***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. OlafG

    OlafG Senior member

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    Hi.

    I'm a bit of a shoe n00b.
    I bought these Alden bluchers on eBay a few months back (in march). I have sinned and not used shoe trees in them, I will start in a few weeks though as I will buy a pair of Alden shoe trees in NYC.

    I've only worn them three or four times, but I've noticed somewhat of an ankle flaring. Is this a major issue that can't be fixed or will help if I let the shoes rest with shoe trees in them for a while?

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  2. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    I don't have this issue with any of my Aldens, but I do with my AE Strands, although it is fairly slight in my instance. I suppose it is a slightly improper fit, but I just live with it as it is not uncomfortable nor unsightly. It has nothing to do with shoe tree use. Perhaps someone else hear could elaborate. Enjoy and wear in good health my friend!
     
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    Burton Senior member

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    This looks like one of two things: 1) A very poor fit - you should be in a narrower shoe or 2) These are seconds or defectively made shoes. Without much info I am going with 1.
     
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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Also, You don't have to wait to get Alden shoe trees from NYC. They don't make their own trees, they just order them from another company with their own name plate. I get a lot of mine from Amazon. Since I am a prime member I get free shipping, so it works out to be a little cheaper or the same as buying them in-store.

    Many folks get them from Jos. A Bank during their buy 1 get 2 sale, or whatever it is.

    Either way, you can get what are essentially the same trees from other sources for cheaper.
     
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    Bakes is correct. Almost 90% of shoe trees are made by Woodlore, and Allen Edmonds Company. They sell these all over and from a range of prices. You can find them if you've got a Nordstrom Rack by you for $12.90, on sale they're $9.90.

    Don't blow a bunch of $$$ on a shoe tree with a specific plaque on it. Besides...you'll have more $$$ for shoes :)
     
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    I did tell a friend so he could come and get it if I died before my partner (who doesn't know) took it to goodwill.
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    welcome to the forum enjoy wearing chukkas and straight tip in good health
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    wt look good in natural light
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    looking good in your gunboats
     
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  10. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    That is very funny and very smart. I had a look at the site you bought the buckle from and noted that you did not go with the $4K buckle. Admirable self-restraint. :)
     
  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew, wear your full strap in good health
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    I like your cigars
     
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    nephew,
    enjoy wearing your gunboats
     
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    ravello lhs
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    aldenfan Senior member

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    Hello,

    Recently purchased Nano Protector from Leffot (http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/nano-protector-1334.html ) and also the Saphir Suede Care Starter Kit (http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-suede-care-starter-kit.html#.UcZtnfke98E) from the Hanger Project, which includes both Shapir Renovateur and Shapir Super Invulner Protector. I have a pair of snuff suede alden chukkas x JCrew (crepe sole) and I want to protect them so I can start wearing them and no get worried about a sudden rainstorm. What would you gentlemen recommend as far as preparing these for their first use? Is Nano Protector or Saphir Super Invulner preferred over each other? What does the Shapir Renovateur do? How often and how much should I apply of this stuff?

    Thanks!
     
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