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Any suggestions on a matching belt for a pair of tan 979's?
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Anyone have chromexcel penny loafers?

There are a few stock makeups in various colors. Alden SF, DC, and TheShoeMart are good places to start. Other vendors (Leffot, Brick + Mortar, etc) also have makeups.
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Any suggestions on a matching belt for a pair of tan 979's?

I would suggest the Allen Edmonds Manistee in Walnut.
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#4 ct boot 

 

those are too ugly for a lawn that green... you should give them to me, I'll dispose of them properly for you.

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Any suggestions on a matching belt for a pair of tan 979's?

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I would suggest the Allen Edmonds Manistee in Walnut.

I have this exact combination and it pairs very nicely. The Walnut on the belt is darker than the color on my Walnut strands and matches the burnished tan on my 979's about perfectly.

Here is a picture, but it does not convey how well the colors match.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/515126/the-official-alden-thread-for-2016-share-reviews-sizing-advice-and-photos/1800_60#post_8296799
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Well this isn't good.
I was seeing which of my Alden's to wear out for Easter dinner this evening and decided to go with my favourite Alden slippers, Snuff Chukka's.
Low and behold I discovered this on the bottom of the right shoe.

Send it back to Alden for a repair and hope I get it back in time for summer or see if someone local can do the trick?  My only worry is that they won't be able to do the same sole as Alden does.
For reference these are about 5 years old and as you can see the heel's have been replaced on them once already.

Thoughts Alden brethren?

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Send it to Alden. Their oil soles are unique to them.

-Mike

The replacement heels do not look like Alden's.  If you've already done work on the heels and/or soles outside of Alden, it is my understanding that they will not recraft or replace soles or heels.  I think your only option is to go with an independent cobbler.

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The replacement heels do not look like Alden's.  If you've already done work on the heels and/or soles outside of Alden, it is my understanding that they will not recraft or replace soles or heels.  I think your only option is to go with an independent cobbler.

Would someone confirm whether this statement is in fact accurate currently? I have sent shoes for repair to Alden that were worked on outside in the past with no problem.

Also, the Alden value proposition in the shoe restoration service is somewhat questionable to me. Alden does use original components. But, there are a handful of experienced cobblers who use higher quality components at reasonable prices/ better turnaround times. If your shell is in need of refinishing, then go with Alden. Otherwise, I'm not really aware of anything Alden does that Is unique, other than providing branded shoe bags, boxes, and trees. Even the whole relasting aspect appears to be a bit of spin. I understand why people use Alden as a default restorer (ease and comfort). However, part of the beauty of Goodyear welted shoes is they can resoled or worked on by anyone with the skill and equipment. In other words, don't overthink it or sweat it. They are not handsewn bespoke soles, so swapping them out for the same is all good.

Cheers.
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Would someone confirm whether this statement is in fact accurate currently? I have sent shoes for repair to Alden that were worked on outside in the past with no problem.

Also, the Alden value proposition in the shoe restoration service is somewhat questionable to me. Alden does use original components. But, there are a handful of experienced cobblers who use higher quality components at reasonable prices/ better turnaround times. If your shell is in need of refinishing, then go with Alden. Otherwise, I'm not really aware of anything Alden does that Is unique, other than providing branded shoe bags, boxes, and trees. Even the whole relasting aspect appears to be a bit of spin. I understand why people use Alden as a default restorer (ease and comfort). However, part of the beauty of Goodyear welted shoes is they can resoled or worked on by anyone with the skill and equipment. In other words, don't overthink it or sweat it. They are not handsewn bespoke soles, so swapping them out for the same is all good.

Cheers.

Alden will also re-dye your shoes to bring them as close their original state.
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The replacement heels do not look like Alden's.  If you've already done work on the heels and/or soles outside of Alden, it is my understanding that they will not recraft or replace soles or heels.  I think your only option is to go with an independent cobbler.

Would someone confirm whether this statement is in fact accurate currently? I have sent shoes for repair to Alden that were worked on outside in the past with no problem.

Also, the Alden value proposition in the shoe restoration service is somewhat questionable to me. Alden does use original components. But, there are a handful of experienced cobblers who use higher quality components at reasonable prices/ better turnaround times. If your shell is in need of refinishing, then go with Alden. Otherwise, I'm not really aware of anything Alden does that Is unique, other than providing branded shoe bags, boxes, and trees. Even the whole relasting aspect appears to be a bit of spin. I understand why people use Alden as a default restorer (ease and comfort). However, part of the beauty of Goodyear welted shoes is they can resoled or worked on by anyone with the skill and equipment. In other words, don't overthink it or sweat it. They are not handsewn bespoke soles, so swapping them out for the same is all good.

Cheers.


In my above post, when I said "If you've already done work on the heels and/or soles outside of Alden..."  I meant that if you've had soles or heels replaced, Alden's policy is to not do their recraft.  I'm pretty certain that is accurate.  It has been documented here for several years.

 

The other benefit to doing the Alden recraft is that Alden has the original lasts to do the process.  BNelson and others will tell you that that could potentially be an issue going forward.  You are correct that there have been accounts retold here of shoes being recrafted by Alden and fit and size being noticeably altered.  I don't know if those experiences are flukish or not.  I suppose it's a risk.

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Ravello Wingtip Boots today...

 

(indoor shot, didn't come out that well)

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Gorgeous Ravello!
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I'm no expert, but I'd feel more comfortable with having soles/cork/etc. done without re-lasting (i.e. locally, assuming you've got someone with a good reputation and craftsmanship) on something like a chukka than many more...formed...shoes/boots.  That said, if you have the time, I'd send mine back to Alden.

Thank you.

 

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Send it to Alden. Their oil soles are unique to them.

-Mike

Thanks Mike.

 

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The replacement heels do not look like Alden's.  If you've already done work on the heels and/or soles outside of Alden, it is my understanding that they will not recraft or replace soles or heels.  I think your only option is to go with an independent cobbler.

This is interesting.

I will contact Alden and just see what they say from the get go.  If they will not re-sole them due to a replaced heel then I think they will be in my bad books as far as customer service after the fact goes.

 

I will keep you all posted.

 

Thanks again.

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I will contact Alden and just see what they say from the get go.  If they will not re-sole them due to a replaced heel then I think they will be in my bad books as far as customer service after the fact goes.

 

I will keep you all posted.

 

Thanks again.

 

I'll be interested to hear, but my guess is they are going to draw the line at re-soled vs. just a heel job.  I can understand the former (lots of variables once you get inside the shoe for a resole/rebuild that they might get blamed for and/or can't restore the shoe to factory specs) but not really the latter (doesn't seem like a non-original heel would permanently damage/restructure the shoe).

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Had a pair with replaced heels restored by Alden last year with no problem. Hope this helps.
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Would have appreciated a Steve Harvey-style mistake on these. Alas, a few days later I still appear to be first runner-up. Hope that somebody on here scored these ahead of me.
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Would have appreciated a Steve Harvey-style mistake on these. Alas, a few days later I still appear to be first runner-up. Hope that somebody on here scored these ahead of me.

 

 

So close...that stings a bit. Good luck, 2nd chances do happen.

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