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Does anyone own this shoe? If so, could you post some in-the-wild pictures?

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~18580/18580.jsp

 

It says the color is dark brown, but they look burgundy in the pictures.

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Agree 100%. Scuffs in Alden shell, or even scratches are usually in the glazing and very difficult to get out. Brushing does not work IMHO. I do not have the same problem with my C&J or AE shell, rubbing or brushing them gets rid of the problem. I can't see the deer bone method working on Alden shell either, but I think the whole deer bone thing is ridiculous anyway.

 

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To be honest, I think most are spoiled by Alden's shell finishing, and need to look at some other shell shoes. Although shell patinas wonderfully, it rarely looks as shiny as Alden's glaze.

 
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Haha it is though. You can pretty much do anything to Alden cordovan and it cleans up within 5 min with damp cloth and brushing

 

 

I've been looking for a workhorse, all-weather, all-purpose shoe. I was considering these AF80 #8 shortwings from AOC. They would be my first pair of Aldens and my first pair of cordovans. One of the reasons I was thinking of going with cordovan is that I've heard it's really durable; you can just brush out scuffs without having to resort to cream to fill gouges and polish to restore shine. Then I start seeing the above about Alden's special glaze. What does Alden do differently than other companies in their tier making shell shoes (e.g. Carmina)? I'm less concerned with getting a high gloss. I mainly want something durable that can be restored with simple brushing. I've considered CXL for this particular need, but would generally prefer shell for various reasons.

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I've been looking for a workhorse, all-weather, all-purpose shoe. I was considering these AF80 #8 shortwings from AOC. They would be my first pair of Aldens and my first pair of cordovans. One of the reasons I was thinking of going with cordovan is that I've heard it's really durable; you can just brush out scuffs without having to resort to cream to fill gouges and polish to restore shine. Then I start seeing the above about Alden's special glaze. What does Alden do differently than other companies in their tier making shell shoes (e.g. Carmina)? I'm less concerned with getting a high gloss. I mainly want something durable that can be restored with simple brushing. I've considered CXL for this particular need, but would generally prefer shell for various reasons.

You can just brush them out, my opinion is the complete opposite of the above on that.  You can beat the hell out of Alden shell and it comes out with some brushing. 

 

Don't get CXL solely to be durable, it can make simple nicks and things well but looks worn pretty quickly.

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I've been looking for a workhorse, all-weather, all-purpose shoe. I was considering these AF80 #8 shortwings from AOC. They would be my first pair of Aldens and my first pair of cordovans. One of the reasons I was thinking of going with cordovan is that I've heard it's really durable; you can just brush out scuffs without having to resort to cream to fill gouges and polish to restore shine. Then I start seeing the above about Alden's special glaze. What does Alden do differently than other companies in their tier making shell shoes (e.g. Carmina)? I'm less concerned with getting a high gloss. I mainly want something durable that can be restored with simple brushing. I've considered CXL for this particular need, but would generally prefer shell for various reasons.

Alden apply a layer of overcoat glazing on most of their shell Cordovan shoes, to give that unique out-of-the-box shine.
Normally Alden Cordovan is easy to maintain. Wiping down with a damp cloth and minimal brushing is all it takes. However, deep scuff is a different story. If the overcoat is damaged, that's it.

Not exactly the same, but sort of like patent leather. The good thing is that Alden can always refinish the shoes with a new overcoat.

Bare Cordovan does not have as glossy a finish. However, deep scuffs and even scrapes will even out with moderate brushing. That is very similar to flesh-out leather.

AF80 that you are interested in and freshly "de-glazed" #8 Tanker.



The same de-glazed Tanker, with one application of Renovateur and 1 minute of brushing.

post #72245 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Not ridiculous.

I assume you are referring to an existing model, as Alden no longer makes any Barrie lasted models narrower than a B width (Alden's AA/B).

If, however, you are referring to a 13 AA/B (a B width), then yes, I think it will work.

Actually it's a bit stranger than that I think. AAAA/AA width... I assume this is super narrow?

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BTW, Alden does not always use the overcoat glazing.

Some light color shell from a few years ago did not have the overcoat.

Leffot had a Cigar/suede saddle a couple of years ago The Cigar shell parts did not have the overcoat glazing.

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Actually it's a bit stranger than that I think. AAAA/AA width... I assume this is super narrow?

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My HS math taught me that AAAA/AA = AA. smile.gif
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My HS math taught me that AAAA/AA = AA. smile.gif

Indeed. I've never come across a shoe this narrow, and as previously stated was trying to figure out if this would work for a Barrie 12.5D. I'm thinking probably not.
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BTW, Alden does not always use the overcoat glazing.

Some light color shell from a few years ago did not have the overcoat.

Leffot had a Cigar/suede saddle a couple of years ago The Cigar shell parts did not have the overcoat glazing.

 

 

OH MY EYES! I love those Saddles. Awesome Look!

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I really want Leffot to do another run of those saddles. I saw them in person and they were fantastic. 

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These saddles also do not have it applied

 

 

 

 

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And these ...

Alden applied the overcoat on the Alpine grain parts as well (as least for my pair).

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

These saddles also do not have it applied

 

and they look awesome.......I would definitely pick up a pair if ever there was an opportunity, and to think it wasnt too long ago I would have never seen myself wearing a saddle

post #72254 of 122416
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Indeed. I've never come across a shoe this narrow, and as previously stated was trying to figure out if this would work for a Barrie 12.5D. I'm thinking probably not.

 

I do not think that would work for most people.....I comfortably wear an A/C in the 975 model shown and recently tried a 1/2 size up in an AAA/A, albeit another model, and could barely get my foot in the shoe....fairly certain the AAAA/AA is even more narrow than that

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and they look awesome.......I would definitely pick up a pair if ever there was an opportunity, and to think it wasnt too long ago I would have never seen myself wearing a saddle

Thanks. Actually one of my favorite pair of shoes that I own

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