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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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    QP,

    Have you worn the boot outside? If not J Crew will likely take a return. Also, if they are just a bit too big you can likely wear a bit of a thicker sock plus add an insole to take up some extra room. I would try some options before giving up on them.
     
  2. BeSpiffington

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    +1 Sazon, nice pickup. There are some really cool looking boots. Cograts and wear them in good health.
     
  3. MrDV

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    Awesome looking saddles. Thanks for posting, I love how you brought these back.
     
  4. QuieroPiero

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    I wore them outside for one day of work (in a carpeted office) with the thickest socks I had. Still too roomy for my taste. I don't like compromising with shoe sizing. If a shoe isn't the right size, I don't want to change it to make it work. I guess shoes are kind of like relationships in that sense haha
     
  5. tifosi

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    I agree. If they don't fit then they just don't fit. I'm sure you could post them for sale on the marketplace and make out OK on them. I don't know if/when you'll be able to get that exact boot, though.
     
  6. QuieroPiero

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    Yeah I wont be able to post them on the classifieds for 15 days I think (because I'm a newbie) but we'll see how it goes. Also, BOY those shell cordovan cap-toes are nice O_O
     
  7. BeSpiffington

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    A question this morning for the faithful. Which Horween leather is tougher for just knocking around, CXL or shell cordovan?
     
  8. tifosi

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    I would say that cordovan is tougher. It just depends on how badly you want to beat up a pricey cordovan shoe/boot, I would say. If I had unlimited resources, I would have cordovan for beating up on.
     
  9. Alcibiades

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    Depends on what you mean by tough. Cordovan is usually a stiffer leather. Remember, Horween CXL is used in shoes such as boat shoes which demand a softer leather. That said, CXL is very durable, can be water treated with stuff like Montanta pitch blend, and I think feels better for just "knocking around."
     
  10. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Are those boots calfskin or shell?
     
  11. NYDRH

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    On Friday docalden posted some shot of a new acquisition on crepe, and he noted his pleasant surprise. I think functionally they are great, comfortable, grippy and there is a nice bounce in the heel (which i appreciate on days like today where I'd prefer walking 20 blocks rather than get in train). I don't notice a clicking sound either as was mentioned earlier.

    I'm a convert for sure, when I first saw a shot of them online my immediate reaction was "why?" particularly when coupled with the moniker "all weather walker" which sounds like to me like a marketing catch phrase from '50's aimed at the 75 and over consumer doing laps at the local mall in the mornings.

    All kidding aside I think if you go for it, you'll be happy you did.
     
  12. tifosi

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    4060 captoes again today. I enjoy cooler weather even more, now!
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    I agree with the others that it depends on what is meant by "tough." Technically, the denser the fiber mat structure of the leather, the longer lasting it should be. Also, the thicker the piece of leather, the more durable it should be. Shell is far denser than CXL, but it may or may not be thicker. There is a lot of variance in the thickness of shell.

    In the end, I would still put my money on shell as being tougher. The question is, which leather are you more prone to baby vs. beat-up? I'd wager that it would be easier to "let it go" and allow your CXL to get more beat up.
     
  14. Don L

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    #8 WT Boot from AOC

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    Nice boots, Don L - I have a pair preordered. How often do you wear them?

    On another note, so many unworn Leffot Alden boots (color 8 tankers, naval boots, etc) are popping up on eBay for $850-$875 lately. It looks like guys are preordering these boots and attempting to flip them for 100 bucks or so on eBay.
    1) I'm not seeing many of these auctions actually price for that much
    2) Is it worth it to really make $50 or so on these after eBay and PayPal fees?
     
  16. BeSpiffington

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    MWS, I don't baby my shoes at all, I just wear them. I ask the question because I'm looking for a go to winter/work wherever, and whatever, I end up doing regardless of conditions boot that's totally comfortable and requires minimal care. I'm trying to decide between the Epaulet Innsbruck Indy and the TSM #8 Indy, both of which are on commando soles. Today I'm using this thread to help me decide how many paychecks ahead I need to plan before winter inundates us here in Minnesnowta. Thanks everyone for all the input.
     
  17. MrDV

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    suede ptb x jcrew
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    I know I posted a few pix last night, but I love these so much that I had to wear them today and wanted to share a few shots. One in the natural light (through a window) and one with no direct light.

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    Be, I though about using my incoming #8 Indys from JGilbert for the same purpose. I have 2 shell boots, now and another on order which I did not think I would have when I placed the pre-order for the Indys. I can use the other 3 pairs the same as I was intending to use the Indys. Two captoe are a little dressier and the #8 tanker from Leffot is a bit more casual and I can use it in place of the Indys. I may use the Indys as my daily boots instead of spending another $488 on a pair of CXL Indys. The #8 are on commando and with a little waterproofing should be some awesome daily boots IMHO.
     
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    Quote:Every time i see this boot my jaw drops. I have the Jcrew boots and the RL Lindrick and these are the ones that I drool over time and time again. Enjoy
     
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