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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. rick

    rick Senior member

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    I am finding the Chromexcels with neocork sole to be fine in the snow and slush. I like that when you're heading back in doors all the snow/salt/slush wipes right off on a mat or whatever, unlike lug soles that only give up some of their detritus after much stamping, etc.



    are you sure, i sold my indys and bought the ultimate indy with commando sole because i almost killed myself when there was snow or ice on the ground.
     
  2. enigma77

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    BACK TO THE KUDUS 404

    most of the pictures i have seen read look dark. the leffots pictures show a hint of reddish brown? could any owners confirm the tru color?


    Dude, Kudu is great. If you're looking for a burly Indy, then Kudu Indys (like LS's Ultimate Indy) are the way to go.

    Does this help at all? Far right is the the Kudu boot from Leffot


    [​IMG]


    Oh nice, did not know Leffot had a plain toe boot in Kudu. I should really drop in there more often.
     
  3. PeterParker

    PeterParker Senior member

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    Does this help at all? Far right is the the Kudu boot from Leffot
    The Kudu in this picture shows a striking resemblance in color to #8 cordovan. According to Leather Soul, the Kudu leather is treated in a similar manner to cordovan so that would seem appropriate.

    Suddenly I'm wishing that I had a pair of Kudu Ultimate Indy's...
     
  4. lagsun

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    The Kudu in this picture shows a striking resemblance in color to #8 cordovan. According to Leather Soul, the Kudu leather is treated in a similar manner to cordovan so that would seem appropriate. Suddenly I'm wishing that I had a pair of Kudu Ultimate Indy's...
    The chukka 2nd from the left is #8. BTW, I have 4 Aldens on the Barrie last (tan chukka on Leydon and AoC brown calf wingtip boot not pictured) and all fit a little differently. The #8 chukka and the Leffot kudu boot fit roomiest in the toes.
     
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    Cordovan longings picked up by The Sartorialist:

    http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/...-new-york.html


    I can just imagine the Alden founders back in the day having the conversation, "Ok, this color looks like Whiskey, this one like Snuff, and this burgundy one looks exactly like...the number 8!"

    Actually, now that I think about it, "8" was probably the number of the racehorse whose butt was used in the first pair of cordovan longwings, so it stuck. [​IMG]
     
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    Good point, anyone know the etymology of #8 as a colour name?
     
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    Does this help at all? Far right is the the Kudu boot from Leffot


    [​IMG]


    that helps alot - thanks.

    the boot color has more character than prior Alden images lead me to believe.
     
  8. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    I can just imagine the Alden founders back in the day having the conversation, "Ok, this color looks like Whiskey, this one like Snuff, and this burgundy one looks exactly like...the number 8!"

    Actually, now that I think about it, "8" was probably the number of the racehorse whose butt was used in the first pair of cordovan longwings, so it stuck. [​IMG]


    Actually that would be Horween guys back in the day who came up with #8 (and #4).
    I suspect Whiskey, Ravello, Cigar, Black, etc also have numbers but that's just wild speculation on my part.
     
  9. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    Do you guys know of any Norwegian welt style Alden made on a Barrie last with leather sole?
     
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    wj4 Senior member

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    via shoemart

    http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men...re-stitch.html

    http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men..._cordovan.html

    http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-men..._cordovan.html

    bootwise they would be called tanker boots, while not a easy model to find, some of the Alden specialty shops come out with their own versions from time to time, Leffots has one with leather soles.


    I actually bought and return the Cigar Shells in one of the links. They are not Barrie Last. Upon returning, I told the folks as well that they should revise the description.

    Also, the Tankers from Leffot have commando soles.

    http://blog.leffot.com/2010/12/09/tanked-2/
     
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    I'm also interested in the NST on the Barrie last, not the Aberdeen, which is narrow and pointy and seems to have a high vamp. I can understand some may need this shape and more power to them.
     
  13. genericman

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    whiskey wingtip boot....does it exist?
     
  14. racknac

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    ^ who is the girl in your avatar?
     
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    Good point, anyone know the etymology of #8 as a colour name?
    My wild guess would be something to do with the amount of stain applied to the shoe... 8 coats ...[​IMG] I have no idea
     
  16. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    There are some black pebble grain long wings at Brooks Brothers for $350+tax/shipping. This is after the 15% kicker.
    I believe they're on the Grant last. Cordovans are $50 off + a 15% kicker.
    These are in the Black Fleece section under accessories.
    There are some nice boots and double monks there too, both C&J I think.

    BTW, the 15% off doesn't show up until you view your cart.
     
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    zippyh Senior member

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    Santa-wife got me LS natural cxl boots.
    These are darker than my other natural cxl.
    [​IMG]
     
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    TheD0n Senior member

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    Do Aldens ever go on sale or should I just pay the ~$400 for a pair of Balmorals on theshoemart?

    Also, I'm usually a 12D - do Aldens run true to size?
     
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    my Alden collection (as far as I'm considered) is now complete with the addition of these Context Tankers. (special thanks to SF member rolling green)... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I really like these boots, however I still have some questions. How does this boot fare in terms of styling and longetivity. Is this a classic style, or will I look back 3 years from now and ask why did I ever buy these boots? I like the split toe look but it is something I have never seen anyone wear in real life, just wondering if it is a SF fad or not? Btw, the toebox looks good, just wondering what last and size did you get? most of the aldens I have seen look clunky, but these boots really look good and sleek in the second pic.
     
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