***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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  1. DrZRM

    DrZRM Senior member

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    Yeah, $795 is steep, but at the pre-sale in store price (or if someone will give up a on-line code), I think they are 40% +15% off, so around 50% off. Someone said out the door for $404. For that price they are definitely worth it. It is a very nice color, and they still look great as they are breaking in.
    Thanks, I was wondering whether the hype surrounding the C&J shell darltons was a little overblown... I own a pair of black shell Aldens and love em, so for the price compared to benchmade C&Js, I should probably stick to Alden
    Most of these shoes come with a double sole. If you want you can have them topey'd, but I say just wear them. When you wear out the sole (and it will take you years), just send them back to Alden and they come back as good as new. Double leather soles are pretty bomb-proof, they don't really need much care. They will wear a bit faster if they get wet a lot, but that's about it. Commando will wear out eventually too, and while I don't have specific evidence, I bet a commando sole needs to be replaced before you wear out a double leather sole.
    thanks. the commando sole definitely looks a bit clunky, and that worries me. at the same time I'm not sure I'm disciplined/careful enough to care for leather soles in the Boston weather, and I'd rather be more "comfortable" if I step in a puddle or something. does Alden have a sole that wears easy in bad weather but isn't as full on clunky as the commando?
     


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    Any stores in europe stocking Alden? Pref without a huge markup.
     


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    so..is consensus "don't worry about double leather soles even if you live in Boston, in a few years you will just need to have them resoled"?

    is double soled much more weather proof than single sole?
     


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    Just in case you gentlemen are in question of Alden's customer service:

    I purchased a pair of Indy boots at the DC Alden store several weeks ago. They had some limited sizes, and I picked up a pair that were a little too small, hoping that the toe box would stretch over the next few weeks.

    They didn't and wearing the boots was painful. I contacted Alden, asking if they thought the toe box would stretch after extended use: they said they didn't think so, but that I was free to mail them my shoes and they would re-last them to a different size for free.

    I just got them in the mail after a two week wait -- they fit great. I'm really satisfied by their customer service. It's going to be a big selling point the next time I'm looking for a new pair of shoes.


    Re-last? Is that the same as just using a shoe stretcher or do they need to dismantle the shoe? The boots that I want are unavailable in E width and the D is just a tad snug. I wonder if I can just have them stretched out a bit. Does anyone have experience with this?
     


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    In Alden, what materials or boots are good for wet weather?

    I'm thinking about getting a pair of boots for winter, and I really like the look of some of the Alden boots. Winter around Seattle means lots and lots of rain (with a little bit of snow, especially when visiting the east side of the mountains), so I want something with good traction that will hold up well. I'm thinking about the commando sole, but not sure about the top material -- I'm looking for something brown, to go with jeans. I really like the #8 (such as these: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index..._Boot_160.htm), but are they not so good with water? What about dark brown calfskin (like these: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...Boot_213.htm)? I'm not as big on suede, and I like the darker shades of brown.

    Basically, looking for a brown boot, darker color, goes well with jeans, good for wet winters.
     


  7. Rusty G.

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    In Alden, what materials or boots are good for wet weather?

    I'm thinking about getting a pair of boots for winter, and I really like the look of some of the Alden boots. Winter around Seattle means lots and lots of rain (with a little bit of snow, especially when visiting the east side of the mountains), so I want something with good traction that will hold up well. I'm thinking about the commando sole, but not sure about the top material -- I'm looking for something brown, to go with jeans. I really like the #8 (such as these: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index..._Boot_160.htm), but are they not so good with water? What about dark brown calfskin (like these: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...Boot_213.htm)? I'm not as big on suede, and I like the darker shades of brown.

    Basically, looking for a brown boot, darker color, goes well with jeans, good for wet winters.


    Cordovan is what you're looking for. I got a pair of AF60,which is not exactly what you're looking for, but it is cordovan, which has a tighter grain than calf and is supposed to be better for water.
     


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    Nope, unfortunately they don't have any kind of factory store. Broke my heart when I visited.

    That's a shame. It would be so awesome to meet the owners and take a peek inside the factory before buying a pair.

    I do not think so but I believe the ShoeMart has a store front and a great selection.

    Thanks man. Are there any good suppliers in Boston or in the nearby metro area? Why is the Alden store in SF if they're made in New England?
     


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    I recommend people visit Ask Andy About clothes forum and search Alden. there are like 50 different threads devoted to Alden shoes and shell cordovan. The information is already there, no need to rehash it all.
     


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    Re-last? Is that the same as just using a shoe stretcher or do they need to dismantle the shoe? The boots that I want are unavailable in E width and the D is just a tad snug. I wonder if I can just have them stretched out a bit. Does anyone have experience with this?

    By re-last I mean they take it apart. The Indy boots have pretty tough toe boxes, so while it is possible to take them to a cobbler and have them stretched, I'd recommend ordering an E. If it's a different boot, I suggest emailing Alden directly and asking what they think is the best course of action.
     


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    No, the hype on the Darlton's is not overblown. It is a great shoe. I have both the Alden and the Darlton. The fit on the Darlton is not as comfortable as my Alden's but when I went to the RL store they are not a shoe store so I basically had to try them on. The 10 fit like a glove and the 10.5 fit OK but when I wore them for a day they broke in.

    If I were to pay full price I would hands down get the Alden Long Wing in Cigar or #8 Shell over the Darlton/Marlow.

    But why people like the Darlton on this forum is you can get it for less than the Alden's. You can get it for about 45% off when RL has their sales.

    I wear my Darlton's as a beater shoe and they are breaking in very nicely.

    I will say I scraped the living shiznet out of the toe on the Darlton but I used some dark brown shoe cream and shoe polish and cannot even tell anymore.

    To me the Alden is much more comfortable.

    PS: To help break in the Darlton I wore some thick athletic socks and that seemed to work.

    Good luck!


    Thanks, I think I will keep an eye out for a decent price on the Alden shells in #8

    Also, does anyone know if the Whiskey is an appropriate year-round color? Or only appropriate for Spring-Summer?
     


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    Cordovan is what you're looking for. I got a pair of AF60,which is not exactly what you're looking for, but it is cordovan, which has a tighter grain than calf and is supposed to be better for water.

    The AF53 is shell cordovan, so that looks promising.

    I recommend people visit Ask Andy About clothes forum and search Alden. there are like 50 different threads devoted to Alden shoes and shell cordovan. The information is already there, no need to rehash it all.

    You're right, I found a good thread on shell cordovan and waterproof there.

    Thanks to both of you for the help!
     


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    Any stores in europe stocking Alden? Pref without a huge markup.

    Anatomica in Paris
    Bellerose in Antwerp, Belgium
    there's a German shop also (can't remember the name)

    but you won't find them in Europe without the huge markup; we are stuck with a crazy high VAT and import rates
     


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    Thanks, I think I will keep an eye out for a decent price on the Alden shells in #8

    Also, does anyone know if the Whiskey is an appropriate year-round color? Or only appropriate for Spring-Summer?

    This is a question I ask myself and I believe the answer is no. I am not sure and it certainly depends on where you live. I have 2 pairs of Whiskey and 2 Pairs of Cigar Shell. I prefer the Cigar Shell. If you are going to get the Darlton then the color is similar enough to Cigar to open up Whiskey as an option for you. If you want the most versatile color then I would go #8. I wear the Darlton, Cigar and Whiskey with denim all the time. I do not have #8 shell but have cordovan colored calf that I wear with jeans all the time. I like the calf shoes because they are on the plaza last and are much more sleek than the Barrie last. I think the Plaza last goes with skinny jeans better than the Barrie last.

    For info on the various Alden fits see the Alden of Carmel fit page.


    I have a couple of pairs of calf shoes from Alden and I also like them. I like the Cordovan but I like calf too. [​IMG]
     


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    Thinking about picking these up as my first pair?
    Thoughts?
    Do stores ever put Aldens on sale???
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