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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. Buckeye Nation

    Buckeye Nation Senior member

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    On a blucher I'm with you - but on a balmoral you can make the front seam perfect bar laced, with little to no effort on a 5 eyelet... IMO
     
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    I mean the actual process of pulling them tight. With cross lacing, I grab each side of the cross lacing and pull, moving up the eyelets. I can't do that with bar lacing. It's just more of a pain in the ass than the look is worth for me. And on bals, with my instep, bar lacing makes it look worse.
     
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    Buckeye Nation Senior member

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    On a balmoral with your shoe fit are you able to get the left and right side to touch when pulled tight?
     
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    tifosi Senior member

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    Oh goodness I wish! At least not on any balmoral I own.
     
  5. Buckeye Nation

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    That's a major difference - mine fit like a glove when bar laced, and "zipped" up

    I run them similar to this : http://www.styleforum.net/t/322795/...hich-american-great-do-you-prefer-official/90

    But I finish coming up through on the 5th eyelet so the knot pull everything nice and tight and drops in the V at the top, all I am pulling tight are the 3rd and 4th holes, it's quite easy really - no effort at all....

    EDIT - better pic, scroll down to the post by Morgan, this is exactly how I lace mine

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/34050
     
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  6. PartagasIV

    PartagasIV Senior member

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    Snuff suede SW today.
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  7. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Wonderful. If forced to choose, I would take this stock model over nearly every model offered on a limited run basis.
     
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    What this means, as a practical matter, is that you bar lace very few models. :D

    I bar lace virtually every model - bal or blucher, odd or even**. IMO, it presents an overall cleaner look. Some see it differently and I have no problem with that.

    ** With odd eyelets, I use a single diagonal pass in the lacing - at the very top - and it's less noticeable due to the bows and shoelace ends. In many models, particularly bals, it is not noticeable at all.
     
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  9. thebeebs

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    had I not just kicked down a grand for the EG dovers, i'd jump on the 2210s right this minute. my rule is one split toe a month.
     
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    Agreed. It is my next purchase from Alden without a doubt. Very clean and well proportioned.
     
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    Just talked to Denim Bar and they will be shipping out their Alden shoes tomorrow if you haven't received yours already. My Indie boots and Dovers should be shipping tomorrow. Super excited!
     
  12. circleslife

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    Is that Eastland?
     
  13. ironclad

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    Meant to post these two pics a while ago. I took them the day I purchased my ravello chukkas and Color 8 cap toe boots.

    I know there are significant differences in shell color depending on type and quality of lighting, etc., as is particularly evident with recent shoe pics and discussions on this forum. I thought I would add to the topic by showing these ravello chukkas compared with the Color 8 boots.

    The first pic is inside under incandescent lighting with a window open (please excuse sock fuzz in the background).

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    The second pic is outside in direct sun.
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    The chukkas almost look like they made from pumpkin rather than shell cordovan!
     
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  14. halfnhalfnhalf

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  15. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Gentlemen, all the shoes posted today looked awesome! I kind of felt guilty as I wore my C&J boots to Alden DC. Didn't think I was going to make it to the store.
     
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    I have the same issue. I have a high instep and have never gotten the totally closed look on any balmorals. It was really bad with AE's where it was a pretty wide V shape. It's not as pronounced on my Church's or AS.
     
  17. Bonney

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    That 8 color in direct sunlight looks fantastic
     
  18. ironclad

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    Mike, anything of note in DC?

    Surprised Kathy didn't lock the doors as soon as she spotted you wearing C&J boots!
     
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    On the same topic, here are a couple of pictures I took of my cigar indy's on commando on the same day with same camera. Only difference other than angle and distance was that the sun was out in the first pic and it was overcast in the second. Actual color is probably in between...depending on lighting :) [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Are exotic shell colors more expensive than regular colors such as color 8?

    Before taxes, regular colors are $665 and exotics are around $750?
     
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