***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. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    Completely agree with everything said here. Part of my point as well is that given the high level of service and knowledge at DC I would think if it were egregious that they would have caught it. I know on past occasions they have refused to send me shoes in stock that they have found not up to spec.

    At the end of the day though none of this really matters. It is up to the buyer and whether he wants to keep them or not. Pretty simple really.
     


  2. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    YES. You don't want regular burgundy shoe polish on your shell cordovan shoes. It will create a nasty film.
     


  3. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Having an internal debate about the 990. Everything about the shoe exudes class, it i well built, shows off the cordovan well, etc. But the shoe can look huge, especially in my e width

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    To me, the proportions of the unlined PTB look more balanced, especially with thinner wool pants. These PTB would look OK with chinos or heaver flannel or denim... But to me a similar chukka would look even better. So in the battle of the plain toe, it would seem that for me 990 would be behind the unlined and the chukka... Thoughts?
     


  4. irbe

    irbe Senior member

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    Well the brush I use for my shell 8 which I will condition with VSC, I use for my indy (CXL use VSC) and Paul Smith (Calf, use reno)
     


  5. violethour1951

    violethour1951 Senior member

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    Rishi K, excellent gunboats & great combo.
     


  6. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    I agree.
    I would want to keep the ravello chukkas and rationalize with "shell character" and "shoes not rembrandts" but in this case, the color difference is too much.
    I do have boots with different shades of shell and I like them. in this case the large pieces of chukka shell are less forgiving. Nothing's breaking it up, the difference seems more obvious.
    I did return cigar Indys because the colors didn't match to my satisfaction. That was over a year ago, and I still haven't found cigar boots.
    For what it's worth I would send them to alden to see if they could fix the color.
     


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    brp2 Senior member

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    All: I appreciate the comments and advice. Since these chukkas were brand new arrivals, I think the following happened: (1) DC got a short run of Ravello chukkas in a week after the LWBs, so they were brand new; (2) they happened to have one in my size, so I ordered it immediately; (3) Joe only looked at the shoe to confirm for me that it was the darker Ravello, and that the edge trim was not antique. So, no aspersions on Alden DC here and absolutely no chance one shoe got sun damaged.

    As for how they left the factory looking so mismatched, I'm still willing to give Alden the benefit of the doubt. In certain light conditions the shoes don't look too far off from each other.
     
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    Maybe Alden makes all their shoes outside :happy:
     


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    Man, I wish the mobile version allowed me to use emoticons.
     


  10. tifosi

    tifosi Tire Kicker

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    I agree!
    I guess if you could memorize the ones you use most you could just type out the code.
    :xxxx:
    :happy: = colon happy colon (no spaces)
     
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  11. ReppTiePrepster

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    I can't speak to the unlined PTB as I have never tried them. However, I am not much of a fan of the chukka (except for the 6 eyelet version). While I understand your perspective regarding your E width, I still hold the 990 in higher regard than the chukka. You and others here may disagree with me, but that's perfectly fine. It's mjust my preference.

    p.s. I think your 990s look great, but they could use some Mac love. [​IMG] Enjoy your PTBs often and in great health, my friend...
     


  12. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Senior member

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    Thank you very much Sir.
     


  13. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Senior member

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    Thank you very much RTP.
     


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    I agree with you on the classiness of the shoe. It is the first Alden I ever wanted to buy, from years and years back.

    I too think sometimes the Barrie last does it a little injustice. I feel this way especially when I look at my #8 PT Boots on the Plaza (wearing today).

    But be that as it may, I would never part with them, or trade them for a chukka or single soled version. I would regret that for sure.


    (these are photographing really poor today.)
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  15. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    just in time for Chicago F/W..I would have preferred additional brogueing around the heel but again it is hard to find 6.5 Barrie in Commando sole, and this color which I prefer...

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