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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. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    i think they're too sleek. i like the clunkiness of the barrie last, tricker's too. i work in a business casual office so they kind of separate from all the shitty sleek kenneth cole/cole hann shit everyone else wears

    that's like saying Alden is too sleek b/c the plaza last is really sleek.

    I can't imagine anyone thinking the 240 last is sleek or the w/e last the Darlton is on is sleek. they could both easily pass as American style tanks
     
  2. Hot Dog Day #49

    Hot Dog Day #49 Senior member

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    nah i specifically said barrie, there are only a few lasts of alden i'd actually buy from, plaza's not one of them, at least for daily wear

    even something like this http://www.pediwear.co.uk/crockett/products/339.php doesn't really do it for me, that's the clunkiest c&j shoe i could find, double sole and everything. also i think their cordovan shoes are pretty ugly
     
  3. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    ^ Those Cardiffs are the same shoe, only in calf, as the RL Darlton.
    Some C&J are sleek. Many of them aren't.
     
  4. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    some pics for thought: L:R Aberdeen, Barrie, C&J 240, Florsheim vintage [​IMG] L:R AE #1, C&J for RL Darlton, vintage Florsheim, C&J 240 [​IMG]
     
  5. Hot Dog Day #49

    Hot Dog Day #49 Senior member

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    yeah those boots are cool, but those shortwings imo are terrible, though i hate most shortwings.
     
  6. ChessDan

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    long wings

    Even with jeans?
     
  7. Hot Dog Day #49

    Hot Dog Day #49 Senior member

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    shit yeah man! i wear mine with everything
     
  8. clee1982

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    visited the alden store on madison today...

    i've been there numerous times and always had great customer service etc. today, it was this older gentleman, kinda stocky. INSANELY RUDE.

    called me kid and was mad when I asked to try a different size.

    "kid i know your size and that's not your size." (it was my size)

    as i left i bought a pair of alden shoe trees for my other aldens. i came home and realized he charged me 40 bucks for the trees?!

    i went back and asked to return them he goes "why'd you buy em kid?!"

    i nearly snapped but maintained my cool and told them they had always been $30. he then told me the price went up.

    "well sir, shoe mart still has them for $30."

    "shoe mart isn't on madison ave kid! they're in shit kicker ville"

    "wow!" i said

    i didn't even want to argue anaymore so i just took my voided receipt and left.

    absolute hell...i'm never buying shoes there ever again.

    it's leather soul, leffot or bust.


    And actually leather soul and leffot have more interesting collection than the Madison store ones anyway..., if I want the classic I will just go for BB, better customer service.
     
  9. NAMOR

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    And actually leather soul and leffot have more interesting collection than the Madison store ones anyway..., if I want the classic I will just go for BB, better customer service.

    ughh, Alden store associates can act like complete dicks. its odd because i have only received this kind of 'service' from the Alden shops. good thing Alden is so widely available at other retailers
     
  10. HorseHide

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    ughh, Alden store associates can act like complete dicks. its odd because i have only received this kind of 'service' from the Alden shops. good thing Alden is so widely available at other retailers

    The Madison Ave shop isn't company owned - it's an independent (and I'm a sucker for "shit kicker ville" - I love that line).

    I'm a little surprised to hear that you've received shitty service from the DC Alden store - my experiences there are the complete opposite: nice people, eager to help. I have to agree about the SF Alden store - some days I'm treated well, some days not so well...
     
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    Guys - a head's up that I've posted a pair of the Winn Perry natural chromexcel LWB (with the commando sole) in size 9 B/D in the Buying & Selling section later this evening. Looking for $275 with trees shipped CONUS, payable through paypal gift (or +4% for fees).
     
  12. Hot Dog Day #49

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    Even with jeans?
    I wear my Aldens with all kind of pants..jeans, cords, dress pants.

    The only combo I don't do is Indys with dress pants.
     
  14. ChessDan

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    shit yeah man! i wear mine with everything
    only problem is I can't seem to find them in a light brown calfskin. Shell cordovan is out of my budget and I wouldn't be able to wear them for half the year in DC due to the heaviness
     
  15. mcarthur

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    my nst show ravello

    [​IMG]


    good looking shoe
    aberdeen or barrie last?
     
  16. HorseHide

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    how used are they?

    Very lightly used - post is up in B&S.
     
  17. Hot Dog Day #49

    Hot Dog Day #49 Senior member

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    only problem is I can't seem to find them in a light brown calfskin. Shell cordovan is out of my budget.

    just save up, it is worth it
     
  18. miran

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    Friends, I recently got a 403, Size 10D. All my life since i"ve been an adult, I've worn 11D in American shoes and 45.5 (11.5D) in Italian/Swiss shoes, and 10.5 in English shoes. The powers that be determined my trubalance size to be 10D, based on Brannock measurements of my foot. The 403s fit my foot perfectly. The length is perfect, in the sense that my foot just sits in there, it cannot be pushed forward or backwards at all. The width is a bit snug but comfy. While walking, my foot is not sliding inside the shoe at all. After wearing for 2 hours once, I get this horrible "wrinkling" on the uppers of the boot, that you can see in the photo. Worn another 2-3 hours walking, wrinkling gets worse, and my foot feels odd in the shoes after wearing for a long time. What is wrong? Too small? For comparison, the last photo shows a pair of loafers that I've worn many times, and you can see where and how the "wrinkling" happens there. The loafers are size UK10.5Medium. Any advice gratefully appreciated! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  19. CTYGGG

    CTYGGG Senior member

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    Friends, I recently got a 403, Size 10D. All my life since i"ve been an adult, I've worn 11D in American shoes and 45.5 (11.5D) in Italian/Swiss shoes, and 10.5 in English shoes. The powers that be determined my trubalance size to be 10D, based on Brannock measurements of my foot. The 403s fit my foot perfectly. The length is perfect, in the sense that my foot just sits in there, it cannot be pushed forward or backwards at all. The width is a bit snug but comfy. While walking, my foot is not sliding inside the shoe at all. After wearing for 2 hours once, I get this horrible "wrinkling" on the uppers of the boot, that you can see in the photo. Worn another 2-3 hours walking, wrinkling gets worse, and my foot feels odd in the shoes after wearing for a long time. What is wrong? Too small? For comparison, the last photo shows a pair of loafers that I've worn many times, and you can see where and how the "wrinkling" happens there. The loafers are size UK10.5Medium. Any advice gratefully appreciated! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    What do you mean by your foot feels odd? Too tight? High instep? As for the wrinkling these are 403's right? CXL is going wrinkle…that's the beauty of it. Don't compare it to calfskin dress shoe for CXL has different characteristics.
     
  20. miran

    miran Senior member

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    What do you mean by your foot feels odd? Too tight? High instep?

    As for the wrinkling these are 403's right? CXL is going wrinkle...that's the beauty of it. Don't compare it to calfskin dress shoe for CXL has different characteristics.


    No, my instep is pretty normal, and maybe it feels a little tight but not noticeably painful like shoes that are too small. I get no blisters (although my pinkys are a little pinker). It could just be because I'm not used to wearing such heavy shoes.

    Yes, these are 403s in CXL, but I have other shoes and boatshoes made of CXL, which do not wrinkle to this extent at all. IN fact, to the average guy on the street, this wrinkling would look like leather that is "cheap shit from China that wrinkles after 2 wears" instead of the fabled CXL! [​IMG]
     
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