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Do they smell bad after that much wear or do shoe trees eliminate all odors?

I think they smell great! but then again...I am kind of twisted so YMMV.

Seriously, they didnt see a shoe tree that often and I spent many long days traveling in them and smell was never an issue.
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Looks like they re-stitched the piece containing the eyelets to the vamp?

They did- that was an obvious repair job as part of the re-crafting process...not quite as good as new but nice to have it fixed.
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Need Supply has such unique make ups. Thoughts on this?

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I want that but not even sure how to rock it. I wish sites like this would show the shoe on a foot and in sunlight.

Not for me.
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^^ Regarding Alden/Rochester split-toe trees, and the issue of them not filling out the shoe very well: this is remedied - at least for me - by ordering one size larger. I am 9D Barrie and, when I use Alden trees (not always) I use large. The size guide says I should use medium. I used to use Medium, but have not done so for quite a long time.
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I want that but not even sure how to rock it. I wish sites like this would show the shoe on a foot and in sunlight.

I love the leather color. Just not sure why the white vibram soles....

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Ok,

I apologize ahead of time if this is anyone here...

Gorgeous Burnished Tan Alden Slip on Tassel Moccasin Loafer Sz 8 1/2 BD #662

 

I cant bring myself to say how amazing this is.

They cant be serious.

really???

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I ordered some tan alden paste wax from TSM, kinda suprised at the color.



As others have said, it looks much darker in the jar than it does on the shoe. Basically all shoe polish looks darker in the jar. I have used this polish on whiskey cordovan and tan calfskin with great results.

Saphir has somewhat recently added "whiskey" to their shell cordovan shoe cream line. I have not tried it yet. Just passing this along ....
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Saphir has somewhat recently added "whiskey" to their shell cordovan shoe cream line. I have not tried it yet. Just passing this along ....
I heard this as well. But since I already have the Alden tan and it will probably last me a lifetime I guess I'll have to wait for someone else to try it!
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

^^ Regarding Alden/Rochester split-toe trees, and the issue of them not filling out the shoe very well: this is remedied - at least for me - by ordering one size larger. I am 9D Barrie and, when I use Alden trees (not always) I use large. The size guide says I should use medium. I used to use Medium, but have not done so for quite a long time.

 

I'm glad to hear this. I thought I was the only one sizing up. The toes of my shoes tend to curl up and I find the next size up hold the shoe flat for me.

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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post
 

Has anyone done Topy on the flex-welt? I am wondering whether adding the rubber outsole will make the soles a lot stiffer and hence less comfortable.

I have done it with a pair of loafers with very thin sole (Italian).  The topy did make the shoe a bit more rigid but not to the extent that it felt like it's a double sole.  I think you'll be fine. 

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(cross-posting to Carmina thread)

 

I've just acquired some Carmina ruby shell:

 

 

I don't suppose anyone out there has both this color and Alden's Colors 2 and/or 4?  I've been looking for a side-by-side comparison and coming up dry.

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Black cordovan NST

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Ok,
I apologize ahead of time if this is anyone here...
Gorgeous Burnished Tan Alden Slip on Tassel Moccasin Loafer Sz 8 1/2 BD #662

I cant bring myself to say how amazing this is.
They cant be serious.
really???

Don't blow up my auction, bro. That patina alone is worth $149.98.
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All - based upon the comments on the cremes for cordovan, I did my quick paper test again.

 

I started playing with this stuff after I received my whiskey shells, as I wanted to lightly burnish the toes - my tests led me to a few conclusions....

 

1) Saphir Dark Brown Cordovan isn't brown - its more of a deep eggplant, there is a lot of purple in it.  Mixed with black cordovan it works well on burnishing Color #8

 

2) Saphir Dark Brown Cordovan can be used to impart a darker color into #8 on its own.

 

3) Alden Tan Paste is very hard, and appears to leave the most color behind - in this case, look at the middle finger of the glove - I'm not a fan of this color much and decided not to use it

 

4) Saphir Whiskey Cordovan seems to be a reasonable match for light Whiskey, but too light for the color of my shoes.  I'll blend it with some black to lightly darken it when I use it on my whiskey shoes.

 

5) Saphir Black Cordovan cream is true black

 

Anyway, this is what things look like as of now...

 

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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post


Don't blow up my auction, bro. That patina alone is worth $149.98.

I was going to say.  Market the patina. How the patina is authentic.  Sprinkle words like character, soul, curated, handmade, artisan, organic etc.  Sell it for 30% more than retail.

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