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Any tips for getting new shell monks to stop squeaking?

Got these from AoM to wear at my upcoming wedding. Been wearing around the office a few hours a day to break 'em in and I sound like bozo the clown walking around... Seems to come from the straps rubbing on the tongue.

Awesome design on the Aberdeen last. Loving the fit so far too.

Light dusting of baby/talk powder
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Any tips for getting new shell monks to stop squeaking?

Got these from AoM to wear at my upcoming wedding. Been wearing around the office a few hours a day to break 'em in and I sound like bozo the clown walking around... Seems to come from the straps rubbing on the tongue.

Awesome design on the Aberdeen last. Loving the fit so far too.

Hands down the favorite shoe in my rotation and the first time I've seen it posted on this site. Congrats on your upcoming wedding as well as a great pair of shells. This shoe was made for Aberdeen. I got mine off the Bay and there was no squeak so unfortunately I've got no advice to offer. Great shoe and I'm sure the squeak will be fine.
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BB unlined LHS in color 8 shell

Very nice ,are these C width?
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Willing to let go of my Alden x Leffot Shell Color 8 LWB (antique edge) at cost for the folks here. Just shoot me a pm. 

 

size 8.5D Barrie last


Edited by JezeC - 8/26/15 at 6:07pm
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I apologize if this is a silly question, but does anyone worry about shoe trees stretching out the show width wise? Seems like the stress a tree puts on a shoe when inserted may cause some stretch in the width on the softer, unlined styles.
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Willing to let go of my Alden x Leffot Shell Color 8 LWB (antique edge) at cost for the folks here. Just shoot me a pm. 

 

size 8.5D Barrie last

 

Oh man! Would've snagged these if they were my size! Good luck!

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Any tips for getting new shell monks to stop squeaking?

Got these from AoM to wear at my upcoming wedding. Been wearing around the office a few hours a day to break 'em in and I sound like bozo the clown walking around... Seems to come from the straps rubbing on the tongue.

Awesome design on the Aberdeen last. Loving the fit so far too.

I've had this issue on other monks (non Alden). A light dusting of baby power is a temporary fix, but as a more permanent fix, consider lightly sanding the underside of the strap that's causing the squeaking. I've found that roughing up the leather lining just slightly really cuts down on squeaks.
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Leathersoul Ravello SW today. One of the few unicorns i was able to catch satisfied.gif
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You did well in catching these Unicorns. Nicely done!

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CXL Indys today.
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Looking great in your workhorse boots.

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PCT's today. Haven't worn them in a month or so but after cleaning them up and dressing the edges this weekend, I had to throw them on.
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Patrick, your PCTs are looking superb. Their patina continues to progress terrifically. It is amazing how nice a little edge dressing takes a pair of shoes in terms of cleaning them up.

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Leffot Dovers today. I think the rolls on these are going to be insane with some miles on them.

This pair has quite a shine compared to my other color 8 stuff and though I view them as pretty casual I have had a few comments on them being very dressy because of the shine. One person even asking if they were patent leather smh.
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Buz, those are terrific looking PTBs. Yeah, I consider them to be a casual model as well, but see how people associate shine with formality. Your pair has a spectacular color to them.

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You are looking very good today in your Navy Tassels and white EP slacks.

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Shortwing bluchers for me on whiskey Wednesday....
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It is fun to see this Harrison model getting good use. They are looking good ATL.

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Looking good Burzan
The rolls are many today....
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Nice looking PTBs. Those are quite special and unique as a 4 eyelet PTB. Hope that you enjoyed them today!

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Agreed, @patrick_b, those look amazing!
Thank you mdubs. Appreciate it!
Thank you sazon! I took a few more this morning. I wanted to see a color and finish comparison to my beloved ~ 6 month old AE Dundee chukkas. I'm sure it's no surprise that the Dundee finish is not quite as dark or reflective as the Alden boot.
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The Dundees received an application of Bick 4 followed by vigorous brushing last night, and the Aldens are straight out of the box.

They are both looking very good! I personally prefer the Alden "eggplant" Color 8 myself, but that is a preference thing. Over time, they all approach them same color anyways... I do like the 3-eyelet-ness of the Dundee. I had to sell a Walnut Shell Dundee due to sizing and it made me sad. But I know they are in good hands.

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I bought a pair of ravello chukkas secondhand -- there is some darkening (almost black) around the creasing and also some discoloration on the shell. What is the best way to get rid of the darkening on the creases? (I'm not sure there is anything I can do about the discoloration/darkening on spots of the shell)

As someone said, I would personally just brush them vigorously and wear them. Over time, I think if you care for them, they will clean up. Someone else provided good advice as well.

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Waiting on the wifey
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Another fine Indy demonstration. Hope you didn't have to wait too long.

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BB unlined LHS in color 8 shell

Always a nice day to rock an unlined Shell LHS. Looking good in them prez!

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Lots of #8 today so I fit right in... maiden voyage of the Navals from Leffot:
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Looking good in your new Naval Boots. Congrats on getting them. I hope they serve you many years in good health.

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Any tips for getting new shell monks to stop squeaking?

Got these from AoM to wear at my upcoming wedding. Been wearing around the office a few hours a day to break 'em in and I sound like bozo the clown walking around... Seems to come from the straps rubbing on the tongue.

Awesome design on the Aberdeen last. Loving the fit so far too.

Congrats on the new Wingtip monks and your engagement. Remember to prepare for the marriage and not just the wedding. I like the baby powder idea. Pretty creative. :-)

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Zipster, these are absolutely amazing. Very rare especially with what appears to be machine stitching. Mac has a Cigar Indy with machine stitching... Not sure I have seen a Whiskey with it. Very old and very awesome.

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Whiskey Wednesday!

Very nice and clean looking Whiskey PTBs. Looking good today!

-Mike
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Hands down the favorite shoe in my rotation and the first time I've seen it posted on this site. Congrats on your upcoming wedding as well as a great pair of shells. This shoe was made for Aberdeen. I got mine off the Bay and there was no squeak so unfortunately I've got no advice to offer. Great shoe and I'm sure the squeak will be fine.

Sadly I know Zennypoo has a pair. Not sure if he has posted them here or just on IG.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by usfpaul82 View Post

I apologize if this is a silly question, but does anyone worry about shoe trees stretching out the show width wise? Seems like the stress a tree puts on a shoe when inserted may cause some stretch in the width on the softer, unlined styles.
I would make two suggestions. You could use a full toe instead of a combination shoe tree. You could also try buying smaller shoe trees for those particular styles.
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As someone said, I would personally just brush them vigorously and wear them. Over time, I think if you care for them, they will clean up. Someone else provided good advice as well.


-Mike

 

Thanks, Mike! I actually followed the "Mike Method" and already reduced them. Not gone, but they're looking better! Wish I owned them from the start!

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Hah! Glad that you were able to get them cleaned up! Just work on them between wearings and they should clear up with time.

-Mike
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Thank you sazon! I took a few more this morning. I wanted to see a color and finish comparison to my beloved ~ 6 month old AE Dundee chukkas. I'm sure it's no surprise that the Dundee finish is not quite as dark or reflective as the Alden boot.






The Dundees received an application of Bick 4 followed by vigorous brushing last night, and the Aldens are straight out of the box.

The J Crew boot is a sweet addition to any collection.  While I am not a huge fan of the AE Dalton, the Dundee is an excellent chukka.  I enjoy my walnut shell dundees frequently.  I will at some point acquire the AF18.  Welcome to the thread; enjoy your boots often and in great health my new friend!

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The third eyelet on the dundee makes a world of difference. nod[1].gif
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BB unlined LHS in color 8 shell

Simplicity of the unlined LHS is tough to beat.  Congrats!

 

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Lots of #8 today so I fit right in... maiden voyage of the Navals from Leffot:
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Wow!  Enjoy those boots often my friend...

 

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Any tips for getting new shell monks to stop squeaking?

Got these from AoM to wear at my upcoming wedding. Been wearing around the office a few hours a day to break 'em in and I sound like bozo the clown walking around... Seems to come from the straps rubbing on the tongue.

Awesome design on the Aberdeen last. Loving the fit so far too.

No idea, but that is a very underrated monk.  Enjoy them; the squeaking may subside with more wears.

 

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Beautiful color Zippster!

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