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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. RevisIsland

    RevisIsland Senior member

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    Online Purchasing Options

    Alden San Francisco (factory store - with online presence) http://www.aldenshop.com/
    Alden Washington DC (factory store - no online presence) http://www.aldenshoe.com/
    Alden New York (Madison Ave.) http://www.aldenmadisonny.com/
    Alden of Carmel http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/shoes.htm
    The Shoe Mart http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-shoes/bt-ald.html
    Leather Soul http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/category/brands/alden/
    CitiShoes http://citishoes.com/aldmen.htm
    Sherman Brothers http://www.shermanbrothers.com/brand...S&BrandCode=AL

    J. Crew https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew.jsp

    Leffot http://blog.leffot.com/category/footwear/alden-brands/

    Ben Silver http://www.bensilver.com/Alden.html

    Moulded Shoe http://mouldedshoe.com/aldeno.html

    Unionmade http://unionmadegoods.com/brands/alden/

    Context http://www.contextclothing.com/brand.php?brand=Alden

    Epaulet http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/alden

    Renners Fine Boots & Shoes http://www.rennersbootsshoes.com/aldenshoes1.html

    Sky Valet http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden_c_13.html

    Frans Boone Store http://www.fransboonestore.com/collections/Alden

    The Bureau https://www.thebureaubelfast.com/brand/alden-for-the-bureau-belfast

    J. Gilbert http://www.jgilbertfootwear.com/products-page/alden/

    Need Supply http://needsupply.com/mens/brands/alden

    Francos http://www.francos.com/
    Brooks Bros. http://www.brooksbrothers.com/
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    Adding more to mdubs list:

    Habberdash
    http://korvue.shophaberdash.com

    North River
    http://www.northriveroutfitter.com/alden-shoes/

    Barney's
    http://www.barneys.com/Shoes/mens-shoes,default,sc.html?prefn1=designer&prefv1=Alden

    Pelle Line
    http://www.pelleline.com/product-list.php?sort-by-price-desc.html
     
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  2. chrisefi

    chrisefi Senior member

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    Mike (@mdubs)

    Those cigar jumpers are my Alden holy grail. Where is that makeup from?

    Chris



    I have the #8 Kirkwoods from Unionmade and love them. I want a good mix of straight captoe and PCT. This boot because it was so dark was going to look more formal regardless, so straight cap toe it went!
     
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    What stores are currently offering a 405 on commando?
     
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  7. ReppTiePrepster

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    I have both the Dalton in walnut shell and the barrie wingtip boot. The two are very different animals. You are correct in that the Dalton is sleeker, but that's not what the barrie last is intended to be. The leather soles are the exact same (JR), although the Kirkwood is on commando. As for quality, I can not in anyway agree with you. as for AE burgundy shell versus Alden color 8, I can not comment as AE's burgundy is really inconsistent in color/shade and finish (much more so than Alden). YOu may have come acrss a great shade of burgundy. While I like my Dalton (I like that they feel much lighter on my feet), it looks like a cheaper version of a wingtip boot... awkward-looking cut for the perf-wing-tip (vamp looks expansive) and eyelets look cheap.
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    I still think it's a nice boot, but when I finally acquire a ravello wingtip boot on barrie later this year, I'm afraid I will not reach for this poor soul anymore.
    EDIT: Sorry to rehash much of what had already been addressed. I somehow missed a couple of pages of posts yesterday and responded accordingly. I will say @Roguls that yesterday at Alden SF I was sized for the 9016 (perf cap toe bal) and was not entirely impressed with the hampton last. I liked the shape of the toe, but the region between the cap toe line and the beginning of the heel looked fat/inflated. It may e that I'm not used to it, but it looks puffy for a proper dress shoe. The aberdeen last and AE's 5 last (strand, PA, cambridge, etc...) seem to me to be more appropriate for a formal dress shoe.

    @sevenfoldtieguy or others who have any experience with the snap last, do the BB versions of the Alden dress bals look similar to the hampton last in this respect? Thanks in advance...
     
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    Four ways in which AE competes favorably with Alden -

    (1) Leaving Dalton aside, at least four AE models are as good as if not better than their Alden counterparts:

    Strand medallion cap toe
    MacNeil LWB
    Leeds PTB
    Dundee chukka

    (2) All can be individually MTO’d through SF without upcharge in three different colors of Horween shell (as well as a basically infinite array of soles, edge colors, welts, etc.), and turnaround is generally a month or less.

    (3) Seconds are pretty easy to obtain and have gone as low as $299 recently.

    (4) AE’s customer service is as good as I have encountered in ANY context, not just shoes.
     
  10. bespoken pa

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    E vs Alden debate reminds me of women in a way. Alden, the beautiful woman who treats you like crap because she knows she is beautiful and someone will always desire her vs AE, the less attractive woman who will always be attentive to your needs. She tries harder because she has to. Both have a place.
     
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    If any of you follow the Leffot Instagram account, those are my whiskey PTB pictured...
     
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    Interesting...on second look, I guess those could be Trubalance. The photo angle and tight laces make it look pretty sleek.
     
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    As a friend of mine once said, "Eager beats pretty." [​IMG]
     
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    Expanding on this analogy:

    AE should be worn around the house. Alden should be taken out, wined and dined.
     
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    Nice boots and penny's RTP. Watching "The Open" before I tee it up this afternoon. What do you think, Ricky or Rory?
     
  17. ReppTiePrepster

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    And what place does the lesser-attractive, lacking-in-self-esteem, cheaper, always-wanting-to-please woman have in your life??
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    Jim at Alden SF is one of the best in the business. :nodding:
     
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    She is always there where you need her cooks like a champ and laughs at your jokes.(also supports shoe habit).
     
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    Thanks Spiffster. Ricky maybe too far back. Sergio will crack as he always does... (or maybe not)[​IMG]
     
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