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Here are some real world photos for those interested.

Great find! Thanks for posting that up. The photos on the seconds list are always so awful, it's nice to see a real world shot.
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John, Alden does a whole slew of stock or "catalog" shoes. Essentially any shoe . . .

Hope that this is more specific...

-Mike

Thank you for your informative answer.
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Question: I finally broke the bank and sprung on a pair of (gorgeous!) cap-toe cordovan #8 boots (the j. crew make-up). I love them! I do have a question about them: is there a way to bring out the purples/burgundy a bit more? As of now, if I'm not in direct sunlight they read a lot darker than I anticipated, and I scooped these up in large part because I love the purple-tones that is typical of #8. Any advice? 

 

Thanks in advance!

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Question: I finally broke the bank and sprung on a pair of (gorgeous!) cap-toe cordovan #8 boots (the j. crew make-up). I love them! I do have a question about them: is there a way to bring out the purples/burgundy a bit more? As of now, if I'm not in direct sunlight they read a lot darker than I anticipated, and I scooped these up in large part because I love the purple-tones that is typical of #8. Any advice? 

 

Thanks in advance!

The only advice is keep wearing them as much as you can (every other day at most). One drastic option is leave them in the sun for a bit to lighten up on their own. I've never tried the latter.

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Question: I finally broke the bank and sprung on a pair of (gorgeous!) cap-toe cordovan #8 boots (the j. crew make-up). I love them! I do have a question about them: is there a way to bring out the purples/burgundy a bit more? As of now, if I'm not in direct sunlight they read a lot darker than I anticipated, and I scooped these up in large part because I love the purple-tones that is typical of #8. Any advice? 

Thanks in advance!

the purplish color #8 lightens up pretty quickly ime especially in the areas of creasing. i would enjoy the purplish color while you can because with every step you cant go back
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the purplish color #8 lightens up pretty quickly ime especially in the areas of creasing. i would enjoy the purplish color while you can because with every step you cant go back

Thanks for this and for your thoughts Bbombers85...

 

I've been wearing them 1-2 times a week... I'm avoiding wearing them on days that I drive so as to avoid discrepant//untrue//bizarre creasing (thanks to this group!) and so they don't get as much wear as I'd like. 

 

Leaving them in sunlight does seem a bit drastic to me, too! Plus, they still have hints of the new-cordovan/shoe smell, which I love, so I don't want to chase that off with too much sun, either.

 

Thanks so much, folks!

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anyone get the email for shoe mart alden seconds? i got one for size 10, but i am a 10.5d in barrie and 11 in plaza, does anyone have a list of those sizes?
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you guys see those color 8 indy boots that JCrew had on the site yesterday/this morning?  They are not on the site anymore but the direct link to the page still works.  I had a 9 in my cart for a while but ultimately didn't buy, now they are sold out.  I just wasn't sure I liked the crepe on the Indy.

 

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~C0091/C0091.jsp

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oh wow! I've been waiting for those Indy's to be available. I think they look fantastic with the crepe sole! I hope they restock soon.

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you guys see those color 8 indy boots that JCrew had on the site yesterday/this morning?  They are not on the site anymore but the direct link to the page still works.  I had a 9 in my cart for a while but ultimately didn't buy, now they are sold out.  I just wasn't sure I liked the crepe on the Indy.

My general rule for a pair of Aldens that may sell out soon is to never worry about the sole or the edge. If you buy them and wear them a while and decide you don't like the sole, you can always get them swapped out by most any capable cobbler. Sure, you may not be able to get them refurbished by Alden themselves after changing the style of the sole but hey, at least you've got the boots you wanted!
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My general rule for a pair of Aldens that may sell out soon is to never worry about the sole or the edge. If you buy them and wear them a while and decide you don't like the sole, you can always get them swapped out by most any capable cobbler. Sure, you may not be able to get them refurbished by Alden themselves after changing the style of the sole but hey, at least you've got the boots you wanted!

 

And other cobblers can also refurbish :)

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Thanks for this and for your thoughts Bbombers85...

I've been wearing them 1-2 times a week... I'm avoiding wearing them on days that I drive so as to avoid discrepant//untrue//bizarre creasing (thanks to this group!) and so they don't get as much wear as I'd like. 

Leaving them in sunlight does seem a bit drastic to me, too! Plus, they still have hints of the new-cordovan/shoe smell, which I love, so I don't want to chase that off with too much sun, either.

Thanks so much, folks!

You're afraid to drive in them?? dozingoff.gif

Anyway, sun bleaching will definitely lighten them, but it will be unevenly, and it will bring out more of the reds and then that will softly fade into more brown tones. My experience has been that they are as purple as they are going to get new, anything else you seeing is either a result of lighting, photography, or batch to batch variance in the leather as it is a natural product that is dyed by hand.

That being said, I sunbleached the pair that I'm wearing today, because they are more of an experimental and rugged boot for me, not a dress shoe. I don't think I would sunbleach a dress shoe, but I actually like the color variance I achieved with these boots. Please note that the changes in colors shift greatly depending on the lighting and the angle you view it from and that is not captured in a still photo.

Also, sunbleaching temporarily got rid of the Cordovan smell, but it returned about a day later and after having the boots for over a year is still present, though less pronounced. The smell has persisted much longer than any other leather.


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Rare rain means out come the Innsbruck LWBs.  

 

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