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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. Beyachad

    Beyachad Active Member

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    I meant Gutman not Turner. Finkyl would have been gone if the real estate market had not tanked. They have the Verson property on the south side and will move when the market changes. Their original plan was to be moved by the end of this year.
    Our parcel has shrunk thru the years, at one time we owned the property where Treasure Island is, also the shopping center behind Dunkin Donuts as well as across from the Webster theatre. Neighborhood has changed a little in the last 90 years.
    Except for Horween!

    Kenal0


    So as I am on the train home right now and passing by the Horween factory, which you can see if you look closely, a thought occurred to me that I find quite ironic. Despite these great leather goods being made in Chicago, it is hard to find a selection of Alden shoes here. AE seems to have the Midwest saturated, but it's slim pickings on Alden shoes.

    I currently get my shoes from the other coasts via the internet or when I travel, which saves on sales tax, but involves hit or miss for sizing or lots of trial and error with shipping different sizes.

    If anyone has suggestions (besides BB and Barneys), please advise.
     


  2. HorseHide

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    So as I am on the train home right now and passing by the Horween factory, which you can see if you look closely, a thought occurred to me that I find quite ironic. Despite these great leather goods being made in Chicago, it is hard to find a selection of Alden shoes here. AE seems to have the Midwest saturated, but it's slim pickings on Alden shoes.

    I currently get my shoes from the other coasts via the internet or when I travel, which saves on sales tax, but involves hit or miss for sizing or lots of trial and error with shipping different sizes.

    If anyone has suggestions (besides BB and Barneys), please advise.


    Yeah, the irony sucks. Not one of my many pairs of Aldens was purchased any where close to home.

    I think Tom and Steven (from Leather Sole and Leffot respectively) should get together and open a kick-ass joint venture right here in the middle of the country.
     


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    So as I am on the train home right now and passing by the Horween factory, which you can see if you look closely, a thought occurred to me that I find quite ironic. Despite these great leather goods being made in Chicago, it is hard to find a selection of Alden shoes here. AE seems to have the Midwest saturated, but it's slim pickings on Alden shoes.

    I currently get my shoes from the other coasts via the internet or when I travel, which saves on sales tax, but involves hit or miss for sizing or lots of trial and error with shipping different sizes.

    If anyone has suggestions (besides BB and Barneys), please advise.


    Hanig's Footwear in the John Hancock building and Haberdash, 607 N State St
     


  4. Jorge

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    I believe all Alden retailers are independent, no factory owned shops.
     


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    Hanig's Footwear in the John Hancock building and Haberdash, 607 N State St

    Yes, they have a couple of pair and can order things, but we need an Alden Shop in the Loop!

    On second thought, the last thing I need is to kill my lunch hour buying more shoes.
     


  7. interlockingny

    interlockingny Senior member

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    I believe all Alden retailers are independent, no factory owned shops.

    This is incorrect. The Alden SF and DC stores are company owned. The Alden NYC is an independent retailer.
     


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    Wore my tan suede unlined chukkas today for the first time. It was a B&S pickup. I went through two sizes from Shoemart that didn't work. I'm a solid 10D in Barrie last. First tried 10D in this (Leydon), too tight. Then tried 10.5D, STILL too tight at the widest part of the foot in front. Then found a new 10E on B&S and it is much better. Very comfortable, the only issue is that because it is unlined, some of the stitching is exposed on the inside and I can feel it when I walk. Anyone else notice this? Particularly on the front instep area. I feel like if I cover it with moleskin or something it would help a lot.

    i've also noticed this from time to time, but not consistently so i don't worry about it. i assume with more wear it will be a complete non-issue.
     


  9. Kenal0

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    Yes, they have a couple of pair and can order things, but we need an Alden Shop in the Loop!

    On second thought, the last thing I need is to kill my lunch hour buying more shoes.


    I would like one on the north side and it should carry all special order models, preferably in the hard to obtain shell colors like Whiskey and Ravello. If I could find a Whiskey LHS in a 7E and an indy shoe in brown Chromexcel, I would be in business.

    Kenal0
     


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    Good to see Mac posting again

    thank you
     


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    Nice Mac! I think those are the only whiskeys that I like

    thank you
     


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    mcarthur Senior member

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    Nice PTB's mcarthur!

    thank you
     


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    [​IMG]
    ravello cap toes
    argyles otc
     


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    [​IMG]
    ravello cap toes
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    Wow you must buy every model of Alden available. [​IMG]

    Does your closet look like this?:

    [​IMG]
     


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    Hanig's Footwear in the John Hancock building and Haberdash, 607 N State St

    I have a better selection than either of these shops.
     


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