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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. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    I tried telling you this in the beginning, but I guess some things you just have to learn for yourself.

    I don't think you have to stick to just Alden, the same as I think its dumb when people buy a pair of shoes for the mere fact that "Alden" is stamped on the insole. (or when people buy a rare-make up in the wrong size and stuff tissue paper in the front of the toe and use insoles and heel pads and tongue pads and wear two pairs of thick wool socks to "make it work", just so they can wear an exclusive make-up)

    With every additional shoe that you buy, the marginal benefit from that additional pair decreases. (Law of diminishing returns) You're probably beyond the point of a well-rounded and useful collection, but if you enjoy shoes, keep going.

    If I see a shoe that I like (regardless of brand), and I think that I would get enough use and enjoyment out of it to justify the cost, then I buy it. The key is to be honest with yourself about whether you will really wear the shoe enough, or want it bad enough to justify the $700 or however much it may be. Conversely, sometimes you have to admit that it is just the shoe of the week that you think about buying while you are bored at work.

    I have bought a lot of Aldens because I like shell cordovan, have plain taste, and don't like narrow shoes.
     
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  2. mdubs

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    Okay, changed my mind and decided to deliver early sans the PTB because my wife was reading through the grocery ads... Here is the comparison that you are looking for, plus I added Ravello (new and old) into the mix for fun.

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    From left to right: Alden Ravello LHS (old Ravello), Alden Ravello LWB (new Ravello), Allen Edmonds Walnut Shell Strands, Alden Whiskey LWB (sorry, didn't brush first).

    Hope that this scratches your itch!

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  3. Dr. D

    Dr. D Senior member

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    When I step back and contemplate my shoe wardrobe, I realize that I could live a very content life with only a pair of color 8 LHS and a pair of color 8 LWB. While I certainly enjoy my other Aldens in various shades of brown, there is just something classically right about these two Alden designs in a deep burgundy. To my eye they are the epitome of classic American shoe design and are the only ones I would not want to be without.
     
  4. mdubs

    mdubs Senior member

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    Agree, those are two awesome shoes! Somehow though, I don't have either!! :-/

    -Mike
     
  5. mdubs

    mdubs Senior member

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    Been having problems posting pics from my iPhone lately, so here are my shoes from the last two days or so...

    For my birthday dinner on Sunday I had to go Whiskey LWBs. My current favorite. :)
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    Then on Monday went throwback to Color 8 tassels.
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    Today went with a little Ravello NST
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    Cheers and good week... Tomorrow is Whiskey Wednesday! Super excited. :)

    -Mike
     
  6. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    I'm reminded of this post:

     
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    zippyh Senior member

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    ^ He sold his LHS a while ago.
     
  8. brokeassp

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    does alden do toplift heel replacement?
     
  9. docalden2013

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    Thanks for your reply, zippyh. To paraphrase the sentiment from (I believe) Twain, I didn't have time to write you three clean, concise sentences, so I wrote several paragraphs. Sorry for being so long-winded! I think I'm basically trying to understand how to approach two questions: 1. When are you folks employing Trickers, C&J, Carmina and AS instead of Alden? (do you feel one brand is more suited, for example, to a rugged, slubby selvedge denim? Is a brand like Carmina something you turn to for a more European look?

    For the record, my stepfather is fond of wearing Gucci loafers with a suit. I find it endearing and feel myself in no position to judge, as I was sporting a whole closet full of Kenneth Cole shoes just over a couple years ago...

    PS, please let me extend a very public thank you to you for all of your help with the Belstaff Roadmaster purchase. The jacket is so handy and versatile; it's made me much more fond of each and every pair of Alden boots!
    Is EG really worth the additional cost over Alden? I'm still having a hard time figuring out how I'd wear a Galway without it looking like an affectation or costume. No offense intended to Galway owners, just not sure if I can rock the English countryside look as a young-looking Asian fella...
    Hi Mike. I was eyeing the Carmina Salingers for over 6 months, but, of course, ended up waiting too long and can now only drool after models for which my size is unavailable :( I'm curious about folks' opinion on the best double monks for the money. Also, is the Alden single monk worth considering or do you find it hard to identify in terms of its intended use?

    Thanks for the tips on the Vass via Ep. Epaulet is one of the good guys for sure. Great customer service.

    Thanks for being patient with me, Bakes. I'm a slow learner [​IMG]

    You're right, once you're beyond 20 Aldens and other nice shoes, it's probably not so much about practicality. I agree that it's important to be real with yourself about exactly why you're buying the shoe. It might be interesting to have us post pics of our collections and discuss "most practical" or "most potentially versatile"-oriented plans for future acquisitions. Anyone interested?

    I like shell cordovan and the look of simple classics. I do sometimes wish we talked about calfskin, kudu, tobacco chamois and suede a bit more. Are there closeted calf lovers here?

    Interesting. After getting my wife and kids to safety, I'm not sure which Aldens I'd attempt to rescue from a fire. I'd say it's a tie between the cigar and color 8 lwbs for a shoe for dressing up (to a certain point) and down, and then perhaps a chromexcel indy for knockabout purposes.
     
  10. mdubs

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    I only read your response to my portion. I loved the Alden single monks for a long time. I intended to get them and went to Alden DC to pick them up, tried them on and just didn't feel the connection with them that I was expecting. I got my Color 8 Chukkas on that visit.

    I feel that the double monk with the cap toe is more my pace if I were to get a pair of monks. Unfortunately, Alden doesn't making double monks, the Salingers look like a beautiful alternative. Also considering an MTO shell of the AE Mora 2. Maybe in burgundy shell with rolled edges, independence sole and lining. Need to try them on first though.

    -Mike
     
  11. MrDV

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    Docalden,
    I would recommend Carmina sallingers double monks via Epaulet. I have them in saddle shell, they are nice. The fit is tricky, I wear USA 10.5, my monks are 9.5.
    Carmina lasts are more narrow and dressy than alden. I don't wear suits, so I don't wear my Carminas as often.
    Alden finishes their shell better than Carmina, c&j, and allen edmonds.
     
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    Thanks rtp. I purchased the Giannis but have not decided if I'm going to keep them. I'll try to snap some side by side photos soon.

    Thanks uncle. Nice looking loafers today.
     
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    Gah! Those were the exact ones that I was contemplating for months. :-/

    Nice pick up! I agree on finishing. But C&J and AE have really been improving. My recent acquisitions from both have been much nicer shell quality than they used to sell.

    -Mike
     
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    I posted a few pics of mine last week. PM me if you want me to send them to you. I will take more next week when I am back in the office on my normal table. :)

    They are really a beautiful boot. It's kind of like an Indy boot mixed with a full strap loafer (tighter stitching) in the color of the Marlow.

    -Mike
     
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    Thank you, MrDV, for your reply. Ep's Carmina salingers were the first DM model I considered. All they have left in the models in which I am interested is unfortunately the UK 8.5/ US 9.5. I'm a Barrie 8.5D/9D TTS. It's delusional to think that I could pull that off, right?

    Trying to think of which Alden last would best suit a double monk. Plaza? Aberdeen? Hampton?
     
  16. mdubs

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    Plaza probably, then Aberdeen?

    -Mike
     
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    I know this sounds crazy, but what about Grant for the roundish toe (but not such a bulbous last as Barrie or Tru), instead of Plaza, whose pointier, squared off toe puts some people off for a DM.
     
  18. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    was going to say Grant
     
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    My last purchases
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    Wow, and I thought the fearsome foursome was impressive. That's quite the intimidating front four you have there. Thanks for the pic. Quick follow-up. How do you like the fit/feel of the AE Strands?
     
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