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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

If this were #8, you could reach out to one of the Alden stores and see if they could darken the lighter shoe to match the darker. I truly have no idea if that is possible for ravello, but it it worth a shot, especially for ravello at that price.

I think it can be done. Apply dark brown paste wax, and then apply black paste wax, and buff.  This is what many will do to darken up the lightening of the creases with color 8 shoes (only with color 8 paste wax).  I've never done this myself, but a local retailer says he does this for many of his Alden customers who freak out when their color 8 shoes crease and get a light color red in the creases... he darkens them up with color 8 and black paste wax.  He seems to know what he's doing.  :eh:

post #77582 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

I think it can be done. Apply dark brown paste wax, and then apply black paste wax, and buff.  This is what many will do to darken up the lightening of the creases with color 8 shoes (only with color 8 paste wax).  I've never done this myself, but a local retailer says he does this for many of his Alden customers who freak out when their color 8 shoes crease and get a light color red in the creases... he darkens them up with color 8 and black paste wax.  He seems to know what he's doing.  :eh:

 

 

This, no way I would send those back in that size / style / color - I would go the dark brown / black mix until you get the shade close enough and call it a day.

 

OP - hop over the the Kirby Allison thread on polishing (somebody posted a link earlier today / late yesterday) and have a look through there - iirc, somebody did a nice job bringing a brown splotchy pair of shoes back to life.

 

Cheers,

BN

post #77583 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I think it can be done. Apply dark brown paste wax, and then apply black paste wax, and buff.  This is what many will do to darken up the lightening of the creases with color 8 shoes (only with color 8 paste wax).  I've never done this myself, but a local retailer says he does this for many of his Alden customers who freak out when their color 8 shoes crease and get a light color red in the creases... he darkens them up with color 8 and black paste wax.  He seems to know what he's doing.  eh.gif

Quick question: in using such paste wax over such high stress areas, don't you get the polish cracking via subsequent wear? Is it just a colored cream that one is shooting for here for such an effect as you describe?
post #77584 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

A few pages back folks were wondering how the navy CXL would work with dark jeans. Here's Alden for J.Crew with RRL once washed denim combo. 






Those looks real nice!

I just placed my order with Yenni for the Navy CXL Indy (August delivery). Not sure what the lace color would be, but it's got mid-tan sole edge, should work out similar to yours!
post #77585 of 122416
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

So I received the Shoemart 2nd's today. Box was marked 9900 Cigar PTB but I'm pretty sure these are the new Ravello (as advertised on the 2nd's list). Initially they looked to be in pretty much perfect condition. When I held them in direct sunlight I could see that one of the shoes was considerably lighter than the other. I'm wondering what I should do because at the moment they actually look like 2 different shoes. It seems that I have a few options:

1. Return them for a refund.
2. Wear them and hope they even out.
3. Leave the darker shoe in the sunlight for a few days/ weeks/months.
4. Apply renovateur to the darker shoe and hope that I can get it to match the lighter one.
5. Send them to Alden for "refinishing".

I am inclined to give the renovateur route a go - I lightened a pair of AE Dundee's (which were coated in finishing product) quite successfully recently. However, I wouldn'y want to do this and potentially mess one of the shoes up for good.

If I contacted Alden would they even offer to attempt to make these match by refinishing them, and if so does anyone here have the contact info of someone at Alden who might be able to help me?

These are on the Barrie and I'm a size 12.5D - these are never available in my size, anywhere. In fact, I'm puzzled as to where these were headed before they became seconds? They could have been from a DC run? These have quite a dark antique edging.

Anyway, any advice would be appreciated.

This is what they look like... the colour difference is much more apparent in direct sunlight.
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The Reno isn't going to do anything permanent.

Maybe explore Dandy Shoe Care?
http://www.styleforum.net/t/233902/a-fine-pair-of-shoes-official-affiliate-thread/1425#post_6798619
post #77586 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post


The Reno isn't going to do anything permanent.

Maybe explore Dandy Shoe Care?
http://www.styleforum.net/t/233902/a-fine-pair-of-shoes-official-affiliate-thread/1425#post_6798619

 

Wow - thanks for that link, amazing.

post #77587 of 122416
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

So I received the Shoemart 2nd's today. Box was marked 9900 Cigar PTB but I'm pretty sure these are the new Ravello (as advertised on the 2nd's list). Initially they looked to be in pretty much perfect condition. When I held them in direct sunlight I could see that one of the shoes was considerably lighter than the other. I'm wondering what I should do because at the moment they actually look like 2 different shoes. It seems that I have a few options:

1. Return them for a refund.
2. Wear them and hope they even out.
3. Leave the darker shoe in the sunlight for a few days/ weeks/months.
4. Apply renovateur to the darker shoe and hope that I can get it to match the lighter one.
5. Send them to Alden for "refinishing".

I am inclined to give the renovateur route a go - I lightened a pair of AE Dundee's (which were coated in finishing product) quite successfully recently. However, I wouldn'y want to do this and potentially mess one of the shoes up for good.

If I contacted Alden would they even offer to attempt to make these match by refinishing them, and if so does anyone here have the contact info of someone at Alden who might be able to help me?

These are on the Barrie and I'm a size 12.5D - these are never available in my size, anywhere. In fact, I'm puzzled as to where these were headed before they became seconds? They could have been from a DC run? These have quite a dark antique edging.

Anyway, any advice would be appreciated.

This is what they look like... the colour difference is much more apparent in direct sunlight.

I hate do disappoint you but I don't think you can fix this. I had a similar issue with a pair of Wolverine 744 a while back and sent it to B.Nelson hoping they would be able to help. Nick was discreet enough to tell me upfront he had doubts they would be able to fix it. While they evened the difference in color a bit, it was still too obvious so I had to part with them. 

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Maiden voyage! 990. dy4yzanu.jpg

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post #77589 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

A few pages back folks were wondering how the navy CXL would work with dark jeans. Here's Alden for J.Crew with RRL once washed denim combo. 


 

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win!

post #77590 of 122416
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

It's only really noticeable in direct sunlight. In the shade I can't really imagine the color difference being too strange. At this price, I'm thinking an Alden refinishing might be the way to go. Honestly, Ravello or Cigar PTB's in 12.5D are not easy to come by. If I sent them to Alden and the returned as Cigar's I would also be very happy...
Great option! Keep em and send them to Alden for refinishing. I like it! After ten years you will be thankful because all these shoes wear and show different characteristics.
post #77591 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Looking good, Saz

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Originally Posted by Deepak Atreya View Post

Looks great Saz! Never been a big fan of tassels but more I see the more I am being converted :P

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I agree with bk, sazon.

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Those look nice sazon. Do u usually wear tassels? I don't and have not bought the blue suede tassels fearing I wouldn't wear them. How did it go today?

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Looking sharp, Sazon. Alden's aberdeen loafers (both tassels and full strap) are great for weekday wear


Thank you all kind gentlemen!

Mr DV - I was very happy in these, on my first day. They fit and felt pretty well, considering it was my first time with the Aberdeen last, tassels, AND I had my orthotics in there.
post #77592 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

A few pages back folks were wondering how the navy CXL would work with dark jeans. Here's Alden for J.Crew with RRL once washed denim combo. 
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Those look awesome!
post #77593 of 122416
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

A few pages back folks were wondering how the navy CXL would work with dark jeans. Here's Alden for J.Crew with RRL once washed denim combo.

very nice boots. I think this pic settles it, blue cxl + dark denim works.

 

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post
Thank you all kind gentlemen!
Mr DV - I was very happy in these, on my first day. They fit and felt pretty well, considering it was my first time with the Aberdeen last, tassels, AND I had my orthotics in there.

good to hear the positive report sazon. its encouraging to see you wearing them so well.

post #77594 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tv2177 View Post

Maiden voyage! 990. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
dy4yzanu.jpg

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TV, awesome PTBs! Way to keep it classic on a Monday.

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Originally Posted by Deepak Atreya View Post

Nothing like starting the Monday with lwb #8
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Beautiful LWBs. Looking terrific!

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

My tassel's maiden voyage. Have a great week gentlemen. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Saz, I know you were on the fence with those guys, but I am glad you went for them. Beautiful shoe and I love the foxing on the back of those that the Brooks Bros model has.

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DV, I think it goes without saying that those are awesome.

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Black Calf NST's for this monsoon Monday
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DonL, classy NSTs. Way to ground us with some calf. Looking terrific. I love the film strip look btw.

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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

So I received the Shoemart 2nd's today. Box was marked 9900 Cigar PTB but I'm pretty sure these are the new Ravello (as advertised on the 2nd's list). Initially they looked to be in pretty much perfect condition. When I held them in direct sunlight I could see that one of the shoes was considerably lighter than the other. I'm wondering what I should do because at the moment they actually look like 2 different shoes. It seems that I have a few options:

1. Return them for a refund.
2. Wear them and hope they even out.
3. Leave the darker shoe in the sunlight for a few days/ weeks/months.
4. Apply renovateur to the darker shoe and hope that I can get it to match the lighter one.
5. Send them to Alden for "refinishing".

I am inclined to give the renovateur route a go - I lightened a pair of AE Dundee's (which were coated in finishing product) quite successfully recently. However, I wouldn'y want to do this and potentially mess one of the shoes up for good.

If I contacted Alden would they even offer to attempt to make these match by refinishing them, and if so does anyone here have the contact info of someone at Alden who might be able to help me?

These are on the Barrie and I'm a size 12.5D - these are never available in my size, anywhere. In fact, I'm puzzled as to where these were headed before they became seconds? They could have been from a DC run? These have quite a dark antique edging.

Anyway, any advice would be appreciated.

This is what they look like... the colour difference is much more apparent in direct sunlight.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Hoit, I think enough has been said here already, but it sounds like your heart is set. I totally understand it because I love the PTB and I particularly love Ravello. Alden DC and SF got these in last Winter and they are the likely source. I got a twin of yours on the day after X-mad from Alden SF.

I would probably keep them and proceed depending upon your tolerance. If you are okay with them darkening substantially, shoot them back to Alden and let them have a shot at them. If you don't want to have them come back darker, do it yourself. You may be able to give them to Alden even after you give them a whirl. I will also mention, that in my experience VSC will darken Shell a slight bit. May be what you need. I know that Saphir gets more love here, and not necessarily for bad reasons, but it's a thought.

Happy Monday! Sorry I went Marlow today. :-)

-Mike
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Maiden voyage! 990. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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TV, great looking shoes! I really need to consider buying a pair at some point in the future.

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