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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. budapest12

    budapest12 Senior member

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    Coincidence that your posting of this coincides with what looks to be the very start of the auction? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    EDIT: Must be coincidence.
     
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    Perhaps instead of a boot you should consider the 9751/AF75 (black shell LWB on double leather or commando) or the 975/AF110 (color 8 LWB on double leather or commando)? Just a thought .....
     
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    I am going for boots now and while available. The shoes are always available. Plus, as to shoe LWBs, I am holding out in hopes of finding a NOS pair of Hanovers.
     
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    My intent is to not rain on Mac's parade- in fact his shoes are exquisite.

    But I think good lighting can make for a great picture, and he is not using some untold voodoo that make his shoes shine better. We are all capable of making our shoes pop with the right care!

    If you'll excuse me, it's time to go brush all my shoes...
     
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    Consider a black captoe boot. Leffot has some odd sizes left in its naval boot, and Alden NY/DC/SF may have some boots available. I recommend them on double leather soles. IMO, the black captoe boot is probably Alden's "sharpest" boot.
     
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    If I only needed a pair of 975's... There is a nice pair on the marketplace right now. 8.5D
     
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    Looking good.
     
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    Hi guys, I need some help. I just noticed the sole coming loose on my 403's. I've had problems with my 403's before and got a new pair from Alden i May 2012. I've worn them regularly since them. I take good care of them and use shoe trees, brush them at least 3 times a month!

    Here's some pics:
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    Is it just time to swap soles are should I contact Alden?

    Cheers guys!
     
  11. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    That should be a definite issue to contact Alden over. The area that you are seeing separating isn't just the sole, it is the welt pulling away from the upper of the shoe. This can only result through inseam failure, which is a very bad thing. Either the welt stitching that attaches the welt to the canvas gemming underneath the insole is failing, or the gemming itself is failing (coming unglued from the bottom of the insole). Gemming failure is best repaired by the factory, if possible, in order to maintain the proper alignment of the rest of the shoe on it's original last when it is being repaired. There are some cobblers (like B. Nelson) who claim to be comfortable with handling some types of issues such as this, but I wouldn't trust it to just anyone.
     
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    Thanks for the answer! Not what I wanted to hear though:(. It's the same thing that happened last time(got a new pair). I'll send them an email!
     
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    While it is likely just inseam failure from the stitches (rather than the gemming separating from the insole), it is still something that Alden should be responsible for. The stitches are sealed inside the shoe between the outsole and insole (and surrounded by cork). There isn't much you can do to make those come loose, short of wearing the boots out to the point that they get destroyed by contact with the ground after the sole wears out. Thus, on a newish boot, it should be considered a manufacturing defect.

    Either way, the stitches have to be coming loose, because if only the gemming were failing, you probably wouldn't realize it until the boots were sent in for resoling. In other words, it's either the gemming AND the stitches, or it's just the stitches themselves. Not just the gemming alone.
     
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    I just sent them an email, and reffered to the last time it happened and attached a couple of pictures. The last time I had the same problem with my other pair I took them to my local cobbler(he's and Alden dealer and regarded as the best in Norway) he wouldn't do it(it would cost me too much) and said I would be best off sending them to Alden. He said this type of defect should happen, as well!
     
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    Nice Kenny - those should be sweet, congrats
     
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    Anyone know the cheapest possible place to get the unlined suede chukka? I'm assuming it's just going to be some place with no tax or shipping and it's gonna be ~$480....but I'm holding off some hope you can get a discount with maybe...NRO? or something cool like that..
     
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