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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. coolarrow

    coolarrow Well-Known Member

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    As good as it gets when you talk about Alden captoe shoes.[​IMG]
     
  2. bespoken pa

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    Well if you need to off load some shoes....I'm your huckleberry
     
  3. parkman24

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    Gentlemen,

    Perhaps this is a unique situation for me but... Do you all find the standard shoe box that comes with your Alden shoes to be too small to put the shoes in? I've acquired three Alden shoes in the past couple of months, which all fit great. However, the one small gripe I have is that the boxes seem to be too small for both shoes to go inside of it. I've tried to reposition them constantly, but the shoe box always seems to warp.

    Any input?
     
  4. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    king st
    argyles otc
     
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  6. stevefok

    stevefok Well-Known Member

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    I concur, I think the length is fine but it's a bit too narrow for laced shoes (fine for moccasins). I also find Alden's shoe box a bit flimsy.
     
  7. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Well-Known Member

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    I cant use any alden boxes, especially as they are 11.5-12 sized shoes trying to go in them. And boots.. forget about it. The boxes do more harm while being shipped to the retailer, and then consumer.

    I just store the boxes away and keep the shoes out on shelves etc.
     
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  8. JezeC

    JezeC Well-Known Member

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    Alden produces some of the best iconic shell makeups, but the company really lacks in the "shoe box" offering. I can't think of any shoemaker that has an inferior shoe box than Alden. Maybe it's something they don't really care about. The boxes hardly fit the shoes; the material is very thin, which causes the box to warp and deteriorate very quickly.
     
  9. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Well-Known Member

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    An Alden boot box the size of the EG Galway box would be perfect. I'd honestly buy empty boxes and swap all my alden boot boxes out for them if they were offered, just to satisfy my OCD lol
     
  10. z8k1n

    z8k1n Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you. Our pioneering Uncle as we know has the most killer collection but the glassy condition+shade/patina+make up put these close to atop the list.
     
  11. StrangeJeremy

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    I came here to post about our Alden trunk show this Saturday, but this is actually more interesting. I've ruined like half our Alden boxes in the few weeks they've been in the shop from showing and repacking. I'm going to ask and see what's up - I'm guessing they'd rather put that $5 into the shoes.

    Anyway, Gus beat me to the punch: We're having an Alden trunk show, Saturday. Free booze, fit ya' shoes. If you're in the bay area and curious about how Aldens fit, or which last you should be on, please swing by and visit us.

    More details over in our thread.
     
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  12. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    Hey @StrangeJeremy what is the story on these boots? I saw them today in your store. They seemed to have a waxed or oiled finished leather? Cool look.

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  13. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  14. kwhitelaw

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    looks like the indy 404 kudu
     
  15. NAMOR

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    I also store my shoes on shelf without a box. However those out of rotation can fit in the box but without the shoe bags. And barely
     
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  16. M635Guy

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    My final trip of the year again, so the longwings... again. :)
     
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  17. JSO1

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    I've ranted about the Alden boxes before, so I won't do it again, but I will say that most of my pairs (which are 8D or 8.5D) do fit into their boxes, but barely so. A few pairs, when laced and with trees inserted, don't quite fit right without pushing the side of the box out a bit.

    There is a bit of art to getting them into the box to fit perfectly, too. You have to put one shoe in in a certain orientation ("inside" part of the shoe toward the bottom of the box, heel at the front of the box), and then the other one is put in in the opposite way ("inside" part of shoe toward the top of the box, heel at the back of the box). When I first went to Alden shoes from AE and Carmina (whose boxes are much sturdier and larger), I would just put the Aldens in the box however I happened to be holding them, and the box never closed right. Eventually I figured out that there is a very specific way they have to be boxed. All part of the fun, I guess.
     
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    Full strap - Maiden Voyage
    Aberdeen last - Maiden Voyage

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  19. JSO1

    JSO1 Well-Known Member

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    Lovely.
     
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    Maiden voyage today for these as well. #8 longwings with antique edges from the Bureau Belfast.
     
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