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post #85831 of 122416
Curious why we don't see more Kangaroo leather shoes. They're an invasive species in Oz and the leather is super tough and lightweight. Viberg had also done a moose leather for a Canadian stockist.
post #85832 of 122416
That would be a good way to add a little bounce to your step, I suppose.
post #85833 of 122416
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Haven't posted any pix here in a while.

Some Ravello LWBs gave me inspiration this morning Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I like the combo. Great shoes sazon.
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Had to join Saz in the Ravello today.
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Awesome shoes bk. cool socks.
post #85834 of 122416

Folks,

Quick question. Would getting resoled by a third party say B.Nelson invalidate future alden restoration? Meaning will alden refuse to restore it in future?

 

Thanks in advance!

post #85835 of 122416
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Ravello LWB today, in honor of Sazon!

Wow, Thank Sir! Looking sharp!biggrin.gif
post #85836 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Deepak Atreya View Post

Folks,
Quick question. Would getting resoled by a third party say B.Nelson invalidate future alden restoration? Meaning will alden refuse to restore it in future?

Thanks in advance!

My understanding is that the answer is yes. However, other than refinishing shell uppers, BNelson does all that Alden does without a drop off in quality (IMO), at a slightly lower price, allows for additional customization (convert from leather to crepe, etc.), and with a much faster turnaround time.

I don't want to sound anti-Alden because they do a great job. Just that in my opinion, BNelson is a viable alternative. But to your question, yes, you will lose the option of sending to Alden for future work.
post #85837 of 122416

when you mean by refinishing the uppers, isn't that an important process to get those shells all glazed up again? 

post #85838 of 122416
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when you mean by refinishing the uppers, isn't that an important process to get those shells all glazed up again? 

It's only important if you like the look of glazed shell and/or the glaze has worn away and you're nervous reapplying it yourself. Several people have shown in other postings that glaze can be applied at home in a process that is just as easy as polishing.

Personally, I appreciate the look of high shine and patina more than brand-new glossy glaze.
post #85839 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Deepak Atreya View Post

Folks,
Quick question. Would getting resoled by a third party say B.Nelson invalidate future alden restoration? Meaning will alden refuse to restore it in future?

Thanks in advance!

My understanding is that the answer is yes. However, other than refinishing shell uppers, BNelson does all that Alden does without a drop off in quality (IMO), at a slightly lower price, allows for additional customization (convert from leather to crepe, etc.), and with a much faster turnaround time.

I don't want to sound anti-Alden because they do a great job. Just that in my opinion, BNelson is a viable alternative. But to your question, yes, you will lose the option of sending to Alden for future work.
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when you mean by refinishing the uppers, isn't that an important process to get those shells all glazed up again? 

BNelson is a viable alternative and what Shawnc says above is on target. The one difference - and for some this is a major difference (whether for good or for bad) - is that BNelson will not return them to you freshly glazed.
post #85840 of 122416
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BNelson is a viable alternative and what Shawnc says above is on target. The one difference - and for some this is a major difference (whether for good or for bad) - is that BNelson will not return them to you freshly glazed.

And he doesn't have the original lasts.

post #85841 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Curious why we don't see more Kangaroo leather shoes. They're an invasive species in Oz and the leather is super tough and lightweight. Viberg had also done a moose leather for a Canadian stockist.

A lot of the SZ favorite designers/makers use a lot of kangaroo for their footwear, brands like Carol Christian Poell, Augusta/a1923, Guidi, etc.

I imagine that Alden and other dressier shoemakers don't use kangaroo is because the leather is so lightweight and thin that it doesn't hold it's shape well and under a suit would look sloppy.



post #85842 of 122416
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My understanding is that the answer is yes. However, other than refinishing shell uppers, BNelson does all that Alden does without a drop off in quality (IMO), at a slightly lower price, allows for additional customization (convert from leather to crepe, etc.), and with a much faster turnaround time.

I don't want to sound anti-Alden because they do a great job. Just that in my opinion, BNelson is a viable alternative. But to your question, yes, you will lose the option of sending to Alden for future work.

Thanks Shawn.

 

Just wondering if anybody had any success in getting restored by Alden without uppers being re-dyed.

post #85843 of 122416
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Thanks Shawn.

Just wondering if anybody had any success in getting restored by Alden without uppers being re-dyed.
I believe people here have asked that Alden not touch the uppers and I think they cooperated.
post #85844 of 122416
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

when you mean by refinishing the uppers, isn't that an important process to get those shells all glazed up again? 

It looks like this question has been answered but I want to add that when I indicated refinishing, it was not intended to be limited to simply adding the gloss. As tif has pointed out, this is really easy and can be done by the owner. I was also referring to them touching up the dye. I've sent in a pair of whiskey PTB's and cigar LWB's and both came back noticeably darker. The LWB's in a very good way. The PTB's not so much.
post #85845 of 122416
Hi
i'm from Europe and i'm going to order Alden 975 through proxy. So there will be no ability to return if the size is wrong.
Should i order size 9,5D?
I wear:
Wolverine 1000 mile boots US9,5D
Clarks desert boots US10
Jack purcell US10.5
Redwings GT 9,5D (too narrow, tight)

I would really appreciate any help, thank you.
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