***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. CEE88

    CEE88 Senior member

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    So guess what? Six pairs of Aldens since October and nary a nod of acknowledgment from the unwashed masses until I start neglecting my short wing boots (Ravello, thank you) -- including major scuffage and non-buffing -- and they begin drawing compliments like nothing else has before. I've been wearing them with some cuffed APC New Standards. So for you guys with your gallery-lit Aldies sealed in Permamint, you're missing out. 'Just sayin'.
    You're making it sound like one is actually supposed to wear Aldens.
     


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    Alden suede bucks now available online from JCrew

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...6863/26863.jsp


    They are on the Barrie last. Interesting that the description says that they are a full size bigger than regular sizing, when most people go 1/2 size down. Why do you think that is?
     


  3. phototristan

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    They are on the Barrie last. Interesting that the description says that they are a full size bigger than regular sizing, when most people go 1/2 size down. Why do you think that is?

    Notice how the shoes look like they've been worn a week in the pictures? What's the deal with that?
     


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    Recent acquisition: AF89 from Alden of Carmel. Black calf PT boot on the Leydon last. Commando sole is perfect for rainy days in San Francisco (like today).
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    Notice how the shoes look like they've been worn a week in the pictures? What's the deal with that?

    This is from their description

    "Today's suede shoe feels more laid-back: We like them when they're scuffed up a bit and worn without socks."

    They probably had some dude wear a pair for a week before they took their photos.

    About the sizing, J Crew says size down 1/2 in their other Barrie offerings. Maybe the suede gives more.
     


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    Notice how the shoes look like they've been worn a week in the pictures? What's the deal with that?
    Crew did the same thing with/to this boot http://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/in...9204/19204.jsp
    I admit I've gotten a "weathered look" item once or twice in my life (in the past, never again), but I just don't want my Aldens all done up like that. But it might be fun to see how they do it -- is it a skilled Alden craftsman who finishes a beautiful boot, looks at it admiringly, and then takes a circular sander to it? I remember seeing a video of a jean that was 'finished' by hanging it up outside and someone shot it with buck shot (from $50 to $250, just like that).
     


  7. phototristan

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    This is from their description

    "Today's suede shoe feels more laid-back: We like them when they're scuffed up a bit and worn without socks."

    They probably had some dude wear a pair for a week before they took their photos.

    About the sizing, J Crew says size down 1/2 in their other Barrie offerings. Maybe the suede gives more.


    Yeah, perhaps they are softer.

    Crew did the same thing with/to this boot http://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/in...9204/19204.jsp
    I admit I've gotten a "weathered look" item once or twice in my life (in the past, never again), but I just don't want my Aldens all done up like that.


    Agreed. I prefer to distress my shoes myself. They should look like they came off the factory floor when I receive them.
     


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    Pretty sure those boots above come new - they just used photos of a used pair for the website. Not sure why, could confuse a lot of people.

    They look like this (Moo's photo):

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    I just got the black lady calf NST tankers from leathersoul. Absolutely stunning. Beautiful, but a little tight, around the toes. Not too short, but squeezing a little on the sides upfront -- in an aberdeen kind of way, if that makes sense. Will lady calf stretch a little?
    Is your size in stock?
     


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    ... I remember seeing a video of a jean that was 'finished' by hanging it up outside and someone shot it with buck shot (from $50 to $250, just like that).

    There's also these brogues from Gieves and Hawkes. People are crazy.
    [​IMG]
     


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    There's also these brogues from Gieves and Hawkes. People are crazy.
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    If anyone wants this treatment, I'd be happy to provide it for a minimal cost [​IMG]

    Black Shell Longwing (Grant Last) and Natural Chromexcel PTB (Barrie) incoming tomorrow.... Hope I got the right sizes.

    3 months, 4 pair of Aldens....... They are addicting!!
     


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    my new aldens - unlined #8 cordovan dovers with water-loc soles.

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    968 pattern > 990.

    Well done.
     


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    I've just started breaking in a pair of #8 ptb from Alden of New York. It's remarkable how hard it is to find anything on the barrie last in 10.5 EE but I'm on plenty of waiting lists.
     


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    cigar nst
    argyles otc
     


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    [​IMG]
    ravello ptb
    argyles otc
     


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