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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post
Finally got around to wearing my number 8 cap toe boots today.

I got an instruction care card from Alden with a purchase of Cigar Shells. It states that they recommend #8 wax on all their cordovans. Has anyone try it on a lighter shade like Cigar or Ravello?

Alden specifically sells a brown and tan wax. That's what I use on my lighter shells. I think you'd be crazy to use #8 wax on Whiskey or Ravello.
post #8942 of 122416
meant to address it to brothersharp...looks good though rkd.

I recently picked up a pair of #8 indy's and waiting for a pair of LS black tankers from a forum member
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yeah i got brown wax for my cigars. they have all the colors ... i would def not use 8 on lighter shell
post #8944 of 122416
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I bought them back in October, and all that I knew was that they looked nice and were handcrafted--therefore being durable to the point of achieving 'lifetime-lasting' status. Luckily, the post holiday blizzard in NY gave me a great chance to see exactly how durable they were.
These things do not equate. Shoes last a lifetime from proper maintenance and appropriate wear. Those boots look like they've been through the trenches. Honestly, they look trashed and there is no way that they will last a lifetime if you continue to wear them like that. I can't even reconcile what they would have looked like when they were new.

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I don't know too many boots that could have withstood that storm.
It doesn't look like your Aldens withstood them either. I'm not sure why you're so convinced that your Aldens faired well in that storm. You should seriously consider some boots designed specifically for winter conditions (i.e. a 12" boot with a rubber sole).
post #8945 of 122416
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Thanks for that follow-up. Did you convey that suggestion to Alden? I would be curious to hear what their response was to that.

That is the main flaw of the crepe sole. That being said, the comfort level is second to none.

Well, the response was, "This is how we do it.". No negative at all, but it's just their style. Everyone at Alden I have dealt with is helpful.

Maybe a possible future custom order though?
post #8946 of 122416
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Originally Posted by randomkoreandude View Post

Where are those boots from?
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Originally Posted by LeatherHead View Post

Is this your boot


These are great. What model are they?
post #8948 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rabidawg View Post
These are great. What model are they?

looks like cap toe natural chxl w/ crepe sole?
post #8949 of 122416
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Where are those boots from?

these cigar indys are from leffot
post #8950 of 122416
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post
Look nice and are handcrafted? How can you tell anymore? Next time buy a pair of Sorels for the deep snow/slush.
^^^^^^^ there is a fine line between "they are shoes and meant to be worn so don't worry about it" and "massive misuse" a $60 pair of bean boots from ebay will be a ton better in a snow storm/resulting slush than any aldens. and as bonus, you won't ruin your $400 - $700 aldens!
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Originally Posted by brothersharp View Post
These are my first pair of Aldens so I didn't know much of what to expect from them. I bought them back in October, and all that I knew was that they looked nice and were handcrafted--therefore being durable to the point of achieving 'lifetime-lasting' status.

Sorry to beat this drum, but Alden shoes are not "handcrafted". As someone pointed out, some models have oriental hand stitching on them, the rest can only be called machine made. You could have purchased a pair of Allen Edmonds and received a similarly "handcrafted" pair of shoes.

And your boots look thrashed, But I'm glad you like them.
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post
As someone pointed out, some models have oriental hand stitching on them
Aldens are made in China?
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Originally Posted by PeterParker View Post
Aldens are made in China?

Ha, fuck... been a loooong day.
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Originally Posted by randomkoreandude View Post
yeah i got brown wax for my cigars. they have all the colors ... i would def not use 8 on lighter shell
I use black polish on all my Alden Shell--#8, Whiskey, Cigar. I've seen no issues with it. On the contrary, I think it adds to the patina (particularly my Whiskey Shell).
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Originally Posted by JOA View Post
I use black polish on all my Shell's--#8, Whiskey, Cigar. I've seen no issues with it. On the contrary, I think it adds to the patina (particularly my Whiskey Shell).

Have you ever posted a picture of your Whiskey shoes? If so, can you you link? If not, would you mind?
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