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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. totalair1

    totalair1 Senior member

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    Very nice Ravellos's on my wish list...maybe this fall? At least it's supposed to be this fall.

    See Ya,
    Steve
     


  2. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    I would be worried about polish transferring on to my clothes.
     


  3. gaseousclay

    gaseousclay Senior member

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    +1

    I have a brown CXL belt from Rancourt and it's a perfect match to my CXL Indy boots
     


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    Don L Senior member

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    I have the Natural and Color 8 CXL and highly recommend them. Eyeing the Carmel Cordovan to match my Whiskey Shell
     
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  5. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Senior member

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    ^This.

    After I wore the belt a handful of times I stopped caring about the differences in the shades of the colors. I never want to be too matchy-matchy anyway.
     


  6. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I'm not much of a belt guy (I just get basic belts), so I haven't paid too much attention the cordovan belts. However, if the recent Horween belts had a different buckle, I would have seriously considered them
     


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    shaunw Senior member

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    Steve I hear you, particularly on the large shoe size you require which exceeds most retail size orders. It seems that the boutique retailers, the ones that tend to have the most unique (and cool) makeups have the most limited size runs (and limited width selections). Having a big foot definitely puts you at a disadvantage from the get-go.

    The statement about the irregulars process from TSM is not entirely accurate. Alden identifies the irregulars at the factory and they never go out to the retailer. Thats why you see the jcrew #8 captoe boot on the irregular list but there is no jcrew stamp on the inside, the same goes for alden for brooks brothers shoes, and all the other retailers. All irregulars just have the regular alden stamp on the heel. Alden sends a "batch" of irregulars to TSM whenever they accumulate enough. It is indeed a very accurate gauge of what is currently being produced at the factory. Follow the irregular lists for a couple years and follow the special makeups at Alden retailers and you will see the correlation pretty easily. Sometimes you can actually buy a special makeup via the irregulars before the retailer even gets their delivery, I have seen that happen at least once with a very hyped up special model that Leathersoul had produced exclusively for them.
     
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  8. totalair1

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    I'm sure there's lot of truth to what you are saying. My only TSM irregular I bought has "Bootmaker Edition" stamped inside it, which is exclusive to TSM. I meant to imply TSM sells all of the Alden irregulars, many are identified at the Alden factory. However...no doubt many are identified in the field too. What I'm sure of, the defect in the pair of Whiskey shells I got from TSM should have been caught and corrected at the factory but was not.

    I'm enjoying the discussion!

    See Ya,
    Steve
     


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    Guys,

    Quick question , is the Indy considered a comfortable boot ?, I know they're rugged and can take anything but comfortwise how's the Neocork sole? , I've never seen or tried one , I did try a Crepe sole and while I didn't like the look it was very comfortable.

    I'm not into dress boots but want one for jeans and Khakis and like the 403 but comfort is very important to me.

    Thanks.
     


  10. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Very. Probably one of the most comfortable boots available. In fact, this is why Harrison Ford insisted on wearing them in the movies. He swore by them while working as a carpenter before he became a big time actor.
     


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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    I am right there with you. I was not going to pay that much money for a belt with a buckle I didn't like.
     


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    I wore work boots in my job(jobs) for over 50 yrs . Indys are by a long shot the most comfortable I 've worn . I did not wear them for work however as I DESTROYED boots
     


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    I agree with the other replies to this question --- very comfortable boot. But I find the neo/cork sole to be quite heavy. At least I think it's the sole. My other Alden boots with double leather soles aren't as heavy and I don't think it would be the Indy boot uppers that would make the weight difference. When/if I resole them, I think I'll go commando/vibram.
     


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    Thanks guys sounds good , the Walnut Indy on Unionmade looks very good and comes with commando sole , but no sold on the walnut color , I really like the Chromexcel 403.
     


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    Agreed. Given the weight of the neo-cork sole, I'd rather just have the commando.
     


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