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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. ninja07

    ninja07 Senior member

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    these look amazing. are they available to order online? any problems?

    Thanks in advance.

    first pair of aldens, straight out the box. cigar captoe boot, commando sole. apologies for phone pix.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. enigma77

    enigma77 Senior member

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    Hey guys. I just got these indys and I noticed this. Should I be concerned?
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    I had that issue with my pair of Roy boots and they actually got worse over time. Luckily the dudes at Context were nice enough to replace my pair.
    WhoKnewI your shoe doesn't look like it needs repairs at the moment, but if it does, FYI: My 403s eventually developed separation in that area (just one shoe; forget if it was the left or right) after about 6 months of wear. I had bought them at Epaulet, and Mike said that sometimes these things happened, and offered to ship them back to Alden for repairs at no cost to me. Alden had the shoes back to me -- perfectly repaired -- with new laces the following week. Moral of the story for me was (1) Mike is great as many of us know, and (2) Alden is good at dealing with quick fixes.
     
  3. Pastor

    Pastor Senior member

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    Love the longwings, what color are they, cigar?

    yes, cigar
     
  4. WhoKnewI

    WhoKnewI Senior member

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    Thanks enigma. I don't know if the pictures show it too well, but when I wear the boot, the top piece of leather lifts off the bottom portion and you can see two or three threads of the stitching stretched out between the two pieces. My concern is that with every step i take its putting more and more strain on those threads and they're going to eventually snap.
     
  5. borderline

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    Thanks enigma. I don't know if the pictures show it too well, but when I wear the boot, the top piece of leather lifts off the bottom portion and you can see two or three threads of the stitching stretched out between the two pieces. My concern is that with every step i take its putting more and more strain on those threads and they're going to eventually snap.

    Loose stitching is a bummer but also very minor. Why go through all the hassle to ship them back when any decent cobbler can fix this for $10, probably while you wait?
     
  6. enigma77

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    Loose stitching is a bummer but also very minor. Why go through all the hassle to ship them back when any decent cobbler can fix this for $10, probably while you wait?

    Even the best cobbler probably won't do as good a job as Alden. On my boots, there are absolutely no signs this issue ever occurred. A cobbler might stitch over the bad stitching, leaving you with an odd-looking thread-on-thread situation.
     
  7. Cid

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    I like these suede shoes. Any one have a pair? I'd get flat waxed laces to replace the ones on now.

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    Blackbird Ballard had a nice reversed chamois ranger moc in color tobacco that I prefer, but appear to be sold out. A bit leery of trying the van last. Anyone know if these will be restocked?
     
  8. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    Even the best cobbler probably won't do as good a job as Alden. On my boots, there are absolutely no signs this issue ever occurred. A cobbler might stitch over the bad stitching, leaving you with an odd-looking thread-on-thread situation.

    hrrm, well who was responsible for it in the first place?
     
  9. MickCollins1916

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    Blackbird Ballard had a nice reversed chamois ranger moc in color tobacco that I prefer, but appear to be sold out. A bit leery of trying the van last. Anyone know if these will be restocked?

    For whatever reason, I think this shoe's ok in the reverse chamois, but in the skin pictured, it screams 'grandpa' to me. Maybe I am just biased because I despise the Van last or something, but not a fan.
     
  10. enigma77

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    hrrm, well who was responsible for it in the first place?
    LOL! I see what you did there
     
  11. Krissly

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    Hi Guys,
    i just had a huge disappointment. I tried to order a pair of Aldens at Shoemart and they said they cant be shipped internationally because Alden doesnt allow their retailers to do so [​IMG]

    The lady on the phone gave me the telephone number of Alden in Middlesborough to try to order directly from them. Does it make any sense to call there or are there any better options for me in Germany to get a nice pair of Alden shoes ?
    Biggest problem is that im looking for an E width which seems to be excluded from most of those awesome special orders i see around here. Any help or advice is highly appreciated !
     
  12. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    You might try, I believe they do ship internationally. You might also try the San Francisco Alden Shop:

    http://aldenshop.com/

    I know for sure they ship internationally as I've been in the store and heard them filling a phone order to Korea.



    Hi Guys,
    i just had a huge disappointment. I tried to order a pair of Aldens at Shoemart and they said they cant be shipped internationally because Alden doesnt allow their retailers to do so [​IMG]

    The lady on the phone gave me the telephone number of Alden in Middlesborough to try to order directly from them. Does it make any sense to call there or are there any better options for me in Germany to get a nice pair of Alden shoes ?
    Biggest problem is that im looking for an E width which seems to be excluded from most of those awesome special orders i see around here. Any help or advice is highly appreciated !
     
  13. randomkoreandude

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    get a proxy to send it for you ... i proxy stuff, if your interested
     
  14. scb

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    I like these suede shoes. Any one have a pair? I'd get flat waxed laces to replace the ones on now.

    [​IMG]



    I had a pair but sold them. I should have sized up a half
     
  15. Krissly

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    You might try, I believe they do ship internationally. You might also try the San Francisco Alden Shop: http://aldenshop.com/ I know for sure they ship internationally as I've been in the store and heard them filling a phone order to Korea.
    Thank you, i`ll try calling soon. Unfortunately Aldenshop takes 135$ for shipping, which seems pretty hardcore. Its UPS though, they are excellent and fast, but expensive.
    get a proxy to send it for you ... i proxy stuff, if your interested
    That sounds very interesting, ill definately contact you about your offer sooner or later. Thanks so much!
     
  16. banis

    banis Senior member

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    Hi Guys,
    i just had a huge disappointment. I tried to order a pair of Aldens at Shoemart and they said they cant be shipped internationally because Alden doesnt allow their retailers to do so [​IMG]

    The lady on the phone gave me the telephone number of Alden in Middlesborough to try to order directly from them. Does it make any sense to call there or are there any better options for me in Germany to get a nice pair of Alden shoes ?
    Biggest problem is that im looking for an E width which seems to be excluded from most of those awesome special orders i see around here. Any help or advice is highly appreciated !

    It should be something new. I order from the SM to Russia via USPS Express without any problems. It was this past fall.
     
  17. Kenal0

    Kenal0 Active Member

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    Here is my Alden collection
    Attachment 59990
    Looking for a good everyday lace shoe in their Chromexcel in a 7E. Having trouble location any. I would love to get the Indy shoe in natural or brown Chromexcel
    Kenal0
    [​IMG]
     
  18. CTYGGG

    CTYGGG Senior member

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    Why is color #4 in shell almost impossible to purchase? Was it made in any other shoe style than the PtB? It's like the Sasquatch of the Alden universe. Any background or info on this would be greatly appreciated.
     
  19. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Here is my Alden collection
    Attachment 59990
    Looking for a good everyday lace shoe in their Chromexcel in a 7E. Having trouble location any. I would love to get the Indy shoe in natural or brown Chromexcel
    Kenal0


    Nice to see some loafers getting love in this thread. How do you like your black tassels? I saw a pair of black tassels on the train today (don't know the brand), they looked awesome. I was planning on getting the black leisure handsewn, but I may get the tassel instead.
     
  20. Kenal0

    Kenal0 Active Member

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    The tassels are actually the traditional Cordovan color. The tassels are a little more dressy so I tend to wear the loafers more for everyday wear. The NST in the back row are actually a two tone shell that Alden of Carmel offered a few years back. The Cordovan loafers are the oldest and have lots of everyday use. These shoes are pretty indestructable. I have had new heels put on but that is about it.

    Kenal0
     
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