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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

My Alden #8 longwing from TSM has arrived today. I am no expert in shell cordovan so I was hoping someone can help me figure out if these are keepers. The only issue with the shoes is a small nick (1/8 of an inch). I am concerned, however, that eventually this nick may evolve into the break. Am I worried too much?

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Cincikid, 

You are probably worried too much.  Yes, it's a nick.  The nick/blemish exists, but it is unclear, based on the picture, how noticeable the blemish is.  It is unlikely that creasing along the vamp or other factors will cause a break in the future. Also, you could probably fill the blemish and/or camouflage it with polish and Reno or conditioner. 

 

However, irregulars from TSM are not cheap.  So if you have concerns or doubts, perhaps these irregulars are not for you. I am sure someone will be happy to have them. Cheers.  

 

 

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For about $250 off that is nothing. I have had firsts that came worse than that, and I've kept them. I would gladly take those for $250 off. You would probably make nicks worse than that during your first wear. Sometimes the small nicks and bumps happen inside the box from the speed hooks and whatnot (which I guess doesn't apply in this case but jus sayin).  I really want a pair of LWB and saw those literally the minute the seconds list was out and was contemplating purchasing them, but no more burgundy/color #8 for me. I only have 2 pairs but since I only wear chinos/jeans, they're kinda hard to pair. Congrats on your new 975s though!

 

The 975 is an awesome and very usable shoe. For $250 off, I would keep that shoe, I have done far worse with my desk chair or stair or other evil object that jumps out and attacks my poor Aldens.

post #77402 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Seriously??? Thats crazy!

I recall a pair of color 4's on ebay getting somewhere close to that number.
post #77403 of 122416
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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post
 

Cincikid, 

You are probably worried too much.  Yes, it's a nick.  The nick/blemish exists, but it is unclear, based on the picture, how noticeable the blemish is.  It is unlikely that creasing along the vamp or other factors will cause a break in the future. Also, you could probably fill the blemish and/or camouflage it with polish and Reno or conditioner. 

 

However, irregulars from TSM are not cheap.  So if you have concerns or doubts, perhaps these irregulars are not for you. I am sure someone will be happy to have them. Cheers.  

 

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Originally Posted by movoblast View Post
 

For about $250 off that is nothing. I have had firsts that came worse than that, and I've kept them. I would gladly take those for $250 off. You would probably make nicks worse than that during your first wear. Sometimes the small nicks and bumps happen inside the box from the speed hooks and whatnot (which I guess doesn't apply in this case but jus sayin).  I really want a pair of LWB and saw those literally the minute the seconds list was out and was contemplating purchasing them, but no more burgundy/color #8 for me. I only have 2 pairs but since I only wear chinos/jeans, they're kinda hard to pair. Congrats on your new 975s though!

 

Thank you, gentlemen, for your input. Much appreciated. 

Totally agree that I will sure end up with more nicks after a few wears. From purely cosmetic standpoint, this doesn't bother me at all. I was more worried about the laws of physics and the strengths of materials here. Looks like I was overthinking this. 

Fwiw, these were $325 off as they have commando soles. 

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The 975 is an awesome and very usable shoe. For $250 off, I would keep that shoe, I have done far worse with my desk chair or stair or other evil object that jumps out and attacks my poor Aldens.

Thanks, Mike. I think I will keep these (at $325 off actually). 

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LV, sweet 974's! They do not get nearly enough love here... But you need to get home from work!!! :-)

Thanks, Mike. That's my first pair from Kathy in DC so they get nothing but love.
Edited by LittleViti - 3/28/14 at 7:23pm
post #77406 of 122416
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

Shoemart refers to them as "irregulars". Click this link, and enter each size and width you are looking for separately. Good luck fellow big-footed brethren!

Thanks!
post #77407 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

Thanks, Mike. I think I will keep these (at $325 off actually). 

Nice. Commando sole just sweetens the deal. I have a pair of allen edmonds seconds with an actual gash in the shell. Been wearing them twice a week for the past 5 months and has not gotten any bigger. Congrats on your purchase. 

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Nice. Commando sole just sweetens the deal. I have a pair of allen edmonds seconds with an actual gash in the shell. Been wearing them twice a week for the past 5 months and has not gotten any bigger. Congrats on your purchase. 

with commando those are real tankers! wear it with good health!
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Can someone be kind to tell me how tough are the alpine grain leather and cxl when wearing in foul weather and when scratched? I have seen some pictures on the thread that scratch on cxl can be buffed off, but what about alpine grain leather? can scratch also be buffed off?
post #77410 of 122416
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Originally Posted by movoblast View Post
 

Nice. Commando sole just sweetens the deal. I have a pair of allen edmonds seconds with an actual gash in the shell. Been wearing them twice a week for the past 5 months and has not gotten any bigger. Congrats on your purchase. 

Mine certainly doesn't look like a gash. However, my concern is that it looks as if someone pricked the shoe with something sharp and I actually can feel the nick when I "massage" it from the inside. If this is just a nick, I am totally cool with it, but it the leather--being at flex-point--will crack after a few wears, this will suck. Does anyone know Alden's warranty in such cases?

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Originally Posted by tv2177 View Post

Can someone be kind to tell me how tough are the alpine grain leather and cxl when wearing in foul weather and when scratched? I have seen some pictures on the thread that scratch on cxl can be buffed off, but what about alpine grain leather? can scratch also be buffed off?

I have limited experience with alpine grain, but I think it would heel much worse than CXL. On the bright side though, you can use a shoe polish to mask a nick--something I wouldn't do with CXL. 

post #77412 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Holy crap, you wore yours??? :-)
I guess that I need to get on my high horse then! I am home for two weeks, getting my properly photographed and then onto feet will be a priority...
-Mike
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Convinced someone would pay 3-4k for those color 2s.

Mdubs should keep his pair unworn. Take them to the antique road show in 20 years. The keno brothers would flip.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#2 first wear

superb as always.
post #77414 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tv2177 View Post

Can someone be kind to tell me how tough are the alpine grain leather and cxl when wearing in foul weather and when scratched? I have seen some pictures on the thread that scratch on cxl can be buffed off, but what about alpine grain leather? can scratch also be buffed off?

 

havent needed to treat my alpine grain swbs but have absolutely thrown everything I can at my jcrew indys with no ill results.. most scratches rub out with my thumb and spit. if not a little vsc

 

if they hadnt stretched so much they'd prolly be my most worn pair.. now I want to go another .5 down to see if they'll be perfect after they stretch to fit..

post #77415 of 122416
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havent needed to treat my alpine grain swbs but have absolutely thrown everything I can at my jcrew indys with no ill results.. most scratches rub out with my thumb and spit. if not a little vsc

if they hadnt stretched so much they'd prolly be my most worn pair.. now I want to go another .5 down to see if they'll be perfect after they stretch to fit..

Sounds like Indy is the ultimate beater boot in all Alden. Did u mean you will size down a whole size if you can given the nature that cxl stretches over time?
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