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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. velomane

    velomane Senior member

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    You really need to try on anything on the Aberdeen before plunking down considerable $ for shoes (a mistake I made). The heel is much looser than on the Barrie and while the toe box is tight, it is quite loose through the vamp.

    I recently purchased a pair of NSTs on the Aberdeen last and they felt more or less fine at first, but as the shoe broke in, my feet began to slide all over the place. If you have to buy online, do yourself a favor and wear them on carpet only for a week before deciding whether to keep them.

    I think all of us who love Alden have gotten spoiled by the Barrie and Trubalance lasts, which accomodate a wide variety of feet with the utmost comfort and style. The Aberdeen is nowhere near as forgiving.


    Thanks for taking the time to write that. Out of curiosity, what size do you wear in Barrie and Trubalance lasted shoes?
     
  2. number9dream

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    Thanks for taking the time to write that. Out of curiosity, what size do you wear in Barrie and Trubalance lasted shoes?

    I wear a 11D in Barrie and Trubalance. I purchased and 11.5D Aberdeen, and lengthwise it is fine, but it is so wide in the heel that it does not grip my foot (and my heel feels as though it could slide right out of the shoe at any time). I may be forced to sell the shoes at a loss.
     
  3. greekgeek

    greekgeek Senior member

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    Can't believe no one has posted Tom's #4 shell cordovan PTBs (not ravello)

    [​IMG]

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    Sold out already, [​IMG]
     
  4. PeterParker

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    a lot of people seem to wear or own the indy and i know it comes in a lot of varieties now, but what is the consensus on soles? what sole unit do people prefer best?

    which is best for all round wear and which is regarded as most comfortable?

    also, if you could put any sole on yours what would you choose?

    I agree with what people have said about the Indy boot being most appropriate with jeans. It does look rather utilitarian, and as such I find the commando sole the perfect match for it (i.e. any of the LS Ultimate Indy's). My cigar Indy's get the most wear almost strictly for the versatility of the commando sole; that and I wear jeans seven days a week.

    On an unrelated note, I experimented with the durability of cordovan in the rain after getting caught in a downpour last week. I tried wiping off the drops by rubbing my foot against my pant leg (jeans, of course) as soon as I got under cover but despite my best efforts "welps" formed where they had gotten wet. I had some cotton balls handy in the office and rubbed vigorously while the leather was still slightly damp, successfully getting rid of most of the welps. When I got home, a wipe with a damp cloth followed up with the horsehair brush took care of the rest.
     
  5. jasonfoote303

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    May I ask, how much play do your black Indys get? I was thinking about getting 'em in black but am conflicted. I'm pretty big on cigar.

    I wear the black Indies at least twice a week. I really love them
     
  6. ninja07

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    I agree with what people have said about the Indy boot being most appropriate with jeans. It does look rather utilitarian, and as such I find the commando sole the perfect match for it (i.e. any of the LS Ultimate Indy's). My cigar Indy's get the most wear almost strictly for the versatility of the commando sole; that and I wear jeans seven days a week.

    would be great to see some pics of your commando sole cigar indys with jeans. I currently only own the standard 405 indys - I love them as I can wear them the entire weekdays to work with jeans as well but when the need for dressier occasions arises I find them difficult to wear. Looking to get a pair of shell boots (cigar or ravello) but still cannot decide on which one. The cigar indys could be a likely candidate but not sure if i should go for commando or double leather soles. thanks in advance.
     
  7. greekgeek

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    Can anybody comment on the new cordovan tankers? Heard they were at Leather Soul for a bit and now they're in Context, but $625/pair, that's nearly my whole Black Friday budget.
    Are they really worth it?


    LS Cordovan tankers are worth every penny IME.
     
  8. rolling green

    rolling green Senior member

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    Can anybody comment on the new cordovan tankers? Heard they were at Leather Soul for a bit and now they're in Context, but $625/pair, that's nearly my whole Black Friday budget.
    Are they really worth it?


    Picked these up yesterday and they are awesome. Very versatile boot/color. Goes really well dressed up or down. #8 is so dark I thought it was black. In the light there is hint of brown/red that makes them unique. Haven't worn them out yet but can't wait. Worth every penny
     
  9. Aries83

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    Those context tankers are lovely, as are the #4s Tom.

    Here's an update on my beloved captoe #8s, after a brisk walk through town they could use a buff and/or polish.

    [​IMG]
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  10. ennui

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    Any sales going on for Aldens anytime soon? Hopefully something for Black Friday/Christmas/after Christmas timeframe.
     
  11. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    would be great to see some pics of your commando sole cigar indys with jeans. I currently only own the standard 405 indys - I love them as I can wear them the entire weekdays to work with jeans as well but when the need for dressier occasions arises I find them difficult to wear. Looking to get a pair of shell boots (cigar or ravello) but still cannot decide on which one. The cigar indys could be a likely candidate but not sure if i should go for commando or double leather soles. thanks in advance.

    yeah i have the leffot cigar indys and will post pics in a bit. very versatile with jeans. i dont own any ravello (will soon hopefully) but i think cigar would be easier to wear on a regular basis.

    On an unrelated note, I experimented with the durability of cordovan in the rain after getting caught in a downpour last week. I tried wiping off the drops by rubbing my foot against my pant leg (jeans, of course) as soon as I got under cover but despite my best efforts "welps" formed where they had gotten wet. I had some cotton balls handy in the office and rubbed vigorously while the leather was still slightly damp, successfully getting rid of most of the welps. When I got home, a wipe with a damp cloth followed up with the horsehair brush took care of the rest.

    yeah i had those rain spots but didnt do anything other than wiping them down when i got home. the next day i checked and just time and regular drying out got any moisture caught in the cordovan.
     
  12. rick

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    Any sales going on for Aldens anytime soon? Hopefully something for Black Friday/Christmas/after Christmas timeframe.

    alden almost never go on sale, i have seen some stores do 10% off but again very very seldom. your best bet is to save the money and buy a pair you will not regret it. they are worth every penny imho. P.S check the sales forum alden do come up from time to time.
     
  13. bigbjorn

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    Thanks for the reply, it is appreciated. One more question: how is the length of the 9D Aberdeen compared to the 9D Trubalance and Barrie? Would you say only marginally shorter? I ask because I am considering the 9D Aberdeen when I'm a 9C in Barrie.
    My 9.5D tassel loafers (Aberdeen) are 1/8th of an inch shorter than my 9D Indys (Trubalance). I would go up half a size in Aberdeen.
     
  14. Salad

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    Every so often Sherman Brothers will have a code you can use on Alden. Usually 10%. I woundn't be surprised if one came up soon. They are GREAT to deal with. Got Indy's and PTBs from them and haven't paid retail yet. No tax (I'm in CA) and free shipping.
     
  15. elgreco

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    Those context tankers are lovely, as are the #4s Tom.

    Here's an update on my beloved captoe #8s, after a brisk walk through town they could use a buff and/or polish.

    [​IMG]


    The current patina on those boots are outstanding. I was originally on the fence about color #8 because I don't really want overly burgundy shoes. However, given how they age into that amazing brown color, I think I'm sold...

    Are those Plaza or Barrie lasted?
     
  16. Aries83

    Aries83 Senior member

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    Plaza, and thank you [​IMG].
     
  17. PeterParker

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    Those Plaza captoes are perfect. Everything about that configuration (last, eyelets, welt, sole, leather) is in balance, and that patina is amazing. They've lightened considerably to a cigar hue which is just lovely. Care to share some information about the amount of wear and the maintenance on those, Aries83? I'm always awed whenever you post pictures of those boots.
     
  18. Dewey

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    Much of what is said about Alden's Aberdeen last (narrow toebox, wide heel) could also be said about a number of English shoes. I need a narrow heel and a wide toebox, and there are not many English shoes or boots that are made for that shape. Alden footwear on the Barrie, the Van, and the Plaza last, on the other hand, can work well for me.
     
  19. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    I have a pair of 8.5 D Barrie last Cigar shell chukkas I am going to be putting up for sale or trade. They have been worn about 10 times, they are in excellent shape. if you have anything in similar shape like a cigar/ravello full boot, or possibly PTB, lemme know if you are interested in trade.
     
  20. Aries83

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    Those Plaza captoes are perfect. Everything about that configuration (last, eyelets, welt, sole, leather) is in balance, and that patina is amazing. They've lightened considerably to a cigar hue which is just lovely. Care to share some information about the amount of wear and the maintenance on those, Aries83? I'm always awed whenever you post pictures of those boots.
    Cheers mate, I love them too. In terms of wear: I've worn them extremely regularly, I would average it out as about 3 times a week for 2 years. This is in rain or shine, and considering I live in England, it's more likely to be rain [​IMG]. I always put shoetrees in after wearing, and I store them where I store all of my shoes, in front of my bedroom window. I hadn't thought about that at the time, but now I'm beginning to think the amount of sunlight that would hit them day-to-day has maybe had a significant effect. Maintenance: I wipe down with a wet cloth, then horsehair brush, then buff with a smooth cloth every time before wearing. I polish perhaps once every few months. I do the above, then apply a thin layer of kiwi cordovan polish, leave it for 20 minutes, wipe down with a wet cotton cloth until the residual polish is gone, then horsehair brush, buff. Hope that helps.
     
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