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Since I'm new to the forum, I figure I should post some pictures of my shell family.  Of course, it is quite small and young compared to many of your great and legendary collections.  I took these outside yesterday morning with my phone, so the color may not be 100% accurate.  But should be fairly close.  Not pictured are my 405 Indy and black calf Indy from AoC.

 

 

 

 

Great collection so far!

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#8 plaza boots

 

post #56148 of 122416
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Whiskey Wednesday

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Ah yes, gunboats and furple argyles. My man. Stellar combo.
post #56149 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#8 plaza boots




Outstanding #8 plaza indy's. Great shine!
post #56150 of 122416
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Epaulet just got a restock of both the Innsbruck Indy (fantastic makeup)

This could be the best indy I've ever seen. Everything you'd want on this boot.
These boots would be absolutely perfect for, dare I say it, work.
Isn't this make up essentially the LS Ultimate Indy? Am I missing something?
post #56151 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#8 plaza boots

 


I'm pretty sure the shell indy on plaza is my favorite Alden boot, and you, my friend, have the winning shell trifecta!  worship.gif

post #56152 of 122416
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I'm pretty sure the shell indy on plaza is my favorite Alden boot, and you, my friend, have the winning shell trifecta!  worship.gif

That is a bad ass boot.

post #56153 of 122416

Alden rookie here!

 

Does anyone where I can buy a pair of boots similar to the one pictured, online? Crepe or rubber sole, plain or cap toe.

 

Thank you :-)

 

post #56154 of 122416
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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

Sizing question:

On the Barrie last (1/2 size down) I can use a D width but it's a snugg fit until they stretch a bit,E works better on some models ,Trubalance D (very good fit), but I'm interested in a model on the Aberdeen last but I've never tried a shoe on that last , when going TTS with the Aberdeen widht wise does it feels narrower than Barrie 1/2 size down , wider or about the same?

The shoe I'm interested in only comes in D widths.

Thanks.

I would say the for me the TTS Aberdeen in a D width has been a good fit relative to 1/2 size down in the Barrie (Sometimes I find the D acceptable and other times I prefer the E depending on style).  I have determined that I am in between D and E, and my heel is relatively narrow so the Barrie can be frustrating. That being said Truebalance (1/2 size down) in a D for me is a bit too wide, nothing unmanageable but it feels large.  Side note, I like the modified, the fit is nice and as others have said, I wish it was more readily available in shell.  Hope that helps.

post #56155 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blenden View Post

Alden rookie here!

 

Does anyone where I can buy a pair of boots similar to the one pictured, online? Crepe or rubber sole, plain or cap toe.

 

Thank you :-)

 

Here is a suff suede captoe from Leffot.

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/shoes/alden/4491f-pre-order.html

post #56156 of 122416
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Originally Posted by esqblackbook View Post


Take them to a good cobbler. He'll strip them down. Sometimes repeated powder soaks up the oil. If you go to the right people, those boots can be fixed.

 

Thanks for the input.  The challenge is finding a cobbler that I can trust.  I could try B.Nelson.  Or do as Uncle recommends and just wear the heck out of them!

post #56157 of 122416
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Take them to a good cobbler. He'll strip them down. Sometimes repeated powder soaks up the oil. If you go to the right people, those boots can be fixed.

 

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X-post from the shoe care thread...

 

I need some assistance.  These are my #8 Alden x J.Crew PCT boots.  Got them new and they're now about 8 months old and truthfully, haven't been cared for very much other than a couple of Reno treatments every few months.  They've lightened up considerably since I got them and I have now just noticed this dark spot on the vamp of the left boot.  I am 99% sure I haven't spilled oil or anything on them.  I think the spot gradually appeared as the boots lightened.  It's almost like it was a dye stain that was covered with the finishing that Alden performed.

 

IRL the spot/stain is not that noticeable as in these pics.  Can anyone suggest what I can do to get rid of it?  I'm not much of a wax fan and rarely use anything other than Reno or VC on any of my footwear.  But I will on these if it will help.

 

 

 

 

 

You may already know this, but I think this is what you are noticing:

 

http://horween.com/products/brownout/

 

"As some people have heard or read, the “lighter” and “darker” colors of cordovan are that way for a reason.  The leather, being a unique medium, has highs and lows in terms of natural color.  The darker shells are many times that way because this makes for the most uniform finished product.  As our shells are stained with fully aniline stains (meaning no pigment to provide coverage of any kind), fading your darker colored shells may cause these color “differences” to become detectable, if they even exist at all."

 

I think that if you get them refinished by Alden or B. Nelson, the inconsistency will be hidden again.  Or as was suggested, use saphir cordovan cream (which contains a lot of pigment) to cover it up, but it will likely darken the color of the boot back to close to its original color.  IME, Saphir cordovan cream can't be used to spot treat, as there will be a visible difference between the treated and un-treated area.  You have to use it on the entire/shoe boot.

 

Good luck.

 

 

post #56158 of 122416
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Originally Posted by digga View Post

Those are defective, get rid of them now.  I have a pair did the same thing, and it got really bad.  Alden confirmed that they are defective, but they have yet to replace them.  I'm not sure how they are planning to repair my shoes, but I don't see how they can reverse the damage that has been done to the leather.

Here is what it will look like eventually, these shoes where used for 4-5 months.
Thanks. This is good info. I'm going to see if I can get some info from the seller and then see what I can get BB or Alden to do about it. I won't be wearing them until the problem's resolved.

I do imagine that they could repair them at this stage before any real creasing has occurred, just by reinforcing the toe so that it doesn't bend. But I'm not a cobbler; that's just what makes sense to me.
post #56159 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Here is a suff suede captoe from Leffot.

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/shoes/alden/4491f-pre-order.html


Thank you! Sadly, Leffot does not ship many (if any) items to Norway, which is where I live. I probably should have stated that :-)

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Thank you! Sadly, Leffot does not ship many (if any) items to Norway, which is where I live. I probably should have stated that :-)

Ahhh I see. I haven't come across many (if any) retailers that ship Alden out of the country. Good luck with your search!

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