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What would you do with these whiskeys? 
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I couldn't accept this.

Something to consider is that quite a few people have said this unevenness will subside over time. I have no personal experience with this sort of QC issue, but I've heard others in the past claim the opposite -- that unevenness can get more pronounced over time.

My stance with new shoe QC or fit issues is to assume they will never change.
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He flips often.About keeping the count in check, and for good measure. 

Yeah, I just found it humorous that he just bought a shoe he unloaded in the past. We've all probably changed our preferences over time, so I'm not trying to criticize or anything.
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The post about the five-year old shoes got me thinking about my experience with my Aldens. Shortly after college in North Carolina, I moved to Atlanta in the mid 80s. One of my first purchases was a pair of Alden tassel loafers from Jos Bank. Back then, JAB sold pretty good suits and Alden shoes. The latter, BTW, for about $20 less than Brooks. This was long before Styleforum and even before the internet, so I didn't know anything about Alden shoes at the time; but I knew a good shoe when I saw one.

As time went on, I added additional Aldens to my rotation (although I didn't refer to it as that back then) and as I recall they cost about $150 for calf and $225 for cordovan (I don't think the term "shell" was in use.) Eventually, JAB switched to Allen Edmonds (their decline was underway (suits too)) and the only other store that carried Alden (other than Brooks) was one that catered mainly to people with foot and leg-length problems. Wow, how times have changed. I guess it's safe to say that I was Alden when Alden wasn't cool. Anyway, I still have most of the Alden shoes I bought back then and the styles are no different than they are today. They no longer fit though (after many years of the same size, my feet became a little longer and wider) and I need to get rid of them at some point.

As I said, I didn't know much about shoes back then; nor did I know much about shoe care. Consequently, they were pretty much abused with half-soles and a modicum of polish. It's a miracle that they survived all of that. I used regular polish, and probably too much, on the cordovan pair and they always looked dull and hazy; so I never cared much for them and never bought another pair. By the way, there were no different shades of cordovan back then, it was either black or #8.

As the 90s came around, I started dressing more casually and stopped buying Alden shoes although I continued to wear the ones I had, albeit not as much. My preference switched to Cole Haan loafers that were dark tan and matte finished (the Country line is what I think they called it and they were Brazilian made.) This was the height of my sockless days and the shoes worked vey well for that, in that they were unlined. I ruined a pair of Alden calf LHS by going sockless and destroying the lining.

After ten-plus years of Cole Haan and similar lines, my shoes started getting too tight and I needed to replace all of them. By this time, the internet and SF were in full swing and as I learned more about shoes, I'm once again in the Alden game. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had surrived Corporate America becoming more casual and that they had maintained their quality. The internet has also made vintage shoes far more accessible; so my current footwear includes both new Aldens and some excellent examples of fine vintage shoes. It's been an interesting journey. Here are some of my humble original Alden shoes. I'll post some of the new additions in a later post.

All 22 - 28 years old!


 

 

 

 

I also really enjoyed this post. Here's to another 28 years of Aldens for you! Wear in good health.

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Uncle Mac  and Sazon do it too if I'm not wrong. It makes sense to have newer pair every few yrs if you aren't into "patina" especially since shells do fetch a decent resale value. 

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Yeah, I just found it humorous that he just bought a shoe he unloaded in the past. We've all probably changed our preferences over time, so I'm not trying to criticize or anything.
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Something to consider is that quite a few people have said this unevenness will subside over time. I have no personal experience with this sort of QC issue, but I've heard others in the past claim the opposite -- that unevenness can get more pronounced over time.
 

Probably a good question to ask Nick @Horween.

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I find it a bit absurd in concept -- why are two shoes of different color shell going to even out to match one another in the future just because they were sold as the same pair? In theory then, all whiskey shell or color 8 or ravel lo or cigar will match all other shoes of that color over time. Or do being on the feet of the same person make them age this way?
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I find it a bit absurd in concept -- why are two shoes of different color shell going to even out to match one another in the future just because they were sold as the same pair? In theory then, all whiskey shell or color 8 or ravel lo or cigar will match all other shoes of that color over time. Or do being on the feet of the same person make them age this way?

Maybe those who think the difference will decrease over time are thinking that the creases that will form with wear will introduce color variation on each shoe, which will make the difference between the left and right shoes less noticeable.
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Rtp, we're safe. Someone already grabbed the size 10. I think the tan and navy saddles look way nice. It would have been hard for me to resist had they been available.

Safe? I guess... :D

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Alden Unlined CXL Dover.

 

 

 

-Mike

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all this unlined talk has me wondering about unlined shell PTBs... is such a thing a thing? I tend to focus on boots/chukkas, slowly working into shoes.. 

 

TIA

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all this unlined talk has me wondering about unlined shell PTBs... is such a thing a thing? I tend to focus on boots/chukkas, slowly working into shoes.. 

TIA

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/pre-orders/29386f-pre-order.html

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/01/19/alden-shoe-unlined-8-ptb-lsw/
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I love Dovers. They seem to be the best fitting shoes for my feet. I already have them in CXL, tan suede, and snuff suede and I'm seriously considering buying it in blue suede as well.
I have a new watch coming in this week as well. Pretty excited to see how it looks and performs in person. Watches and shoes are my 2 weaknesses.

Join the club.

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Alden Unlined CXL Dover.
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-Mike

Nice dovers, dubs. Was rocking mine yesterday, too. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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awesome, thank you! Will have to hop on a preorder in the future

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Sir, Color 8 Unlined Dovers.

 

 

-M

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And another picture #8 Dovers that need a wipe down and brush.  They still have some water spots from a light rain the other day - should brush out with some elbow grease.

 

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