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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. Collectro

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    I haven't experienced this 'problem' on my crepes - maybe not enought wear yet, but I've worn a pair of boots w/crepe all winter and they're holding up fine.

    Just use a stiff brush on the reverse chamois as needed - maybe a little spray if you like. Someone, maybe Steven at Leffot, said neatsfoot oil.


    I wore my crepe soles today and though I do not like the crepe sole, because I do not think it looks dressy, I do not mind the leather doing that on mine at all. The leather is there because it is easy to replace and I guess saves the wear on the toe of the crepe. There are other shoe companies that do not have the leather tip to their soles and I guess they do not have serious problems so I am not sure why Alden does their crepe soles in this manner. I prefer the commando sole to the crepe and will seek it out always over the crepe in the future. I am not ruling out buying crepe ever again if I see a shoe I really like but it would have to be a less dressy shoe as I think the sole look yucky after a single wear. I wish Alden had something like the Dainite sole. [​IMG]

    Thanks guys.
    I've decided to wait a few seasons or until the crepe starts to look really shitty and send them to alden for a resole. I want the double waterlock oiled leather sole and vintage Goodyear rubber heel, essentially turning them into the leathersoul pitt boots only on a barrie last. I'm not really sure how the resole works, would the antiqued edge trim still remain or would it have to be recreated during the resole?
     


  2. Hot Dog Day #49

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    if you're not getting the lists, check your spam, that's where mine was.
     


  3. terradilavoro

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    if you're not getting the lists, check your spam, that's where mine was.

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    I would argue that handling and wearing an AE/RW/Florsheim shoe is a much different, and frankly lower quality, experience than handling and wearing pretty much any Alden. .

    I disagree. I own 7 pairs of AE, 8 pairs of Alden, and one pair of C&J. I can say from experience that AE holds up quite well next to Alden in terms of quality, comfort and design. In fact, I actually prefer my AEs for business wear (I'm a trial lawyer). The AE Clifton is one hell of a nice shoe for Tuesday mornings in a courtroom, but they are totally out of place with jeans in the evening at a bar. That's where Alden really shines. The Aldens are heavier because of the steel shank (metal detector nightmare) and are shaped somewhat clunkier (the Barrie last won't win any awards for sleekness) --- which makes them great for Saturday evenings on the town. Even my Ravello NSTs on the Aberdeen last are a bit too clunky for suit wear. However, across the board, my Aldens are much more stylish shoes. Tweed sportcoat, well-worn cords and Alden Color 8 wingtip boots -- perfect for a night of swilling beer.

    I also have to say AE also won me over when with their customer service. I bought a pair of the brown cordo Strands in my normal size from an online discounter. They're made from the same Horween brown shell cordovan used in the C&J Ralph Lauren Darlton wingtips I have, and with excellent brogueing. When I got them, they fit very large. I wore them for about a week and as they began to break in, I realized that they were simply too big for my feet. Took them to my local AE store in Chicago, and they re-sized me and exchanged my worn cordovan shoes for new ones, no questions asked and without a receipt! That's one hell of a good way to make a loyal customer for life. Alden certainly has great customer service as well, but currently not at the same level.

    Alden makes a fantastic shoe. That's why I own so many of them and read this thread. But they are not clearly superior to other American made shoes.
     


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    Anyone have opinions on this cigar shell model on the van last? I am intrigued, as it might go as a casual shoe, maybe even sockless...

    [​IMG]
     


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    ^ My first thought is "Some retailer gets an allocation of cigar shell and that's what they make?"
     


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    ^ My first thought is "Some retailer gets an allocation of cigar shell and that's what they make?"

    Haha... I am torn, I feel like that, but am somewhat intrigued as it is something I've never seen before. Though, seems I'd better fill whatever need this shoes would fill with some Quoddy's or something... You never know what will appear on the Alden's seconds emails! I had a similar thought to HorseHide when I saw these Ravello/#8 combos on the modified last:

    [​IMG]
     


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    ^ My first thought is "Some retailer gets an allocation of cigar shell and that's what they make?"

    +1 million. Awful to see cigar abused like that.
     


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    That is the reasoning I heard. the toe of crepe soles tend to catch on the surface you are walking on especially if it is carpet. the leather slides better when you are bring your foot forward and slightly touching the surface. Also, my understanding, Alden fully expects the leather toe will need to be replaced before the crepe needs to be. But they should both last a long time.

    I am plagairizing someone else's post from some point earlier on this thread, but I believe I read the reason Alden uses a leather tip on the crepe soles is to prevent "tripping."
     


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    Anyone have opinions on this cigar shell model on the van last? I am intrigued, as it might go as a casual shoe, maybe even sockless...

    [​IMG]

    The ranger moc great casual shoe. Not usually made up in shell although I own a pair in shell #8. [​IMG]
     


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    Lots of shell in 9d on the Alden seconds email this month from TSM...some Indy's too. Nothing suited me though, but others may like whats there.
     


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    Haha... I am torn, I feel like that, but am somewhat intrigued as it is something I've never seen before. Though, seems I'd better fill whatever need this shoes would fill with some Quoddy's or something... You never know what will appear on the Alden's seconds emails! I had a similar thought to HorseHide when I saw these Ravello/#8 combos on the modified last:

    [​IMG]


    An innovative style - probably not the best if you have a limited shoe supply, but if you're loaded (with shoes, i.e.) these would fit in nicely, I'd think.
     


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    emailed them for info on this chukka but no response. anyone know what last it is on?

    Seriously... they have a cigar chukka in sz 8. wish these were in a 7.5... [​IMG]
     


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    Lots of shell in 9d on the Alden seconds email this month from TSM...some Indy's too. Nothing suited me though, but others may like whats there.

    8.5d too. Unfortunately I just pulled the trigger on some cigar boots.
     


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    8.5d too. Unfortunately I just pulled the trigger on some cigar boots.

    That is certainly not unfortunate.
     


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