***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. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    I REALLY, REALLY like the look of those.

    Interesting. They look like cigar in the pic. Do you like the color?


    Nice! Interesting pic!

    I need to get something like this.


    thank you
     


  2. bananananana

    bananananana In Time Out

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    If they are better than Alden, even by a bit..why do you prefer Alden? Styling perhaps?

    I want to try a pair of cap toe boots from C&J, but the turn off is the loop on the back of the shoes. [​IMG]

    If you want them to be resoled by C&J themselves, you would have to send them back to England, no? Unless they have a satellite site in the states.


    Putting aside the QC issues covered in this thread, I think Aldens are slightly higher quality than C&J, mainly in the leather used, at least compared to C&J benchgrade. Construction is basically the same, goodyear welted, dovetail heels. Both the calf and shell C&J uses gets scratches much more easily than Aldens or AEs.

    I do liek C&J lasts better especially for sleeker dress shoes. And they provide a lot more choices for dress shoes, ALden more so for shell and boots.
     


  3. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    [​IMG]
    ravello lhs
     


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    If they are better than Alden, even by a bit..why do you prefer Alden? Styling perhaps?

    Styling and better shell offerings.

    C&J seem to be a bit more refined and better finished. They also cost more than Alden at retail although there are plenty of sources which bring them down in price.
     


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    Thanks for the 2 cents, fellas. I fear stumpling into a C&J thread (if there is one)...I don't think my wallet would be able to take it as I've already gone nuts on Alden from this thread. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    ^ Consider Trickers while you're at it. Especially the Country Collection.
     


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    phone pic - I think a nice camera may be on the Christmas list this year...


    Which model are these? The Winn Perry's?
     


  8. wj4

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    ^ Consider Trickers while you're at it. Especially the Country Collection.
    You guys are going to make me be super broke. [​IMG] My Aldens so far. Next one is probably going to be the Winn Perry once they're in stock.
    [​IMG]
     


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    Thanks for the 2 cents, fellas. I fear stumpling into a C&J thread (if there is one)...I don't think my wallet would be able to take it as I've already gone nuts on Alden from this thread. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Banana and zippyh pretty much sum it up. Both C&J and Alden make very good shoes. Alden generally wins out in their boot make-ups and their shell is outstanding. C&J's lasts are slightly sleeker and more refined and they have a few particular RL models that get a lot of love in the States, namely the Darlton plain toe blucher in brown shell and the shell longwing. They also used to make a brown shell chukka (McCallum) that imo was much nicer than Alden shell chukkas, but that is a matter of taste and would be disputed by many, esp. on this thread.

    I definately think it's worthwhile learning what C&J offers and trying on a few of their lasts to see what fits best (the shoes mentioned above are all on their classic 325 last but BB usually carries a few other lasts as well). It's just nice to have alternatives, esp. for specific style / leather combinations (You might prefer C&J's shell chukkas but Alden's longwings) and collect accordingly.
     


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    p.s. That's a nice looking longwing. Is the boot 2nd from the right a pebblegrain?
     


  11. wj4

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    Banana and zippyh pretty much sum it up. Both C&J and Alden make very good shoes. Alden generally wins out in their boot make-ups and their shell is outstanding. C&J's lasts are slightly sleeker and more refined and they have a few particular RL models that get a lot of love in the States, namely the Darlton plain toe blucher in brown shell and the shell longwing. They also used to make a brown shell chukka (McCallum) that imo was much nicer than Alden shell chukkas, but that is a matter of taste and would be disputed by many, esp. on this thread.

    I definately think it's worthwhile learning what C&J offers and trying on a few of their lasts to see what fits best (the shoes mentioned above are all on their classic 325 last but BB usually carries a few other lasts as well). It's just nice to have alternatives, esp. for specific style / leather combinations (You might prefer C&J's shell chukkas but Alden's longwings) and collect accordingly.

    Thanks. Ironically enough, I don't like chukkas at all...lol.

    I will hold off with Alden for now, until the Win Perry's release in April (I think). I will try a couple of others first.
     


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    ... I think Aldens are slightly higher quality than C&J, mainly in the leather used, at least compared to C&J benchgrade. Construction is basically the same, goodyear welted, dovetail heels. Both the calf and shell C&J uses gets scratches much more easily than Aldens or AEs.

    I don't disagree with your assessment that C&J shells scratch more easily than Aldens, but it's not due to any material difference. They both use Horween shells. It seems like it must be due to different finishing methods.
     


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    C&J use horween shells? i had always thought they used an english tannery as well.
     


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    PHUCK!
     


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    Zoinks. I have two cheaper brogues (paul smith shoes & loakes boots) and am trying to hold off buying another pair, but this thread isn't helping!
     


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