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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos. - Page 7916post #118727 of 12241610/25/15 at 6:51ampost #118728 of 12241610/25/15 at 8:55ampost #118729 of 12241610/25/15 at 9:31am
In regards to restorations, just received these 9015s back from an extended stay in Middleborough, MA. Definitely impressed with the outcome. My first experience with Alden's Restoration Services. The color is darker (these had a strong ruby tone originally), but some of the nice patina has remained intact, which I definitely enjoy on #8.
AFTER:post #118730 of 12241610/25/15 at 11:12ampost #118731 of 12241610/25/15 at 11:14ampost #118732 of 12241610/25/15 at 11:23am
A few thoughts random on Alden recrafting..........
post #118733 of 12241610/25/15 at 1:46pmpost #118734 of 12241610/25/15 at 2:05pmpost #118735 of 12241610/25/15 at 4:15pmpost #118736 of 12241610/25/15 at 6:37pmpost #118737 of 12241610/25/15 at 6:40pmpost #118738 of 12241610/25/15 at 6:47pmpost #118739 of 12241610/25/15 at 7:22pmpost #118740 of 12241610/25/15 at 8:48pm
- While my first experience was not good, I have since become a huge fan
- @chipshot, I doubt that I would ever send another pair of light (i.e. Whiskey and certain shades of ravello) for refinishing. My first experience was with a pair of previouslying owned whiskey PTB's. What I got back was not an improvement. I knew they would likely be a little darker but it was a shade that I still can't describe. Sold the shoes a week later.
- To the member who asked about sending a new to him pair back, the shoes look good as it but they will look so much better after Alden recrafts them. I was in a similar situation with my LHS's, was on the fence and finally decided to send them back. The result was incredible. So good that I just sent my pre-owned AoM monk wingtips. They look similar to yours but I cant wait to get them back.
- I'm not a big patina guy, maybe because I still don't really know what it is, but what Alden does with their color 8 finish is as good as it gets IMO. I will never hesitate to send in color 8's for recrafting.
- I just picked up a pair of BB tassels (love the foxing on the back) off the bay and they have already been sent in to Alden (yes, I have 2 pairs in their queue). The only hesitation I had was that these have the contrast stitching, which looks pretty cool. However, after seeing @chipshot tassels earlier this week, I'm fine with losing the contrast stitching.
- My suggestion with any special requests is to reach out to Brenda with an email. I have found her to be very helpful with all of my 'accomodations'
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