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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. enigma77

    enigma77 Senior member

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    http://i56.tinypic.com/293zsdu.jpg[IMG] whiskey lwb[/I]
    Do you use wax on your whiskeys or ravellos? They seem to be just a tad darker brown than stock colors. I'd be interested to know the colors/brands of the waxes you use, if any. I know you've said you use kiwi brown on your cigars.
     
  2. PeterParker

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    This may be a silly question, but do I need a boot tree for my Kudu Ultimate Indy boots? In addition, per this thread I understand that the only care I need to give them is wipe mud/dirt off with no polish/cream/conditioners. Is this correct?

    Thanks again everyone.

    The key consideration here is that the evolution of the shoes will reflect how you wear and maintain them. Therefore, if you want your Indy's to look heavily worn and rugged (i.e. like a workboot) wear them as often as you'd like; shoe trees are not a necessity, nor is regular conditioning of the leather. The shoe will take to the contours of your foot, and the leather will develop character from exposure to the elements.

    If you want your Indy's to look more of casual boot, you should consider resting the shoes between wears. Shoe trees will help to maintain the shape of the boot, and regular conditioning of the leather will help to maintain its lustre and enrich the colour.

    The beauty of the Indy boot is that it will look great worn either way. Regardless of how you choose to wear them, proper maintenance and care will prolong their life.
     
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    I was already going to return them but my real question was as too why it happened. Was it a fit issue or a alden issue.
    I bought a pair Alden Indys from Shoemart that had the same problem. The shoe was slightly too big so I know it wasnt a fit issue. I returned the boots within 2 weeks having worn them just 6 times
     
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    Does Cordovan strech as much / more than calf?
    -Also, do I have to call the shoe mart to get on the seconds list?

    I'm an 8.5D according to the Branock device and originally went with an 8D on Trubalance. Ultimately, I found even an eight to give tons of heel slip and play on my right and a little on the left and crippling pain on long days because of the lack of arch support or support/cushion in the forefoot. Thicker socks magnified the problem unfortunately.

    When I visited the shop where I got them later, the salesman said I could drop down to 7.5 with cordovan longwings because the cordovan would stretch and the shorter shoe would give give me better support/ a smoother stride. My 405's definately did stretch a massive amount, particularly on the top of the foot but can I expect the same of cordovan?
     
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    cordovan shoes will not stretch as much as calf. they don't stretch much at all, actually.
     
  6. PeterParker

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    Does Cordovan strech as much / more than calf?

    I'm an 8.5D according to the Branock device and originally went with an 8D on Trubalance. Ultimately, I found even an eight to give tons of heel slip and play on my right and a little on the left and crippling pain on long days because of the lack of arch support or support/cushion in the forefoot. Thicker socks magnified the problem unfortunately.

    When I visited the shop where I got them later, the salesman said I could drop down to 7.5 with cordovan longwings because the cordovan would stretch and the shorter shoe would give give me better support/ a smoother stride. My 405's definately did stretch a massive amount, particularly on the top of the foot but can I expect the same of cordovan?

    Cordovan does not stretch as much as calf, but with proper sizing there should be little need for the leather to stretch. If you feel pressure at any point in your foot initially when sizing, you should consider sizing up in length or width.

    As for sizing on Aldens, it is not unreasonable that a 7.5 on the Barrie/Trubalance last would fit you given your Brannock size. I measure a 10E on the Brannock and thus far 9E on the Trubalance has been the best fit, although a 9.5D also fits. Try the 7.5D and go from there.
     
  7. ghdvfddzgzdzg

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    as long as you are careful about the leather toe flap getting too soaked.

    I've been beating the hell out of that toe flap on the Roys. It's been a really wet winter here. when these need resoling, I'm getting a commando sole.
     
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    I've been beating the hell out of that toe flap on the Roys. It's been a really wet winter here. when these need resoling, I'm getting a commando sole.

    Ya, I have passed up many beautiful shoe styles because of that sole design. Every one I see that has been in a wet environment has looked like a dogs breakfast after a few wearings. I don't really understand the point of it. If it's to keep the toe of the crepe sole from wearing down, it does a poor job. my $0.02
     
  10. Man with Apple

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    Ya, I have passed up many beautiful shoe styles because of that sole design. Every one I see that has been in a wet environment has looked like a dogs breakfast after a few wearings. I don't really understand the point of it. If it's to keep the toe of the crepe sole from wearing down, it does a poor job. my $0.02 :rant:

    I spoke with Alden about this leather toe on crepe shoes and it's actually done to prevent the crepe from catching while you walk, which could cause tripping.

    But I am with you guys. Would certainly like to see an oil tip or an all crepe sole.
     
  11. interlockingny

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    I spoke with Alden about this leather toe on crepe shoes and it's actually done to prevent the crepe from catching while you walk, which could cause tripping.

    But I am with you guys. Would certainly like to see an oil tip or an all crepe sole.


    Thanks for that follow-up. Did you convey that suggestion to Alden? I would be curious to hear what their response was to that.

    That is the main flaw of the crepe sole. That being said, the comfort level is second to none.
     
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    fwiw, I had a pair of Grenson chukkas with 100% crepe sole, and I did catch my toe/stumble all the time.

    I thought they were just too long, but now that I heard that from Alden, it completely makes sense
     
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    fwiw, I had a pair of Grenson chukkas with 100% crepe sole, and I did catch my toe/stumble all the time.

    I thought they were just too long, but now that I heard that from Alden, it completely makes sense


    +1 Mine were Rider Boots (chromexcel Hobo boots from Leffot). Had to get rid of them (and Rider boots don't retain their value in the resale market like Alden products do [​IMG] ).

    I am also a little too O/C to deal with the nastiness that accumulates on the bottom of the sole. Commando soles are the way to go for me!
     
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    Finally got around to wearing my number 8 cap toe boots today. [​IMG] I got an instruction care card from Alden with a purchase of Cigar Shells. It states that they recommend #8 wax on all their cordovans. Has anyone try it on a lighter shade like Cigar or Ravello?
     
  15. brothersharp

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    These are my first pair of Aldens so I didn't know much of what to expect from them. I bought them back in October, and all that I knew was that they looked nice and were handcrafted--therefore being durable to the point of achieving 'lifetime-lasting' status. Luckily, the post holiday blizzard in NY gave me a great chance to see exactly how durable they were.

    Detail pic:
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    Tried and tested. I can officially say that I'm impressed. I don't know too many boots that could have withstood that storm.
     
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    These are my first pair of Aldens so I didn't know much of what to expect from them. I bought them back in October, and all that I knew was that they looked nice and were handcrafted--therefore being durable to the point of achieving 'lifetime-lasting' status. Luckily, the post holiday blizzard in NY gave me a great chance to see exactly how durable they were. Detail pic: [​IMG] Actual colour: [​IMG] Tried and tested. I can officially say that I'm impressed. I don't know too many boots that could have withstood that storm.
    get ready for another 10-15 so they say! rocked my redwings during the last storm. after seeing your pics gonna rock my kudu ultimates this time around
     
  18. HorseHide

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    Look nice and are handcrafted? How can you tell anymore? Next time buy a pair of Sorels for the deep snow/slush.
     
  19. triumphman

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    ^^ which alden boots are those??
     
  20. randomkoreandude

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    ^^ which alden boots are those??

    cigar indys
     
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