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I know about people complain about Alden's speed hooks, but every time I wear my shell cap toes with slim jeans they catch on my cuffs and bend up.  I'm able to bend them back down again but I'm afraid after doing this several times they will eventually break.  

 

Can Alden replace these if they break and possibly swap them out for eyelets?  The hooks seem pretty chintzy...

post #102242 of 122416
Had to search my inbox, bought these black shell SW's from Leathersoul in 7/12--maiden voyage yesterday! Look like calf as never have been brushed, ever.
post #102243 of 122416
Your best bet is send them to b.nelson in NYC to have the hooks replaced with eyelets.

You'd have to have your boots recrafted for Alden to even consider looking at them, I assume.
Edited by blue collar - 1/31/15 at 9:26am
post #102244 of 122416
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Originally Posted by FlaSurfer View Post

I know about people complain about Alden's speed hooks, but every time I wear my shell cap toes with slim jeans they catch on my cuffs and bend up.  I'm able to bend them back down again but I'm afraid after doing this several times they will eventually break.  

Can Alden replace these if they break and possibly swap them out for eyelets?  The hooks seem pretty chintzy...
B Nelson or a capable cobbler can replace the speed hooks with eyelets, but keep in mind that the hooks are spaced differently from the eyelets on the rest of the boots.
post #102245 of 122416
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Originally Posted by FlaSurfer View Post
 

I know about people complain about Alden's speed hooks, but every time I wear my shell cap toes with slim jeans they catch on my cuffs and bend up.  I'm able to bend them back down again but I'm afraid after doing this several times they will eventually break.  

 

Can Alden replace these if they break and possibly swap them out for eyelets?  The hooks seem pretty chintzy...

 

I like speedhooks - ime they help lace boots securely very quickly (compared to all the tugging and pulling for all-eyelet boots).

For preventing them from catching on the hems, one trick that works for me is to lace it up normally -> then tie the first twist of the laces at the top -> then take the laces parallelly down the row of hooks, and tie the final knot there, or bring it back up along the hooks and tie the knot at the top. This way the hooks are filled-in, and less likely to catch the hem. Of course this requires that the laces are long enough, and not very thick. Also if the hooks are already bowed/flared out, the above might not help very much

post #102246 of 122416
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Alpine grain Friday. I think it will catch on. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

awesome boots sir. it will catch on.

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I know this is an Alden shoe thread but I thought you guys might get a kick out of this.
Over the last few years I have taken up leatherwork as a hobby. I do everything without the help of machines (all hand cut and hand sewn etc).
I felt that I was getting to the point I where I wanted to invest in better quality leathers so I sprung for one of these...
Full #8 Horween Shell Cordovan butt. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



very cool. thanks for sharing and keep us posted.

post #102247 of 122416

whiskey ptb

post #102248 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sleepyinsanfran View Post

I like speedhooks - ime they help lace boots securely very quickly (compared to all the tugging and pulling for all-eyelet boots).
For preventing them from catching on the hems, one trick that works for me is to lace it up normally -> then tie the first twist of the laces at the top -> then take the laces parallelly down the row of hooks, and tie the final knot there, or bring it back up along the hooks and tie the knot at the top. This way the hooks are filled-in, and less likely to catch the hem. Of course this requires that the laces are long enough, and not very thick. Also if the hooks are already bowed/flared out, the above might not help very much

This is an awesome idea. I don't have trouble with hems catching on my speed hooks, but I feel I have extra lace at the end. I am going to try this to take up the extra lace.
post #102249 of 122416
Ok boys, I am all in! Alden CXL LWBs with my first CHUP socks and first selvedge denim (would have rocked the 975s, but still some snow and salt everywhere)
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whiskey ptb

 

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Looking killer DV!

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Ok boys, I am all in! Alden CXL LWBs with my first CHUP socks and first selvedge denim (would have rocked the 975s, but still some snow and salt everywhere) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Hah, looking good Henry! Enjoy your new attire. Looking good all around.

 

-Mike

post #102252 of 122416
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Originally Posted by PartagasIV View Post

Had to search my inbox, bought these black shell SW's from Leathersoul in 7/12--maiden voyage yesterday! Look like calf as never have been brushed, ever. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Hah, looking good my friend! Now I don't feel quite as bad about my slow maiden voyages! :-)

 

-Mike

post #102253 of 122416

Alden x Tassels Navy Reverse Chamois Indy Boot. Gustin Denim.

 

 

 

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-Mike

post #102254 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

I know this is an Alden shoe thread but I thought you guys might get a kick out of this.

Over the last few years I have taken up leatherwork as a hobby. I do everything without the help of machines (all hand cut and hand sewn etc).

I felt that I was getting to the point I where I wanted to invest in better quality leathers so I sprung for one of these...

Full #8 Horween Shell Cordovan butt.






This is the 2nd largest of the 5 available sizes that shell comes in.

Being able to see/touch/smell the raw material in person has given me a whole new appreciation for this leather. The shell is so dense, yet supple and pliable. Most of the butt is as smooth as glass.

The aroma is also out of this world; It fills the room. Not unlike unboxing a pair of shell shoes for the first time.

A wallet, watch strap, possible patch for a new pair of raw denim are all things id like to create with this and if i have much left over i'll make some watch straps to sell.

However there will be weeks of patterns and prototypes before a knife comes anywhere near this shell, as I have even considered not using it and framing it to hang on the wall shog[1].gif .

 

 

Hold the phone man, I have been buying Shell watch straps from a guy in MI, now you tell me you're gonna start making them.  Sweet, I will save on shipping, let me know when I can swing by and grab a few :)

Oh, I just retired a MAKR angle card sleeve/wallet, if you want it for a template let me know, it's also made of Shell.

 

Good luck on your new project(s), if you apply your level of detail like you did on that bag and on your motorcycles I am more than positive you will do well.

 

Talk soon man.

post #102255 of 122416
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Alden x Tassels Navy Reverse Chamois Indy Boot. Gustin Denim.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

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-Mike

 

Those look great...if I ever see a good deal on these I may have to grab them....considered getting the green suede indy's but may opt for the NST boot...

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