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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

if I could pick just one shade, id prefer they age towards eggplant/burgundy. i think the purpose of my post was to illustrate how #8 can age and that having more than one pair of #8 doesn't necessarily mean redundancy.

ill try to get some pics up in a month or so after a little more wear. however in the mean time ive posted numerous photos on my tumblr if you care to have a look

Any chance you can post a link? An old fart like me couldn't find his way to tumblr if my life depended on it. As an owner of 3 relatively new color 8's with a preorder from Leffot due in 2014, I would really be interested in seeing the differences.
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

Yes, it is a glazing that Alden applied to the finished shoes. Over time, it will slowly & gradually wear out. Alden re-applies the glazing during the restoration process, hence giving that "like new" look.

Here's an Alden factory video from a few years ago where there is a very brief shot of dye being applied. http://vimeo.com/6997219 Heads up starting at about the 5:47 mark, but it's worth watching the entire video. I could have sworn I once saw a video which had a more drawn out segment of dye being applied where you could see how watery and runny it was, so you could understand how a shoe might end up with splotches. Can't seem to find it, though.

Another video worth watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNYbOMVV0Us
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

AriGold, those are quite well cared-for, I'd hardly call them "beaters" satisfied.gif

Thank you Grandson. I wear them twice a week at least but brush them up every two months or so.
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

If you like plain toes, I think a PTB would be a great addition.

I like the patina potential on a PTB, but I think they are too plain when worn with a suit, nor are the lasts sleek enough
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Arigold, a great looking pair of shoes you have there sir. They look well worn and well cared for. I hope my RL Marlows grow up to look like yours one day.

Grandson, the RL marlows are one of the sturdiest and easiest to care for shoe. They will be amazing as your break them in more and more. wear in good health.

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Ari Gold, nice shine and patina on both of those.

I'd suggest adding color 8 to the rotation. Wingtip balmoral or captoe blucher maybe? Or an unlined PTB if you can find one. Then you would have black, burgundy and brown, all you really need for a workweek wardrobe.

Grandson, it may be hard to tell from the pictures, but those captoes are color 8! I hardly wear black shoes.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Grandpa Ari, long time no hear, my friend! Do you happen to know if the Alden for BB is any different than the stock Alden perf cap toe bal?  Is yours on the snap last and the Alden stock on the Hampton last?  Are they about the same?

Thanks bro (I mean gramps)...

With our beloved Uncle temporarily out, my inner Chinese is in great need of expressing filial piety (or xiào).

Long time no heard grandson prepster. These are on the Snap Last which i believe is *slightly* wider than the hampton. the Snap and Hampton are the most formal lasts in the alden line up. In my opinion of course.
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Grandson? uhoh.gif
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^ how 'bout the RO jacket in my sig?
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You've got to be kidding me. First, an "uncle" that evokes all kinds of wierdness. But at least Mac knows what he is talking about and, until recently, was a not only a highly informed presence, but a ubiquitous one too. Now this fsmily of strangers theme is made even more weird by what appears to be a thoroughly self-appointed "grandfather?". Lord, is "grandpa" Ari Gold continent? senile? Does he have experience on the topics that matter - in other words, is he older and wiser? Or just a smelly old fart who talks too much, and is too out of it to care that he has the last three days of meals staining his shirt as he walks to Denny's at 4:30 in the afternoon for the stale pie?
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ how 'bout the RO jacket in my sig?

Must not display on mobile devices. Il look for it the next time I use my laptop. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Yes carmina uses horween. Alden's secret is in the dying process.

..dying process...

could you explain it a little more or a link please?

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^ Alden takes Horween's #8 (which is a rather dull, brownish burgundy color) and dyes their finished shoes with their own dye to make them the deep eggplant purple we all know and love. Obviously, the people doing the overdye aren't the most consistent given all the splotchiness we've seen as well as the runs you encounter on the lining of #8 Aldens.
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If we knew how they did it, I would start making my own color 4 and 8 boots lol.
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Originally Posted by aldenwear View Post

You've got to be kidding me. First, an "uncle" that evokes all kinds of wierdness. But at least Mac knows what he is talking about and, until recently, was a not only a highly informed presence, but a ubiquitous one too. Now this fsmily of strangers theme is made even more weird by what appears to be a thoroughly self-appointed "grandfather?". Lord, is "grandpa" Ari Gold continent? senile? Does he have experience on the topics that matter - in other words, is he older and wiser? Or just a smelly old fart who talks too much, and is too out of it to care that he has the last three days of meals staining his shirt as he walks to Denny's at 4:30 in the afternoon for the stale pie?
I think there is no small measure of irony and/or sarcasm in what Ari is doing.
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You've got to be kidding me. First, an "uncle" that evokes all kinds of wierdness. But at least Mac knows what he is talking about and, until recently, was a not only a highly informed presence, but a ubiquitous one too. Now this fsmily of strangers theme is made even more weird by what appears to be a thoroughly self-appointed "grandfather?". Lord, is "grandpa" Ari Gold continent? senile? Does he have experience on the topics that matter - in other words, is he older and wiser? Or just a smelly old fart who talks too much, and is too out of it to care that he has the last three days of meals staining his shirt as he walks to Denny's at 4:30 in the afternoon for the stale pie?
I think there is no small measure of irony and/or sarcasm in what Ari is doing.

You could be right long lost 2nd cousin twice removed.
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

You could be right long lost 2nd cousin twice removed.
Wear your snarkiness in good health.
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Thank you Grandson. I wear them twice a week at least but brush them up every two months or so.
I like the patina potential on a PTB, but I think they are too plain when worn with a suit, nor are the lasts sleek enough Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Grandson, the RL marlows are one of the sturdiest and easiest to care for shoe. They will be amazing as your break them in more and more. wear in good health.
Grandson, it may be hard to tell from the pictures, but those captoes are color 8! I hardly wear black shoes.
Long time no heard grandson prepster. These are on the Snap Last which i believe is *slightly* wider than the hampton. the Snap and Hampton are the most formal lasts in the alden line up. In my opinion of course.

Ah, you wear a suit regularly. What are your thoughts on a cap toe blucher (2160 or 2145)?
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

Yes, it is a glazing that Alden applied to the finished shoes. Over time, it will slowly & gradually wear out. Alden re-applies the glazing during the restoration process, hence giving that "like new" look.

Incidentally, I have encountered a couple pairs of Alden without that usual glazing. One of these was a cigar/snuff suede saddle from Leffot, circa 2012 Summer. The Cordovan parts of the saddles did NOT have the glazing. The cigar shell has a much lighter matt color than the usual cigar. Very non-Alden like.


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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Interesting, thanks mtc2000. Of course this glazing must be proprietary, but do you have any guesses as to the components?

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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

When nobody else does it, you might call it proprietary. Is it some kind of secret magic recipe? I am not sure. But it is a method, and quite an effective one that is.

If I had to guess, I would think it is some kind of polyurethane. Purely my speculation and nothing more.

Good evening Gents - Very interesting discussion earlier today.
I've noticed a huge difference in "sheen" among my Alden shell acquisitions: black Leffot Naval boots being the shiniest, and my cigar LWBs being the most "matt" or non-shiny. Some pairs really respond to brushing (my color 8 Rangers, color 8 Indys and especially the Naval boots) while others less so (990s, cigar LWBs - neither looks a whole lot different after brushing).
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