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I havent noticed any darkening of brown CXL from VSC. I could definitely see natural CXL darkening from just about any treatment (never used aliens boot cream) besides a barely damp cloth and brush. 

Cool, thanks for the feedback! So is VSC the go-to CXL boot treatment around here? I've used mink oil on my Wolverine Courtland 1000 Mile boots. It definitely darkens the brown CXL, but puts a nice waterproof coat on 'em. Don't think I need that much protection for my Ulltimate Indys.
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Originally Posted by KPDarb View Post

I havent noticed any darkening of brown CXL from VSC. I could definitely see natural CXL darkening from just about any treatment (never used aliens boot cream) besides a barely damp cloth and brush. 

Cool, thanks for the feedback! So is VSC the go-to CXL boot treatment around here? I've used mink oil on my Wolverine Courtland 1000 Mile boots. It definitely darkens the brown CXL, but puts a nice waterproof coat on 'em. Don't think I need that much protection for my Ulltimate Indys.

I use Bick 4 for all of my leathers except rough outs and suede

post #115188 of 122416
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I use Bick 4 for all of my leathers except rough outs and suede

+1
post #115189 of 122416
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I use Bick 4 for all of my leathers except rough outs and suede

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+1

I'll take a look at Bick 4. VSC seems to get high praises here on SF.

What about Alden Leather Defender?
post #115190 of 122416
Brick+Mortar (Yenni too) is pretty awesome in person. Heading back today with my wife in tow -- considering trying to get her in a pair of Aldens.
post #115191 of 122416
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

my most comfortable aldens are 9C on the modified last. what should i go for on the grant last?
In my experience go with your Brannock size, 9.5 c I imagine if you are wearing 9 c in modified
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I use Bick 4 for all of my leathers except rough outs and suede


I recently purchased Bick 4 based on the recommendation of Leeves from Skoak.  So far, I'm impressed with it.  It is lighter than VSC, but seems to do as good a job in conditioning and protecting.

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I'm a 10.5C modified last and 10.5 is a touch too short in Grant. I would go up 1/2 size, same width
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I haven't tried Bick 4 but I like what VSC does to my brown CXL. Gives it a nice sheen.
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My LS Ultimate Jumpers got hit with torrential rain and a bit of mud yesterday so I let them dry overnight and then cleaned them up. I conditioned with Bick 4 and then added a bit of wax to the toe for some contrast (and a bit of water resistance). I'm pleased with how they turned out.

 

They really are the perfect weekend casual boot for me and a great alternative to the Indy if one prefers the cap toe like I do. They are just over two years old, Trubalance, brown CXL on waterloc sole. I like the waterloc but every winter I wish I had a bit more grip. My local cobbler can do a glued-on (topy style) mini-lug/commando half sole. I've considered it for the past two winters but never get around to it.

 

My other option is resoling with a commando or Ridgeway by B. Nelson or perhaps Arum after reading the comments recently about his work. I just may bite the bullet this year. They'd get even more wear with a grippier sole this winter and if I shipped them out now, they'd be ready for winter.

 

 

 

post #115196 of 122416
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My fellow Alden fans might appreciate the following addictive behavior.  I recently had a chance to pick up a Leffot version of cigar Indy boots with commando, never used condition.  I already have a pair, but decided that they were different enough to purchase because; 1) they had more olive in the tone, 2) they had speed hooks rather than all eyelets and 3) they had a flat welt rather than a storm welt.  Probably only you all might appreciate the vast differences in these boots...lol. 

I will not be showing these to the wife.
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Leffot cigar Indys on left, TSM cigar Indys on right.

Spoken like an old Alden hand. cheers.gif
post #115197 of 122416
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I think I did buy Alden's cream - I was excited to wear the shoes right away, and they offered to ship my other shoes back so I think I asked them to toss a jar in the box.



 



I also recently picked up some AE's in natural waxed leather - I'll go find the AE section for some thoughts there beyond saddle soap smile.gif


I don't see the point of buying Natural CXL and then deliberately darkening it.
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Question, and TIA: My right foot fits a 9.5D rather perfectly, and the 9.5D may be a bit tight on my left foot. Should I stick with the 9.5, or try 9.5E (with possibly now the shoe being too big for my right foot)? Thoughts or experiences?

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Question, and TIA: My right foot fits a 9.5D rather perfectly, and the 9.5D may be a bit tight on my left foot. Should I stick with the 9.5, or try 9.5E (with possibly now the shoe being too big for my right foot)? Thoughts or experiences?

 

General rule of thumb is to size for the larger foot. Mine are about 1/4 size different as well. It's not ideal but in some shoes like loafers, I use a thin leather insole in the left shoe only (smaller foot). It feels odd for a short time until they break in.Most laceups and boots can be adjusted by lacing tighter/looser to make up the difference. Once they break in and my feet mold to the insole, they feel fine.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

General rule of thumb is to size for the larger foot. Mine are about 1/4 size different as well. It's not ideal but in some shoes like loafers, I use a thin leather insole in the left shoe only (smaller foot). It feels odd for a short time until they break in.Most laceups and boots can be adjusted by lacing tighter/looser to make up the difference. Once they break in and my feet mold to the insole, they feel fine.

Great advice, thank you. My only impetus to keeping it in the D Realm would be having the greater possibility of ordering shoes (most places seem to stock D much more readily).
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