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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

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    Love the detail of the red lining. Really nice touch
     
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    Gentlemen - thanks for the input on the "blotch" issue with my recently purchased color 8 saddle bluchers -- really helped me to not do anything rash like pack them up and ship them back this morning or, alternatively, to start wearing and creasing them so that a return would be impossible. In looking at them more closely, the blotch doesn't appear to be a flaw in the cordovan, but looks more like they applied coloration more to that area (which could also mean there's a blemish that they wanted to conceal). I'll try to get Alden's take on the situation and then proceed from there.

    Alcibiades - great pick up. That red interior reminds me of the linings in a couple of my blazers -- they're so nice that they were part of the reason I got the jacket.
     
  3. NYDRH

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    Agreed. Enjoy them Alci, and wear in good health
     
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    We still have some of these left. Barrie last crepe sole. Great boot for fall.
     
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  5. ReppTiePrepster

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    ^^^^ The original post that I was responding to ^^^^

    He didn't ask, I was the one that asked after he made the above comment in bold. I apologize for projecting his claim upon your answer. AE does have an MTO program that's relatively easy.
     
  6. ReppTiePrepster

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    You bought a shoe on a clearance sale that no one wants! [​IMG]

    Just kidding my friend... Your tassels look great; a fine score. I probably would have given it a try at that price if the size were correct and it if it were in fact shell cordovan. Wear often and in great health your tassels.

    On another note, I seriously doubt J Crew and Alden are buying up all of the available shell. How is it so easy then, to buy all of this shell from other producers that are so superior in quality and finish, not to mention doing an AE MTO in various shell colors?? Not sure I understand what "legitimate" means in your statement. Are you suggesting an antitrust investigation?
     
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  7. sevenfoldtieguy

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    I have Carmina shell, shoes and boots. The Carmina boots were $900. I prefer Alden going away.

    My last Carmina's were returned - the difference in fit between the right and left shoe was laughable.
     
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    Rishi Kakar Senior member

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    Sheer beauty! Wear in good health my friend/
     
  9. Mr. Moo

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    Unionmade has a nice new Indy boot :)
     
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    Carmina has never really appealed to me. I agree Alden has its faults which I have vented about in the past. However when Alden gets it right, they get it right. I have yet to see shell from anyone that rivals the depth of color 8. While their construction can certainly be picked apart, their dying process is about as good as it gets IMO. Value is subjective and difficult to truly quantify. I can only say that I have no regrets about forking over my hard earned money for my alden boots calf or shell.
     
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    agreed. which is why I have five pair I think, all with varying levels of depth depending on usage.
     
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    +1. I sold my burgundy shell Carmina wingtip boot. Didn't really like the forest last and the shell lacked the depth of my #8 wingtip plaza balmoral. The fact that alden shell is so much easier to care for also factored into the decision
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. Love that snuff suede/red brick sole combo.
    It looks like they also have a reverse chamois PTB (which I believe they have stocked in years past).
     
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    I think I have 4-5 alden #8 shell and each is aging differently. The differences are starkly visible. jcrew boot is turning a red color, wingtip has looked brown from the beginning, another has maintained that dark, velvety eggplant depth, while another is a combination of all of the above depending on the environment
     
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    NAMOR, does Carmina use Horween shell? If so, is it produced to different specifications than other shoe makers?
     
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    Yes carmina uses horween. Alden's secret is in the dying process.
     
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    Thanks B. Is that something that Alden actually does itself, or does Horween dye to Alden's specifications?
     
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    Alden itself.
     
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    Random morning thought: has anyone done a PCT boot in chromexcel? Looking at Unionmade's Hanover model, I'd prefer to have this done in CXL; a nice makeup anyway
     
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    Just to echo everyone else, Alden cordovan just tends to look better and "deeper" than other brands. I've observed many great cordovan pairs from many manufacturers; basically none had the amount of glow Alden typically has. I have a pair of Rider black balmoral captoe boots, and Alden black captoes win going away due to the glow of the cordovan. I've seen Edward Green cordovan pairs, and while well built, Alden's cordovan glows more. "Glow" and "depth of color" are not the only considerations but is a very big ones when buying cordovan
     
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