***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. str1185

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    http://www.riderbootshop.com/rider-boot-co-8420811-walnut-shell-cordovan/

    This is a steal for someone.

    Would love to ask Carmina to do a Kirkwood boot (Ravello Captoe with commando sole). Who knows when Alden will ever do this one again, or if I'll happen to be by my computer before someone on this forum will snatch them up.

    I ordered a black wholecut from Carmina a few months ago. It was a very easy transaction. I forgot to order shoe trees when I checked out online on a Sunday night, and was able to follow up with an email on Monday afternoon. They emailed me back right away saying if I sent them the cost of shoe trees via paypal, that they could throw them in when they shipped my shoes. I got the shoes and shoe trees by Thursday. I lived in Philly, and shipping from Spain was very fast.

    Again, I have 7 pairs of Aldens cordovan, and really do enjoy them, but sadly, I'm at a 50% defect rate when dealing with them. I really just want this last Kirkwood boot. Finding this boot online was the first time I was exposed to Aldens, and have been chasing that pair since. I don't like coming onto the forum to talk about a different manufacturer, but if there is demand from others for this, and Carmina is willing, lets try and figure something out.
     


  2. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Carmina has numerous unique shell models and Epaulet has quite a few sizes in stock. I recently purchased the saddle shell wingtip boot from them.

    Carmina offers many shell models Alden does not offer - e.g., double monk.

    I personally probably prefer the color of Carmina's saddle shell over Alden's whiskey shell.

    Carmina's ruby shell is very red, as in, "that is a red (not reddish) shoe/boot." It's too red for me, but others seem to like it. Color 4 is quite red, but ruby makes color 4 look downright non-red.

    Keep me posted as this matter moves forward. Thanks.
     


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    Originally Posted by mediahound [​IMG]

    although not black, you might check out:

    http://needsupply.com/chromexcel-blucher.html

    Chromexcel, flex welt, barrie last:

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    thanks - i was considering that one too actually (maybe both?)

    i do like chromexcel leather (i actually posted about the plain toe boot in natural cxl a day or two ago) but i've noticed that the texture seems to be extremely inconsistent so i'm kind of reluctant to buy it without seeing it in person.

    the leather on the black one also has an unusual look to it. they call it lady calf...which is something i haven't seen before, but there seems to be a few shoes offered through leathersoul that have it (and google shows no mention of it through any other retailer).
     
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    Im interested in a carmina makeup. The the lasts they use always appear too formal for my style, but if.....dare i say they can do something more generous like barrie, in a shell makeup i would be all over it.
     


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    Pretty awesome. I love the purple lining in the Ruby boots.
     


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    I think the purple lining is exclusive to Epaulet makeups.
     


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  9. retrolike

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    Question for you Alden guys...I need size help!

    I was referred here from some guys at badger&blade and I'm betting that someone here will be able to help me. I'm wanting to buy my first pair of Aldens. I'm not quite sure what to buy first, but my question is about size. I currently have 7 or 8 pairs of Allen Edmonds and my size is 12EEE. I've tried 12EE before and it never seems to work. Someone told me in the past that Alden tend to run a size larger. What would my size be for Alden's? Do they have a triple E? I don't really have a great Alden dealer locally so I'll probably end up buying online. I'm thinking Shoe Mart. What do you all think?
     


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  11. Bakes11771

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    Great site


    ...depends on the particular AE model, (more specifically the last) and the particular Alden model (specifically the last). I don't think you can really make such a generalization that Alden run a size larger than AE.
     


  12. FrankCowperwood

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    What AE last(s) do you wear? And what Alden lasts are you looking at? Special Alden makeup aren't often available even in an E width, but many stock styles are available in E, EE, maybe EEE. Now how long it will take to get them... that's another question.
     


  13. ReppTiePrepster

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    Retro, if you can tell us which AE shoes you have, and the Alden models you are interested in, we can probably give you an idea. But Bakes is correct, there is no way to give you advice based on what you have provided.
     


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    I'm not sure about the lasts. My fav pair are the park avenues, I also have 3 pairs of mcclains. I'm looking at getting a pair of Alden Indys...I've been told they are a must for anyone who owns Alden's. I also want a pair similar to my park avenues.
    Thats what I've heard from some of the guys at B&B who own Alden's and AE's. If I order a pair from Shoe Mart and they don't fit, can I return them?
     


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    Gcb3, hand claps to you for this creative idea! I am very likely in on this given how most of the responses have been. Here is some input/preferences from me, but on most I am flexible:

    - Color in the vein of cigar, cognac, saddle would be my preference. Ruby would unfortunately count me out. It's just not versatile enough for my needs.
    - Preference is a double leather sole but I'd go commando or Dainite.
    - All eyelet or with speedhooks, I'm open.
    - Flat welt or storm welt, I'm open. Maybe a preference for a flat welt.
    - My preference is a close heel (270) vs. a 360 but not a show-stopper
    - Preference would be a cap toe with no brogueing but I'm open.

    In summary, this sounds very exciting. Thanks to you for starting this.
     
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