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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I should clarify that statement. What I was meaning was simply that I don't think more boots from WWI would exist than WWII boots if they were simply made from regular horsehide. I've never heard that regular horsehide is more durable than cowhide. If it were, I think it would be far more prevalent today.

    I agree that EG isn't in it for durability. The more shoes they sell, the better off they are. However, the article is pretty clear that shell cordovan was a "normal" material for shoes and boots in Europe back then, before resources started drying up in the 1930's (most cordovan was produced in Germany). I think the article is definitely saying that cordovan was the preferred material for army boots at the time, for it's durability. Don't forget that horse meat and horses in general were far more prevalent back then when horses were the primary mode of transportation and were used for all kinds of work. It was a different time. Just about everyone owned a horse or two (or more). They were "necessary" for daily life.
     
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    Subutai Senior member

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    The store is actually very surprising, at least to me. It's located in the middle of nowhere Norwalk, CT and not close to the "downtown," if the one block of shops/restaurants qualifies as such. The store has always been relatively empty when I've gone, but I have gone at odd hours. I do believe a majority of their business must be online sales.
    Half the store is dedicated random sneakers and flip flops. The other half, however, is exactly what you'd expect. Two full walls of Alden, with one dedicated to Shell Cordovan. They also have AE's and Carmina (which were on sale last time I visited.) As mentioned, Alden Irregulars line the back walls by size.
    Best of all the SA's are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. No pressure sales here.

    Enjoy the visit Deburn!
     


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    tampatravel Senior member

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    The day I was there, they were filming video of someone talking about certain Alden models.

    I'd expect those will show up somewhere on the website in the future.
     


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    nephew, nice shine on your cigar
     


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    nephew, I like your cap toe boots you must be a hard work guy because you off to work before the sun is out
     


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    I just visited the Alden store in New York last sat and I was a little disappointed. Although I own 7 pair of Aldens with most of them being shell I have never actually been to a store that sells Adens. I guess I was hoping to see more of a selection. They had nothing in my size in any rare color (whiskey, cigar, or ravello) and the staples they had offered very little that was different than what I can get at TSM. The prics were also higher than TSM. Visiting was more of a novelty for me than anything else but I left without any desire to come back or purchase from them over the phone.
     


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    mcarthur Senior member

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    cigar nst
    argyles otc
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    Subutai Senior member

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    I can relate. I visited the Madison Ave store last week. I found the selection to be limited and the SA's to be rather unfriendly/helpful.

    With regards to the exotic shell colors, I was told they would be restocked about six months to a year from now. Not that store's fault of course.
     


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    Maiden flight today:

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    nephew,
    wear in good health, did you use the break in method
     


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    Thanks uncle,
    I leave the house by 7:15, it was overcast this morning in sd.

    Beautiful cigars uncle. I passed on a pair this year. I didn't want to charge $800....
    In my defense, they were new at the store and did not look as good as uncle mac's look in this picture.
     


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    nephew,
    thank you
     


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    I am sorry you were disappointed, but I am not sure why. Did you think that absence of shell shoes in the exotic colors was made up? Or that the Alden stores have a secret stash available only to those who physically visit the store? I know someone -- I think See ya Steve -- said he recently got some exotic-colored shell there, but that person is of ginormous-sized feet and was able to take advantage of a relatively small population with which to compete. If you too are of ginormous feet, then See ya Steve got there first. If you are of relatively normal sized feet, there has been a scarcity everywhere for some time.

    As to the staples of the line, TSM seems to carry the full line and has a special relationship with Alden. Why would the Alden store have more staples than any well-stocked Alden dealer? My experience with Alden of NYC is that the store carries far more unique make-ups, particularly in cordovan and suede, than any other store. For example, Alden NYC carries in cordovan the balmoral PTB that is only done in calfskin in Alden's regular line. I have never seen this make-up anywhere else except, on rare occasion, at leathersoul. Alden NYC also offers NST and longwing loafers in cordovan, including some exotic colors, that no other Alden dealer carries. It also currently offers a snuff suede Indy on a red brick sole that is nowhwere else, and navy and snuff suede longwings that are offered only one or two other places, if that. There are other unique make-ups that they stock, but that is what pops to mind without research.

    As for prices being higher than TSM, that has not been my experience, but I have not researched extensively, so will not question your experience. I know definitively that it is not more expensive across the board.

    I hope you had a chance to visit leffot, citishoes and moulded shoe, three other Alden dealers in NYC.
     


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    I finally put my J. Crew cadet bluchers on today to wear them on carpet for a few hours. I really like their look.


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    I'm thinking of wearing them to a job interview tomorrow with a suit [​IMG] despite them not being balmorals. Which brings me to a question for the hard core shell owners...do you only own and/or wear shell? I've been obsessed with the idea of just having shell or suede boots/shoes. It's just one of those ideas that gets in my head and I can't get it out until I try it. Calf just doesn't appeal to me like shell and suede do.
     


  15. FrankCowperwood

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    I do own some standard calf, but I feel much the same way. My strong preference is for shell and suede, though I'd add grain calf to my list.
     


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