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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.


 
 

 

I love the color you got on your boots; since I wear mine in professional settings I'll likely avoid the risks associated with leaving them in the sun. Again, thanks.
 
Just by-the-by: I'm not driving in them right now because they're still picking up creases; they're still breaking into my feet and from what I've read leaving one's foot on a pedal for, say, 15-20 minutes might start forming some creases in ways that depart from standard usage. Differently: when driving your feet are in positions that are unique to driving. And inasmuch as new cordovan boots crease from being put in specific positions (i.e. typically through walking) it is prudent to wait to wear them while driving 'til you've got them broken in and creased in ways that work with your feet.
 
Maybe I'm misunderstanding/misstating this logic, but it seems pretty sound to me...
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I love the color you got on your boots; since I wear mine in professional settings I'll likely avoid the risks associated with leaving them in the sun. Again, thanks.


 


Just by-the-by: I'm not driving in them right now because they're still picking up creases; they're still breaking into my feet and from what I've read leaving one's foot on a pedal for, say, 15-20 minutes might start forming some creases in ways that depart from standard usage. Differently: when driving your feet are in positions that are unique to driving. And inasmuch as new cordovan boots crease from being put in specific positions (i.e. typically through walking) it is prudent to wait to wear them while driving 'til you've got them broken in and creased in ways that work with your feet.


 


Maybe I'm misunderstanding/misstating this logic, but it seems pretty sound to me...


Hope this isn't taken the wrong way, just wear them and enjoy. A wise man once said they are shoes & boots, not a Rembrandt. smile.gif
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Hope this isn't taken the wrong way, just wear them and enjoy. A wise man once said they are shoes & boots, not a Rembrandt. smile.gif
I am with you on this one but to each there own biggrin.gif
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Hope this isn't taken the wrong way, just wear them and enjoy. A wise man once said they are shoes & boots, not a Rembrandt. smile.gif

 

Hahahaha! A wonderful and sweet reminder! Thanks! I hope I don't come across as defensive--really, not driving in new cordovan boot was just a function of piecing together different pieces of advice I've gleaned on this fantastic forum.

 

Hope you're having a lovely day!

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I drive in new shoes and boots all the time, shell or not. And my car's a manual, at that. Breaking in boots with the clutch is so painful but so effective.
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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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Hahahaha! A wonderful and sweet reminder! Thanks! I hope I don't come across as defensive--really, not driving in new cordovan boot was just a function of piecing together different pieces of advice I've gleaned on this fantastic forum.

Hope you're having a lovely day!

For the record I drive a 6 speed stick, but I know what you mean. Have an excellent day as well.
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I keep looking for the alden punch captoe and tsm website and i cannot find it for the life of me. Looked under grant last and corodvan boots and nothing.

Edit mevermind found them on the main site. foo.gifshog[1].gif
Edited by bespoken pa - 9/15/15 at 4:12pm
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I keep looking for the alden punch captoe and tsm website and i cannot find it for the life of me. Looked under grant last and corodvan boots and nothing.

Here's the link.  BTW, it came up under cordovan and perforated for me.

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#4 - black shell saddles x j.gilbert

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Been away for awhile, but I'm all caught up! Ravello LWBs
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Excellent thought. I think the commando gives you more utility (traction) over other soles. That doesn't mean it's a full lug work boot, it doesn't mean that it's a hardcore hiking boot, it wears well, but that isn't to say that other soles won't wear longer. The piece of exposed leather is on the arch, and takes very little abuse compared to the the rest of the sole. Leather is fairly durable overall, so I'm not going to be too concerned if it gets some water or ice touching it once in a while. Things will be ok, it's a boot, not a Stradivarius.

My commando boots and shoes are all Goodyear welted, and meant to be resoled eventually. I'm fortunate enough to have the rotation where it will likely be years until they need such a service performed. I still love my C&J Islay boots that have Dainite, and I'm passively checking into Viberg with the same sole if I find a unicorn. It is not a bad sole by any stretch. I just tread with caution on ice and slick surfaces like wet smooth concrete or tile. I may just elect to wear another boot on days when there is a lot of ice.

DV. Thanks for the great insight and aligns with my expectations and initial thoughts. It's nice to have them validated by other more experienced folks. I'm excited to wear these things otherwise what's the point of owning them. I may check out a CJ dainite offering also but so far really happy with all my Alsen purchases!
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Excellent thought. I think the commando gives you more utility (traction) over other soles. That doesn't mean it's a full lug work boot, it doesn't mean that it's a hardcore hiking boot, it wears well, but that isn't to say that other soles won't wear longer. The piece of exposed leather is on the arch, and takes very little abuse compared to the the rest of the sole. Leather is fairly durable overall, so I'm not going to be too concerned if it gets some water or ice touching it once in a while. Things will be ok, it's a boot, not a Stradivarius.

My commando boots and shoes are all Goodyear welted, and meant to be resoled eventually. I'm fortunate enough to have the rotation where it will likely be years until they need such a service performed. I still love my C&J Islay boots that have Dainite, and I'm passively checking into Viberg with the same sole if I find a unicorn. It is not a bad sole by any stretch. I just tread with caution on ice and slick surfaces like wet smooth concrete or tile. I may just elect to wear another boot on days when there is a lot of ice.

DV. Thanks for the great insight and aligns with my expectations and initial thoughts. It's nice to have them validated by other more experienced folks. I'm excited to wear these things otherwise what's the point of owning them. I may check out a CJ dainite offering also but so far really happy with all my Alsen purchases!

People who have trouble walking in Dainite are the same kids that trip over the painted lines on a football field :D

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Anyone receive the second list from TSM for 8.5D

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Anyone receive the second list from TSM for 8.5D


BCH - I pm'd it to you.  Happy Hunting

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