***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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    Bad lighting but

    Ravello and raw
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    #8 and raw
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  2. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    I think you are referring to my post. The shoes were not already laced up, but you could see the subtle indentations on the tongue created by someone lacing and tying the laces. It wasn't a big deal because that's what it looks like after the first time you lace and tie. I almost always receive my new ones the way you described. The one time I did not was with my whiskey wingtip bal oxfords. The laces were separate in the box which makes sense because the effort required to lace those bals might have created creases right off the bat.
     


  3. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Senior member

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    Finally received my exchanged J Crew cap toe boots. Had to go +.5 to my TTS of 11.5. [​IMG]Marcoliani argyles OTC
     
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  4. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Alden SF kept up the whiskey shortwing bal too.
     


  5. FrankCowperwood

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    ^But they don't show photos of them. You have to know to click on a given style, or do so accidentally, to see if exotic shell stock is available. I had definitely noticed that Whiskey, Cigar, and Ravello disappeared from AoC and Alden Madison sites awhile ago. Interesting to find out why.
     


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    Then get some in that caramel color and make her happy. :D
     


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    For Alden SF, just run a search for whiskey in the keyword search box and it will pull up whiskey models that are available, but no pics. Same for cigar. Same for ravello.
     


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    Use saphir shell cordovan cream in burgundy ("cordovan" color, as they say) and they will remain dark.
     


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    Thanks david. They seem even nicer than the size 11 mediums I originally ordered. Probably because these actually fit. I think that's just the nature of Alden shell, no two pair are alike. Kind of like snowflakes my girlfriend says. The first pair I received were too short and to narrow. I believe anybody who's ever tried lace-up boots knows that how a boot flexes is an indication of whether or not its a proper fit. Looking forward to wearing the bejesus out of these boots. Maybe then I'll go for a commando sole with an antique edge trimming like mr chorizo.
     


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    Wasn't this always the case though? All pics are of Color 8?
     


  11. david3558

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    Yeah I totally regret returning my pair - I got them 2 years ago and had buyer's remorse because it was so damn much. And that was before all the price hikes - I think they were only $590 and I got 25% off via J.Crew coupon...

    That's what actually bugs me about Alden's consistency though - I had the Barrie SWB in Ravello and was extremely disappointed that the fit was very off. Recently, I decide to give the Barrie a try again and all the LWB's I've been trying on have been spot on. It's really frustrating -_-
     


  12. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Sizing Paranoia Question:

    I'm 9C Van/Barrie, 9D Aberdeen/Hampton.

    US 9.5D Gucci/Tod's

    I typically buy 10D New Balances, but am wondering if I should get my next pairs 9.5D.

    The 10Ds don't feel to big, and there is a little room in front of my big toe, but not excessive. (Maybe 1/4 inch)

    It just seems weird that my NB size would be a full size up from all of my Alden sizes, and that I'm normally 9.5 in all other shoes.

    Can anyone that wears New Balances comment on my predicament or share their sizing experience?

    TIA
     


  13. alex4nder

    alex4nder Well-Known Member

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    Be careful with this. I sent back a pair of 403s that I bought from LS, which had a bad stitch in the upper. Alden ended up just cutting the loose thread, and running a new stitch through the outer leather and inner lining. Those boots were beat up, so I wasn't heart broken, but I would have been pissed if they had treated some cordovan in the same way.
     
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    Hey guys new to the forum and just got my first pair of Aldens!

    The pair I got is second hand and the rubber dovetails on the heel are a bit worn down.

    Is it possible for a local cobbler to replace these without replacing the entire heel? I'm new to the game and was hoping you veterans could help me out. Thanks!
     


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