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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. thebeebs

    thebeebs Senior member

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    ^ Where could one possibly work and be frowned upon for wearing dressy bluchers? Please name the situation, I'm genuinely curious.

    FWIW, and others are entitled to their own opinions, I work with attorneys and financiers from the world's top firms (Skadden, Latham, Quinn Emanuel, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree, Colony, Blackstone, etc) and cannot think of one person at any of these firms who even knows the difference between the two, let alone look at someone funny for not adhering to this nonsensical standard.
     
  2. Shawnc

    Shawnc Senior member

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    Exactly. I've worn suits most of my career and I never knew the difference before stumbling across this site about a year ago.
     
  3. mdubs

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    Erik, Those are some beautiful LWBs. -Mike
     
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    BWV988 Senior member

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    While image theft is common on the internet, I can promise you that that was my photo, though I doubt you'll take me on my word alone. I guess I can't blame you, considering that I'm new to this forum and have little credibility. So, just for kicks, here's me on that same hill near the aptly-named town of Scala overlooking Ravello. (Apologies for the beater clothes and shoes. They were my hiking clothes for the day.)

    [​IMG]

    And with that said, I think I'll just stick to posting photos of shoes from now on.


    I'm sure you'll love it, Mike. An entire week in just Ravello would be a bit much considering everything else that is nearby, but I'm sure you were just using the term loosely [​IMG]
     
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    Love to get some expertise with sizing.

    I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love. It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning. I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.

    I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9. They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

    I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher. do you recommend staying with same size?

    Thanks!

    picture I took from this thread for reference.

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  6. dranguschu

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    My second whiskey after LWB

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    coinopcollector Senior member

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    Love to get some expertise with sizing.

    I have a pair of Alden 405s that I love.  It definitely took some time to break them in where I really thought I bought a size too small in the beginning.  I usually wear 10 in athletic shoes and went with size 9 in 405s.


    I recently got the cordovan captoe blucher as a gift in the same size 9.  They fit pretty tight on my feet and can't figure out if I need to break them in or size up?

    I'm SURE there is a member on the board who owns both Indy 405s and a captoe blucher.  do you recommend staying with same size?


    Size up for sure.
     
  9. Beatlegeuse

    Beatlegeuse Senior member

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    Dranguschu - those whiskey PTBs are fantastic. I've been checking with every big Alden retailer trying to get on a pre-order list for those but nobody is planning on running those again anytime soon. I'll keep checking back to see if that changes.

    My favorite Alden - I'm still a relative small-timer with "only" 6 pairs (only on SF can 6 pairs of $500-$700 shoes be described as "only"), but my favorite pair are my Epaulet Color 8 Brixton wingtip boots with all eyelets and antique edge. I have some other Color 8 and burgundy shell shoes, but the shade in my Brixtons came out just the way I like them. Not too dark, with beautiful eggplant undertones.
     
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    For best results, try to determine your brannock size/measured shoe size. That makes it much easier to provide recommendations based on the standard TTS or size down by half. For instance, it's standard for most folks to size down 1/2 from your brannock for Barrie or Trubalance. If your measured size is a 10, like your athletic shoe size, most would recommend a 9.5 in the Indy boot.

    The Alden straight tip blucher is on the Aberdeen last, IIRC. Most recommend going TTS or true to your brannock measurement. Good luck!

    Just noticed this is your first post. Welcome aboard.
     
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    Agreed completely. I worked at one of those firms for years, and I can guarantee you that most of the partners would have been confused about the difference (construction, formality, whatever) between bluchers and bals.
     
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  13. thebeebs

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    Size up. Shell doesn't really stretch like cxl or calfskin, and your feet will lose the battle, or you'll end up selling them before too long. When between sizes, I err on the the side of looser, rather than tighter, with shell cordovan.
     
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    After much trepediation, I sent my whiskey PTB's to Alden for recrafting. My fear was that they would darken them and I didn't want that. While yours are definitely darker than mine, I will be absolutely ecstatic if mine come back looking anything like these. Yours are stunning.
     
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    I never doubted that it was your pic when you posted it. I just thought that it was funny in the Haha sense of the word.

    If I did doubt you , the second pic would do little to convince me that it really was you who took the original pic, because the face is blocked out and I don't know what you look like anyway. Or maybe you just inserted yourself in to the image.

    Doesn't matter, either way, I believe you and it is not important.
    I assume those are on the Aberdeen Last?

    I'm a 10 in sneakers, 9.5 won't fit.
    I'm a 9D in Aberdeen, and most other Alden lasts.
    My brannock size is 9.5D
    My Trubalance size is most likely be 9C, but I have never tried anything on. I'm 9C in Barrie and Van, and folks generally take the same size on those lasts.

    It is generally the case that if an individual is a 9D on the Trubalance, that they are a 9.5D on the Aberdeen. Many go up .5 for sneakers from their Brannock size , like I do.

    So in short. You probably need a 9.5D

    A lot of people find that they get the best fit by getting a narrow or wide width in a certain size, or by going smaller but wider, or larger but narrower.


    Where exactly is it tight? All around?
     
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  16. BWV988

    BWV988 Senior member

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    In that case, let me apologize for misreading your post.
     
  17. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    No need to apologize. This sort of thing happens from time to time on internet forums.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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    Beautiful PTBs. Rather dark for Whiskey, someone said these were recrafted. I have seen some posts back talking about Alden's liberal use of dark dyes on recrafts. Regardless, they do still look awesome!

    -Mike
     
  19. phaseshift

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    I've searched for about 20 minutes trying to find a definitive step-by-step guide on cleaning Indy boots, but I'm either blind or I'm just not looking hard enough. Can anyone point me in the right direction please.
     
  20. Bakes11771

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    Which Indys? (Model # or material)
     
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