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post #1186 of 122416
i responded to your pm but i'll also elaborate more here. you won't be able to find any "worn-in" pics of the kudu indys since they're a recent item from leather soul, released in sept. SF'ers don't get a discount from leather soul. here reads their shipping/return policy:
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1) Shipping to the Mainland US is $25.00/pair via USPS Priority Mail or $40.00/pair via USPS Express Mail. To place an order, please call us at (808)922-0777 or email us at info@leathersoulhawaii.com. You may also send us a fax with your billing and shipping information to (808)922-0779. 2) We prefer to sell to customers who are familiar with their own sizing. Customers who are first time buyers of a particular brand, please contact us for sizing information. If we do not feel comfortable with sizing issues, we reserve the right to turn down your order. 3) Returned shoes must be in brand new, unworn condition. Shell Cordovan shoes must not be creased. 4) Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 5) Original shipping cost will NOT be refunded back to the customer. 6) We do not accept returns or refunds on any MTO or special order item. 7) All returns/refunds must be made within 30 days of original purchase.
post #1187 of 122416
regarding the creasing on the vamp that digs into the tops of the feet. this has happened to me on a few pairs of Aldens. The thing I noticed on all three pairs are that they were the captoe design. There must be something about the captoe that makes the leather around it bend differently to dig into the feet. Also while I thought this was just a cordovan thing, a pair of Alden flexwelt calf bluchers did the same thing to me. I gave up on the bluchers quite easily and sort of regret it now. I have a pair of captoe boots in the grant last that didn't start digging into my feet until the 4th or 5th wear. At which point I got really scared that I may had to sell them. I tried something to fix them, and I think it is working...

So I read on Ask Andy About Clothes that someone had a similar problem with their cordovan shoes and fixed it by completely wetting the leather with water where the shoes bend at the vamp. It takes a while to wet the vamp as cordovan is resistant to leather, I did it mostly by putting a soaked paper towel on the shoes for 10-15 min. Anyways, after the shoes are wet at that part, you have to wear the shoes until they dry, which may take a few hours. In addition to that, I bought this product called moleskin by Dr. Scholl's which is fairly cheap as it is a long sheet of the stuff that you can cut into custom sizes. I put that on the top of the joint of my big toes where the shoes digged in, and wore the shoes while they were wet until they dried. I did that twice, and afterwards I wore the shoes with just the moleskin and they were fine, I am still hesitant to wear the shoes without the moleskin but I am hoping that after a few more wears the shoes will be comfortable with just socks and nothing else. The other pair of shoes I have that is giving me problems now is a pair of cordovan captoe bluchers in the Aberdeen last that is also a size narrower than my regular Alden size (I know this sounds brutal but I got them for like 60% off new at a BB sale so they are hard to give up). When I have a long vacation I will try the water trick more to see if they will work on these.

As for welts on the cordovan, I noticed that they are most noticeable on a new pair of shell shoes. I've gotten them on a pair of new shell shoes even after carefully polishing them with the method described on the Alden of Carmel website, and it is usually when the shoes are caught in light rain that you will see the welts. Now I found that they usually disappear or are a lot more noticeable if you wear the shoes again in the rain, or just take a wet cloth to the area where the welts are. Apparently the water will make the surrounding leather more even and you won't see the individual bumps that are annoying IMO. I hope this helps. Good luck making those shoes work for you.
post #1188 of 122416
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Also, do we get any type of discount at leather soul?

I offer employee discounts and am currently on the lookout for new staff...
post #1189 of 122416
Thread Starter 
Currently I am the only non-employee who gets a discount from Tom due to the creation of this thread so please don't bother asking him again.
post #1190 of 122416
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Hey guys, I've been going through the thread trying to find a worn in picture of Kudu ultimate and regular ultimate Indy's....I couldn't find any except for Adrian's that weren't really 'worn in'.

I'd post pictures, but my Kudus aren't worn in yet, either. I think they're too new to really find a "worn in" picture yet
post #1191 of 122416
Ok sounds good! Yeah, I was just double checking, I wasn't sure if we might get a discount.
post #1192 of 122416
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Currently I am the only non-employee who gets a discount from Tom due to the creation of this thread so please don't bother asking him again.

Create an Alden thread in the MC forum and I'll give you even more discount.
post #1193 of 122416
Alden flex-welt snuff suede chukkas. Thanks to Tom for his patience in working through the process of getting them.




post #1194 of 122416
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I offer employee discounts and am currently on the lookout for new staff...
w00t? I thought you were a one man show?
post #1195 of 122416
http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/ down? Just comes up with a blank page for me?
post #1196 of 122416
same for me right now.
post #1197 of 122416
Tom, fix the site, I'm jonesing to see an Alden big-punch cap toe.
post #1198 of 122416
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Tom, fix the site, I'm jonesing to see an Alden big-punch cap toe.
I've been trying all day. Last time I went so long without checking the site I missed the NST in Whiskey Shell.

Tom, help a brotha' out!
post #1199 of 122416
Hacked. Should be up soon.
post #1200 of 122416
Does anyone wear orthotics with their Aldens? If so how has it affected your sizing? Did you go with a greater width, length? Adam at Alden of Carmel says that he rarely has success fitting people with orthotics.
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