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Gepost op: 04 oktober 2004 – 18:14:31
Weet iemand hier of Alden ook damesschoenen maakt?

Hier een Alden FAQ van puntnet.

It's been awhile since I posted this. Plus, I added some things, and can't edit the original post after 6 months or something like that:

Compiled by borderline using the combined wisdom of "The Official Alden Thread" on Styleforum and other web sources.
Before Buying
What are the different lasts and how do they fit relative to one another?
*See below for more sizing information

What do the different cordovan colors look like?

I feel like I'm buying too many Aldens, what can I do?
1) Give up, there is no hope.
2) Stop reading this thread

Why do they call it the Indy boot?

Are Alden shoes worth the price?
At the end of the day, the main benefits to Alden shoes are
1) High quality Horween leathers (Chromexcel, cordovan, and I assume suede) in unique colors
2) Willingness to work with retailers (many of whom work with customers) to develop special styles
3) Variety of well-fitting lasts
4) Recraft-ability (not necessarily by Alden, but by a variety of cobblers)
5) Decent price point compared to shoemakers that work with similar materials
6) Traditional aesthetic (high quality and stylish in a "handsome," "gentlemanly" way)
7) Alden shoes are pretty comfortable, can be very eye catching (cordovan, suede, etc tend to get tons of compliments) and overall enhance one's look.
The obvious downsides are
1) Poor quality control, particularly as they ramp production
2) Low / inconsistent availability

After Buying
How should I break in my shoes?
Use “Mac’s Break-in Procedure”:
Shoes should be worn only on carpeting on three different days for a minimum of one hour in order to ascertain that the fit is proper.

What is the "pen trick"?
You put a pen where your foot joints are and then crease the shoe. This way the crease is set exactly where your joint bends and the crease is nice and even. People report varying levels of success with this, and it is generally thought to be more important for the PTB.

Will my cordovan shoes stretch?
The consensus is that cordovan stretches very little, if at all.

Care and Cleaning
How should I clean my cordovan shoes or boots?
Use the “Mac Method”:
1) Clean shoes with damp cloth

2) Brush vigorously with a horsehair brush

3) Buff with smooth cloth

4) Use wax after a minimum of fifteen wearings

Some other cleaning advice from Alden of Carmel
1. Do not use 'neutral' polish
2. Do not clean cordovan shoes using saddle soap
3. Do not attempt to clean cordovan shoes using petroleum distillates or cleaning fluids
4. Do not use any spray shines or aerosol type waterproofs
5. Do not attempt to dry wet shell cordovan shoes with heat or a heater. Wipe them dry, and allow them to dry naturally
6. Do not attempt to polish shell cordovan shoes while wet

My shoes are dry and/or discolored in the creases. How can I fix this?
Alden SF recommends using a small amount of cream in the creases. This can moisturize the area and also bring up some of the natural color in the leather. Most people use either Saphir Renovateur or Venetian Shoe Cream.

My cordovan shoes got wet and there are tiny round marks or bubbles. What should I do?
1) Next time try the Alden Leather Defender
2) Brush them for awhile
3) Try some Renovateur
4) Try the deer bone treatment
5) Just wait, it will go away evenutally
My cordovan shoes has some white stuff on the leather. What do I do?
This is called "bloom". One method is to use a hair dryer, hold it 6" away from the shoe, and then after it cools down use a chamois cloth and buff it for awhile. It should go away.

Will Alden put a different sole on my shoes?
Alden Restoration will now only recraft your shoes using original materials. If you want to put on a different sole, your best bet may be B. Nelson.

Can I have speed hooks converted to eyelets?
B Nelson will do it for $12 per eyelet (not per pair). A standard Alden boot with 4 pairs of speed hooks would therefore run $96. The top four eyelets would be off-centered with the bottom five, which is often done to compensate for the oblong size of the speed hooks.
Here's an example:

I want new shoelaces for my Indy Boots. What are my options?
1) Alden will mail you a pair if you ask.
2) The Alden Madison store will sell you waxed laces for ~$6.
3) Red Wing model 9011 will work, request them here

LWB: Longwing blucher
SWB: Shortwing blucher
PTB: Plain toe blucher
LHS: Leisure hand sewn (a loafer)

A video by Epaulet about the Alden factory

Cordovan: A Photo Gallery of Some of Mac's Shoes

Online Purchasing Options
Leather Soul
The Shoe Mart
Alden Shop
Sherman Brothers
J. Crew
Ben Silver
Moulded Shoe
Renners Fine Boots & Shoes
Sky Valet
Frans Boone Store
The Bureau
Alden of Carmel
J. Gilbert
Need Supply
Tres Bien

Anecdotal sizing information:
I find the Modified last (for my foot) is wider than the Barrie. 9D Modified fits me great, while 9D in Barrie is a snug fit, the E width for me in Barrie is too wide. I find the Trubalance last to be a little bit bigger overall last to the Barrie, whereas the Modified has a more tapered mid foot under the arch, opening up to a wider forefoot. (NewYorkRanger)
Normal size is 10.5D, I take a 10D in Barrie and 10.5E in Leydon (borderline)
I wear a 9 D in the Barrie and i've also tried a 9E in the Barrie. I won some of each and wear them both. The 9D is a little snug and the 9E is a little loose. I have a pair of 9.5 D leydon lasted LWB and they fit great. I went with a 9.5D on the grant.
9.5 E in the Dalton and most all AE's
9D in the truebalance (almost perfect fit)
9.5 D in grant ( perfect fit)
9.5 D in leydon (perfect fit)
I wear 6.5D Barrie and the 7D Grants fits well for me (actually 6.5E also works fine). (dsmivtr)
If you size down 1/2 for barrie (say 10E to 9.5E), don't try to size down 1 and go wider (to 9EE) (kippy).
the best way to determine fit and comfort is to ensure that the ball of your foot is at the widest part of the shoes. some people may have short toes and some people may have longer toes but using that area as a reference point has always worked well for me. Also there is just a feel when you put on a pair of shoes if it feels slightly too large or slightly too tight. If you think it fits you well and is not causing any pain or slipping off when you lace them, then they are likely the right size.(MiniW)[/size]
Laatst bewerkt op: 07 januari 2013 – 09:51:22 door Chris


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Re: Alden
Reactie #1 Gepost op: 05 oktober 2004 – 14:56:36
Citaat van: "Roman_Empire"
Weet iemand hier of Alden ook damesschoenen maakt?

Alden maakt alleen herenschoenen!


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Re: Alden
Reactie #2 Gepost op: 05 oktober 2004 – 17:20:03
Citaat van: "Danny"
Citaat van: "Roman_Empire"
Weet iemand hier of Alden ook damesschoenen maakt?

Alden maakt alleen herenschoenen!

Ik ben er achter gekomen dat ze ook damesschoenen maken.
Maar bedankt voor de reply.


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Re: Alden
Reactie #3 Gepost op: 05 oktober 2004 – 19:42:45


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Reactie #4 Gepost op: 13 november 2004 – 23:40:28
sinds kort bezoek ik de site regelmatig, dacht dat ik weinig wist van schoenen, maar blijkbaar wist ik wel de mooie er uit te halen, heb nu alles ontleed aan de hand van de hier opgedane kennis..

Heb paar john lobb`s, stefanobi`s, enz enz

Deze schoenen dragen het best na 2 jaar blijkbaar, kon ze in het begin niet verdragen, waren wel rond de 4 tot 6 honderd euro, nu niet meer te missen.

Tod`s hogan`s alles in grote getale versleten, is inderdaad niets meer dan andere schoenen, net als andere zgn modemerken..
Ga nu forum topicje plaatsen over gevleugelde leesten..

Echt een leerzame site is dit, met elkaar meer leren over onze passie


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Reactie #5 Gepost op: 13 november 2004 – 23:49:05
Van harte welkom Raez.Je heb wel gelijk opmaat gemaakte schoenen hebben een tijd nodig om prettig te zitten.
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Reactie #6 Gepost op: 14 november 2004 – 01:17:32
Welkom raes, leuk om te lezen!
Als je wil kun je je voorstellen in het voorsteltopic.
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Reactie #7 Gepost op: 18 april 2008 – 00:50:37

Alden monkstraps, #8 shell cordovan

De meeste schoenen van Alden kunnen mij niet zo bekoren maar deze cordovan monks zijn geweldig. De dunne strap vind ik erg elegant.
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Reactie #8 Gepost op: 21 mei 2008 – 10:59:23
cyka blyat


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Reactie #9 Gepost op: 31 mei 2008 – 23:14:52
Wel enorm veel plooien.


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Reactie #10 Gepost op: 01 juni 2008 – 21:58:26
M'n Alden 405's, oftewel Indy's, uitgerust met Cat's Paws zool en hiel


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Reactie #11 Gepost op: 01 juni 2008 – 22:22:12
Zijn deze schoenen ook van Cordovan?


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Reactie #12 Gepost op: 01 juni 2008 – 22:39:58
Nee, van kalfsleer.


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Reactie #13 Gepost op: 02 juni 2008 – 00:11:49
Mooie foto's. Het model kan mij niet zo bekoren.
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Reactie #14 Gepost op: 18 juli 2008 – 23:04:51
Na het bekijken van cordovan schoenen bemerk ik het volgende. Zo goed als elke ingelopen schoen begint sterke ploien te vertonen in het leer. Is dit eigen aan cordovan? Of kan je die plooien verhelpen want buiten spanners plaatsen weet ik geen andere mogelijkheid. Ik vind cordovan wel een mooie glans hebben maar als je schoenen enorm gaan plooien vind ik dit de aankoop niet waard. Zijn er mensen met ervaring met cordovans? Plaatjes zijn altijd welkom.