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post #111571 of 122416
i usually tree them, put them in felt bags and pack them at the top of the suitcase.
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Originally Posted by Matty123 View Post

I have a question about how you gentleman pack your Alden boots and shoes for air travel. I'm eloping to Maui in about two weeks and I was wondering the best way to pack my favorite shoes. Shoe trees obviously but I worry about the shape of them being ruined due to the packing. Recommendations please? And yes I will be visiting leather soul on Oahu.

Be careful if they're shell. I had a pair of shells in a duffle bag (car trip), and the pressure of the bag on the shoe (through the felt bags) produced an indentation of the duffle bags texture on the heel counter. I now carry on my shoes when I fly.
post #111573 of 122416

@Matty123 Shoe Tree's and Dust Bags all the way.

 

You should certainly take great care in packing them if they are dear to you.

 

Shell should be fine as long as they are properly packed.  

 

Thanks.

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If the weight of the tree's becomes a concern, I have had great luck with packing my Alden's with the smaller soft goods I am bringing i.e. socks, undershirts, etc. like you would newspaper after it rains. Not only does this help provide support for the shoe, but the "give" of these allows the leather to flex a bit more than a tree allows, so you avoid the danger of luggage mishandling. 

 

Always in felt bags after stuffing....

post #111575 of 122416
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If the weight of the tree's becomes a concern...

https://www.hangerproject.com/hanger-project-plastic-shoetree.html

Well worth the $35.
post #111576 of 122416
That reminds me to say this, Travel Trees are a good investment.

J. Fitzpatrick is a good source:

http://www.theshoesnob.com/collections/frontpage/products/travel-man-s-shoe-trees
post #111577 of 122416
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If the weight of the tree's becomes a concern, I have had great luck with packing my Alden's with the smaller soft goods I am bringing i.e. socks, undershirts, etc. like you would newspaper after it rains. Not only does this help provide support for the shoe, but the "give" of these allows the leather to flex a bit more than a tree allows, so you avoid the danger of luggage mishandling. 

 

Always in felt bags after stuffing....


This is usually what I do to avoid extra weight & take up less space.  The travel shoe trees look like a good option too though

post #111578 of 122416
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what model is this?

 

 
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That's the color 8 LWB (975 model)... I sold my Leffot color 8 LWB's and replaced them with the King - love the 'classic' look of them

 

 

 

JR Magat is correct, they are the 975. I debated a long time about the Leffot version on antique for both the LWB and Dover vs the 975 and 990. I settled on getting the King 975 and the Leffot Dover and could not be more happy with the choice. To fill the wingtip on antique void I plan on getting the Hallack from Unionmade at some point in the future.

 

 

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Hi Ed

 

Probably not a good chance we will re-introduce AF9.   Maybe Yenni would consider it at Brick + Mortar.

 

I agree that it is/was an all-time great (circa 2008, Aberdeen last, with hand sewing on the heel).  How that shoe came about:  I was working at the Robert Talbott tie store in Carmel (our shop was around the corner), and a guy came in wearing some really nice Norwegian front slip-ons, probably by some European maker.  I had never seen a Norwegian front slip-on, and that is where the idea came from.  I asked Alden if they could make a similar shoe for Alden of Carmel, and the result was AF9.   I don't know whether they had previously made a similar shoe for another retailer or not.  I know other stores have sold it since, but the Aberdeen last version is the best in my opinion.  We also sold it in black shell cordovan (AF13) and in brown alpine grain calfskin (AF14?).   We then re-introduced it in snuff suede at J.Gilbert Footwear five or six years ago.

 

Adam

 

 

Stories like this are so fantastic, it is really a pleasure to have you on the forum Adam.

post #111579 of 122416

I am in on a couple of GMTO's through Epaulet for some earth chamois shoes and I am planning ahead for how to care for them. Is there a common consensus about the right product(s) for chamois leather? With oiled suede I wasn't sure if saphir renovateur spray or some sort of nano protector would be necessary?

post #111580 of 122416
Does anyone know how to clean shoe bags? It looks like I have either some red wine or some shoe polish on mine and I have no idea how to get it off.
post #111581 of 122416
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JR Magat is correct, they are the 975. I debated a long time about the Leffot version on antique for both the LWB and Dover vs the 975 and 990. I settled on getting the King 975 and the Leffot Dover and could not be more happy with the choice. To fill the wingtip on antique void I plan on getting the Hallack from Unionmade at some point in the future.

that is what I thought. I thought maybe they were a boot, so I asked. Thanks for the reply

post #111582 of 122416
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Does anyone know how to clean shoe bags? It looks like I have either some red wine or some shoe polish on mine and I have no idea how to get it off.


Shoe bags are made by cotton. Just spot clean the stain first and wash it like normal T-shirts.

post #111583 of 122416
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Does anyone know how to clean shoe bags? It looks like I have either some red wine or some shoe polish on mine and I have no idea how to get it off.

just curious... how do you get red wine on a shoe bag? Did you have a romantic dinner with your favorite pair of shoes?

 

kidding... But couldn't you just wash them like you would wash anything else? I would expect that it might not take out the stain, but does that really matter? Washing them would certainly keep them from somehow discoloring your shoes even if the stain was still present.

post #111584 of 122416
All this discussion about the AF9 NST slip on got me to pull out my Cigar shell model 1031 NST slip on. I've got them in black shell too!

Steve


post #111585 of 122416

Casual day at the office for me today:

 

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