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You should buy a Powerball ticket, my friend. Every time I walk down Charles Street, I wonder how NRO manages to stay in business. I hope this marks a turning point in their customer service.

Amazing how random some customer experiences are. For instance, AoC tends to get a bad rap around here due to some of Adam's return and communication quirks. Yet, I've bought shoes from him since shortly after he opened, have had nothing but first rate service through today, and would highly recommend AoC to anyone. That said, I know my size and don't jerk him around.

I see he posted some pictures on the website from the early days which made me a little nostalgic. I bought my first pair of Aldens through him when I was fresh out of college and have owned a number of the special make-ups he did. Unfortunately, I let most of them go, so it's nice to see them again.

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/the_alden_of_carmel_story.htm

P.S. I think I paid $285 for that first pair, and I thought I was bat shit crazy!

Fantastic!  Thanks for sharing... it makes me wonder why I was buying Bass saddle shoes back then and not Aldens.....

post #46637 of 122416
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^ I doubt that will stretch. The Marlows do have a slightly smaller toe box.

For what it's worth, I'm an 11 in Marlow and 10.5 in Barrie

Forgot someone wanted a color comparison. Note that I have owned the LWB for about a year longer.
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I've started to develop these small cracks on the upper my waxed calf LWBs.  They are 9 months old, have always been shoe tree'd, and I have used kiwi neutral wax on them maybe 1/2 dozen times.  I put some Meltonian leather balm on the crack, but it didn't seem to do much.  Any recommendations?  

 

 

I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

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I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

Agreed. Check this link from the Shoe Snob.

http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/p/polish-your-shoes-properly.html
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Forgot someone wanted a color comparison. Note that I have owned the LWB for about a year longer.
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Do you find one more comfortable than the other? Since they're quite similar in color are they interchangeable within your wardrobe, or do you use each specifically for different purposes?
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I bought 19 pairs of shoes in December think 7 pair Alden's though returned one and sold 4 eventually

Inspirational - it appears we're the same age. I have ways to go.
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Do you find one more comfortable than the other? Since they're quite similar in color are they interchangeable within your wardrobe, or do you use each specifically for different purposes?

Purpose is the same (walking) but it just depends on what I am feeling that day. I do admit that I hold Alden more of a "collection" (i.e., having every color of LWB). If you are a minimalist, I would say just one of them is fine.

I, however, am not a minimalist. teacha.gif
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These are mostly my smart shoes... bluchers and country boots are in another...
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Is it bad if one buys 4 pairs of Alden's in one week? Lmao.

I bought 19 pairs of shoes in December think 7 pair Alden's though returned one and sold 4 eventually

Wasn't that you who had in the signature something like 'help me SF not to buy any shoes' mwink[1].gif

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Purpose is the same (walking) but it just depends on what I am feeling that day. I do admit that I hold Alden more of a "collection" (i.e., having every color of LWB). If you are a minimalist, I would say just one of them is fine.

I, however, am not a minimalist. teacha.gif
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These are mostly my smart shoes... bluchers and country boots are in another...
Okay, so I was going to apologize for using the word "purposes". Maybe I meant to say wardrobe stylings. Being politically correct one isn't to assume everybody can walk. With a gentle nudge from Alcibiades I pulled the trigger on some RL Marlow wingtips. Maybe the shell devil will rest for awhile. After seeing your collection I'm rededicating myself to minimalism.
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Purpose is the same (walking) but it just depends on what I am feeling that day. I do admit that I hold Alden more of a "collection" (i.e., having every color of LWB). If you are a minimalist, I would say just one of them is fine.

I, however, am not a minimalist. teacha.gif
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These are mostly my smart shoes... bluchers and country boots are in another...

What a gorgeous collection-truly stunning! I am a lawyer and I spend a fair amount of money on shoes, but I just can't fathom where people get the money for these types of collections? I would bet there is $15k worth of shoes on this rack. I greatly envy you, sir. Financial advice is always appreciated, as well!

post #46646 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

 

I picked up some Reno, and will give it a try.  

 

I have a hard time believing that a little kiwi shoe polish every month and a half is going to crack leather.  I am wondering if I got some salt on them or something over the winter...

 

They are casual shoes, so superficially the cracks don't bug me too much, I just don't want them to break and become unwearable.   

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

I picked up some Reno, and will give it a try.  

I have a hard time believing that a little kiwi shoe polish every month and a half is going to crack leather.  I am wondering if I got some salt on them or something over the winter...

They are casual shoes, so superficially the cracks don't bug me too much, I just don't want them to break and become unwearable.   

Calfskin creases where it bends and develops micro wrinkles. That's what this looks like. It's totally normal.

A think buildup of wax on the vamp will crack where leather creases and accentuate the effect. Try to remove as much wax as you can to see if there is a difference in the visibility of the wrinkles.

I generally find that using only creme polish on the vamp and paste wax on the toe makes it look better.
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Originally Posted by Marshall W View Post

I've started to develop these small cracks on the upper my waxed calf LWBs.  They are 9 months old, have always been shoe tree'd, and I have used kiwi neutral wax on them maybe 1/2 dozen times.  I put some Meltonian leather balm on the crack, but it didn't seem to do much.  Any recommendations?  

 

 

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

 

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Originally Posted by Marshall W View Post

 

I picked up some Reno, and will give it a try.  

 

I have a hard time believing that a little kiwi shoe polish every month and a half is going to crack leather.  I am wondering if I got some salt on them or something over the winter...

 

They are casual shoes, so superficially the cracks don't bug me too much, I just don't want them to break and become unwearable.   

 

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Calfskin creases where it bends and develops micro wrinkles. That's what this looks like. It's totally normal.

A think buildup of wax on the vamp will crack where leather creases and accentuate the effect. Try to remove as much wax as you can to see if there is a difference in the visibility of the wrinkles.

I generally find that using only creme polish on the vamp and paste wax on the toe makes it look better.

 

The root of the problem is that wax does not have sufficient moisture in it to care for the leather alone.  If that is all you are using, then you have been contributing to drying out the shoes.  Wax seals in the leather, and it should always have a good conditioner base or a cream polish underneath it before it is applied.  Your shoes definitely need to be conditioned.

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Thanks for sharing! Those AF2 Mahogany shell wingtips... icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

 

 

I think those are some of the most beautiful Alden's I have ever seen.  drool.gif

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Can anyone recommend a product to use on new blue suede LWBs?
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