or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos. - Page 1372  

post #20566 of 122416

Avoided being neurotic for the longest time, but I wanted to get the opinion of SF. I got around to doing the Mac break in method -- on my third wear, I noticed something funny on my whiskey LWB. It appears a layer of something (possibly wax?) has peeled off the shoe, so instead of being shiny and smooth like the rest of the finish, it's somewhat matte and not quite the same shade as the rest of the shoe. Plans are to wax some more and maybe that will help? 

Sorry for the vagueness -- I don't have access to a great camera currently. 

post #20567 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
they are on the plaza last

What's with the nephew thing?
post #20568 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by randomkoreandude View Post

i would totally get that except i dont carry cash ... ever. looks great though

Or ride the MTA - guy like you has a driver, right? icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #20569 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudshift View Post

Anyone have any experience with these Alden for J.Crew longwings? (The "dark brown" ones.)
Description says it's Horween Chromexcel leather, so should I expect some "character" as the shoe ages? On the shelf, they're a pretty boring dark brown (in my opinion), so I guess I'm just wondering, if this is a pull-up leather, what colors I should expect to come out with wear? I searched for broken in pics of the shoe, but didn't have any luck.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts/direction. smile.gif



Despite what someone else said I do believe these are Chromexcel leather. I have had experience with HCL in my Wolverine 1000 mile boot. It is a great leather, if you are not planning to use them in heavy weather (like I did) they need very little care - I personally would not use polish, just a good brushing now and again, with a light leather dressing. They do develope a nice patina over time. Try to find some threads about the 1000 mile boot or if you can find some used ones on e-bay just to get a look at the leather as it ages. God's speed... 

 

Example:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wolverine-1000-Mile-Boots-Size-9-5-brown-/130623161622?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item1e69bf4516

post #20570 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

+1 for cigar and marcoliani

Thanks Mac, I got the inspiration from your pics. Love merino wool and the marcoliani and bresciani socks are wonderful.
post #20571 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

http://aldenmadisonny.com/
Is this a new site? I don't recall ever seeing it before a few days ago.

I have been visiting that site for about 1yr now. It has not changed much in that time. Not sure if it has been around longer than that.
post #20572 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by abam View Post

Avoided being neurotic for the longest time, but I wanted to get the opinion of SF. I got around to doing the Mac break in method -- on my third wear, I noticed something funny on my whiskey LWB. It appears a layer of something (possibly wax?) has peeled off the shoe, so instead of being shiny and smooth like the rest of the finish, it's somewhat matte and not quite the same shade as the rest of the shoe. Plans are to wax some more and maybe that will help? 


Sorry for the vagueness -- I don't have access to a great camera currently. 

If I understand the condition you are describing this is normal and most often occurs where creases develop and there are different amount of stresses on the leather.

For some it is a natural part of the break-in of the shoe, for others it creates a two-tone effect which isn't desirable. For me it depends on the color - #8 looks great as it develops (the creasing shows off the different hues and makes the shoe more attractive); cigar is more problematic; I don't think it is so noticeable for my whiskey and ravello.

I don't think wax is the answer. Of course you can brush until your arm falls off (there is a bit of the chicken and the egg dilemma here since the creases sometime make it difficult to brush evenly which can further highlight the difference). One thing that was recommended by the guys at Alden SF (and is not without controversy since some think it is sacrilege to put cream products on shell) is to use a small amount of Alden neutral creme on the impacted area - makes the issue go away.
post #20573 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

What do you all use for a shoe horn? Do I really need one of those long ones or is a short one sufficient?
It looks like Alden has some nice ones
http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=148&ParentID=2&PageID=&Action=
But I don't know what size to get. I took a look at them in the Alden shop today and they all looked nice.

I was just thinking about this. I had been using the free shoehorn I got from Alden SF but now that I have my WT boot I realized I need a larger shoehorn. When I asked Steve at Leffot what size would be useful for boots he said "any size 12" up would work". So I guess any size less than 12" would work for regular shoes.

I was considering purchasing some of those fancy Abbeyhorn shoehorns. They look amazing but damn expensive.
post #20574 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

So way off topic (this being an Alden thread) but... I've been put off by all the mishegas (technical term) you need to deal with for some of these high end jeans. For me, you buy a pair of 501s, you wear them, they get dirty, you toss them in the wash. I appreciate the craft of some of the Japanese fabrics, the stitching, etc but they are still jeans. Am I missing something? Are there brands that I should consider?

What an ironic place to post this question.

"This so-called mac method and your little break-in procedure are kind of ridiculous. They're just shoes, man - you wear them on your feet. Am I missing something?"
post #20575 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

http://aldenmadisonny.com/
Is this a new site? I don't recall ever seeing it before a few days ago.

It's been up for a while. The gents there are good via email; the site is limited.
post #20576 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by brozek View Post

What an ironic place to post this question.
"This so-called mac method and your little break-in procedure are kind of ridiculous. They're just shoes, man - you wear them on your feet. Am I missing something?"

"Ironic place"? Not sure I see the irony in the "place", but if you are saying that it is ironic for me who has previously suggested that certain people may be a little obsessive/compulsive about how to treat their Aldens to also be commenting on what could, to some, be considered obsessive/compulsive treatment of jeans, well I see them as consistent comments about similar behavior.

I get the craft thing - and that is why I really like Aldens and some of those high-end jeans. I just don't get the "special treatment" that some feel is necessary to truly appreciate the product. I'm open-minded about the merits of the special treatment of the jeans (I have no experience and that's why I asked). I'm not so open-minded about the special treatment of the Aldens (I clean them regularly and buff them occasionally, they don't get worn on successive days unless I'm traveling, and they get stored with shoe trees inside their felt bags - that's it).
Edited by HorseHide - 12/31/11 at 8:14am
post #20577 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by seer View Post


Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudshift View Post

Anyone have any experience with these Alden for J.Crew longwings? (The "dark brown" ones.)

Description says it's Horween Chromexcel leather, so should I expect some "character" as the shoe ages? On the shelf, they're a pretty boring dark brown (in my opinion), so I guess I'm just wondering, if this is a pull-up leather, what colors I should expect to come out with wear? I searched for broken in pics of the shoe, but didn't have any luck.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts/direction. smile.gif

Despite what someone else said I do believe these are Chromexcel leather. I have had experience with HCL in my Wolverine 1000 mile boot. It is a great leather, if you are not planning to use them in heavy weather (like I did) they need very little care - I personally would not use polish, just a good brushing now and again, with a light leather dressing. They do develope a nice patina over time. Try to find some threads about the 1000 mile boot or if you can find some used ones on e-bay just to get a look at the leather as it ages. God's speed... 

Example:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wolverine-1000-Mile-Boots-Size-9-5-brown-/130623161622?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item1e69bf4516

Unless they've changed the makeup of that model number use since I got mine, those brown J Crew aren't CXL.
If you've actually handled them in person, you'd know they weren't CXL.
post #20578 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

The J. Crew Indy boots are chromexcel. They are the same leather as the stock Indy 403 based on people's (including mine's) observations. The stitching pattern on those boot are unique to J Crew, however.
J Crew also claims its longwings (dark brown and tan "tobacco") are also chromexcel. I'm less sure of this, as I haven't seen any other Alden retailers use those chromexcel colors. However, having inspected those shoes they do feel a bit thicker than normal calf and could very well be chromexcel.

Here is my post on the subject from a week ago... Go to any J Crew store and compare the "chromexcel" on the Indy boot and the "chromexcel" in either of the calf longwings. The Indy boot is clearly chromexcel while the longwings are a different leather. That said, the longwing leather feels different to me than normal Alden calf - thicker. Based on the few fit pics I have seen on the tobacco longwing, I don't believe it has the "pull up" quality that some chromexcel does - however, I find this varies within chromexcel as well (my black quoddy canoe mocs in chromexcel are just black, for example).

Its probably best to contact Alden directly to find out - I doubt the J Crew folks know what type of leather it is
post #20579 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

What do you all use for a shoe horn? Do I really need one of those long ones or is a short one sufficient?
It looks like Alden has some nice ones
http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=148&ParentID=2&PageID=&Action=
But I don't know what size to get. I took a look at them in the Alden shop today and they all looked nice.

I was just thinking about this. I had been using the free shoehorn I got from Alden SF but now that I have my WT boot I realized I need a larger shoehorn. When I asked Steve at Leffot what size would be useful for boots he said "any size 12" up would work". So I guess any size less than 12" would work for regular shoes.

I was considering purchasing some of those fancy Abbeyhorn shoehorns. They look amazing but damn expensive.

I like the Alden ones better than the Abbeyhorn ones. They are cut to look more natural. For example, the short Abbeyhorn one is cut to look just like a cheap plastic one.

Also, one of they guys at the Alden shop said he just uses a short one even for boots and it works for him.

I tried it with my Indy boots and it works fine. The longer ones looked a bit cumbersome to me in person.
Edited by phototristan - 12/31/11 at 7:32am
post #20580 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by dm2703 View Post

A Post on Restoration:

I wore this pair of tobacco reverse chamois indy shoes from J gilbert nearly every day for a year. After a while they got old, some of stitching started breaking apart. I added some brooks saddle dressing to make it water proof. then the first hole appeared in the left sole, then the right. they got bigger. I dressed and redressed the edge to keep it looking decent. I even stopped abusing them after 8 months and used shoe trees and a shoe horn. then one day i walked into moulded. the guys looked at them and suggested it was time to send  them in...and it was.

145 usd and 4 months later they have shown up, with an alden greenbox, cloth protectors, and shoe trees.  They replaced the heals, soles (with more water resistant ones i think), added a new pad my foot, replaced the cork, and tried to repair any loose stitching.  good effort all around... my "ugly brown" shoes are back.
`

Wow, 4 months! That seems like a really long time to wait.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Streetwear and Denim
This thread is locked  
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.