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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. CEE88

    CEE88 Senior member

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    Agree with both your sentiments. Not sure about the question whether wide footed guys are getting classier than their EEEE-footed ancestors (lol!) - maybe somebody else has an opinion on that one.

    It wasn't THAT long ago that you could walk into a local shoe store and pick up wide OR narrow widths for shoes like Allen Edmonds or (Made in Maine) Bass. I still remember trying and buying C width Weejuns (kids size), at a local shop. Alden seems to carry a pretty decent range of widths for stock shell & non-shell models. Shouldn't fit, width in particular, be even MORE important for a $700+ shoe? I feel like I've compromised on ideal fit with special make up shells at least 3 or 4 times. Strange, because they're truly custom shoes, right?
     
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    Burzan Senior member

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    I am sure many members, such as myself, are very thankful and appreciate your photos. I have more than a few sets of your pics saved in my shoe want folder. The latest being the Whiskey PTB you posted not long ago.
     
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    CEE88 Senior member

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    When you see it in the context of all the other beautiful Aldens pictured here, it really does look fresh & timeless. I have never worn a tassel shoe in my life, but seeing your photos makes me want to give it (model 563?) a try.
     
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    thebeebs Senior member

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    For those new to Aldens, it's worth noting that some of the best make-ups are the regular offerings in black and color 8. This thread is heavily skewed towards exotic shell colors and boots, but the more I buy, the more I appreciate models like the 563/664, 684/6845, 2210/2211, 9015/9016, 975/9751, 990/9901, etc. My opinion only, but one shared by many of my fellow collectors.
     
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  5. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Speaking of 9571's, I just got mine in the mail today!

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    -Mike
     
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    thebeebs Senior member

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    ^ 9751 is a workhorse, and built like a freaking tank! I wear mine with everything from jeans to suits. Enjoy!
     
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    Please post some pics of the 9751. On another business trip this week with the 975 and natty CXL LWB and looking at adding the 9751 to the rotation.
     
  8. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Indeed...

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    Worn frequently, but highly underrated!

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    @mdubs enjoy them in great health Mike!
     
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    I love you candor NAMOR! Makes me laugh and joyfull.. Ha Ha
     
  10. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    NAMOR, I guess that I do not completely understand this comment. Alden can indeed make B through EEE width shoes on the Barrie Last. However, I have been told that Alden has depricated several of their A-width lasts on the Barrie without the intent of replacing them. I can speak for that explicitly on the 10.5A and 11A front. But, I have held and tried on a C width last, specially a LWB on the Barrie in 10C (with that said, I have also tried on an 11A and 10.5A, which fortunately did not work for me, as it is no longer available). It is possible, that Alden does not make a C width last in your length (I believe that you are 12 or 12.5) due to the lack of market or some other consideration (amount of wood required to make a last that large!). :)

    With that said, getting narrow shoes kind of sucks as Alden will typically only allow 3 different widths to be made on any particular run. Pre-ordering is the only way for me to get B widths on my Aldens and that requires some patience and perseverance and sometimes I get cut out by the EE or EEEs... :)

    Finally, for any Alden "standard shoe model" (ones available on aldenshoe.com), they can be ordered at any time in any size of which they have a last for and they will make them as soon as possible (presumably when they do another run of that model).

    -Mike
     
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    BeSpiffington Senior member

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    Great looking combo RTP.
     
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    Bobbo316 Senior member

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    Not only is the site skewed towards exotic shell colors, its skewed towards shell in general. Lots of good calf makeups that get zero love. Don't get me wrong there is shell boots I want and shell boots I have ordered but things like a basic Indy will get way more use from me than any shell boot ever would.
     
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    bespoken pa Senior member

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    It isn't always about utilitarianism. Alden does have a few calf offerings that I like and own, however shell is where they shine. There is also a huge supply and demand component to it as well. People want what they cannot have. The fact remains at Alden's price point there are makers who provide a better product IMHO. Your comments do have some merit as I have avoided Whiskey shell as it likely would just sit in a box. My whiskey wish list is really limited to the indy and ptb.
     
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    Alden's shell products have just as many QA issues if not more than other brands. I'm not convinced that their shell is of any higher standard than other makers at the same price point. What they do have going for them though is the allure of shell being rare pieces. Lets face it even color #8 is not easily attainable in the popular styles (Tankers, Naval Boots).

    Anybody can buy a pair of Indy's, they sell them at 20 different stores I could probably think of right now. shell, not so much.

    I bet if that if there was a contest, in which every male in America were to choose between a ravello shell boot and an Indy.
    The Indy would win.
    Heck most people I know don't even know what shell is but they all know Indiana Jones wore a boot just like that one in the movies.^^
     
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    If there were a contest in which every male in America were to choose between an Indy and a horrific bicycle toed monstrosity, the horrific bicycle toed monstrosity would win.

    I don't think appealing to the least common denominator is the best way to validate your preference.
     
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    JezeC Senior member

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    Other makers may offer a better shell products at similar price points: Vass, Carmina, C&J

    But none of them makes shell as shiny as Alden's shell. So it's a give or take, depending on preference. Exclusivity drives a lot of demand as well.
     
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    Point well taken. Alden's CXL range is nothing to sneeze at either.
     
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  20. Bobbo316

    Bobbo316 Senior member

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    This is basically my point.

    I mean this as no disrespect to anyone on here but there are a few here that will actively exclude members posts if they are not shell. As to imply they are of some lesser value or lesser significance. Its a forum for the appreciation of Alden shoes. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion and you don't "have" to like cxl (thou many of us do). This is just my opinion.
     
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