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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. stevefok

    stevefok Senior member

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    Nice Comparsion!! Turns out the perforated cap is different as well!

    Thanks for sharing!!
     
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    These are natty cxl on commando. Made for Leffot, they have a new run in stock now. The commando sole was a must have for me in this boot. Very comfortable so fast.
     
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    McQ7 Well-Known Member

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    Very interesting to see these side by side. The original vintage USMC boot is like a combo of these two: no speed-hooks nor side stitching like the TSM one, but the perf cap toe detail and last of the JCrew one.
     
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    TSM version is better and are they in same size?
     
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    Yes, I prefer the grant last version from TSM as well. But I really like the Indy side stitching from Jcrew.
     
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    Yeah - I wish I'd been more educated when I bought my Indy's - I'm pretty sure I would have gone commando over the neocork I bought.
     
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    What don't you like about the neocork? I've never actually seen that sole in person and would really like to understand positives and negatives about it. Thanks!
     
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    I posed this exact question a few days back but also got radio silence. Maybe trying Unionmade will be the better option.
     
  9. M635Guy

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    Only that it doesn't look quite as nice compared to commando (for me) and I'm guessing they won't do very well in snow/icy stuff. Comfort-wise, they are outstanding. I spent over a week going 10K-12K steps in these things and they were terrific. It was rainy in Tokyo, too, and they always felt sure-footed.
     
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    Neocork has been great overall, it just lacks lugs for extra traction on certain surfaces. I find both to be extremely comfortable, but would not take my Indies with neocork out in packed down snow or wet grass inclines. That said I have taken neocork soled Indies out on many hikes, and that includes full submersion on river stones with rushing water and have been fortunate enough to not bust my butt yet. I absolutely prefer commando for a boot whenever possible so I don't have to worry about anything. Both of these soles far surpass Dainite in my personal experiences though, which is like walking on ice when on slick/wet surfaces.
     
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    The problem I have with Commando is that the sole is not very robust.
    The stitching comes undone or the thin rubber can tend to break around the toe.
     
  12. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    #4 x tsm
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    Fantastic!
     
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    +1. Neocork can take a beating. i prefer it to commando, but I rarely see snow.
     
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    that sucks. sounds like a bit of a contradiction. I've only recently tried one pair of Alden "commando" soles and they are quite comfortable.
     
  18. M635Guy

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    Want. Very much.
     
  19. tifosi

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    That's the worst part about this forum. Seeing things you'll never have.
     
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    Agreed. If I have the option between commando and double leather soles, I go with the double leather plus a vibram half sole (topy). I find the durability superior, and the wet traction more than adequate.
     
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