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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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    How often do you guys wear the same pair twice? It seems like some of you guys can go a year w/o doing so. :p
     
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    indoor pic looks like ravello....?

    beautiful colour anyways
     
  6. Aquaphor

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    What do you guys think of the leathersoul contest finalist shoes and boots? Which ones Shoe and Boot would you vote for?

    SHOE #1
    The SF Classy Blucher by R. Friend
    Plain Toe Blucher w/Medallion on Toe
    Hampton Last
    Burgundy #8 Shell Cordovan
    6 Blind Eyelets
    Regular Welt, Close Heel
    Single Oiled Leather Flex Sole
    LS Comments: "A great everyday shoe with a medallion detail that keeps it interesting. Very versatile, it will look great with a suit or with jeans."

    SHOE #2
    The Jumper Shoe by C. Mai
    Perforated Cap Toe Blucher
    Trubalance Last
    Horween Brown Chromexcel
    Metal Eyelets
    Regular Welt, Close Heel
    Antique Edgetrim
    Double Waterlock Oiled Leather Sole
    Vintage Rubber Heel
    LS Comments: "A perfect alternative or companion shoe to our very popular Jumper Boot line. Great addition of the vintage inspired rubber heel."

    SHOE #3
    The Chromexcel LHS by M. Weinshenker
    Leisure Handsewn Penny Loafer
    Van Last
    Horween Brown Chromexcel
    Regular Welt, All Around
    Antique Edgetrim
    Single Oiled Leather Flex Sole
    LS Comments: "A simple but smart variation of one of Alden's most popular shoes. The chromexcel leather matched with an oiled leather flex sole will make this a great, classic American penny loafer."

    BOOT #1
    The Vanguard Boot by J. Rogulski
    Cap Toe High Boot
    Barrie Last
    Horween Brown Chromexcel
    Brass Eyelets w/Speed Hooks
    Regular Welt, All Around
    Antique Edgetrim
    Double Waterlock Oiled Leather Sole
    Vintage Rubber Heel
    LS Comments: "We think this will be a great vintage looking boot. The contrast from the brass eyelets on the brown chromexcel leather will be a really nice detail."

    BOOT #2
    The Natural Wingtip Boot by B. Miu
    Wingtip High Boot
    Plaza Last
    Horween Natural Chromexcel
    All Blind Eyelets
    Regular Welt, Close Heel
    Antique Edgetrim
    Single Oiled Leather Flex Sole
    LS Comments: "We think natural chromexcel will work great with the Plaza wingtip boot. It will age beautifully and we like the single oiled flex sole, giving it a dressier silhouette."

    BOOT #3
    The Alpine Wingtip Boot by A. Cornett
    Wingtip High Boot
    Barrie Last
    Brown Alpine Grain Calf
    All Brass Eyelets
    Reverse Welt, All Around
    Antique Edgetrim
    Commando Sole
    LS Comments: "An American version of the country boot. Perfect with a tweed suit or with jeans and a flannel button down."

    http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/201...led/#more-2595
     
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    Yes, I am not a professional photographer. I have no idea how to adjust lighting/color. I'm sorry for any confusion.

    Is it possible for Alden to make a Balmoral boot? Like this?
     
  8. LeatherSOUL

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    Is it possible for Alden to make a Balmoral boot?

    They don't have the pattern.

    Leffot's having a Rider Boot trunk show on October 1 and 2. Check it out if you are in the area.
     
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    Very interesting voting so far by the way, not what I expected at all.
     
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    To be honest, I don't really like the contest finalists. Either no one submitted good designs, or all the good ones are already on order.

    The three shoes make no sense really with the 2nd one being the best out of the three. (Shoe #1) Blutcher and medallion toe don't really go together well IMHO, mix that in with the 6 eyelets and you have a really awkward shoe. 6 eyelets is tough and I think it only looks nice with either a plain toe or NST. Although the hampton last is spot on. Shoe #3 is also nonsensical. Why make a penny loafer with Chromexcel, may as well put a commando sole on it...The boots are okay, not much better. I like boot #1, but wish it were on a different last. Boot #3 is nice. Boot #2 would be hideous--just think of it. I think natural chromexcel is an iffy color, and it certainly won't look good paired with the wingtip.

    I liked the results of the first contest MUCH more. Both winners were gorgeous. I don't know what happened this time....but hey, maybe everyone else thinks they're beautiful.
     
  11. LeatherSOUL

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    To be honest, I don't really like the contest finalists. Either no one submitted good designs, or all the good ones are already on order.

    The three shoes make no sense really with the 2nd one being the best out of the three. (Shoe #1) Blutcher and medallion toe don't really go together well IMHO, mix that in with the 6 eyelets and you have a really awkward shoe. 6 eyelets is tough and I think it only looks nice with either a plain toe or NST. Although the hampton last is spot on. Shoe #3 is also nonsensical. Why make a penny loafer with Chromexcel, may as well put a commando sole on it...The boots are okay, not much better. I like boot #1, but wish it were on a different last. Boot #3 is nice. Boot #2 would be hideous--just think of it. I think natural chromexcel is an iffy color, and it certainly won't look good paired with the wingtip.

    I liked the results of the first contest MUCH more. Both winners were gorgeous. I don't know what happened this time....but hey, maybe everyone else thinks they're beautiful.


    I truly respect your opinion but would love to hear your best idea for a boot and shoe. If I like it and if you don't mind, I'd love to make it.
     
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    if i could get shoe #2 but in black chromexcel id be all over it. but going on whats there, boot #3 sounds very appealing. 'An American version of the country boot' is a great way to put it. maybe even put some of that extra perforation on it like that new plaza wingtip...
     
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    if i could get shoe #2 but in black chromexcel id be all over it. but going on whats there, boot #3 sounds very appealing. 'An American version of the country boot' is a great way to put it. maybe even put some of that extra perforation on it like that new plaza wingtip...

    I'm pretty sure leathersoul can make it in different leather variations sooner or later. Just gotta have the style produced first.
     
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    To be honest, I don't really like the contest finalists. Either no one submitted good designs, or all the good ones are already on order.

    The three shoes make no sense really with the 2nd one being the best out of the three. (Shoe #1) Blutcher and medallion toe don't really go together well IMHO, mix that in with the 6 eyelets and you have a really awkward shoe. 6 eyelets is tough and I think it only looks nice with either a plain toe or NST. Although the hampton last is spot on. Shoe #3 is also nonsensical. Why make a penny loafer with Chromexcel, may as well put a commando sole on it...The boots are okay, not much better. I like boot #1, but wish it were on a different last. Boot #3 is nice. Boot #2 would be hideous--just think of it. I think natural chromexcel is an iffy color, and it certainly won't look good paired with the wingtip.

    I liked the results of the first contest MUCH more. Both winners were gorgeous. I don't know what happened this time....but hey, maybe everyone else thinks they're beautiful.

    Too much Chromexcel. I was hoping to see suede, blue suede or something really interesting in the Tan Vegano Calf or one of the lesser used leathers.

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    Tan Vegano Calf PTB

    I entered a cap toe boot in the vegano calf but understand that may not be the best use of the leather. I really wanted to see something different than Chromexcel. I am on Chromexcel overload. I was interested in shoe 3 but when I saw it was on the Van last I quickly became ambivalent and agree it could have a commando sole.

    BOOT #3 is my favorite out of the lot and I am interested to see what it looks like.

    I am in the market for a beefroll mocc in the next 2-3 months so I will see what shows up.

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    I would also like to add that the boat shoes Leather Soul has now look great. I would have liked to see brown but they look great and I was very tempted.
     
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    I truly respect your opinion but would love to hear your best idea for a boot and shoe. If I like it and if you don't mind, I'd love to make it.
    Tom, Has there ever been a navy suede or navy oiled newbuck longwing, with brass eyelets? I wanted that to be one of my votes but wasn't sure of them. I thought they'd go really nice with an antiqued edgetrim and double oiled waterlock sole. Oh well
     
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    agree with this. I'm not really a chromexcel guy, it strikes me as something that should be restricted to rugged looking boots. an indy boot with commando sole in chromexcel, stuff like that

    edit: I think this makes a lot of sense

    the waterlock sole works great with the speedhooks, leather choice, last, and simple design. it all works together well. put that chromexcel on boots you would actually do work in and be comfortable in all day, once broken in it's too rustic looking for anything dressy imo
     
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    Well here are the pictures of my new Alden Indy boots in Natural Chromexcel. As I posted before, after only a few days I scraped up the front of one boot by kneeling on some pavement =(. So this is the best cleanup job I could do on it without darkening that area and making it stand out more. If anyone has any ideas on a better "fix" please let me know.

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    And here are pictures of the rubber heel. They look nothing like the rubber heel on my other Indy boot (in black), and nothing like any of the other Indy boot heels I have seen online (has no nails, no writing, etc). Can someone identify this heel for me, or is this a new heel Alden is using?

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    Are these from Leffot? Mine came with the normal Foot Balance heel.
     
  18. phantomx48

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    Yup from Leffot. I was afraid there was something up with these heels. They look like shoddy aftermarket work. Gonna send Steve an email and see what he says.
     
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    I'd just like to add that those Plaza Extra Perf wingtips on the site are amazing. If only I hadn't bought a pair of Alden's last week... sigh.
     
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    Tom, here are my ideas, 'hope you like them.

    Medallion toe (I guess it's on everyone's mind...)
    Boot; plaza or grant last (I haven't seen a medallion toe on a boot before, but I think it could look really good...)
    Dark Blue suede
    Blind eyelets
    Antiqued or matched edgetrim. I really can't decide which would look better. I see a lot of blue paired with antique edge trim, and I think it looks great, but I think that dark dots created by they black edgetrim could look pretty cool and subtle.
    Plaza Last

    That's one idea.

    Another is for either a boot or shoe, would look good either way IMO. Although I have never seen the idea appear on a boot before, so maybe that would be the better option, not sure.
    V-tip, single leather sole, regulare welt. This would be in either cordovan with the upper part of the v-tip being color 8 and the sides being black, or it would be with burnished walnut for the upper and black calfskin for the sides. Again, blind eyelets and and matched edge trim.
    Double leather sole, regular welt. Hampton last.


    I rarely see Alden mix colors and when they do, it almost always looks great! LS has done it a number of times with great results, including their v-tip shoe in cigar and black shell from a while back (the style of which clearly influences the design above...).

    I hope you like my designs Tom
     
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