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post #2641 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rick View Post
my alden shoe collection.

back row left to right
cigar longwingn shell
#8 longwing shell
nst calf
suede captoe
ptb cigar shell
black captoe shell


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Originally Posted by rick View Post
my alden boot collection

back row left to right

nst shell #8
nst black calf
scotch grain burgandy
af84 wingtip brown calf
jcrew indy
wingtip black calf.


Nice collection, but you need some shoe trees!!!
post #2642 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rebel222 View Post
Nice collection, but you need some shoe trees!!!

i know is it to late.
post #2643 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mechanical pencil View Post
Hey all,

I just got some new Alden chukkas in brown calf and the leather on the sides of the shoes seems really "wrinkled." Am I just being super picky or do these look kind of odd?
I have a pair of wingtips that have that. I never noticed it until this post but now I do. The location makes it a non-issue on my opinion, unless you are going to wear them with shorts?

Even then I doubt anyone would notice.
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Originally Posted by bananananana View Post
That's bullshit if they're new from a store. Return them.

I'm not even sure how they wrinkled like that. I've never seen the sides of shoes to get wrinkled like that even from daily wear.
I have a pair of calf wingtips that did that. Not seconds either. Now I will probably notice this on all my shoes.
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post
Crosspost, black pebble grain gunboats:



Shell:
I love the pebble grain's and may pick up another pair if I can get them on sale.
post #2644 of 122416
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Originally Posted by arrow View Post
Another good release on LeatherSoul website... check it out.
Very nice!
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post
I e-mailed Alden customer service asking where I could buy replacements and they sent me 3 pair in the mail gratis, you may want to do the same..
Yeah, I do not see the point in getting free laces if I did not like the originals. I need to get some that I like. Also I may go with a different color.

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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post
Alden Ravello Shell Cordovan Hunting Boots
Yeah, those are ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by Fiddy View Post
Just received my first pair of Alden boots -- these are the Aviators from Orvis.
Those are horrible. Just horrible!

(J/K, I really like those.)
post #2645 of 122416
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Originally Posted by DrZRM View Post
Picked these up recently. Suede wingtips on Barrie. I tried one narrower than usual as well as sizing down 1/2 size and I like the fit, though I have to wear them with thin dress socks.
Very nice. Very versatile. I would not go narrower next time IMHO.
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Originally Posted by mikesduc View Post
anyone have experince wth wome wearing alden? my wife wants a pair of LW's or the new boot on LS and she wears 8D womens. Thoughts?
Reall,y I am not sure how I feel about Alden becoming a women's shoe.
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Originally Posted by rick View Post
my alden shoe collection.

back row left to right
cigar longwingn shell
#8 longwing shell
nst calf
suede captoe
ptb cigar shell
black captoe shell

Quote:
Originally Posted by rick View Post
my alden boot collection

back row left to right

nst shell #8
nst black calf
scotch grain burgandy
af84 wingtip brown calf
jcrew indy
wingtip black calf.
Nice! Your Indy's look a little more worn than I would have expected for such a new release?
post #2646 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rick View Post
my alden shoe collection.

back row left to right
cigar longwingn shell
#8 longwing shell
nst calf
suede captoe
ptb cigar shell
black captoe shell


is it to late for shoe trees
post #2647 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rick View Post
my alden boot collection

back row left to right

nst shell #8
nst black calf
scotch grain burgandy
af84 wingtip brown calf
jcrew indy
wingtip black calf.


same question is it to late for shoe trees
post #2648 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rick View Post
is it to late for shoe trees
I would say no. Especially if you are going to get them re-crafted. Even one or two pairs rotated would make a huge difference.
post #2649 of 122416
Thread Starter 
rick you an inspiration to us all
post #2650 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
I would say no. Especially if you are going to get them re-crafted. Even one or two pairs rotated would make a huge difference.

thanks
post #2651 of 122416
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Originally Posted by jet View Post
rick you an inspiration to us all

thanks i want those ravello hunting boots from tassels they are out of my size. damm
post #2652 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
Very nice. Very versatile. I would not go narrower next time IMHO.
Yeah, I agree. When I recraft, I'll look into Alden putting them on a wider last (apparently they can do this with most shoes). I got them for a steal and figured I'd see how much play I had with sizing. I can certainly wear them as they are, but I'd prefer a D to the C. Rick, it's never too late for shoe trees. They will not make your shoes look new again, but they should help. The point of the tree is that after you wear the shoe all day and it is a bit damp from sweat and creased, It allows the shoe to dry more in its original shape, rather than just drying creased. That's why it's more important to use trees as soon as you take of the shoe for 24-48 hours than it is to store them long term. Once they dry, they are not going to crease on their own. Start with 2-4 sets of trees, see how much of a change you see. The more you have the more convenient it is (you are not always pulling out other shoes to get trees for what you are wearing) but you will certainly see results with just a few pairs. A collection that nice certainly deserves decent trees. Edit: Oh, and FWIW, I generally don't tree my Indys unless I get them wet in the weather. They look BETTER broken in and worn hard, I'm not fighting with the creases, I think they look better set.
post #2653 of 122416
rick- Its definitely not too late for shoe trees. Cordovan shoes will always get some creases, but shoes trees also help absorb moisture which will prolong the life of the shoes. EDIT- DrZRM beat me to it.
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Yeah, ditto above info, and just remember that it's not just about appearances (controlling creasing) but more importantly about prolonging the life of the interior of the shoes. Interior damage is damage that typically can't be fixed during recrafting or otherwise. DRZRM, I'd start treeing those indys for that very reason.
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