  16. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    All the Japanese shoe geeks are getting those...where'd you pick it up?


    http://www.amazon.com/Dispenser-5oz-...3941786&sr=8-1

    seems like this exact one. Probably not originally intended for shoe-shining purpose [​IMG]
     
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  18. jasonfoote303

    jasonfoote303 Senior member

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    Leffot again. Natural Chromexcel looking good on a Longwing
    [​IMG]
     
  19. srivats

    srivats Senior member

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    ^ I like those LWBs ... I'd prefer a darker color on the reverse welt though -- but most probablly, these lighter ones will darken with wear and polishing.
     
  20. Joenobody0

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    I think the natural complements the LWB far better than any other shoe.
     
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