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Does anyone know what store carried these fantastic Ravello Chukkas that were posted early May? I really like the brown welt/antique edge and would love to get my hands on a pair. Have PM'd the original poster (no luck) and emailed general@aldenshoe.com but they didn't know. I assume they were bought in Asia. Maybe someone recognizes the print on the insole?

 

Thanks,

Tommy


The insole looks like it might say "Bookmaker Edition" but that's just my best guess. If I recall correctly, the Alden shop did a ravello chukka, too.  

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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

I used Saphir Graise on my brown CXL indys and it darkened them significantly.

Saphir Dubbin Graise will darken CXL upon initial application, as will nearly all other products. After about 30-40 minutes (once absorbed) the color of the leather returns to its initial state.

I use this stuff extensively on many things, including Shell Cordovan.

Natural CXL Cow, Natural CXL Horse, Natural Cordovan - I've applied it to them all with the same effect.
Edited by Buckeye Nation - 6/22/15 at 1:40pm
post #112233 of 122416
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That was me. Color #2 shell is what Carmina calls Ruby. They are the same, according to Nick.

I'm not sure what Alden did to the #2 shells they got from Horween to remove their shine and give them the matte finish. The color obviously looks different on Alden's Color #2 20/20 LWB, so they must have done something to the shells beyond just stripping off the shiny finish. That said, Alden is known for doing just that - heavily dyeing or otherwise modifying the shells they receive from Horween.

By contrast, Carmina does practically nothing to their shells (again, according to Nick - he told me that Carmina modifies their shells the least of any of the shoemakers that do a lot of work with Horween shell).


Matte finisher?

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^ I suspect they just treat the shell less (I.e. Less polishing, no buffing)
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^ I suspect they just treat the shell less (I.e. Less polishing, no buffing)
I have removed the coating from a number of pair of Alden shells. They are at first somewhat matte .Over time brushing and buffing the shine returns
post #112236 of 122416
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Originally Posted by TommyB View Post

Does anyone know what store carried these fantastic Ravello Chukkas that were posted early May? I really like the brown welt/antique edge and would love to get my hands on a pair. Have PM'd the original poster (no luck) and emailed general@aldenshoe.com but they didn't know. I assume they were bought in Asia. Maybe someone recognizes the print on the insole?
Thanks,
Tommy
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Originally Posted by KPDarb View Post

The insole looks like it might say "Bookmaker Edition" but that's just my best guess. If I recall correctly, the Alden shop did a ravello chukka, too.  
i also think they may be by the shoe mart. I think I see bootmaker edition as well.
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I have removed the coating from a number of pair of Alden shells. They are at first somewhat matte .Over time brushing and buffing the shine returns


The real question is, is there any product with acrylic that we can put on to make then even shinier or restore the shine? I'm pretty sure the Alden acrylic is mixed in with the dye they use. 

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So, I pulled the trigger on the Leffot navy CXL LHS preorder. Any idea how long those usually take? If it was shell, I'm sure the answer would be "how long have you got," but I would think it'd be a shorter time horizon with CXL. Am I all wet with that?

Also (since I have some time to think about it), what do you guys use for a belt with navy CXL? Is there a reputable purveyor of navy CXL belts, some other leather, some other material altogether?
post #112239 of 122416
All Leffot is the same no matter the material. Usually 12-16 weeks
post #112240 of 122416
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So, I pulled the trigger on the Leffot navy CXL LHS preorder. Any idea how long those usually take? If it was shell, I'm sure the answer would be "how long have you got," but I would think it'd be a shorter time horizon with CXL. Am I all wet with that?

Also (since I have some time to think about it), what do you guys use for a belt with navy CXL? Is there a reputable purveyor of navy CXL belts, some other leather, some other material altogether?


Epaulet offers a navy CXL belt. I have not owned one but I'm sure someone here could offer their opinion. 

post #112241 of 122416
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The real question is, is there any product with acrylic that we can put on to make then even shinier or restore the shine? I'm pretty sure the Alden acrylic is mixed in with the dye they use. 

If you are interested in this topic, I suggest you look at the posts by mtc2000, starting around post 76815

This guys did a lot of testing on stripping shell and then finishing with Angelus.

FWIW, even Natural shell shipped direct from Horween comes with a finish on it.

Regards,
BN
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Originally Posted by iLuveketchup View Post

^ Nice!

Question... will Venetian shoe cream darken natty CXL? If so, is there a more preferred cream for natty CXL?

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I have used nothing but a damp cloth and brushing up to last night.  I just hit them with some Lexol conditioner and it did not darken at all...

Nothing is best on Natural CXL - to me, the whole point of it is to look lived in.
post #112243 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thomasshawn View Post

So, I pulled the trigger on the Leffot navy CXL LHS preorder. Any idea how long those usually take? If it was shell, I'm sure the answer would be "how long have you got," but I would think it'd be a shorter time horizon with CXL. Am I all wet with that?

Doesn't Leffot tell you the expected arrival?
post #112244 of 122416
breaking these in at home

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@Akeem  Isn't that Alden 379x last ridiculously comfortable?

 

I couldn't believe it...I didn't think it could get any more comfy than Barrie...until I tried that the 379x...ha, ha...

 

I guess that only drawback is the shape...but even that is ok...

 

What say you???

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