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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. weedlewalker

    weedlewalker Member

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    Just joined here!

    I picked up a pair of natural chromexcel indy's as my first SF inspired purchase.

    Pics to follow soon!
     
  2. rayuela

    rayuela Senior member

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    About five months ago I bought a pair of the Alden unlined suede chukkas. Have worn them a good amount since then but was still very surprised to notice that today the sold has worn through to the cork and the rubber heel has worn through to the metal. I wasn't keeping that close an eye on their wear because they were so new. Makes me think that it would be stupid to have these resoled with the flexible oiled sole as it wore through so quickly. Anyone else had this experience? Anyone have recommendations on whether to replace the oiled leather sole with something more durable? Just a standard leather sole, or what?
     
  3. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Today I received my Alden Indy seconds from shoemart.com. I picked them up for 299 shipped. I was curious to see what imperfections would appear on the shoe and there were a few. They include:

    "¢\tSmudge on the toe box of the left boot
    "¢\tMetal shoelace clasp is bent in
    "¢\tLeather on the right boot heel looks cut
    "¢\tBoot looks worn. Leather shows minor creasing especially on tongue and sole has the appearance that it was walked on

    Now for the sizing, the boot is slightly too big. Im kind of pissed because I went down a half size and its still too big. I wear a size 12 equivalent dress shoe in Testoni, a 12 in converse and an XL in Rainbow sandles. My Indy is a 11.5E but that was with a dress sock. I figure of I wear a thicker sock than they will fit just fine. All in all a great boot for the price.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?

    [​IMG]

    I sized down half a size from my normal size for my Indy's and got the same size as my Barrie last size and at times my Indy's seem too big. Recently I have had no problem. I do not know what it is but maybe they are just too wide? Love wearing mine now though.

    Pictures 2-3-4 do not look bad and I think you are being too picky. The last picture is an issue I would expect from a second and if I were to keep the boots I would not be too concerned since people will rarely if ever see that issue. You will just have to decide for yourself whether you can live with it for the price.

    The sizing issue may be the biggest issue and if you try a couple of different pairs of socks and they still feel too big send them back before it is too late.
     
  4. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    color 8 cap toe boot

    Great boot! I love that they do not have the speed hooks. Wear in good health!

    [​IMG]

    Alden x Winn Perry vegano tan calf captoes. Love them.

    I really love this boot. I did not know Winn Perry did this and I submitted a similar boot for the Leather Soul contest.

    I am knocked out with Alden's line. Got my first pair (PTBluchers, cigar) and am looking forward to a couple more purchases.

    Instant favorite.

    Go Alden!

    Cigar, along with Whiskey, PTB's were my first pickup too. Still one of my favorite shoes and a true work horse. They get at least 3 times the wear of my Whiskey.

    Just joined here!

    I picked up a pair of natural chromexcel indy's as my first SF inspired purchase.

    Pics to follow soon!

    Welcome weedlewalker. [​IMG] Sounds like a great purchase. If you post pics please post a fit pic too. I was not liking the natural Indy's until I saw the fit pics and think they are great.
     
  5. weedlewalker

    weedlewalker Member

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    Thanks Here is a shot with my Titanium Panerai 176g 1 of 400. I posted my watch because I can see this becoming a similar obsession. [​IMG] The sun is hitting them directly so the actually color is slightly darker. I post processed a touch to show the leather. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Here is a shot with my Titanium Panerai 176g 1 of 400. I posted my watch because I can see this becoming a similar obsession. [​IMG]
    The sun is hitting them directly so the actually color is slightly darker. I post processed a touch to show the leather.

    WOW! Great boots. Fantastic watch! [​IMG]

    OK, Update on the crepe soles. These are some great wingtips I wear a lot in the rain and snow. I have a lot of miles on these and I see what the earlier posts were talking about.

    Uppers look great. Maybe better than new and I scraped the toe bad on one of these:

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    The bottoms showing the leather. The pictures make it look worse than in person. This does not really bother me but I thought I would post for the community.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    New:

    [​IMG]

    Though crepe is comfortable I really do not see me getting any more crepe soles. Not because of this but because I find the bottoms always look dirty. This is a pair of shoes that has never fitted me properly. I believe they are Grant last and the left shoe fits great. The right shoe scrunches my little toe. I have found a couple of pairs of socks that work great and make it hardly noticeable.

    If I get them resoled by Alden I will see if they can do anything about that.

    Is it possible to get crepe soled shoes resoled with a commando sole? I will probably have the leather toes replaced before I resole the shoe but I am curious.
     
  7. srivats

    srivats Senior member

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    Is it possible to get crepe soled shoes resoled with a commando sole? I will probably have the leather toes replaced before I resole the shoe but I am curious.


    Yes, alden will replace crepe with commando soles when you send them in for recrafting.
     
  8. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Yes, alden will replace crepe with commando soles when you send them in for recrafting.
    Thank you. [​IMG]
     
  9. Bill Smith

    Bill Smith Senior member

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    Yeah, those are sweet. I've really been into ravello lately.

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    [​IMG]


    Nice!
     
  10. jhcam8

    jhcam8 Senior member

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    Thanks
    Here is a shot with my Titanium Panerai 176g 1 of 400. I posted my watch because I can see this becoming a similar obsession. [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    One of these might go better:
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  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    GreatHighway Senior member

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    two of my favorite things: Ravello and my cat [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  13. phantomx48

    phantomx48 Senior member

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    I am glad to see that I am not the only one that is Alden as well as Panerai obsessed. 6 pairs of Alden, and 4 Panerai's. . .and many many more of both I have on my wish list.
     
  14. LynahFaithful

    LynahFaithful Senior member

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    Mac - I'm wearing cigar tassels today as well. Sorry, no pics available and no argyles either. Plain boring brown socks.

    Great Highway - Very pretty cat. One of mine just loves to rub on my shoes. She has the same shoe fetish that I do.
     
  15. Newstyle

    Newstyle Senior member

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    Today I received my Alden Indy seconds from shoemart.com. I picked them up for 299 shipped. I was curious to see what imperfections would appear on the shoe and there were a few. They include:

    "¢\tSmudge on the toe box of the left boot
    "¢\tMetal shoelace clasp is bent in
    "¢\tLeather on the right boot heel looks cut
    "¢\tBoot looks worn. Leather shows minor creasing especially on tongue and sole has the appearance that it was walked on

    Now for the sizing, the boot is slightly too big. Im kind of pissed because I went down a half size and its still too big. I wear a size 12 equivalent dress shoe in Testoni, a 12 in converse and an XL in Rainbow sandles. My Indy is a 11.5E but that was with a dress sock. I figure of I wear a thicker sock than they will fit just fine. All in all a great boot for the price.

    <img src="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tI0-bd-I-mhuMjnoAvrF8cTl-68_fr0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?" />

    <img src="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kXY1tb33VwXViIgdQf0DbsTl-68_fr0PmV02LcnWJ3Y? />

    <img src="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qIqQVTQxXdTcRBitiKWLLMTl-68_fr0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?" />

    <img src="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/GerY8izP95g6CQ2_7jqTc8Tl-68_fr0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?" />

    <img src="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VLRYw84U_ESSEO5_UvQ2psTl-68_fr0PmV02LcnWJ3Y?" />

    <img src="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/MKJHOvxGXaYclFmndySOLsTl-68_fr0PmV02LcnWJ3Y? />

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_bfIp0w6cus4/TL...016_105944.jpg


    So correct me but are those used? If so did you find them on the shoemart website? I have looked and can't find anything like that on the website.
     
  16. chestercopperpot

    chestercopperpot Senior member

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    So correct me but are those used? If so did you find them on the shoemart website? I have looked and can't find anything like that on the website.

    factory seconds aren't on the website.

    you have to sign up for it through shoemart
     
  17. chestercopperpot

    chestercopperpot Senior member

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    visited the alden store on madison today...

    i've been there numerous times and always had great customer service etc. today, it was this older gentleman, kinda stocky. INSANELY RUDE.

    called me kid and was mad when I asked to try a different size.

    "kid i know your size and that's not your size." (it was my size)

    as i left i bought a pair of alden shoe trees for my other aldens. i came home and realized he charged me 40 bucks for the trees?!

    i went back and asked to return them he goes "why'd you buy em kid?!"

    i nearly snapped but maintained my cool and told them they had always been $30. he then told me the price went up.

    "well sir, shoe mart still has them for $30."

    "shoe mart isn't on madison ave kid! they're in shit kicker ville"

    "wow!" i said

    i didn't even want to argue anaymore so i just took my voided receipt and left.

    absolute hell...i'm never buying shoes there ever again.

    it's leather soul, leffot or bust.
     
  18. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i didn't even want to argue anaymore so i just took my voided receipt and left.

    absolute hell...i'm never buying shoes there ever again.


    They need a better employee training program \t[​IMG]
     
  19. Newstyle

    Newstyle Senior member

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    factory seconds aren't on the website.

    you have to sign up for it through shoemart


    How do you do that?
     
  20. joz411no

    joz411no Senior member

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    How do you do that?
    I've dealt primarily with Ed. He'll probably be familiar with most things Alden. He's always be incredibly helpful to me. Call, ask for him, and just let him know you want to be on the email/Aldens 2nds list.
     
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