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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. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    ^^^ Email Alden asking what last the BB boots are on, and do the same with SM if it's not listed.
     
  2. sleepyinsanfran

    sleepyinsanfran Senior member

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    the BB's are on trubalance (crepe+TruB+suede=comfort!), the shoemart ones are on the (relatively) sleeker barrie last
     
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    Also, reverse welt on the shoemart version, flat on BB
     
  4. Watchman1

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    Joe,

    I hate to say this but AE is really good at having weird sizes available, and having an incredible return policy as well.

    The downside is that they ARE NOT Alden...

    Go figure.

    Anyway, @mdubs I am sure could offer some assistance.
     
  5. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but AE's size availability is no better in my size and they charge a special makeup fee that Alden does not. There's no returns, as usual, and the probably of getting a pair with a defect is way too high. My single experience with AE shell was enough to make me swear off them for good - even though I find their LWB to be more attractive in some ways. I may just get an F-last Vass LWB in one of their shell colors :nodding:
     
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    Watchman1 Senior member

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    Are you sure AE offers no returns?

    I have returned shoes that had a weeks worth of wear on the soles....

    There a burgundy cordo Cambridge in 7.5c right now for 399...

    Nevertheless, the Vass options is very attractive.

    Some of the draconian Alden return policies are a bit of a turn off for sure...unappealing...

    I would be shocked if Ed Zapatka could not get those for you.

    One time I called him up and asked for a size that was out of stock, and he called the Alden factory and had them shipped right to me from M.A.
     
  7. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I'll reach out to Ed. I saw those 2nd AEs and almost bought them. Unfortunately, I have a high instep that doesn't work well with closed lacing and flat-cone AE lasts. In better news, I'm wearing a brand new pair of D width Rancourts - a very skinny foot friendly brand.
     
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  9. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Aberdeen is tts with a cramped, for an Alden, toe box.
     
  10. Watchman1

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    Well, there you have it then. Rancourt certainly are an incredible shoe in their own right.

    Speaking of Aberdeen, have you tried that last?

    There are some really nice short wing blucher designs on that last.
     
  11. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I've tried all the lasts, with the exceptions of the really weird Asia-specific ones. I previously worked down the street from Alden SF. The Leydon is my current favorite.
     
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    ^^^Years ago, AOC used to offer a very nice #8 SWB on the Leydon. I have not seen that rendition in awhile though.

    May I ask, for what purpose do you plan to wear your 975?

    In general, is it a casual shoe?
     
  13. Joenobody0

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    I think Rancourt is my sweat spot for casual shoes. I'd wear them with suits, sportcoats, etc. I'm an academic so nobody will boo-hoo bluchers and a suit.
     
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    Ha, ha.

    Great. The 975 is a great option for an all around dress/casual shoe.

    I went through a personal conundrum awhile back. I was stricken with beauty of the sleek European last oxfords and what have you...spent way to much money on them....

    Only to find out that I have a big, fat Americano foot that Alden's were basically designed from their inception 120+ yrs ago to accommodate....

    Since then, I have had to sell off my sleek lasted shoes due to poor fit...and embrace the fat footed nature I have been blessed with...

    I take the Barrie in 10E with thick or thin socks...

    Aberdeen 10EE

    Well...you get the point...
     
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  16. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I'm the opposite. I tried on a pair of 8000 last JLs and my wife said it looked like I had baby feet.
     
  17. Watchman1

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    You know; it is all relative isn't it?

    The other day I was reading one of @mdubs posts in the Alden MTO thread here on SF.

    He made the statement that Alden uses thicker welts on their balmoral dress shoes because it is more elegant.

    Then, a SF moderator made the comment that big thick welts are inelegant...

    But, for you @Joenobody0 the JL were actually over-elegant, which is inelegance...

    For me, Euro lasts that are sleek, but do not fit properly are inelegant...

    What is inelegance to others actually is very much for us...

    We conclude that, Alden's therefore, are elegant indeed. [​IMG]
     
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    Good question. I'm not sure! But every photo I've seen of it makes Hummus appear darker and more brown (less tan) than Snuff.
     
  19. Carson

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    For anyone riding on the brass eyelet and/or speed hook conversion trend, boot maker Brian Truong in L.A. (Role Club Boots) just did a one week turnaround on my 403 Indy's at $45 + $15 shipping. Can't believe he finished them so quickly and at a much more reasonable price than B. Nelson, etc…will post some pics next week.
     
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    ^ thats great news. anyone use randy the shoemaker? how much does he charge for conversion?
     
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