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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. totalair1

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    I know the factory workers are Union...are the robots too? Maybe that's the problem. Just having some fun with this!

    Shoes are like boobs...find a pair you like and use them!


    Steve
     
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    And don't over condition them, I assume? : )
     
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    Massage gently!


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    I agree with @tifosi , in my opinion the double leather sole is the better looking sole and for me (not everyone), the more comfortable sole. If you're not going to wear them in bad weather or don't mind getting them wet, then leather is the way to go. I tend to wear my WT Boots in wet and snowy/icy conditions, in which case, I highly recommend the commando sole.
     
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    Thanks guys. Appreciate your input. Leaning toward the leather...
     
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    Suede LWBs late last week
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    double leather. put a topy if you're worried about slipping or wet conditions. can't even see it
     
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    Is the post on Leffots Instagram today another one of those cryptic things I'm supposed to decipher?
     
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    spoke to Che already. No robot made exotics from iG are in the plans. Just a pic for drooling :)
     
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    spell checking me? yes that is trolling. YOU'RE a troll.
     
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    Lol awesome. :) Thanks man.
     
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    What a pic though. And that picture of the 30 year old shell EGs is great incentive to do more with less --- keep wearing the pairs of shell that I already have.
     
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    Unless you have the super rare secret decoder ring and password...then???????????????


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    My pleasure.

    The main issues are these ones:

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    Loose stitching from new, with obvious rework in the two rows of holes perforated. The original stitching failed during a visit to Budapest, so I had them repaired in the city. The hasty-but-strong repair work is done in the darker thread, and the extra row of misaligned perforations from the factory is visible in this zone. The stitching was starting to fall apart in other places as well, but I stopped wearing them before they failed too because of this....


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    Not long after this repair, the heel detached from the upper, giving me about ten months of of wear in total before they became unwearable. My RM Williams boots, cordovan Vass brogues, and Koronya boots have endured far rougher treatment for far longer (four to five years in regular rotation so far) and have not had any problems.

    Aside from the crappy stitching and heel fall-apart, they also arrived with a few gouges in the cordovan in the ankle area. The boots weren't that great to wear: they always seemed a bit dumpy-looking and leaked like mad, so I didn't miss them much after the heel separated. Because of this, I haven't bothered to send them back for repair even after three years.

    Alden uses quality cordovan, but in my case, they turned it into a rather clunky, sloppily-made, and not-particularly-durable product. I'm not too fussed about cosmetic issues, but getting less than year of wear out of a $700 pair of boots does bother me somewhat. It seems that their quality control isn't keeping pace with the demand. Best of luck to those who received decently-made examples, but that certainly wasn't my experience.
     
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    wouldn't matter anyway...he is Canadian
     
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    So let me get this straight. Showing us pics of 100 year old boots that look like they haven't had an ounce of maintenance is supposed to prove Alden's QC issues???
     
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