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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. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    yo I am an 11d sell me your aldenz
     
  2. framus

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    QUOTE I have found TruBalance to be a wider last than the Barrie. While the Barrie last offer more room in length, IMO.

    That being said, 8.5E on the Barrie last should work for you. 8.5EE may be a bit too wide. UNQUOTE

    Agree with above statement as I have two shell boots, one in Trubalance and Barrie. The problem with needing a Barrie in E width is that many of the rarer models only come in D width, so you are risking getting something too tight in width.
     
  3. WhatAboutBob

    WhatAboutBob Senior member

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    Anyone have any advice or should I start a new thread? Sorry to be a bother - thanks!

    At the beginning of December, I bought a pair of Indy 405 Kuro's from a local Cambridge MA retailer. They're 11D, a little big, but are really comfortable. So comfortable, I bought a pair of seconds from TSM in the 405 brown and hoping to someday get a pair of them in cigar (or another Alden boot)

    I just noticed over the weekend that I am having a little separation between the vibram sole and the sole that the welt attaches to the shoe (if that's the correct terminology - it's definitely below the welt). I'm sure they can reglue it easily enough, I'm just concerned that with the recent weather, snow and water from puddles may have got between the top of the vibram sole and the bottom of the leather (or whatever it is) that it is glued to. I'm not concerned about what it looks like, because it will be reglued, I just don't want any rot to the footbed or underside of the uppers.

    Is this something the retail shop will farm out to a cobbler or will these travel 40 miles or so back to Alden for them to repair?

    Being so new, should I be entitled to a new pair or a refund?

    I did not beat on them, I wear them to work in an office and outside in the snowstorm. I used a snowblower to clear 99% of the 2 feet of snow,

    I'm a little shocked that they had an issue so quickly for a pair of $435 boot.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  4. borderline

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    Anyone have any advice or should I start a new thread? Sorry to be a bother - thanks!

    I would start by taking them back to the retailer and see what they say.
     
  5. TheWGP

    TheWGP Senior member

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    So those $475 Indys are $525 in March 2012.

    And those shell boots are $690 in March 2012.


    Not complaining about the increases, the economy is what it is and nobody can help it. This isn't that kind of post.

    On the larger scale, though, do those of you with far more shoe experience/sales than I think there's a point at which it has to stop, or something has to change? Sure, EG's or JL's or G&G's are far more expensive at retail, (unless you buy from Tom on clearance [​IMG] ) but I think we can all agree that Alden's methods and quality differ from those top-tier brands in several ways. Not looking to debate or argue minute details - they're just different products beyond the basic fact that they're all men's shoes.

    Seriously though, if 5% keeps being the norm, rounding up most years and down a few, it looks like in March of 2020 those shell boots will hit about $1020. Sure, that's a ways down the road yet, but is there a limit to it? Sure, prices will increase as long as the customer base will bear it, but what speculation do you have as to how far the base will bear it or what changes will have to happen, given current manufacturing and sales strategies/methods?
     
  6. jet

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    I'd call LS or Leffot. With both of them, you never quite know what they have in stock. Epaulet has that model up for preorder (theirs has all eyelets, no hooks), but delivery is not until August.

    thanks bro

    currently getting pebble grain cap toes then cigar lw before i do those
     
  7. AlanC

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    Seriously though, if 5% keeps being the norm, rounding up most years and down a few, it looks like in March of 2020 those shell boots will hit about $1020.

    Solution: Stock up now!
     
  8. TheWGP

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    Solution: Stock up now!

    Oh, I'm trying - I'm more interested in the sort of academic/theoretical sense of the question. Like I said, I'm not complaining about it - it just piqued my curiosity.
     
  9. geoffmartin17

    geoffmartin17 Senior member

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    Solution: Stock up now!

    Yes - i often buy extras of a really good shoe if i know i will want another backup!
     
  10. geoffmartin17

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    Oh, I'm trying - I'm more interested in the sort of academic/theoretical sense of the question. Like I said, I'm not complaining about it - it just piqued my curiosity.

    The real problem is inflation - it is (on the lower end of estimates) at least 5% a year right now, so simply from a business standpoint, they would be fools not too. The German watchmaker SINN has also been on a price raising tear (much to my chagrin...)
     
  11. brozek

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    Just some anecdata on Indy boot sizing (and a chance to show off my new boots) - I measure 12D on a brannock device and wear 12D in all of the Allen-Edmonds I've ever tried on, but I have a pretty high instep. My running/cycling shoes are all over the map because of it - from 12E to 12.5D to 13D. I knew I needed these in 11.5 for length, but I couldn't decide what width. Jason posted that his Indy boots are E width because of his high instep, so I decided to go with that. Perfect. Super-comfy, straight out of the box. (Unfortunately, I have to wait a couple days before I *really* get to wear them, because I'm having a local cobbler put on a Vibram half-sole.)

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  12. cimabue

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    Looks great, big guy!
     
  13. borderline

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    Yes - i often buy extras of a really good shoe if i know i will want another backup!
    There could be an investment opportunity here. The Cordovan Fund. We all chip in an buy 100 pairs of #8 longwings, then sell them at a huge profit (BNIB) in 10 years.
     
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  15. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    5.8% yearly inflation, starting at $30 in 1958, gets you to $600 in 2011
     
  16. triumphman

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    Thor, how old are ur Indies and how did u get that nice tanning on your boots A lot of sunlight as well?
    [​IMG]
     
  17. triumphman

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    LSW Hawaiian Tankers (thanks to MiniW) & J Gilbert #8 Indy [​IMG]
     
  18. mcarthur

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    Captoe Plaza last #8


    good looking boots
     
  19. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    Wow, those look almost like Whiskey! They are definitely a lot lighter than my Ravello boots. Wonder if putting them in the sun will get them looking like that quicker? Anyone want to chime in?

    artificial light has an effect on the shell colors.natural light shows the true colors
     
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