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post #8821 of 10638

No snark.  Retailers will treat their best customers well, as they may and as they should in the best interests of their business.  

 

My comment meant to reflect that the perceived limited availability of Alden rare shell may be further exacerbated if new rare models are being first offered to these customers.  It would further reduce whatever "open market" availability there may be.  

post #8822 of 10638
They were there online and in-store. I'm not sure they were ever referenced in emails. You always had to dig a little to find the color 4 captoe and wingtip online, as well as rare shell Indy.
post #8823 of 10638

I need some advice on removing what looks like a white paint scuff on my Alden Color 8 cap toe bal. I've tried a damp cloth, brushing the hell out of it and a light scraping with my fingernail, all to not avail. It seems I need some kind of cleaner?

 

Thanks

post #8824 of 10638
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I need some advice on removing what looks like a white paint scuff on my Alden Color 8 cap toe bal. I've tried a damp cloth, brushing the hell out of it and a light scraping with my fingernail, all to not avail. It seems I need some kind of cleaner?

 

Thanks


Try Saphir Reno'Mat.  If that won't do it, I'm not sure what else you can do.

post #8825 of 10638
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I need some advice on removing what looks like a white paint scuff on my Alden Color 8 cap toe bal. I've tried a damp cloth, brushing the hell out of it and a light scraping with my fingernail, all to not avail. It seems I need some kind of cleaner?

 

Thanks

 

 

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Try Saphir Reno'Mat.  If that won't do it, I'm not sure what else you can do.

I would try warm soapy water on a rag which takes most latex paint off. (stick to gentle detergents)

Then I would try Saphir Renovateur. 

Renomat (which is more of a stripper) will remove some of the "Alden dye" that they add to make the Color 8 uniform.

You can use that, but you may have a light spot on the shell. 

Try the other two first.

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Non-Snarky New NST Boots Trubalance #8 Antique Welt low lighting.. early ball game
post #8827 of 10638
Whiskey PTB pic before leaving the house this morning.

post #8828 of 10638
Snuff suede plaza boots.
post #8829 of 10638
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Snuff suede plaza boots.

 

Is this the LS Safari boot?

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Snuff suede plaza boots. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Is this the LS Safari boot?

Oui.
post #8831 of 10638
Has anyone used Alden Leather Defender on their shells and does it make a noticeable difference? I typically will wear my "beater" shoes if I know the weather is going to be bad but sometimes I'll get caught in rain while wearing some of my nicer shell cordovan shoes. Afterward I usually see tiny water spots. I let them dry and after several days and lots of brushing and sometimes some renovator the spots finally go away. Would using the Leather Defender prevent the spots?
post #8832 of 10638
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Many thanks, that's very helpful. I am based in the Netherlands and I have not found any local retailer that carries the Alden-branded models. 

Sir Max in Amsterdam carries Alden. Here is the address: Hartenstraat 2, 1016 CB Amsterdam, Netherlands

post #8833 of 10638
It definitely works, from my usage. Give it a try.
@skelnik
post #8834 of 10638

For me, it depends on the shell.  Some shells I have are very susceptible to water welts, others are seemingly impervious.  The only way I have been able to figure out which ones will handle water without welting is to look at them -- the "shinier" and "glossier" pairs tend to handle water better than the flatter, more dry pairs.

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I don't think leather defender is for suede.  An aerosol like Nano is your best bet. In a good soaking, the soles will suffer more than the uppers.

Yeah I guess my post was poorly worded.

I meant I've been avoiding shell due to the threat of rain. I'm not sure if I can trust LD to prevent spots if I get caught in more than something light.

 

 

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Has anyone used Alden Leather Defender on their shells and does it make a noticeable difference? I typically will wear my "beater" shoes if I know the weather is going to be bad but sometimes I'll get caught in rain while wearing some of my nicer shell cordovan shoes. Afterward I usually see tiny water spots. I let them dry and after several days and lots of brushing and sometimes some renovator the spots finally go away. Would using the Leather Defender prevent the spots?

And probably mis-read shunted's post.  I swear by GlenKaren's all natural products.  He makes a water resistant polish that works incredibly well.  As opposed to leather defender, which sits on top of the leather, the GlenKaren penetrates and protects down at the fiber level.  It lasts, and I never have spots.  Also, for the shell polish averse, it is not that dense with pigment, so when used sparingly, you don't get a buildup.  Really great stuff.  I much prefer his cleaner over VSC or Renovateir as well.  Orange oil is used as the solvent, not turpentine.

 

Read his post here:

http://oldleathershoe.com/wordpress/?p=1476

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