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You are amassing an impressive collection DonL.  Looking very sharp my friend!

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These are great, Don. Sad I missed these at Epaulet.
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Wearing my 1494's today:

Not much of a chukka fan, but this combination is quintessential Alden classy-casual... this look oozes confident and relaxed.  Well done my friend!

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These are great, Don. Sad I missed these at Epaulet.

 

for weeks the 8D was the only pair remaining. I kept starring and starring....

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for weeks the 8D was the only pair remaining. I kept starring and starring....
Haha. I'm not sure how much time elapsed between me seeing them and me going back to look into purchasing. I probably didn't bother because I assumed you beat me to it! :0)
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Ravello boots from ShoeMart.

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Ravello boots from ShoeMart.

 

Great boots!

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^^ Wow! Beauties
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some nice whiskey in Morgan's sig too
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Gentlemen, several of you have mentioned the eBay seller who has been been listing a sizable stock of brand new Aldens. I just received a pair from that seller: a Leather Soul Leydon last color 8 NST Saddle Blucher. Quite certain it's this one: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/03/02/alden-shoes-nstsaddle-blucher-lsw/

They are definitely "real" Alden shell cordovan shoes, definitely new and, frankly, show no sign of ever having been tried on.

They didn't come with the green Alden box but the seller packs the shoes with great care (see photo below). The box contained packing material and the shoes were stuffed with paper and tucked inside Alden dust bags - and then sealed inside a thick plastic bag.

However ... look at the spot on the vamp in the last photo. My guess is that this shoe was a reject or second of some sort. Given the price I may keep them, but only if I can figure out a way to minimize or eliminate that spot (which is visible in certain light, not in others).



NST Saddle bluchers: Add'l pics (Click to show)





Edited by CEE88 - 9/27/13 at 3:40pm
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some nice whiskey in Morgan's sig too

 

I have been trying to stretch my feet for a couple weeks to be able to fit into them...

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Gentlemen, several of you have mentioned the eBay seller who has been been listing a sizable stock of brand new Aldens. I just received a pair from that seller: a Leather Soul Leydon last color 8 NST Saddle Blucher.

They are definitely "real" Alden shell cordovan shoes, definitely new and, frankly, show no sign of ever having been tried on.

They didn't come with the green Alden box but the seller packs the shoes with great care (see photo below). The box contained packing material and the shoes were stuffed with paper and tucked inside Alden dust bags - and then sealed inside a thick plastic bag.

However ... look at the spot on the vamp in the last photo. My guess is that this shoe was a reject or second of some sort. Given the price I may keep them, but only if I can figure out a way to minimize or eliminate that spot (which is visible in certain light, not in others).

congrats on the kop. these spots are almost impossible to go away. ime, the shell will lighten disriportionately faster than the blotch. with that said, i wouldnt have been able to tell the spot was there without the flash
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these spots are almost impossible to go away. ime, the shell will lighten disriportionately faster than the blotch

 

That would be a shame. Those are some great looking shoes. Depending on what you paid, maybe try reno mat, then re-polish?

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^^^ Great purchase, I hope you get the spot issue resolved.

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congrats on the kop. these spots are almost impossible to go away. ime, the shell will lighten disriportionately faster than the blotch. with that said, i wouldnt have been able to tell the spot was there without the flash

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That would be a shame. Those are some great looking shoes. Depending on what you paid, maybe try reno mat, then re-polish?


Gentlemen, thank you. My bias is: I'd rather pay $650-700 for a perfect pair than $399 for a pair with a visible issue on the vamp.

I'd happily keep them if all I had to do was keep a little polish on the vamp. But if it lightens "disproportionately faster" than the blotch, then I would probably return them (and the seller does accept returns).

Is it only going to get worse?

Is this a keep or return situation?
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