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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. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    What's your budget? IMO the Alden monk strap is not a great looking shoe.

    If I money were no object, I'd go for the Lobb St. Crepin 2010 (available at LS and other fine retail establishments):

    [​IMG]

    Wow, those look great!

    I just peeped them on LS's website. Too bad the BH branch doesn't carry them. I would love to see the quality in person. I may buy those as I really like the shape. Sans the monks, the only other pair of shoes I plan on buying is a pair of navy Tricker's. Price is surely a lot more than Aldens, but I don't mind paying for quality.
     
  2. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    I am saving up for these (shoes). They are about perfect, aren't they. The socks are intense. Wow
     
  3. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    Anyone here got monk straps? If so, please share your opinion on them.

    I want a pair of double monk straps, but may settle for a single from Alden as I don't know where to get a good pair of double monk straps at the moment.


    I've got a pair of the #8 Monks from BB and if I had to do it over again, I'm not 100% sure I'd get them.

    Get yourself some Crockett & Jones Lowndes.
    Allegedly the Shipton & Heneage Lowndes is made by C&J and are a fair bit less expensive than C&J. See http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=232565
    The 348 last is kind of funky though and you definitely want to try it on first. A lot of the models that Barney's carries are on the 348.

    Allegedly AE is re-releasing the Mora soon. They're kind of blobby but people around here love them.

    (Shouldn't you be saving up for your GMT?)
     
  4. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    I've got a pair of the #8 Monks from BB and if I had to do it over again, I'm not 100% sure I'd get them.

    Get yourself some Crockett & Jones Lowndes.
    Allegedly the Shipton & Heneage Lowndes is made by C&J and are a fair bit less expensive than C&J. See http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=232565
    The 348 last is kind of funky though and you definitely want to try it on first. A lot of the models that Barney's carries are on the 348.

    Allegedly AE is re-releasing the Mora soon. They're kind of blobby but people around here love them.

    (Shouldn't you be saving up for your GMT?)

    I have different saving pools, Zippyh. [​IMG]

    Honestly, I'm not going to buy it until November. If I'm obedient, I should be good with 2 months of saving. I'm guessing that $7,000 will do the trick.

    The next big purchase is a Hermes bag for mom's birthday in summer.

    Now, it's just a bunch of smaller purchases that are killing me. Going to go on vacation back to the homeland next week so of course, I gotta come bearing gifts.

    I'm not a fan of AE for some reason.

    Do you know if Crockett & Jones Lowndes fit like the Monktons?

    The Barneys in BH has CJs, but they're not too knowledgeable about lasts.
     
  5. mikecch

    mikecch Senior member

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    All of my Aldens are quite heavy. Perhaps it's the wood mid-sole and leather sole.
    All Aldens are heavy, it's probably due mostly to the steel shank. The midsole is cork, not wood.
    fucking christ, it's not wood
    Correct. It's stainless steel
    pretty sure it's actually cement
    The steel part is just the shank, not the entire midsole. If the entire midsole was steel (or wood, for that matter), no Alden shoe would be able to flex at all.
    Say on a work-style boot it'll probably be leather heelstacks and in- & mid-soles, cork outsole, rubber heal and a steel shank. The steel shank isn't all that big, but does add to the weight a little. I think the major determinants would be the layer of mid-soles, out-sole material as well as the total of the upper...welted shoes/boots tend to be on the heavier side anyway (the filling material - cork, etc - adds to the weight too).
     
  6. zippyh

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    I have different saving pools, Zippyh. [​IMG]

    Honestly, I'm not going to buy it until November. If I'm obedient, I should be good with 2 months of saving. I'm guessing that $7,000 will do the trick.

    The next big purchase is a Hermes bag for mom's birthday in summer.

    Now, it's just a bunch of smaller purchases that are killing me. Going to go on vacation back to the homeland next week so of course, I gotta come bearing gifts.

    I'm not a fan of AE for some reason.

    Do you know if Crockett & Jones Lowndes fit like the Monktons?

    The Barneys in BH has CJs, but they're not too knowledgeable about lasts.


    Yeah, the Monkton is on the 348.

    Geez, I love my mom and all, but not Hermes bag level!
     
  7. enigma77

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    I am saving up for these (shoes). They are about perfect, aren't they.

    The socks are intense. Wow


    I have those socks -- bordeaux merino otc argyle, I believe. They are excellent, my single favorite pair of socks, if I had to choose.
     
  8. wj4

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    Yeah, the Monkton is on the 348.

    Geez, I love my mom and all, but not Hermes bag level!

    Zippy,

    Where do you buy your C&Js from? Aside from Barneys, I know of no place that carries them instore.
     
  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    Beautiful shoes ^

    thank you
     
  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    I am saving up for these (shoes). They are about perfect, aren't they.

    The socks are intense. Wow


    thank you
     
  11. Two Shoes

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    I posted about a month ago with a pair of 10E Rough Roys that were too big for my feet. I returned them for the next-closest-down size which was a 9D. The length on the big toe seems ok but the outside of my foot feels kinda jammed and my little toes feel kinda jammed. How much will these stretch?

    On my next pair of Aldens (Turbalance last) should I go up a size or just increase the width?

    Also, I have a history with boots where my foot eventually bulges out the side, to the point where the outside edge of my foot falls on the little raised ridge that connects the sole to the upper (see pic), making it uncomfortable to walk and making the boot, eventually unwearable. Would going to an E width alleviate that? What is the danger in erring on the wide side?

    [​IMG]
     
  12. PorterInjax

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    Tom,

    I've purchased a few pair of shoes from Bryan at BH and have talked to him on the phone as well as exchanged numerous emails. Have always enjoyed doing business with him. Recently, he took care of a Alden order that was shipped from HI. The shoes from HI came with some candy in the box. You need to tell Bryan that he should step up his game! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  13. sazon

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    For all those interested in the special make-up of ravello on the plaza last with medallion cap toe: Spoke to Cathy @ Alden DC today and she said the order was officially put through a few weeks ago.

    I'd imagine we'd see these...what....4, 5, 6 months from now?
     
  14. borderline

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    For all those interested in the special make-up of ravello on the plaza last with medallion cap toe: Spoke to Cathy @ Alden DC today and she said the order was officially put through a few weeks ago.

    I'd imagine we'd see these...what....4, 5, 6 months from now?


    Assume closer to 9, and be pleasantly surprised when they are 2-3 months early.
     
  15. LeatherSOUL

    LeatherSOUL Senior member

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    Tom,

    I've purchased a few pair of shoes from Bryan at BH and have talked to him on the phone as well as exchanged numerous emails. Have always enjoyed doing business with him. Recently, he took care of a Alden order that was shipped from HI. The shoes from HI came with some candy in the box. You need to tell Bryan that he should step up his game! [​IMG] [​IMG]


    Haha...it's a little touch we started years ago intended for our international clientele but I guess the person packing your box felt like sending you a package too! Hope you like coffee candy!
     
  16. commodorewheeler

    commodorewheeler Senior member

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    Wow, those look great!

    I just peeped them on LS's website. Too bad the BH branch doesn't carry them. I would love to see the quality in person. I may buy those as I really like the shape. Sans the monks, the only other pair of shoes I plan on buying is a pair of navy Tricker's. Price is surely a lot more than Aldens, but I don't mind paying for quality.


    If you live in Southern California, why not visit the John Lobb store in Costa Mesa?

    Tricker's are actually comparable to Alden in price.

    Zippy,

    Where do you buy your C&Js from? Aside from Barneys, I know of no place that carries them instore.


    Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers both have some of their shoes made by C&J.
     
  17. CTYGGG

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    I posted about a month ago with a pair of 10E Rough Roys that were too big for my feet. I returned them for the next-closest-down size which was a 9D. The length on the big toe seems ok but the outside of my foot feels kinda jammed and my little toes feel kinda jammed. How much will these stretch?

    On my next pair of Aldens (Turbalance last) should I go up a size or just increase the width?

    Also, I have a history with boots where my foot eventually bulges out the side, to the point where the outside edge of my foot falls on the little raised ridge that connects the sole to the upper (see pic), making it uncomfortable to walk and making the boot, eventually unwearable. Would going to an E width alleviate that? What is the danger in erring on the wide side?

    [​IMG]

    The difference in a D width to an E width is 3/16ths of an inch. When sizing up in width the heel size also increases, for example a 9 B/D to a 9 C/E. This leaves you the possibility of the heel being too wide for you. From what you have said I would either go to a wider size or size up a 1/2 size to alleviate the width problem.
     
  18. zippyh

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    Some cool suede Indys on crepe soles at the Bureau.
    [​IMG]
     
  19. thebunk

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    Looking for a good all purpose long wing shoe and am leaning towards the J Crew tobacco calf shoes. I already have a pair of black calf wingtip boots (Epaulet) and preordered a pair of Ravello Cordovan wingtip boots (Epaulet). Wondering if I should wait though and get a pair of cordovan long wings instead of settling for J Crew shoes. Arrrg, decisions.

    Any thoughts? As I mentioned earlier, I am heading to NYC next month.
     
  20. Pastor

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    Looking for a good all purpose long wing shoe and am leaning towards the J Crew tobacco calf shoes. I already have a pair of black calf wingtip boots (Epaulet) and preordered a pair of Ravello Cordovan wingtip boots (Epaulet). Wondering if I should wait though and get a pair of cordovan long wings instead of settling for J Crew shoes. Arrrg, decisions.

    Any thoughts? As I mentioned earlier, I am heading to NYC next month.


    I have the J Crew tobacco LWBs and they get more wear than any of my others long wings. I wear them with jeans, kahkis, and have even worn them with a summer suit.
     
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