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Whiskey Wednesday!


Another awesome shade of whiskey!

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Lots of #8 today so I fit right in... maiden voyage of the Navals from Leffot:

Very nice looking boot.

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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)


There are a few thing you could do. (Least aggressive to most)

All of which you should do to the whole shoe, so it is even.

1. Damp cloth and brush vigorously 

2. try Renovateur, as it is a mild cleaner. 

3. try Renomat, as it is a more aggressive cleaner. If you use Renomat, be sure to have a good nutrient filled paste wax or cordovan shoe polish. The trick is the right color. It depends on the shade of ravello. 

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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.


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

outstanding. what a difference that chukka and 24 hours make. ae has totally redeemed itself.

wonderful boots and photo.

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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)

1. pictures please

2. damp cloth, brush, brush, brush

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Whiskey Indy.

Zip,
Very nice boots! This is what shell Indys should look like: regular stitching on the front. The raised stitching looks weird to my eye. My two pairs, #8 and cigar on commando, are the old style. Won't buy any of the current shell versions. But did order some Ultimate Indys from Leather Soul: brown chromexcel on commando.

I think raised stitching looks great on full-strap loafers and tassel loafers, however.
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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.

One of my favorite designs!
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outstanding. what a difference that chukka and 24 hours make. ae has totally redeemed itself.
wonderful boots and photo.
1. pictures please
2. damp cloth, brush, brush, brush

Not awful but here they are

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Not awful but here they are

nice boots. 

i don't have experience lightening shell. when i add product, it only makes ravello darder. i would wear them and not worry about imperfections too much.

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snuff x epaulet

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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.

 

Which vendor did the ravello wingmonks?

 

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

-Mike

 

Thanks!

 

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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.

 

I find that if you don't "prepare" the combination tree by sort of expanding it already, before putting it in, it doesn't tend to fill out the width fully.

 

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The third eyelet on the dundee makes a world of difference. nod[1].gif

 

It really does.

 

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Another awesome shade of whiskey!

 

Thanks!

 

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Zip,
Very nice boots! This is what shell Indys should look like: regular stitching on the front. The raised stitching looks weird to my eye. My two pairs, #8 and cigar on commando, are the old style. Won't buy any of the current shell versions. But did order some Ultimate Indys from Leather Soul: brown chromexcel on commando.

I think raised stitching looks great on full-strap loafers and tassel loafers, however.

 

It's a bit surprising that Alden went from machine-stitching the apron to hand-sewing it. Seems like it would only become more complex and more prone to errors. Anyone know why they changed it?

 

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snuff x epaulet

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Great choice.

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Which vendor did the ravello wingmonks?

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

I find that if you don't "prepare" the combination tree by sort of expanding it already, before putting it in, it doesn't tend to fill out the width fully.

 

 

It really does.

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

It's a bit surprising that Alden went from machine-stitching the apron to hand-sewing it. Seems like it would only become more complex and more prone to errors. Anyone know why they changed it?

 

 

Great choice.

The feeling at the factory was that the handsewing, a more luxurious treatment, was more appropriate for their premium product.

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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.

Thanks! The J Crew boots are my first foray into Alden's magnificent "eggplant" and, out of the box, it's a much more striking color than my AE shoes in burgundy shell. I still love my AE shell, but they look like they could use a clear coat, polishing and sealant in order keep up.

I hope to retake the photo after a few years of wear (and care) on both boots.

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Welcome to the thread; enjoy your boots often and in great health my new friend!

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outstanding. what a difference that chukka and 24 hours make. ae has totally redeemed itself.
wonderful boots and photo.

Thank you for the good press, gentlemen, and thank you all again for the warm welcome. I look forward to participating where I can.
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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.

Thanks! The J Crew boots are my first foray into Alden's magnificent "eggplant" and, out of the box, it's a much more striking color than my AE shoes in burgundy shell. I still love my AE shell, but they look like they could use a clear coat, polishing and sealant in order keep up.

I hope to retake the photo after a few years of wear (and care) on both boots.
 
 

 

Personally I prefer the less shined up version - Shiny Shell still has that vynal or patent leather look to me... I appreciate it for sure and if I wore suits or dressy business then I would be shining away. My J Crew the toe cap is shinier just because it has not worn off yet. My cigar indies are nice and broken in - just wipe down and brush.

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Personally I prefer the less shined up version - Shiny Shell still has that vynal or patent leather look to me... I appreciate it for sure and if I wore suits or dressy business then I would be shining away. My J Crew the toe cap is shinier just because it has not worn off yet. My cigar indies are nice and broken in - just wipe down and brush.

For me, the novelty may wear off along with the shine, but after years of relentless wiping and brushing in the pursuit of glossing up my shell to a proper glow, it's great to pull a new pair of boots out of the box and think "These are ridiculous. I don't have to touch these. I don't have to do anything to these."

Chalk it up to the impressions of a noob on his Alden honeymoon, if you will. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Some of the acrylic finish Alden puts on is coming off my color 8 LWBS after a dozen plus wears. It's tough to get a good shine on that area (where the rolls is before the toe box) as the surface finish is currently uneven. Any recommendations? Can put up a photo later this evening.

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