***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. CEE88

    CEE88 Senior member

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    Thanks for the info, gg. Another reason to visit the CIty by the Bay (Unionmade being another).
    So he had you trying on shell for fit? I've always wondered about that. The one and only time I tried on shell in person, I know the shopkeeper was pretty nervous about creasing and walking anywhere there wasn't carpeting.
     


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    LS #8 Plaza monks with silver buckles and ubiquitous Alden Thread argyle socks...

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    Weird doesn't show up on my phone [​IMG] But regardless my point was in general over the mass of people complaining about a pretty fair price. And nothing's preventing somebody to contact the guy here if they want the shoe
     


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    blurry pic after a loooooooong day. got tired of trying to focus

    no argyles today [​IMG]

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    I joined the club today and purchased a pair of LWB color # 8. I had a few gift certificates from jcrew and ended up paying less than half for the them:). Had them shipped to save paying NYC tax so I have to wait until next week to get them. Is it normal to feel nervous about wearing them?
     


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    I was at Alden SF and was helped by Robert as well. I tried on the #8 straight tip on the Grant last. Robert didn't say anything about being careful creasing, etc. I was the one who told him I'd be careful and asked him how he dealt with the situation. He seemed not too concerned and I got the impression that they definitely are the other extreme from say A of C. There was a German tourist trying on some #8 shoes and he was walking, bending, etc. and the other SA didn't seem to mind.

    I guess they get enough customers who aren't as concerned with creases as some of us are that it's not a problem. Anyway, great staff, creat customer service.
     


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    Yeah, I did ask Robert about people fitting shell after I knew him better (visited more than once). He cringes. The store is carpeted wall to wall and they won't object you walking around. But knowing what we know about shell, I wouldn't abuse the privilege. Just remember that you're not breaking them in. You want to ensure that these people can still sell the shoes since it is how they make their living. Besides, you would know rather quickly if the shoes are a good fit or not. If you're convincing yourself that it's a good fit, then it probably isn't. Another Robertism - "Your feet are not going to change, and assume the shoes aren't going to change much either. They fit or they don't." I'm being liberal about quoting him because this probably isn't precise, but you get the point.

    Unionmade is a bus ride away from Market. Brooks Brothers has a big store in Post which is the parallel street from Alden (Sutter). If you are a Carmina fan, don't forget Wilkes Bashford has a big presence in Sutter. I haven't been there. Just recently got myself acquainted to Carmina. But will definitely stop by next time I'm in the City.
     


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    Grant last, #4 shell, Medallion Captoe, Low profile commando, Blind eyelets and speed hooks, 270-storm welt w/ antique edge trim and pull tabs.

    EDIT: or maybe even #6 shell. Isn't that more reddish than #4?
     
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    Thank you gents! @El, if by unknown you mean underrated, I certainly agree. @Beetlegeuse, I want the tan suede LWB! Other than the blue suede short or longwing bluchers, not sure if there are others for which I would be interested.
     


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    Not a chukka guy, but this pic looks sweet! One day I will move on a pair of chukkas, but not before an NST (I know Uncle!).
     


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    My friend, wear often and in great health!! Post pics if you can. Don't be nervous, just enjoy them. Their comfort is enough to make me happy.[​IMG]
     


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    Thanks RE! Actually that silver (rather than gold) buckle is one of the details that interested me in the shoe. The silhouette of the shoe is outstanding, Sir.
     


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    BootSpell and green garden - thanks for the info. We are all better off for having learned something from you both. Have a great weekend.
     


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    Gentlemen,
    I am the seller of the cigar PTB. I've been a long time follower of this thread and a huge Alden fan. I, like many others on this forum, have been bitten by the shell bug. So a few months back, I went on a buying spree bought a lot of shell within a short period of time. Now, with way too many shoes/boots and a little bit of buyer's remorse, I decided to unload a few pairs. It was between a ravello LWB and a cigar PTB and I decided to keep the ravello. I had an ad on styleforum, but didn't have any luck so I decided to post it on eBay. It hurts me to read that I'm only out to make a profit on this sale. Stevent is right, at $750 I'm still looking at around an $80 loss after the eBay and PayPal fees. I would be happy/lucky just to recoup my cost. I did mention the styleforum ad hoping to sell it to one of gents here. Anyway, could we get back to talking about Aldens? Please? Stevent, thanks for having my back, buddy. You da man!
     


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    ^I'm just mad I missed the ad here. You'd be shipping them to me right now if I would have seen it.
     


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