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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
thank you
purchased in 1976

Chris Hill - look at the above fact. Uncle Mac has had these Aldens for 30+ years.
Spend the extra money make a wise investment.
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You know you have too much shell when you have to resort to power tools for upkeep. Seriously though, these two things have saved me countless hours of brushing...

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post #18183 of 122416
^ where do you get that polishing bit?
post #18184 of 122416
467

B. Nelson metal toe taps on new Color 8 cap toe boots:
post #18185 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ where do you get that polishing bit?

Any hardware store, Home Depot, etc. It's a cotton buffing wheel with whatever mandrel fits your drill. The wheels are only a few bucks (I use 4" diameter ones, but anything will work), and you can pick up a cordless screwdriver for $20-$30 bucks. There's something to be said for using good old fashioned elbow grease, but this takes Uncle Mac's method into the 21st century.
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A while back I bought a pair of Alden NSTs, in the link: http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-nst-tie-shell-cordovan-cigar-shell/pvc-ald-mxsdls-2459_ald_m_nst_tie_shell_cordovan.html

They are said to be on the Barrie last, but fit narrower/smaller than my other Aldens on the same last. Why do you guys think that is? I returned them, but I'm still curious as to why they fit weird.
post #18187 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Marcellionheart View Post

They cost me $80 including $30 for shipping to Canada which Americans I don't think pay. A bit of a pain,

oops, sorry to hear that. that's more than painful for a 5 minute job.
post #18188 of 122416
^ I have 4 Barrie last shoes and none of them fit the same...isn't that the charm of Alden?
post #18189 of 122416
Fenway: I have 10 pairs of Aldens, most are on Barrie and the fit has been consistent. The NSTs were noticeably smaller and tighter that I questioned if they labeled the last incorrectly.
post #18190 of 122416
Didn't realize the cigar LWs at alden shop in SF are with the darker edge trim (97896) vs the lighter 97894

amazing how different those 2 shoes look just with a change in edge trim. love the lighter edge. not a fan of the darker one at all
post #18191 of 122416
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

You know you have too much shell when you have to resort to power tools for upkeep. Seriously though, these two things have saved me countless hours of brushing...

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I've thought of doing that but thought it might be a bit of overkill.
Good to see I was wrong.
Some one needs to source a horsehide brush wheel.
post #18192 of 122416
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post

A while back I bought a pair of Alden NSTs, in the link: http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-nst-tie-shell-cordovan-cigar-shell/pvc-ald-mxsdls-2459_ald_m_nst_tie_shell_cordovan.html
They are said to be on the Barrie last, but fit narrower/smaller than my other Aldens on the same last. Why do you guys think that is? I returned them, but I'm still curious as to why they fit weird.


^ Alden makes the NST, the shoe is made as a plain toe, then the stitching is applied so the bundling of leather could cause a slightly tighter fit. I had to go to an E width on this shoe just to fit into it. I mentioned this a little while back and got this information from Tom. What's funny is that the an E width on my NST shoe actually measures narrower than my LWB with a D width.
post #18193 of 122416
wow - I love this idea! going to stop tonight after work and pick up a buffing wheel!

Why didn't I think of this?
post #18194 of 122416
I find it strange that I sold Kudu Indys, navy suede ptbs and formerly whiskey-now-something-else-longwings but i have yet to receive a single offer for a pair of ravello chukkas worn 4 times.

not trying to plug my sale, but I think they were my favorite of the bunch. LOVE ravello
post #18195 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Profligate47 View Post

467
B. Nelson metal toe taps on new Color 8 cap toe boots:


So...I have to ask...does having that metal toe tap actually make a sound when you walk?

Do you sound like you are tap dancing walking down the street?
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