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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. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    Yeah, they look nice
     
  2. applky

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    No problem.

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    Carmina double monk all the way. No contest.

    Yes. Pre-treat your clean, new suede always with Meltonian Suede Protector (this product is also marketed to work on nubuck). It will darken your suede very slightly but after a few wears, and exposure to sun, they leather will regain its original color. This won't entirely protect from raw denim transfer, though -- just partially. If you cuff your raw denim then you will also lessen dye transfer, as the hem will not be rubbing against the shoe.
     
  3. seer

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    That's the kind of feed back that I need - thanks...
     
  4. ambivalence

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    Alright guys.. got some width sizing questions.. If im a true us 8 d(i supposed)

    I wear the trubulance last at 7.5d...
    what size should i go for this few last... grant, van,plaza and barrie ?

    Im thinking..correct me if im wrong..
    barrie: 7.5d
    grant:8d
    plaza:8d
    van:8d
     
  5. Beatlegeuse

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    If you're hesitating about getting cordovan because it will be a hassle or a big expense to care for, then you have nothing to worry about. Cordovan is very easy to care for, just follow the Mac Method and you're golden.
     
  6. fitchottie

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    My experience is the Barrier has a higher instep, so if the circumfrence of your foot is greater the 10.75 for a true to size 12 it is going to feel tight.... I would imagine that you would go true to size so 8d...
     
  7. tropics

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    any... they are not going to be lasted so who gives a sh*t
     
  8. roboterkampf

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    Wearing my Indy 405s to work today since it's raining in Baltimore. These have been my trusty bad weather/adverse conditions footwear since 2003, and were my first pair of Alden shoes. I've taken them to Japan and back three times, now - super dependable and good for all-day travel. (always take an extra pair of laces - when you are on the other side of the world and your laces snap against a speed hook in a restaurant you're leaving, you're effed). Man, there's nothing like your first pair.

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  9. seer

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    Do you own cordovans? This may sound strange - but how are they to live with? When you are out and you look down at your shoes - what do you think? Are you pleased? How does the leather feel after they are broken in? Thanks...
     
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    Absolutely agreed, except that the steel shank always sets off the airport metal detectors which is mildly frustrating.
     
  11. roboterkampf

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    Sadly, we need to remove our shoes at airports now, so I guess that solves that problem :embar:
     
  12. Pastor

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    Does anyone know if the Cigar Indy boots at the NYC Madison store have commando soles?
     
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  13. advan031

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    Very nice looking 405!!! My 403 still looks fairly new.
     
  14. NotClever

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    Depends how narrow your foot is, but I wouldn't risk it. Aberdeen is their narrowest last if I'm not mistaken. It fits me TTS, so perhaps if you're on the narrow side of D you could fit. However, especially in cordovan, which doesn't stretch much, it's a risk.


    Yeah it's super easy to care for compared to calf. No real polishing, just buff it up with a brush and cloth and you're good to go the majority of the time. Everyone obviously swears by the mac method, which advocates only using wax every 15 to 20 wears and even then using just a dab of wax.

    The color changing hue is one of the big reasons to like cordovan, IMO. It looks quite unique as it ages. I think color 8 tends to both darken and lighten, but I've only got one pair so take me with a grain of salt. Once they break in they fit like a glove. They do squeak a bit while walking, but I don't think it's too noticeable.


    Heh, sizing is weird. I'm a 10D in Trubalance and a 10C in Barrie.
     
  15. FrankCowperwood

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    Those look great. The wear on them suits the style. My original pair of Aldens is actually a pair of their lace ups from the Cape Cod collection. It was a transition from LL Bean moccasins. Nothing fancy. Had them resoled once, and recently discovered pitch blend to care for them. Don't wear them that much anymore as my shoe collection has expanded quite a bit (mostly shell Aldens), but they've proved to be an excellent buy. As your Indys seem to have been for you. Continue enjoying them.
     
  16. FrankCowperwood

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    Thanks, that helps explain it. I happen to think it's a nice looking shoe. I could see picking one up someday in the right makeup. I guess if someone offered it to me in #4 I'd have to take it, just to be able to show it off.
     
  17. PorterInjax

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    Wearing my LS short wings again. Once last week and again this week. So, another pic of them
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  18. bucksfan

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    I actually have 9 pair of shell cordovans, both shoes and boots. For the majority of them, a damp cloth and a horsehair brush at the end of the day makes them look good as new. I have two pair that have the dreaded "welting" problem if they get wet (the spots where water droplets sit on the shoes raise temporarily). For these, I try to be careful and not get stuck in the rain - but if I do, a good drying out, followed by an application of Saphir Renovateur or the AE cordovan cream seems to get rid of the marks.

    Shell is much tougher than calf dress shoes. The leather itself has a tighter grain, is much less porus than other leathers, and during the tanning process is "hot stuffed" with oils and fats. This makes it less permeable to liquids and more able to handle the bumps and scuffs that come along with daily wear.

    What do I think about my shoes when I look down at them? I am proud to be wearing them. Even when scuffed up at the end of a day, they look so much better than a similar pair of calf shoes.

    I wear each pair of shells 3x as much as each pair of my calf shoes, and the calf shoes still look older and more beat up.

    Shell begins its life a little stiffer than calf, but quickly softens up and after a while fits more like a slipper in my opinion. I also really like the patina that shell develops over time.

    The one place I still use calf shoes almost exclusively is with fine wool suits - I have a couple pair of black calf shoes in appropriate styles for those situations.
     
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  19. brokeassp

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    Yup this is what I did.
    People usually recommend sizing 1/2 down for the trublance/modified last due to the rounder, wider toe box but instead of sizing down in length, just size down in width. Ie. If you`re 7.5E in Aberdeen/Plaza, go down to a 7.5D for the Indy. YMMV though.
     
  20. advan031

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    I absolutely love this about Color 8 as it's almost like breaking in a pair of raw denim. I kept looking at my cap toe yesterday...lol
     
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