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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. framus

    framus Active Member

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    My new Ravello Wingtips Cordovan are great except a little tight in the "toe knuckle" area, is that a word? I see on youtube that one can do a quick stretch of your boot with either a broom handle or using ice. Has anyone done this for cordovan and what was your experience?

    Regards.
     
  2. MiniW

    MiniW Senior member

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    the few occasions where I needed to stretch Alden shoes, I've been successful by doing two things:
    1) wearing the shoes more, sometimes with thicker socks (this alone with make the footbed conform to your feet more and the leather will get stretched out to a degree. When you are doing this, wear for no longer than just a few hours at a time. If you go at it for a whole day, your feet will hurt and you will hate the shoes.
    2) I wet the leather completely inside and out on the area I needed stretch (the vamp for example). This is done by putting a piece of a water soaked paper towel over the part I wanted to get wet. Other means of wetting the shoes tend to be messy. Then I wear the shoes until they dry, preferably with thick socks again to get the most stretch.

    Now I've done the water process with a pair of shell Alden boots, but they were black so I was not concerned about any color changes. However I have worn #8 shell shoes in the rain and aside from the water welts that develop and fade over time, I have never noticed color changes to shell due to water.

    If the shoes are comfortable enough to wear for a few hours, then there's probably a good chance you can get them to the level where you can wear them all day long. However, if they feel too tight as soon as you put them on, I would not bother with anything and just sell the shoes or return them and get a wider size.
     
  3. framus

    framus Active Member

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    Thanks for your quick response, the shoes are comfortable for a good bit, then the toe area starts to hurt, so I do have hope for them. I did bring an extra pair of shoes to work today to switch out so I don't kill my feet. Again thanks.
     
  4. 100 yrs

    100 yrs Senior member

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    Well, after a lot of thought I have decided to list my cigar Indys for sell. I am still wavering a bit because they are gorgeous boots, but not sure they are quite for me. Size 8E for anyone interested.

    Click the link in my signature for pics.


    john, sucks these aren't working out. is it the size or the style? i am curious as to how an E fits compared to a D. do you have a wide foot as measured on the brannock device or did you just decide to give it a shot? was the heel area noticeably wider? what d0 you think of the commando sole?
     
  5. tlieu

    tlieu Well-Known Member

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    Missing the Uncle Mac photos lately.
     
  6. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    john, sucks these aren't working out. is it the size or the style? i am curious as to how an E fits compared to a D. do you have a wide foot as measured on the brannock device or did you just decide to give it a shot? was the heel area noticeably wider? what d0 you think of the commando sole?

    It's really just more the style, however, I am still leaning toward possibly keeping them. There is slightly more room in the heel with the E's, but barely noticeable. I don't have a narrow foot and measure a true 9D on the brannock. I prefer a tighter fitting boot so that you get a good foot mold over time, so I threw in some inserts and the fits was great, actually better than the boots I bought from you.

    I know you have had some sizing issues, and you might want to try sizing down a half size and going with an E, rather than a D. Again, there wasn't a big difference in the width, but I did notice it.

    And in regard to commando soles, I prefer commando soles personally. However, I will note that I use these boots exclusively for leisure, and not for professional purposes. Commando may not be a good office thing.

    I just prefer a boot I can do anything in and beat up if I want and thus prefer the commando and neocork soles to the leather.
     
  7. ChrisGold

    ChrisGold Senior member

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    Whiskey with belt from American Alligator
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  8. ChrisGold

    ChrisGold Senior member

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    Becoming my new favorite Aldens - AF84 from AOC, very rich dark chocolate brown with commando.
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  9. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    Hey Chris, what last are those on?
     
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    hooker4186 Senior member

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    After about six months of wear, my 405s sole are separating. I wrote to Alden a few days ago asking about it but haven't gotten a reply back from them yet (probably due to the holidays though). How do they generally handle repairs like this? Would I be charged for it or would they cover the cost? If I decided instead to try and have a local cobbler do a repair, would that ruin my chances of ever getting them worked on in the future by Alden (i.e. for a resoling in a year or two)?

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  12. ChrisGold

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    403 - I wish more special makeups would be made with this leather instead of the Natural - I like the look of the Natural, but how about a little love for the brown chromexcel?
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  13. wj4

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    After about six months of wear, my 405s sole are separating. I wrote to Alden a few days ago asking about it but haven't gotten a reply back from them yet (probably due to the holidays though). How do they generally handle repairs like this? Would I be charged for it or would they cover the cost? If I decided instead to try and have a local cobbler do a repair, would that ruin my chances of ever getting them worked on in the future by Alden (i.e. for a resoling in a year or two)?

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    I would fully expect Alden to take care of that. Assuming you didn't abused them, at 6 months, a $400+ shoes should not deteriorate like that.

    FedEx dropped off my Cigar shell longwings from Shoemart and it came with instruction on how to care for the shoes now.

    I think a black pair is next and that should do it for a long while.
     
  14. ChrisGold

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    After about six months of wear, my 405s sole are separating. I wrote to Alden a few days ago asking about it but haven't gotten a reply back from them yet (probably due to the holidays though). How do they generally handle repairs like this? Would I be charged for it or would they cover the cost? If I decided instead to try and have a local cobbler do a repair, would that ruin my chances of ever getting them worked on in the future by Alden (i.e. for a resoling in a year or two)?

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    Agree with previous poster - Alden is sometimes a little slow to respond to customer service requests, but I would fully expect them to repair this at no charge to you.
     
  15. slide13

    slide13 Senior member

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    In my experience it is unlikely you will hear back from them via email. Best to give em a call. They wont answer but if you leave a message they get back pretty quickly and will likely take care of that for you. Bad with email but otherwise provided great service for me.
     
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    403 - I wish more special makeups would be made with this leather instead of the Natural - I like the look of the Natural, but how about a little love for the brown chromexcel?

    Beautiful leather. Thanks for sharing. Thats my next boot
     
  17. imatlas

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    After almost 9 months, I finally got my ravello longwings from the Washington Alden shop. Now that I have them, I think I'd prefer shortwings.
     
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    After almost 9 months, I finally got my ravello longwings from the Washington Alden shop. Now that I have them, I think I'd prefer shortwings.
    What size? Edit: damn my pixy feet (7.5-8)。
    After about six months of wear, my 405s sole are separating. I wrote to Alden a few days ago asking about it but haven't gotten a reply back from them yet (probably due to the holidays though). How do they generally handle repairs like this? Would I be charged for it or would they cover the cost? If I decided instead to try and have a local cobbler do a repair, would that ruin my chances of ever getting them worked on in the future by Alden (i.e. for a resoling in a year or two)? [​IMG] Uploaded with ImageShack.us
    [​IMG] Uploaded with ImageShack.us Hi there failure buddy. I emailed Alden and they said just send them in and they'd give me new ones. The catch is, they aren't exactly "Alden", they are an Alden owned shop in SF. Unless you bought from that shop you have to go through the shop that sold you the shoes. Right now I'm waiting to hear from that shop. It seems like there's a bit of a flaw in the 405 design. The leather welt, being well, leather, shrank while the neoprene its anchoring didn't. Think gums and teeth. This puts stress on the stitching and... pow. I have no idea why Alden doesn't have an "Alden" mail account. They were nice enough to send me new laces though.
     
  19. imatlas

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    What size?
    9 EEE
     
  20. david3558

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    Drove to LSBH today and met Bryan, super nice guy and took a lot of time explaining all the lasts, care of the shoes, etc.

    Ended up picking up the beautiful 'Attorney Shoe' in the dark burgundy dress calf, super beautiful shoe!
     
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