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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. wdahab

    wdahab Senior member

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    One month in of wearing my Natty CXL Indy's (on the Modified Last) as daily wears. No rotation with these, I've been wearing them 6-7 days a week. So far the weather/exposure hasn't been all that bad. Some rain, some mud and sand, a few light hikes. They've gotten Lexoled a couple of times, and heavily LP'd early on. Didn't mess with the color much at all, other than making the natural welt a bit darker. I plan on wearing these every day this winter, except possibly for snow that's heavy enough to make me wear my beans.

    Fit wise, they've stretched a bit more than I'd have wished, mostly in the eyestays. They haven't stretched much, if at all, in the actual foot area. Light heel slippage, but I think it's mostly because the rear of the shoe needs to break in just a little bit more to flex with my heel.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what they look like after a full season of exclusive wear, and posting them here (next to everyone's neat and shiny shoes).
     
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    budapest12 Senior member

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    ^ Looks good. I'm not able to wear the same pair two days in a row (well, rarely) much less three or four (never) unless they are designated beaters - and much cheaper.
     
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    bkotsko Senior member

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    Interesting...
    Are you at least brushing and treeing them at night?
    I imagine they will get funky a bit if they are not able to thoroughly dry over night.
     
  4. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    This little tip just cost me $150... Gah!

    Thanks Steve.

    -Mike
     
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    Don L Senior member

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    It is not recommended to wear good shoes that often...Alden recommends a treed day of rest in between wears.
     
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    shaunw Senior member

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    they might look good after a full season of exclusive wear but they aint going to smell good.....
     
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  7. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    If I was wearing shoes daily, I wouldn't tree them. You want them to dry overnight before inserting the trees. That's what I do with all my shoes, but they also get worn 1-2 times a month, not a day!!! :)

    -Mike
     
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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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    bkotsko Senior member

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    Now I have heard letting them dry before inserting trees, but I also have heard that trees help absorb the moisture from normal wear...
    Interesting conundrum.
    I always assumed if they were soaked through you could leave the trees out and stuff with newspaper to help wick the wet.
    I assumed the trees after the daily use is appropriate.
     
  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    good family portfolio
    good hunting
     
  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    enjoy wearing
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  13. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    The insert Alden provides with their Shell Cordovan shoes recommends that you let them cool before inserting the trees. And yes Cedar trees help absorb moisture, but it can't help if it's a lake inside your shoes. :)
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew, good shine
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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    budapest12 Senior member

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    Vass's book on shoes says that inserting trees immediately after use is best and that, in his view, the notion that you should wait is not supported. To each his own, but that's good enough for me.

    If soaking wet - rain, for example - the newspaper (then trees) works in my experience.
     
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  17. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew, looking good
     
  18. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    whiskey gunboats
    argyles otc
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    I give them a brushing if there's dirt or sand on them, but no, I don't brush them daily out of formality. I mean, it's not as though they need to have a completely sterile surface or anything, and I'm not going for some kind of a shine (though they do stay nice and shiny regardless). As for smell and moisture, I think people exaggerate the extent to which leather shoes need to air out and dry. They get a solid 12 hours in between wearings, which is plenty of time for them to dry out just from general wear, and I'm wearing socks so it's not like there's sweat just sitting on the leather. They won't develop some kind of mould or fungus just being worn on a daily basis. Also, I am definitely not treeing these as that would counteract the extent to which they properly mould to my foot. My foot isn't shoe tree shaped.

    I think there's a lot of wisdom around here that's 100% great for shoes that you want to keep looking practically brand new, shiny, and only wear a few times a month. That's totally fine. But these are boots that I'm going to wear as boots. Can you imagine if Indiana Jones, in the middle of the desert, said "hold on, I've gotta give these boots a good brushing because do you *know* how much they cost? Fortunately I carry a spare pair so I can rotate every day."

    Over on Reddit, /u/hoobahans posted a pair of 403s about a year ago, this is what a few years of daily wear and treatment will make them look like. Yeah, they get beaten up, but you have to figure he's probably worn them way more often than an infrequent wearer would. [​IMG]
     
  20. rexet

    rexet Senior member

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    I'm quite new to Alden shoes.

    I fell in love with this model that I just tried in a French shop:

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    http://www.frenchtrotters.fr/boutique/fr/1108-cap-toe-boots-cordovan-8.html

    The problem is my size was not available (looks 9D would be great since 8,5D was tight and 9,5D too roomy) and they don't expect to receive new stock.

    I'm willing to make them ship from the US. Any advice where I could find the exact same configuration? Meaning:
    - color Cordovan 8
    - tip toe
    - commando sole
    - eyelet lacing

    I find this one that come close but seems to be only available in black:
    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Black_Shell_Cordovan_Straight_Tip_Boot_169.htm

    Thank you mates :)
     
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