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post #106591 of 122416
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post #106592 of 122416
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Originally Posted by RobinM View Post

The sheen form untreated shell is different. Get a shell wallet form say, Asland, and you will see and fell the difference.
Alden put arcylic finisher on both shell and Alpine grain calf to give that instant and durable glossy finish.

BTW, a handfull of Alden shell shoes don't have that glossy finish. Examples: #2 lwb, Leffot Cigar shell saddles. Shell belts sold by Alden don't have that Arcylic finisher either.

I have shell, direct from Horween - the finish on my shell is the the same as the Alden finish.

I have multiple wallets from Ashland. Then natural shell has the same finish as my shoes.

You can track down picture of this in my post history, I don't have time right now to repost it all.

Cheers,
BN
post #106593 of 122416
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I like the pants.  What are those?

Thanks! Nothing special though haha. It's the new Gap Skinny Khaki's, great fit for the price
post #106594 of 122416
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Thanks! Nothing special though haha. It's the new Gap Skinny Khaki's, great fit for the price

 

Well that's the selvedge denim I wear, slim fit, so that's cool by me.  ~$50 for a great pair of selvedge jeans is nice.  

post #106595 of 122416
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I'm terrible with taking pics of me wearing my shoes. But it's nice and dry so here are my Cigar NST boots,

:bounce2:

post #106596 of 122416
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Well that's the selvedge denim I wear, slim fit, so that's cool by me.  ~$50 for a great pair of selvedge jeans is nice.  

Yup, plus they always have 30-40% off sales on everything online. Can't beat that! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #106597 of 122416
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I'm terrible with taking pics of me wearing my shoes. But it's nice and dry so here are my Cigar NST boots,


THAT is what I'm talking about! 

post #106598 of 122416
I didn't even know they existed.
post #106599 of 122416
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I didn't even know they existed.

And now you must have one.  Or was it me who must have one?  Got to think on it.

 

Edit: ME.

post #106600 of 122416
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Likely, but what is interesting is that the shells direct from Horween come "finished" - if you look at the shell at 0:08 in the video, you can see the finished sheen on the shell from Horween.

I'd be very curious to know what Alden really does to the shells in between that state and finished product.

The guy who stripped his shells used Angelus to reproduce the alden finish

 

 

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Originally Posted by RobinM View Post


The sheen form untreated shell is different. Get a shell wallet form say, Asland, and you will see and fell the difference.
Alden put arcylic finisher on both shell and Alpine grain calf to give that instant and durable glossy finish.

BTW, a handfull of Alden shell shoes don't have that glossy finish. Examples: #2 lwb, Leffot Cigar shell saddles. Shell belts sold by Alden don't have that Arcylic finisher either.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Buckeye Nation View Post


I have shell, direct from Horween - the finish on my shell is the the same as the Alden finish.

I have multiple wallets from Ashland. Then natural shell has the same finish as my shoes.

You can track down picture of this in my post history, I don't have time right now to repost it all.

Cheers,
BN

 

 

Alden uses something for sure and it may be some type of acrylic but I am not sure. You can tell they overdye them in some way and the fact that dye cannot be removed makes me feel like it have some kind of finish on top. The video would almost indicated it's just some type of dye and not an acrylic finish (unless maybe another step is to come after in the vid) since they have the same sponge on top of the cans. If it was acrylic those would need to be replaced after each use as they would harden. Dye on the other hand you could keep using the sponge.

 

I played around with my sun faded AE Leeds using the Angelus finish on them to try and replicate the Alden finish, but was unsatisfied and ended up stripping it off. I think I applied too many layers and it just always felt tacky rather than glassy smooth in the end.

 

 

 


 

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After the Acrylic Finish

 

 

 

 

 

post #106601 of 122416

Anyone here own anything on the Cape Cod Collection from Alden?  I'm looking for something to replace my drivers mocs.  I like the Camp Moc a lot.  Being in Alabama it's quite warm so I need something to wear with shorts, khaki's or jeans.

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Hi all, I could use some feedback on the the issue pictured below. These are Indy boots that I had re-soled with J. Rendenbach soles about a year ago. The shop that did the work has done good work for me in the past on several other pairs.

On this pair, I noticed the stitching sorta "running off the edge" and generally looking a little sloppy near the heel as pictured below. Is this normal for a re-sole on a 3/4 welt?






I didn't think too much of it at the time of the repair, figuring that it was only a small cosmetic issue and that nobody would notice but me. Unfortunately, on the right shoe, the stitching has come undone and the sole/heel have started to separate from the upper:



Note the nails visible in the gap:



Would you all consider this normal wear-and-tear, or would you consider the original work to be deficient? I'm trying to decide whether or not to have the original cobbler re-do the sole, or take it to someone new.



Thanks a lot.
post #106603 of 122416
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Originally Posted by RobinM View Post


Shell belts sold by Alden don't have that Arcylic finisher either.

This is incorrect.  I have Alden shell belts in black, cigar, and #8, and all are the same finish as the corresponding shoes.

post #106604 of 122416
Can't seem to get enough of these Cigar Indy's. Light seemed good so I snapped a quick pic after a trip to the grocery store.
post #106605 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post


Alden uses something for sure and it may be some type of acrylic but I am not sure. You can tell they overdye them in some way and the fact that dye cannot be removed makes me feel like it have some kind of finish on top. The video would almost indicated it's just some type of dye and not an acrylic finish (unless maybe another step is to come after in the vid) since they have the same sponge on top of the cans. If it was acrylic those would need to be replaced after each use as they would harden. Dye on the other hand you could keep using the sponge.

I played around with my sun faded AE Leeds using the Angelus finish on them to try and replicate the Alden finish, but was unsatisfied and ended up stripping it off. I think I applied too many layers and it just always felt tacky rather than glassy smooth in the end.

I'm not certain what Alden is doing, but we know they do refinish shell - I'd love to know though.

What I know for a fact is shell from Horween comes with a finish applied. I know this finish is indistinguishable from the finish on my Aldens - on the original shell you can see where the finish is not applied and the shell is matte along the edges.

At 0:08 in that video you can see the shine on the #8 shell - when the guy is "burnishing" the shells boots in that video, the shells at matte, very dull. I don't know how the shells became matte, or what was done to them - I'd really like to though.

Interesting what you did with your testing - there is one other guy here who did a full strip on a set of boots. What I recall, that is very different than your photos, is when he stripped his, he took the finish completely off. There was (as I recall) no more shine left on them - they looked like the boots in the video.

iirc, his only complaint was how even he applied the Angelus, but it looked pretty well done when he was finished.

Cheers,
BN
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