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post #11116 of 122416
Never been much of a saddle or nst fan, but these shoes that Tom came up with are gorgeous. Great make-up Tom. http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/201...e-blucher-lsw/
post #11117 of 122416
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post
Never been much of a saddle or nst fan, but these shoes that Tom came up with are gorgeous. Great make-up Tom.

http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/201...e-blucher-lsw/

What is 'saddle'? I assume it's not cordovan right?

Also, do NST Alden's on the Barrie last fit about the same as the LWB on the Barrie last?
post #11118 of 122416
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What is 'saddle'? I assume it's not cordovan right?

Also, do NST Alden's on the Barrie last fit about the same as the LWB on the Barrie last?

Saddle is a style of shoe, and has nothing to do with the leather used to construct it. The shoes I linked are #8 shell.

In regard to fit, they fit the same.
post #11119 of 122416
I have to say, I have just about had it with Alden cordovan. I have three pairs, the newest three years old, and the wax just never stops leaching out of the leather, leaving clouding and spots. I buff, and heat it with a hair dryer and buff again, and when I finally get all the wax off, it's back again after the next wearing.
I also have a pair of Church's cordovans. Never had the wax-leaching problem.
So I am sticking with calfskin or suede. I still love the product.
post #11120 of 122416
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I have to say, I have just about had it with Alden cordovan. I have three pairs, the newest three years old, and the wax just never stops leaching out of the leather, leaving clouding and spots. I buff, and heat it with a hair dryer and buff again, and when I finally get all the wax off, it's back again after the next wearing. I also have a pair of Church's cordovans. Never had the wax-leaching problem. So I am sticking with calfskin or suede. I still love the product.
The pamphlet that came from Alden with my cordovan 975s states: "-Do not use a neutral color polish as it will leave a white film as you wear your cordovan shoes. -Do not subject cordovan shoes to any drying heat. They must dry natrually when wet or heat my crack the leather. " Were yours ever polished with a neutral polish?
post #11121 of 122416
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J. Gilbert appears to be enamored with the . . . commando soles.

J. Gilbert is by Pike Place Market in Seattle. In Seattle it rains a lot.
post #11122 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Neilius View Post
I have to say, I have just about had it with Alden cordovan. I have three pairs, the newest three years old, and the wax just never stops leaching out of the leather, leaving clouding and spots. I buff, and heat it with a hair dryer and buff again, and when I finally get all the wax off, it's back again after the next wearing.
I also have a pair of Church's cordovans. Never had the wax-leaching problem.
So I am sticking with calfskin or suede. I still love the product.

Hair Dryer?!
post #11123 of 122416
The hair dryer thing was suggested by Alden itself, after dire warnings against using any sort of chemical to remove the wax. It does work. A little hot air softens the wax spots enough that they can be buffed off with a soft (Alden) cloth.
I follow the instructions precisely. I use very little wax, I always use Alden wax, and I use the color appropriate to the shoes (black, burgundy and cigar). But keeping the spots and clouding off them is such a stupendous pain in the ass that I wish I had never heard the word cordovan.
All that said, Alden makes a cool shoe, and Barrie fits me perfectly. The summer oxfords are marvellous. I just bought a pair of the brown chromexels and tan suede longwings from Winn Perry, and snuff suede bluchers from LSBH.
But no more horsehide. Waste of time and money, in my humble opinion.
post #11124 of 122416
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The hair dryer thing was suggested by Alden itself, after dire warnings against using any sort of chemical to remove the wax. It does work. A little hot air softens the wax spots enough that they can be buffed off with a soft (Alden) cloth.
I follow the instructions precisely. I use very little wax, I always use Alden wax, and I use the color appropriate to the shoes (black, burgundy and cigar). But keeping the spots and clouding off them is such a stupendous pain in the ass that I wish I had never heard the word cordovan.
All that said, Alden makes a cool shoe, and Barrie fits me perfectly. The summer oxfords are marvellous. I just bought a pair of the brown chromexels and tan suede longwings from Winn Perry, and snuff suede bluchers from LSBH.
But no more horsehide. Waste of time and money, in my humble opinion.

Post pics so we can see them.
post #11125 of 122416
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What is 'saddle'? I assume it's not cordovan right?

Saddle shoes are only made from cordovan. That particular horse was mostly likely ridden the same day the cordovan was harvested. Instead of wasting that extra leather, they use part of the saddle for the middle part of the shoe. Then the nails from the horseshoes are used to fasten the heels to the sole. We won't talk about the glue.
post #11126 of 122416
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J. Gilbert appears to be enamored with the Plaza last and commando soles. I'd like to see them make some boots on the aberdeen last and with a double leather sole.

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J. Gilbert is by Pike Place Market in Seattle. In Seattle it rains a lot.

I for one am grateful that J. Gilbert, Blackbird, and Winn Perry (sorry to see that place go) offer Aldens with soles other than double leather. I would love to order some of the mainstays from Shoe Mart or The Alden Shop but can't pull the trigger on double leather soles when the sidewalks are wet three out of four seasons.
post #11127 of 122416
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This is whiskey with very light BB khakis. Ravello is definitely no problem, lots of contrast.
This is a topic of some interest for me - I wear a lot of khakis, especially in the warmer months. I've found that ravello isn't an issue, but whiskey can be - by way of example, I have a pair of whiskey PTB's that have some of that "textured color" look to them a bit, and those work better than my unlined BB whiskey LHS which are a much more smooth, light color. I do end up wearing my cigar more than either ravello or whiskey - the logic that it's more versatile is true- but still. It's a little scary when I pick my shoes before the rest of my outfit on some days, just because I want a certain pair to get wear that day!
post #11128 of 122416
^ You could always try some brown wax to darken the whisky by a bit?
post #11129 of 122416
Personally I don't like whiskey that much. Sorta looks like pee color or something, especially in certain lighting.
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Personally I don't like whiskey that much. Sorta looks like pee color or something, especially in certain lighting.

If your pee is that color, it may be best to see a doctor.
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