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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. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    I completely disagree. The low-profile stitched in commando sole that Alden does is great looking and super functional for climate that need it. I find it to look way more polished/finished than a topy.
     


  2. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Yeah, I have to say I'm a really big fan of Alden's commando sole given it's relatively low profile
     


  3. Steel28

    Steel28 Senior member

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    Add me to Commando sole team as well :) I like it on my Indys it but pre-ordered Color 8 captoe Plaza boots from LS and don't they they will have Commando sole.
     
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  4. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    I think for your purposes what you really need is SF Member Burton's "Monster Truck Sole"

    He swears by them for getting around in the winter conditions in Chicago.

    I'd hate for you to get stuck in a snow drift because of your insufficient commando soles.

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    I think he's crushed a few cars with them too!
     
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  5. Don L

    Don L Senior member

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    Agree on the value of the Commando. Today is a perfect example of why I love it here in New England

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    and back at the office

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  6. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    :nodding:

    The commando is great for boots.
     


  7. Calikid

    Calikid Senior member

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    Great boot, great color, pics included to show changes to sole I made....


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  8. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    I'm with you on this. For my casual/work-type boots, it definitely adds character and a "lived-in" look. I bought a bunch of edge dressing from AE when they had it on sale recently and I haven't ever used any of it yet. But I probably will for my dressier boots.
     


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    This all makes sense. My AE walnut (calf) Strands are the loudest. Next comes the AE shell Daltons. Then quieter are the Alden boots with dovetail heels.
     


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    I just realized that I haven't bought any footwear for three months! Although I did put a deposit down on an MTO recently. This is the longest dry spell for I think a couple of years. The itch is returning stronger than ever. But I'm a much pickier and discerning shopper now.
     


  11. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    I noticed that AE is actually using a different rubber toplift now, at least this is the case with my Patriots. Not sure if you have noticed the same.


    That's correct. that the heel stack is leather and the toplift is rubber.


    It may be the heel stack that is the issue then. AE can't be faulted for the toplift on your Daltons since they are JRs.
     
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  12. Michigan Planner

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    This is just silly. There is absolutely no comparison in the amount of traction given by well broken-in leather soles (with or without taps) and a shoe or boot with a lugged rubber sole.
     
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  13. sqroot3

    sqroot3 Senior member

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    ...by which you mean rubber has much better traction?
     


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    I agree with traction comment. The thing I don't like about leather soles is the rain/moisture factor. When I put my shoes on in the morning I don't really want to consider the days weather forecast, I just want to wear what works with the clothes that I intend to wear.

    With commando, dainite, neocork, or other rubber rain is not a consideration.
     


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