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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. Aries83

    Aries83 Senior member

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    In terms of versatility, I'd definitely go with the chukkas pictured, they will go with each of the styles you've listed.
     
  2. CHRK33

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    First time poster, but I have been reading this thread for quite some time and wanted to say thanks to everyone for posting such great info and photos for us Alden neophytes.

    Thought I would pass along some discount info. Jcrew is having a sale with 25% off and free shipping online using the code 'presents' and although its not supposed to work on Aldens, you just need to purchase something else in your cart (even just a pair of socks) and the discount will work. They only have the 405 Indys available online, but its a pretty good deal for a pair of Aldens that rarely go on sale. Just picked up a pair myself; looking forward to getting them soon. Enjoy! [​IMG]
     
  3. John_

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    Mick - You bought the Alden calf skins at Brooks Brothers online? Just curious because I didn't see them online?

    Also, went by the Alden DC store and spent some time talking to Joe. Very nice guy and full of knowledge. I'm going back on Monday afternoon to be fitted and hopefully find a nice holiday shoe. There was a gentleman in the store from Italy that bought 3 pair of shoes. Joe says that he does this every time he comes to town.

    Do you guys think that I could wear a leather chukka boot like in the picture below with wool dress pants?

    [​IMG]


    My first Aldens in 1999 wre black shell chukkas and they have been the best, most versatile shoe ever. I wear them with suits, khakis, jeans...great for travel because they slip on/off easily and do go with anything. Brown is probably slightly less versatile, and #8 may be even more versatile!

    If not now, you can't go wrong with these at some point!
     
  4. deltashell

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    For those who don't follow the J.Crew thread, apparently today's 25 percent off code works for their version of the Indy 405.
     
  6. HorseHide

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    Just an update on this folks...was just about to purchase the captoes at unionmade, but they recently changed the last on these shoes to the grant last. I saw few people making comments about purchasing these, and thought you should know, as previously was described under the barrie last

    This is pretty frustrating.
     
  7. Aries83

    Aries83 Senior member

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    Beautiful Deltashell.

    edit: That J.Crew code would be great, asides from the fact that J.Crew won't ship to Europe, but will ship to Japan?! What the hell.
     
  8. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    get someone to proxy it for you
     
  9. sexonfabric

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    If someone will proxy for you, I'd go in on it as well so they could double up.
     
  10. deltashell

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    Beautiful Deltashell.

    edit: That J.Crew code would be great, asides from the fact that J.Crew won't ship to Europe, but will ship to Japan?! What the hell.


    Thanks! One of my favorites, I've probably worn them at least 10 times and the vamps are hardly creased. Is this typical for any other indy owners?
     
  11. HorseHide

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    Beautiful Deltashell.

    edit: That J.Crew code would be great, asides from the fact that J.Crew won't ship to Europe, but will ship to Japan?! What the hell.


    I believe it is due to a sizeable duty to EU countries - think the Italian shoe industry might have something to do with that.
     
  12. jasonfoote303

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    "the description on the website clearly stated Barrie last - now it states Grant last" I am an employee of Unionmade and a person who takes his Aldens very seriously. Everyone who knows me on this forum or the store or my blog knows that I work tirelessly to give everyone as much knowledge and accurate information possible about Alden shoes. You need to know that nobody was trying to trick you. We ordered boots that we thought were on the Barrie last and only yesterday did we determine that they were on the Grant. As we are learning, you sometimes get surprises from Alden when you open up the box and things can be different from what you thought you ordered. I understand that the two lasts are different and are not interchangable to everyone. If you are not happy with them on the Grant last, Unionmade will take care of it. Everyone who works at Unionmade is extremely conscious of giving customers outstanding service and product knowledge.
     
  13. PeterParker

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    You need to know that nobody was trying to trick you. We ordered boots that we thought were on the Barrie last and only yesterday did we determine that they were on the Grant. As we are learning, you sometimes get surprises from Alden when you open up the box and things can be different from what you thought you ordered.
    I figured this was the case; clearly the Barrie last was chosen by Unionmade for this makeup as a distinguishing feature. The captoe on the Grant last has been done by several other retailers, and as such I would suspect Alden was going through the motions when producing this boot. It is unfortunate that the mixup happened as the last will be a dealbreaker for many. Still, I think it is unfair to swear off doing business with Unionmade when this mixup was beyond their control. They carry a lot of other quality goods aside from Alden that are worth checking out. I can only hope that the boots I designed will turn out as I intended, sans Alden's "modifications".
     
  14. Cuttingboard

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    My first Aldens in 1999 wre black shell chukkas and they have been the best, most versatile shoe ever. I wear them with suits, khakis, jeans...great for travel because they slip on/off easily and do go with anything. Brown is probably slightly less versatile, and #8 may be even more versatile!

    If not now, you can't go wrong with these at some point!


    I thought about black but I already have a pair of black chelsea boots...thinking about the dark brown and then a pair of suede for spring/summer.
     
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    Still, I think it is unfair to swear off doing business with Unionmade when this mixup was beyond their control.


    Well said!
     
  16. MickCollins1916

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    Mick - You bought the Alden calf skins at Brooks Brothers online? Just curious because I didn't see them online?

    Also, went by the Alden DC store and spent some time talking to Joe. Very nice guy and full of knowledge. I'm going back on Monday afternoon to be fitted and hopefully find a nice holiday shoe. There was a gentleman in the store from Italy that bought 3 pair of shoes. Joe says that he does this every time he comes to town.

    Do you guys think that I could wear a leather chukka boot like in the picture below with wool dress pants?

    [​IMG]


    Yes. They're not labeled Alden on the Brooks Bros. website. If you put your cursor over the "footwear" link in the left nav, a menu pops up. Click on "dress calfskin" and those shoes are made by Alden, as are the ones listed in the cordovan section.

    I agree, Joe's great. He and Kathy are both very nice folks as well as very knowledgeable.

    I wear the chukkas in shell with jeans, with some suits, with flannels, cords, etc. I think they're very versatile and really comfortable.
     
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    I'm going back to Alden DC on Monday afternoon to have Joe fit me. Looking forward to my first Alden shoe purchase!!
     
  18. CasinoRoyale

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    Thanks for the responses guys. I will probably end up getting various pairs but just starting out I want the most bang for the buck.

    I'll probably spring for some Chukkas and branch out from there. Probably make a stop at Leather Soul and have a look around as well.
     
  19. david3558

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    Well, this is just crazy. I bought 3 pairs of boots this week -_-.
    1. Alden Indys
    2. Alden Indys (Jcrew version)
    3. Red Wing Beckman Moc Toe
    Picked up my standard brown Indys from my pedorthic center here in Boston, got them for ~$360 out the door. This morning, I ordered the J.Crew model in the same size after a 25% discount, and it came out to around the same price. ......... had a great sale on Red Wing so I got the $300 boot for $210 shipped [​IMG] I sized down a whole size on my 405's, my pedorthist fitted me to an 8.5; it was definitely a tad snug but after an hours wear it has already stretched out width wise just a tiny bit and made the boot way more comfortable. The steel shank makes a huge difference, definitely makes the boot ridiculously stiff on the bottom, reminds me of walking in my cycling shoes. Overall the fit of the boot is perfect, and actually serves its orthopedic purpose for me. Like Harrison Ford, I have fallen arches and the Thomas Heel is perfect for correcting my slight pronation. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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