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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. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    How often do Alden shoes go on sale? Or can they ever be found at Nordstroms Rack or Saks OFF 5th? What kind of discounts can you get?

    They rarely go on sale. If they do, it's only about 10-15% on very selected styles at the Alden stores. They can't even be found at regular Nordstrom.

    Alden has a strong following and sell well at retail prices.
     
  2. Bartolo

    Bartolo Senior member

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    Thread is lacking pictures lately, so I will contribute some:

    Pitt Boot and Snuff Suede Boot.


    Do you treat your suede boots with anything? I have suede chukkas and still haven't figured out whether to do anything other than brush them with a suede brush.
     
  3. geoffmartin17

    geoffmartin17 Senior member

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    Alden is, in general, i think worth the retail price. The styling and quality is better than allen edmonds...

    My only complaint is that, due to some big time collaborations (i.e. jcrew) their factory is extremely busy and there have been some QC issues.

    I might post a comparison of my C+j's and aldens in this thread in a few weeks ( i have 3 c+j's, two aldens, though i'm looking for moar : )) when i want to procrastinate from studying.
     
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    Actually, I got wind that they may be saddles. Ahhh, mystery....
    +1 on that saddle guess.
     
  5. wj4

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    Alden is, in general, i think worth the retail price. The styling and quality is better than allen edmonds...

    My only complaint is that, due to some big time collaborations (i.e. jcrew) their factory is extremely busy and there have been some QC issues.

    I might post a comparison of my C+j's and aldens in this thread in a few weeks ( i have 3 c+j's, two aldens, though i'm looking for moar : )) when i want to procrastinate from studying.

    Talk about procrasinating...that's how I end up spending several grands on Shoemart :p During lunch breaks...internet orders....

    I do really want to try out a pair of C+J, but I don't know of a local place that sells them. With Aldens, I was able to find several retailers, but they didn't have the shoes I wanted (Indy's). The folks at one of the shop was nice enough to size me properly for them so I can buy online though. And thus started my love for Alden.
     
  6. king*stink

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    Im looking to make the purchase of my second pair of Aldens. My first was the indy 403. I'm trying to decide on a captoe boot. I really like Jcrews boot. I just hate that jcrew is behind it. Is the quality with jcrews cordovan #8 boot as questionable as their indy boots? Should I look elsewhere for a captoe boot. I here Alden DC has a really nice Cigar captoe boot but i really hate making a purchase without seeing the shoe first. I really wish i'd find my grail boot, the Tassels hunting boot, but i'll keep dreaming.
     
  7. slide13

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    Is the J Crew Indy questionable? (more then just Alden in general anyway?) I don't see anything wrong with their offerings, the cap toes are great boots.
     
  8. HorseHide

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    Just a heads up that I've got a pair of size 9 Rider "Hobo" Boots in Tan/Brown Chromexcel that I purchased from Leffot earlier this year. They are made up on crepe soles which I don't love - that's why I'm considering selling. Note that I just noticed any area where a seam has pulled apart inside the shoe (at the heel) - target price is reduced accordingly and item will be sold as is!

    Purchased for $620 - looking for $250 plus shipping (using paypal gift).

    Any interest? PM for pics, more details. And yes, I know this is an Alden thread - I've got a post in B&S as well (just trying to cover my bases for those of you that have interests that extend ever so slightly beyond Aldens).
     
  9. HorseHide

    HorseHide Senior member

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    Another heads up that I have a pair of Alden black shell cordovan full strap loafers in size 9 1/2 B/D. Worn maybe 5 times - they are just taking up space in my closet.

    Available anywhere for around $550 - I'm looking for $275 plus shipping (payable using paypal gift). I have the original shoe bags but I can't find the box.

    PM if you have any interest/questions.
     
  10. eightdouble

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    not usually an NST guy, but damn these look good.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Man with Apple

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    not usually an NST guy, but damn these look good. [​IMG]
    I agree. I was on the fence with the Context Tankers, but Leather Soul really knocked it out of the park with these boots. The natty cxl's are great looking.
     
  12. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    I need some quick advice. How does the grant last fit compared to the Barrie and trubalance lasts? Please advises asap. Thanks.
     
  13. eightdouble

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    this is going off of what i read:

    it fits true to size, so you would likely be 1/2 a size larger than you wear in barrie/true balance.

    it is supposedly much narrower in the toe box, and i have read that it isn't a very good fitting last... i think tom from LS said that somewhere in this thread.
     
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    ^ I'm a 9D on the Grant and 8.5D on Barrie.

    Actually, my Grant boot fits me better than my other Barrie/TruBalance boots. I have C width feet on the Brannock so the 9D fit is perfect.
     
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    i have wide toes. most shoes i'd be an E width in, but the barrie/true balance with the wide toe box fit me perfectly in D

    i guess it depends a lot on your foot whether the grant would be good for you.
     
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    If it were me, I would size down like the Barrie but go up a width.
     
  17. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    ^ Thank you guys for the helpful info. Very much appreciated.
     
  18. MiniW

    MiniW Senior member

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    I was talking with a shoe sales guy the other day and heard this advice - the widest part of your foot should be at the widest part of the shoe. He told me that a few people he knew changed the size of the shoes they wore to a larger size and even though there was more space in front of the toes, the shoes were much more comfortable. I think that for the most part my shoes fit this bill but this could be another way to look at sizing instead of the standard size down 0.5 on certain Alden lasts.
     
  19. PeterParker

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    ^^^ Yes, this is the proper way to size shoes, according to the Brannock device: http://www.brannock.com/cgi-bin/star...tructions.html
     
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    My order for #8 shortwings was delayed by Sherman Brothers until April(!). I'm wondering if I should just switch to cigar longwings instead which I can get right now, but for around $160 more. Any opinions? I'd be looking to wear these with suits and casually.
     
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