***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. PorterInjax

    PorterInjax Senior member

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    Finally some sunshine, albeit still cool. Made me want to wear suede today

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    Random question -- what are people's thoughts on shell boots for dancing? I'm going to a wedding tomorrow, and was considering wearing some ravello wingtip boots. Thoughts? Will the shell be OK?
     
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    Random question -- what are people's thoughts on shell boots for dancing? I'm going to a wedding tomorrow, and was considering wearing some ravello wingtip boots. Thoughts? Will the shell be OK?

    Depends on the last - Barrie? NFW Plaza? Good
     
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    Random question -- what are people's thoughts on shell boots for dancing? I'm going to a wedding tomorrow, and was considering wearing some ravello wingtip boots. Thoughts? Will the shell be OK?

    As opposed to what?
     
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    Just curious to know if anyone here owns shoes of a higher quality than Alden? Perhaps EG? If so, how does the quality compare? Some of the MC folks stated that the difference is quite noticeable, but I would like to know if anyone here personally has any inputs.

    You don't need to go to the EG level to find quality higher than Alden. My C&J shells are nicer than my Alden shells.
     
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    You don't need to go to the EG level to find quality higher than Alden. My C&J shells are nicer than my Alden shells.

    I will most likely try CJ soon. I thought about Tricker's, but upon trying on a pair...that was just not my thing. EG is too MC for me. I don't like the overall last/appeal.
     
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    I will most likely try CJ soon. I thought about Tricker's, but upon trying on a pair...that was just not my thing. EG is too MC for me. I don't like the overall last/appeal.

    I enjoy my C&J shells on the 325 last very much. I would suggest you take a look.
     
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    I posted this is WTB, but if anyone has a pair of plaza wingtip boots in black in size 10D that they want to part with, let me know.
     
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    Finally some nice spring weather for whiskey:
    Outstanding Chris! The NST looks great in whiskey.
     
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    So, I decided to get a pair of boots.
    Thanks to LS for their help, what a great bunch of guys over there.

    My fist pair of Alden boots, hopefully not my last.

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    Nice purchase! Are these the 403 CXL Indy's?
     
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    Just curious to know if anyone here owns shoes of a higher quality than Alden? Perhaps EG? If so, how does the quality compare? Some of the MC folks stated that the difference is quite noticeable, but I would like to know if anyone here personally has any inputs.

    The biggest difference I notice between my EG's and Aldens is in the stitching. EG uses more stitches per inch and is finished a lot cleaner (no loose ends). FYI, I have a pair of vintage shell Florsheim imperials that have nicer stiching than on my C&J's or my Alden shells.
     
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    The biggest difference I notice between my EG's and Aldens is in the stitching. EG uses more stitches per inch and is finished a lot cleaner (no loose ends). FYI, I have a pair of vintage shell Florsheim imperials that have nicer stiching than on my C&J's or my Alden shells.

    EG: More stitches that are more accurately placed; better quality leather (shell aside); sleeker lasts; better sole, edge and heel treatment; classically British designs; lousy customer service, redonculous MTO upcharge and limited availability in the US.

    Alden: classic Americana; sloppy welt stitching; good mid-level leathers (shell aside); broad availability; long ass wait times for MTO and special orders; wide range of lasts available; significant QA issues appearing more and more frequently.

    The upper end of Alden's pricing is converging on the lower end of EG's.

    A better comparison for Alden is probably Vass - again, the upper end of Alden's prices are pretty close to the lower end of Vass', and Vass is lightyears ahead of Alden with respect to quality.
     
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    A better comparison for Alden is probably Vass - again, the upper end of Alden's prices are pretty close to the lower end of Vass', and Vass is lightyears ahead of Alden with respect to quality.

    I agree with this, but Vass has absolutely zero distribution channel in the US. I'd love to get a pair, but I simply can't "guess and buy" shoes for my hard to fit feet.
     
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    I just listed a bunch of alden shells for sale here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?p=4418245 Hope I am not spamming the thread with this. If anyone is interested, please PM me. I have a bunch of other aldens (PTBs, LWBs and indys) that I will be listing later today.
     
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