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post #75301 of 122416
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Originally Posted by nicotino15 View Post

Anybody aware if the Alden for J. Crew straight tip blucher's are on the aberdeen last as the 2160's are? J crew has them about 43 dollars cheaper so if they are the same, I'd prefer to get a small discount (TSM recently increased Alden prices)

Call and ask an SA to look inside the shoe to see if it reads "2160."
post #75302 of 122416
Looks like Steven Alan is listing Aldens. Indys for $395.
post #75303 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CelliniEVO View Post

Hey guys, 

Got a stain on my Need Supply exclusive Indys last night that I believe is from olive oil while cooking.   Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
When I first noticed it I just hit it with a wet cloth, but when it dried and was still there I tried a tiny bit of organic hand soap with the water.  Frustrated as hell, I hit the webs and saw people talking about using cornstarch so I put a dab of that on the stain and rubbed in with my finger to create some heat and that didn't work.....next, let the cornstarch sit for an hour and no luck with that either.

Needless to say, I'm pretty damn mad right now and have a water stain as well!  What should I try next?  All I have at my house is the Alden neutral boot cream and neutral Venetian shoe cream.  

I'm gonna beat these guys up over the coming years, but hate having stains with them only a couple days old. 


Thanks



I feel for you, as we have all been there. My take is that you are nearing the point where home remedies are either not working or potentially making it worse. So, I would recommend taking it to a good shoe repair shop. I have no idea what they do, but my shoe repair guys have gotten out oil, ammonia, and just about any other day-to-day stain that one could imagine from CXL, cordovan, calf, and suede. It may cost $20, but that is a drop in the bucket compared to being bummed out every time that you look down at your feet.
post #75304 of 122416
The cordovan straight tip blucher sold at J Crew is the standard, Aberdeen lasted model.

I use trees in my unlined models, but smaller ones (at 9.5/10E, I use large in most Alden shoes but medium in unlined cordovan and suede).
post #75305 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post


Hmm, I got lucky and ordered same pair for 20% off (great SA on the phone) on Jan.29th and was told that restock will be available and shipped on May 12th. I can see that my size is available now..should I call customer service hotline?satisfied.gif

 

Was the SA on the phone willing to ship them to Canada for you? I have wanted to buy my 975s from J Crew as they have duties included and low shipping costs but stopped looking as I thought they didn't ship to Canada.

post #75306 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

Was the SA on the phone willing to ship them to Canada for you? I have wanted to buy my 975s from J Crew as they have duties included and low shipping costs but stopped looking as I thought they didn't ship to Canada.

these are being shipped to Buffalo.
post #75307 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post
I use trees in my unlined models, but smaller ones (at 9.5/10E, I use large in most Alden shoes but medium in unlined cordovan and suede).

 

I wear a size 8.5/9 so I always use Small shoe trees. I have then in my unlined CXL Dovers but the unlined suede Dovers and unlined suede chukkas feel so much softer that I wasn't sure about it. Maybe I'll just stick the front in and leave the back hanging out over top so that it can keep the shape of the shoe but not stretch them out. I saw someone recommended that in a thread somewhere but have never tried it myself.

post #75308 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post


these are being shipped to Buffalo.

 

Makes sense

post #75309 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


Call and ask an SA to look inside the shoe to see if it reads "2160."

Why do you Sevenfoldtieguys always have to be so damn logical... 

post #75310 of 122416

I've seen some confusing, conflicting stuff on caring for shell, both on here and on AAAC. I've read about the Mac method, but I've also seen people get some beautiful, deep, lustrous shine by treating shell with Renovateur and polishing with a lambswool mitt. 

 

When I get new calf shoes I condition/polish them before wearing them out of the house, following the Hanger Project protocol to build up a protective layer. I'm wondering if there is consensus on any protocol for caring for/pre-conditioning new shell. Do I need to do anything special (or anything at all) to new shell? Do I do any kind of pre-wear care? 

 

I've got some new 975's on the way and want to be sure I take the utmost care of them. 

 

Thanks!

post #75311 of 122416
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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

I've seen some confusing, conflicting stuff on caring for shell, both on here and on AAAC. I've read about the Mac method, but I've also seen people get some beautiful, deep, lustrous shine by treating shell with Renovateur and polishing with a lambswool mitt. 

When I get new calf shoes I condition/polish them before wearing them out of the house, following the Hanger Project protocol to build up a protective layer. I'm wondering if there is consensus on any protocol for caring for/pre-conditioning new shell. Do I need to do anything special (or anything at all) to new shell? Do I do any kind of pre-wear care? 

I've got some new 975's on the way and want to be sure I take the utmost care of them. 

Thanks!

Shell is very much a "plug and play" material. Probably just a quick brush and wipe down before you take them out the first time, the wipe mainly for just cleaning up factory applied excess product.

Some guys do use Alden Leather Defender on their shoes to aid in water resistance, but that is mostly optional.
post #75312 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

LeatherSoul is probably the most difficult retailer to buy shoes from over the phone/via the internet... They are unique in that they seem to have a huge in-store base of customers that actually originates from the entire West Coast and much of Asia, so obviously they have a lot of in-store demand to fill, and they tend to take care of those customers (which is fine). I've purchased Aldens from them here and there, as well as other products, and I am on a few preorders and will continue to look for products from them. When I actually am able to purchase shoes from them, shipping is fast and the packages tend to include extras (trees, notepads, shoe polish, etc). I've always been treated well by the folks I deal with there.

I just got in on the LS Ultimate Indy preorder that they estimated for September delivery.  I really have no problem waiting a half year, but hope to enjoy them for most of next winter.  For those who have been on their pre-orders before, when might I realistically see these? Should I adjust my expectations?

post #75313 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

I just got in on the LS Ultimate Indy preorder that they estimated for September delivery.  I really have no problem waiting a half year, but hope to enjoy them for most of next winter.  For those who have been on their pre-orders before, when might I realistically see these? Should I adjust my expectations?

Depends on Alden, not LS. Really depends but I would guess being a non shell model it should arrive on time.
post #75314 of 122416
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Originally Posted by irishcafe View Post

if those were size 10D. I'll snap that from you right away!

I have some 10s on the way that I was able to exchange from my 10.5s. I'm on the fence about keeping them though (been on a spending spree lately), so if I decide I'd rather have the money, I'll let you know.
post #75315 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

I just got in on the LS Ultimate Indy preorder that they estimated for September delivery.  I really have no problem waiting a half year, but hope to enjoy them for most of next winter.  For those who have been on their pre-orders before, when might I realistically see these? Should I adjust my expectations?

The Leather Soul preorders appear to be "confirmed orders," which indicates they should be there in the timeframe mentioned. I am on a few Leather Soul "unconfirmed" orders that have been in the works for over a year with no end in sight...
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