or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › ALDEN or non-Alden Indy Boots
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

ALDEN or non-Alden Indy Boots - Page 2

post #16 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by mandorix View Post

Picture of the boots, with lighting positioned to show how far the wear extends along the under surface of the heels. You can also get a sense of how deeply the wear goes up the back side of the heels, and I think it's not all that much. I don't think this is sufficient wear to be an excuse for the blowout.

350x263px-LL-d659e8b1_from_under.jpeg

Have these been resoled?
post #17 of 35
I'm not trying to be an ass, but how much do you weigh? Big guys will wear out shoes quicker. It also may be that these are too narrow for you.
post #18 of 35
Based soley (no pun intended) on your "hours per week" analysis, it seems as if the boots have failed prematurely.

However, it is hard to tell by the pictures, but the boots look pretty beat up and very well worn, and not well cared for. They look to have been worn much more than you claim in your post, closer to the OP.

I have a pair of Indy boots with about 18 months of wear on them and they look almost new compared to yours, my boots see two to three wearings per week.

Do you ever use any shoecare products on them to restore/protect them? Cleaner or conditioner? The upper sseem very worn, and dried out, which may have led to the blowout.
post #19 of 35
why do i have a feeling that lookngr8 is going to get a smackdown at the next family gathering?
post #20 of 35
Yeah those boots don't look to be in very good condition leather wise
post #21 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post


Have these been resoled?


When they were rebuilt after the first blowout, they were resoled and reheeled.  They came back, for all practical purposes, as new boots.

post #22 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by cbbuff View Post

I'm not trying to be an ass, but how much do you weigh? Big guys will wear out shoes quicker.


I weigh between 170 and 175 pounds (77.1-79.3 kg) and am about 6' 2" (188 cm) tall.

post #23 of 35

You should probably post this in the Official Alden thread--there are a lot more experts that could give you some insight and a lot more higher volume of views.  

post #24 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by hpreston View Post

However, it is hard to tell by the pictures, but the boots look pretty beat up and very well worn, and not well cared for. They look to have been worn much more than you claim in your post, closer to the OP.
...
Do you ever use any shoecare products on them to restore/protect them? Cleaner or conditioner? The upper sseem very worn, and dried out, which may have led to the blowout.


Until LooknGr8 dragged me into being more conscious about these things quite recently, I never used anything on them. In the past few weeks, I had started using Lexol NF. The beat-up appearance is part of the "look" I've wanted, and I've never made any effort to avoid scuffs. The Lexol, which was most recently used just yesterday morning (before the photos) doesn't darken the leather.

post #25 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by mandorix View Post



I weigh between 170 and 175 pounds (77.1-79.3 kg) and am about 6' 2" (188 cm) tall.

Hmmm, that's not it then. Do the previous blowout occur in the same spot?
post #26 of 35

Looking at the creases around the instep, I'm wondering if the boots are too big.  Also, do you have a low arch or flat foot?  I've seen that type of creasing in shoes that are too large with a foot that pronates.  I mean the foot rolls inward and crushes the leather.

post #27 of 35

The previous blowout was in both boots, same spot. The left boot does not show the creasing evidenced in the photo, and that boot has not blown out this time. Yet.

 

No flat feed, no pronation, and the boots are not too large. I wear them invariably with REI middle-weight hiking socks, and they're a snug fit with no sliding around. I will note that my right foot turns out slightly more than the left due to a cycling injury about 32 years ago.

post #28 of 35

I'm not an Indy expert - but wanted to chime in.  They look worn, but not worn enough to warrant a (now second) blow-out, after just being repaired.  Assuming Alden won't work with you on it, I'd check with a competent cobbler (B. Nelson comes to mind) to see if they are salvageable, in his expert opinion.  The tearing around the "blow out" area looks dire though. 

 

If not salvageable, look at getting a new pair (perhaps in shell cordovan, to stand up to the wear?).  Good luck!

post #29 of 35

+1

 

It could just be those boots.  If you like them, it may worth trying another pair.

post #30 of 35

I've ordered a pair of Red Wing 1030 Beckmans. We'll see.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › ALDEN or non-Alden Indy Boots