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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. geoffmartin17

    geoffmartin17 Senior member

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    Yeah we definitely need more #8 shoes with natural soles, looks so much better than the black.
     
  2. phantomx48

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    Have to agree! I think the edge treatment on this is about 50% of the boots appeal, and that is why I ordered a pair. It is going to be easy to dress those up or down.
     
  3. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    the edge treatment is nice, I just wish the commando sole didn't make it look so workbooty
     
  4. deltashell

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    I agree, much more appealing for casual wear. Looks much more like cigar.
     
  5. afterglow

    afterglow Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to get a pair of Alden boots but can't decide which to shoot for. Boot will be worn with jeans and chinos. Will see some rain. I prefer #8, cigar and brown chromexcel.

    Which boot/sole combo best fits my needs??
     
  6. PorterInjax

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    I'm looking to get a pair of Alden boots but can't decide which to shoot for. Boot will be worn with jeans and chinos. Will see some rain. I prefer #8, cigar and brown chromexcel.

    Which boot/sole combo best fits my needs??


    Suggest you do what I did. Own zero Aldens, 90 days later own 11. Two non-shell Indy boots and a few PTB's, a loafer, a shortwing, and four shell boots. Oh the horror.
     
  7. enigma77

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    Suggest you do what I did. Own zero Aldens, 90 days later own 11. Two non-shell Indy boots and a few PTB's, a loafer, a shortwing, and four shell boots. Oh the horror.
    Don't do this. Your tastes will change over time. Many first Aldens are Indys. The natural Chromexcel plain toe boot from Shoemart looks fantastic, too. Pics a few pages back. Or you could just get yourself a nice pair of shells for Xmas.
     
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    I should have posted this in here instead of the J. Crew thread. But I'm a little worried the Indy's I purchased (and have been wearing) are a little too big. I'm always an 11.5, so I ordered the 11. My toe is under the stitching and I can slide my foot back and forth a little, is that normal, or did I mess up? It's not really that bad, I guess I just want them to fit tight because I hate shoes that slide on my feet at all.
     
  10. PorterInjax

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    Don't do this. Your tastes will change over time.

    Many first Aldens are Indys. The natural Chromexcel plain toe boot from Shoemart looks fantastic, too. Pics a few pages back.

    Or you could just get yourself a nice pair of shells for Xmas.


    Okay,my post was a bit tongue in cheek and I should have elaborated a bit.
    Yes, I have purchased shoes online that didn't work out. I have since sold on
    eBay and or traded on the B and S forum. I am happy with the shoes I currently have but if you have the chance to try the different lasts on, by all means do it prior to your first purchase.
     
  11. afterglow

    afterglow Well-Known Member

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    The #8 Chukkas are singing to me. Will probably get that and the LHS in #8 as well. Yes will definitely try out the different lasts before buying.

    Is the #8 Chukka with commando sole standard issue or only certain stores carry them?
     
  12. interlockingny

    interlockingny Senior member

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    Is the #8 Chukka with commando sole standard issue or only certain stores carry them?

    The latter.
     
  13. PorterInjax

    PorterInjax Senior member

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    The #8 Chukkas are singing to me. Will probably get that and the LHS in #8 as well. Yes will definitely try out the different lasts before buying.

    Is the #8 Chukka with commando sole standard issue or only certain stores carry them?


    This is purely personal. That being stated, start out with something besides the chukka. The chukka was my biggest disappointment with respect to fit. I am very happy with my plaza and Barrie wing tip boots and shoes. Again, this is personal opinion only. I wish I had the luxury of a shoe store where I
    Could try the different shoes on.
     
  14. HorseHide

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    Doesn't get much better than this.

    Courtesy of Leffot...

    [​IMG]


    This is why I buy shoes from Leather Soul and Leffot (and why I need to stop buying shoes from clothing stores that also sell shoes). Tom and Steven sell shoes but more importantly they know shoes - they know the lasts, the features like reverse welting, they understand what combinations will look good together.

    These boots are, on first blush, the same as the ones that Context had a few weeks back. Closer examination suggests that the Context boot was assembled based on "standard" features but the Leffot boot was IMHO more thoughtfully put together. As a result, it just looks better. Little things like edge treatment make a huge difference.
     
  15. geoffmartin17

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    Yeah i don't even like commando soles but i am considering ordering those; would LOVE to see a NST shoe with the natural edge treatment and #8 color. Might just have to settle for the cigar from shoe mart Edit: the bureau has some sweet #8 longwings with the natural sole, they look great: http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop...-wing-blucher/
     
  16. phantomx48

    phantomx48 Senior member

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    This is why I buy shoes from Leather Soul and Leffot (and why I need to stop buying shoes from clothing stores that also sell shoes). Tom and Steven sell shoes but more importantly they know shoes - they know the lasts, the features like reverse welting, they understand what combinations will look good together.

    These boots are, on first blush, the same as the ones that Context had a few weeks back. Closer examination suggests that the Context boot was assembled based on "standard" features but the Leffot boot was IMHO more thoughtfully put together. As a result, it just looks better. Little things like edge treatment make a huge difference.


    You are 100% correct! When I saw the Context boot, I said "wow, nice boot", and then moved on. When I saw the Leffot version I said "wow, amazing boot. . .I MUST HAVE IT". There is just a lot more "going on" with the Leffot boot, and it makes for a much more interesting addition to my wardrobe. It also feels like each part of the boot (sole, edging, welt, last, style, etc.) is in harmony, and not just relying on the fact that it is shell to justify its price.

    This is also true with the creations coming from Tom at LS. Both stores keep impressing me with their offerings!
     
  17. PeterParker

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    The #8 Chukkas are singing to me. Will probably get that and the LHS in #8 as well. Yes will definitely try out the different lasts before buying.
    Not a bad starting point. The chukka is a very versatile shoe, and if you're going to own just one pair of Alden's #8 cordovan is a classic and the most versatile of brown chromexcel and cigar. Regarding the sole, it depends on the climate where you live. If it's relatively dry, double oak leather soles are the obvious choice. If it's pretty soggy, consider the waterloc oiled soles or even the commando sole (would love to see a #8 chukka on the waterloc sole with antique edgetrim) There's a reason why the chukka is Leather Soul's top selling shoe.

    Regarding the fit, I've yet to own a pair of chukka's but I can understand how the minimal lacing can affect the fit. However, from my experience with sizing on Alden's, a properly fitting shoe conforms to your foot like a glove. The lacing is just to keep your foot in place, as opposed to forming the shoe around your foot; if you need to crank down on the laces to shape the shoe to your foot, you're either in the wrong size or the wrong last.
     
  18. makewayhomer

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    Not a bad starting point. The chukka is a very versatile shoe, and if you're going to own just one pair of Alden's #8 cordovan is a classic and the most versatile of brown chromexcel and cigar. Regarding the sole, it depends on the climate where you live. If it's relatively dry, double oak leather soles are the obvious choice. If it's pretty soggy, consider the waterloc oiled soles or even the commando sole (would love to see a #8 chukka on the waterloc sole with antique edgetrim) There's a reason why the chukka is Leather Soul's top selling shoe.

    Regarding the fit, I've yet to own a pair of chukka's but I can understand how the minimal lacing can affect the fit. However, from my experience with sizing on Alden's, a properly fitting shoe conforms to your foot like a glove. The lacing is just to keep your foot in place, as opposed to forming the shoe around your foot; if you need to crank down on the laces to shape the shoe to your foot, you're either in the wrong size or the wrong last.


    My experience with my alden chukkas was that I was nearly certain I was wearing the right size, but because of the lacing I felt not nearly as secure as I do in other shoes. They just felt loose around the ankles. This was a problem for me because for my shell boots I was seeking that bulletproof shit kicking feel. So I sold them to help finance a lace up boot.

    But obviously plenty of people love chukkas so ymmv
     
  19. randomkoreandude

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    I should have posted this in here instead of the J. Crew thread. But I'm a little worried the Indy's I purchased (and have been wearing) are a little too big. I'm always an 11.5, so I ordered the 11. My toe is under the stitching and I can slide my foot back and forth a little, is that normal, or did I mess up? It's not really that bad, I guess I just want them to fit tight because I hate shoes that slide on my feet at all.

    if your sliding its too big
     
  20. randomkoreandude

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    Doesn't get much better than this.

    Courtesy of Leffot...

    [​IMG]


    i agree these are much better looking than contexts ... but i do like the pull tab on theirs!
     
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