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Did I just ruin my first pair of Alden Shell Cordovans?

post #1 of 11
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So I finally bit the bullet and purchased my first pair of Aldens (PTB, number 8) last weekend in Boston.  I wore them out the next morning for about a twenty minute walk and when I came home it looked like the front/tip of my soles were melting as the leather was frayed and protruding somewhat.  Although it wasn't raining, it was damp, and I noticed that the new soles had sucked up a lot of water.  Lesson learned:  never walk about hard streets on new soles that could be getting damp!  Otherwise, your soles will be chewed up (and fast!). 

 

So my question is, what do I do now?  Sand it smooth with sandpaper and apply edge dressing?  Take it to a cobbler?  Just ignore it and use as normal?  I'm probably just obsessing, but that's what this forum is for, no?

 

Cheers,

 

SG

 

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post #2 of 11
Dude, it's a sole. It wears down. Go to a cobbler and get taps installed if you're that paranoid.
post #3 of 11
SG. - Nope. This is normal. You have a couple hundred thousand miles left on the soles on those babies. As Mac says "Enjoy wearing." Toe taps can be installed if you so desire.
post #4 of 11
i put taps on mine, works well. do it
post #5 of 11
You wore them outside? All bets are off at this point. Punch holes are likely to start disappearing soon
post #6 of 11
Throw them away, they are ruined. Why would you buy such shit anyway? Alden is one of the worst brands out there.
post #7 of 11
this is what a shoe sole looks like. you can find weird things in your nice shoes if you go looking for reasons to fret--I did that with my #8 chukkas and it turned out to be nothing. if you see something you think is weird, don't worry about it. just ignore it and it will all work out.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by bows1 View Post

Throw them away, they are ruined.

Also where do you live and when is trash day.
post #9 of 11
Is it true that the gays wear Aldens? Because I don't really want to be gay.

Also, anyone have a free shipping code they aren't using? PM me
post #10 of 11
Just hammer them, don't worry about it. Then when the sole wears down too far replace it.
post #11 of 11
They are irrevocably ruined for non-proles. But you can help one lucky Ethiopian child lord it over his peers as they writhe in hunger induced pain on their dirt floored hut. I'll take them off your hands and help you change someone's fate for a flat $100 paypal gift transfer. nod[1].gif
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