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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. sockpuppets

    sockpuppets Senior Member

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayn/3208979378 Older stitching though. Mine arrive on friday, i'll let my cat rub all over them until they're properly aged. I have now spent $2000 on 3 pairs of shoes. I must stop buying Aldens for a while.
     


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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayn/3208979378

    Older stitching though. Mine arrive on friday, i'll let my cat rub all over them until they're properly aged.

    I have now spent $2000 on 3 pairs of shoes. I must stop buying Aldens for a while.


    I hear you... got the same problem myself!

    I'm thinking about getting a pair of the cigar indys. I'm just not quite sure about the new stitching. I might be in the minority but I think I prefer the machine stitching for indys.
     


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    Few questions for anyone who might have an answer:

    1) If a shoe initially came with a crepe sole, will Alden resole it with leather?
    2) Can they resole a shoe with black edge stain with tan? I was thinking of this but hate the black sole.

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    3) Alden never answers the phone so how does one go about sending shoes in for a resole?


    hey, you can remove the black edge stain with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol, it takes a bit of time and effort (but easily better than spending $135 for restoration). I would be very careful not to get any alcohol on the leather as it may stain it. Afterwards I just used brown kiwi wax polish on the edges and it gives it a "natural" look.
     


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    Hey everyone,


    I have a pair of #8 Shell PT Boots in size 9.5D on the Barrie last. Purchased from Leather Sole HI. They are just a touch big for me. I have worn them for 3 days. Looking to sell them for $550. Please see pics. Contact me if interested!



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    hey, you can remove the black edge stain with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol, it takes a bit of time and effort (but easily better than spending $135 for restoration). I would be very careful not to get any alcohol on the leather as it may stain it. Afterwards I just used brown kiwi wax polish on the edges and it gives it a "natural" look.

    Any pics? This is definitely a better option than sending the boots back to Alden.
     


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    I hear you... got the same problem myself!

    I'm thinking about getting a pair of the cigar indys. I'm just not quite sure about the new stitching. I might be in the minority but I think I prefer the machine stitching for indys.


    The stitching definitely creates a different looking shoe from the photos I've seen. I like them both.
     


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    Just to weigh in, I greatly prefer the original machine stitching on the cigars. In fact, I ended up selling my cigar indys when they came with the hand-stitching. Seems drastic, but it's an entirely different boot / aesthetic. It draws a lot more attention to the vamp (or whatever you call that area) and it ends up squaring off the toe, throwing off the balance of the original design.

    I can see why some like the handstitching because it makes them a meaner boot. But in that case I'd rather just have the tanker--that extra line along the toe balances the look better.

    FWIW, I thought Alden did a terrible job in general with the cigars I received. The left and right boot were so assymetrical it was hard to look at the two boots together as a pair. Reminded me of the slightly upset feeling I get when looking at a flounder.
     


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    Just to weigh in, I greatly prefer the original machine stitching on the cigars. In fact, I ended up selling my cigar indys when they came with the hand-stitching. Seems drastic, but it's an entirely different boot / aesthetic. It draws a lot more attention to the vamp (or whatever you call that area) and it ends up squaring off the toe, throwing off the balance of the original design.

    I can see why some like the handstitching because it makes them a meaner boot. But in that case I'd rather just have the tanker--that extra line along the toe balances the look better.

    FWIW, I thought Alden did a terrible job in general with the cigars I received. The left and right boot were so assymetrical it was hard to look at the two boots together as a pair. Reminded me of the slightly upset feeling I get when looking at a flounder.



    Did you get the Leffot or the Madison Ave ones? (or another retailer?)

    You just said what I've been thinking! I'm just not sold on them. I mean,

    There's a pair out there in my non-stock size and part of me feels obligated to grab them because they (in theory anyway) are the best boot make-up ever, but I'm not loving the toe stitching. It might be a deal breaker... we'll see, I have a couple more days to think about it.
     


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    I got the madison avenue ones. The guys were fine to work with, I just had no idea the indys i was getting had the hand-stitching. I'm not sure whether they did either...they never once mentioned it in my dealings over the phone.

    I've always been curious as to whether it was a detail they spec'd or whether Alden has just recently taken to handstitching the toes as a surprise 'bonus'. I'm sure I wouldn't have cancelled my order even if i'd known--the handstitching looks impressive in pics (even my own pics when i look back at them). But I couldn't stand how they looked in person, esp. when they creased up, and especially when I compared them beside the relative elegance and understatement of the original indy boot design.

    If you're having doubts, I would stick w/the original machine stitching.
     


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    I think the hand-stitching is nice but I prefer the machine stitch. I'm also a big fan of contrast stitching. Alden is an addiction. I went on a little #8 binge... perf. toe-cap from JCrew, LHS mocc from Alden San Francisco. Laces are out for an initial waxing. Does anybody else do this? Or even, who of us does their own polishing? [​IMG] And a pic of the collection so far. Clock-wise from upper left: LHS moccasin in #8, JCrew toe-cap boots in #8, JCrew chromexcel Indy boot, LWB in cigar. I gotta get something in whiskey in there... [​IMG]
     


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    How do those loafers fit? True to size or bigger? Are they on Van last?
     


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    They're on the Van last, yes. Kind of narrow but I still got them in 11E (my actual size).
     


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    They're on the Van last, yes. Kind of narrow but I still got them in 11E (my actual size).

    Are you D or E? You are my size,I want those loafers[​IMG]
     


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    Nice, glad you like my Aldens. [​IMG]

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayn/3208979378

    Older stitching though. Mine arrive on friday, i'll let my cat rub all over them until they're properly aged.

    I have now spent $2000 on 3 pairs of shoes. I must stop buying Aldens for a while.
     


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    first time SF poster here, i come to you via Alden search for Indy Boot. i believe i am set to get a pair of 405s, i am good with size and the color. until i read in one of the fashion blogs that the JCrew version was better quality? is that so, price is only slightly gigher and i usually attribute that to specailty store markup requirements being higher than most. any info would be helpful,

    separate question when did Alden become so trendy with special/exclusives for the hip market? i personally love them, but am fan from the 80s suit clan.

    nice to be here, thanks.....
     


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