I've owned this pair of Alden loafers for a few years now and worn them pretty continuously. They have a lot of mileage on them. The insoles are molded perfectly to my feet. It's always astonishing to feel how comfortable these are after wearing heavier dress shoe all day. They are the Leydon last model made from chemically-treated "glove soft" leather and "flex" soles.
The most telling signs of their age are that you can barely see the Alden logo gold text anymore. There are also the deep creases in the unique "glove soft" leather that Alden uses on these flex welt loafers. I don't have to the heart to get rid of them though.
I used to like wearing them with SC's and trousers, but now my tastes have evolved and I only wear them with jeans, often in place of boat shoes. This means that they have taken a ton of abuse lately---spilled drinks, people stepping on my feet in crowded places, etc.
I looked at them the other day and noticed what a sorry state they were in. Something had to be done.
Materials, below box:
-C&J wax (actually ended up swapping this for Saphir wax, when I couldn't get the C&J wax to shine well)
-AE edge dressing
The other contents of the box, for anyone curious
I thought about using the Saphir Renomat and Dubbin that I own, but I thought they would be unnecessary because the Alden glove leather was so soft to begin with. Hanger Project uses this stuff for their "Presidential" shine guide. Probably better for regular calf.
After wiping away the grime with water
After a coat of Renovateur
After a coat of Saphir cream
After a 3 coats of Saphir wax and also edge dressing. I don't particularly like "mirror shines" so left them fairly dull
I think I may have gone overboard with the edge dressing
Overall, a pretty big improvement.. It goes to show how worth it real calf shoes are over corrected grain ones. If these had been CG, the leather would probably be cracked beyond repair. With these, some Saphir brings them back to life.
What is your beater pair of shoes? Shoes that have been with you through a lot that just keep chugging along. Post pictures
Edited by jrd617 - 9/6/16 at 10:25am