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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. hkpm

    hkpm Senior member

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    It is not hard to find uneven dye on #8 shell.
    As the uneven dye shown on your shoe is on the tongue and with 25% off,
    I will say keep them, because who can see the uneven dye when the shoes are laced except you?
     
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    Because I often cross my legs when sitting it may be visible more often than it would be for those who sit with both feet on the ground. Additionally it's not like the laces will be drawn so tightly that it will cover it up. Having said that, I tend to agree with you and am leaning toward keeping. I love the shoes (minus the dark welt which I just strongly like) and at 25% off, my price was less than the cost of a comparable pair of calfskins. And your response hit on a key point that I was looking for. That being that uneven dye is not that uncommon on color 8's. My guess is that I may notice it for the first two or three wears and then forget about. Gonna think on it tonight since I would like to wear them tomorrow.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  3. Resistant

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    I have kept much worse, that is all character on your boots and Saphir Cordovan cream will boost the color if you decide to go that way.
     
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    2nd this. saphir cordovan is much more forgiving and just as effective as alden cordovan paste. alden paste tends to dry up much faster and leaves its residue behind
     
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    Gentlemen, it's not that I'm lazy, but does anyone know who offers a Trubalance lasted, even though plaza lasted boots do look really cool, shell Indy boot on either a commando or crepe sole that comes with speed hooks for easy on and off. Thanks.
     
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    Hmmm, hadn't thought of that. I've got some saphir cordovan cream. I agree that over time that will help to minimize the difference. Also, kphm was right, now that I'm wearing them around the house (Mac break-in method), when laced, it is hardly noticeable. Lastly, I've read the criticisms of the crepe sole but these things are like walking on air. I still think I prefer the feel of commando, but these are really close.

    It's a wrap, I'm keeping them. Thanks for the input.
     
  7. kennkim

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    does anyone have any examples of a shell cordovan indy boot being produced on the barrie last?

    I ordered a pair that was advertised as Barrie Last from Alden SF but once I received them it was obvious that they were Trubalance.

    I Had my suspicions as they felt larger than a comparable barrie boot and the toe shape was off as well.
    Confirmed because they had the trubalance heel pad.
    Alden SF agreed and I returned them. Now on Alden SF's website they have corrected it to show that they are in fact trubalance.
     
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  8. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    http://www.fransboonestore.com/store/Brands-Men/alden/alden-x-fransboone-cigar-cordovan-workboot
     
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    kennkim, thanks for bringing to my attention the obvious fact that Indy boots are traditionally made on the Trubalance last. I shall correct my prior post for inaccuracies.
     
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    no worries.

    call CitiShoes when they are open in the morning and ask for Voltaire.

    he is an absolute gentleman and always provides excellent service.

    they have #8 boots with the specs you wanted, hopefully they still have your size.

    http://citishoes.com/indie_boots.htm


    good find!

    i am undecided as to whether i prefer the rounded-ness of the moc toe stitching on the barrie vs. the more squared off stitching on trubalance though
     
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    J gilbert just got some of these a couple of weeks ago.
     
  14. tifosi

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    Yep. I just got mine from JGilbert last week.
     
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    I wear 9.5D in the Barrie and 10E in the 5 last.
     
  16. tifosi

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    I am an 8D in the Barrie and the 5 last. I measure just short of 8.5 on the Brannock.
     
  17. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Perhaps the finest whiskey model.
     
  18. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Yeah, it's all a personal thing. I own, or have owned, nst's, shoes and/or boots, in plaza, aberdeen, and barrie. I actually have strong preferences for shoes and boots, as follows:

    NST boots: plaza
    NST shoes: Aberdeen
     
  19. violethour1951

    violethour1951 Senior member

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    Very nice whiskey LHSs. The vamp on LHSs showcases the color particularly well.
     
  20. sevenfoldtieguy

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    I am 9D in Barrie and AE 5.
     
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