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Originally Posted by lifeinabox View Post

My budding collection can't compete with mdubs' but just got these two in.  I'm now equipped to face the tough SoCal winter.

Have you used any suede protector on them? What would every body recommend I have some nano I think.
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

Gentlemen,

 

There has been a few questions as to how to take care of Antique Edging recently and I know that there have been a few rare shoe drops and many more to come in the next couple of weeks, so I thought that I would dig up this old post for everyone's benefit. This is exactly how I care for my antique edges and this is my motivation (source) of how to do it... AE's natural is a quick alternative if you don't care quite that much about keeping the magical glow that they come with out of the factory.

 

-Mike

 

 

My recommendation for those who wants the glow.

 

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Have you used any suede protector on them? What would every body recommend I have some nano I think.

I used nano protector.  Seemed to be the recommended product around these parts.

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@RobinM they put that stuff on the edges as well?

 

-Mike

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It's been awhile since this has been posted. I have updated the post somewhat.

ALDEN FAQ

Compiled by @borderline and @Bakes11771 using the combined wisdom of "The Official Alden Thread" on Styleforum and other web sources.

Before Buying
What are the different lasts and how do they fit relative to one another?

Source: @REguy, Reference: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/13590#post_4526910

 

Anecdotal Sizing Information (Click to show)

From @NewYorkRanger

I find the Modified last (for my foot) is wider than the Barrie. 9D Modified fits me great, while 9D in Barrie is a snug fit, the E width for me in Barrie is too wide. I find the Trubalance last to be a little bit bigger overall last to the Barrie, whereas the Modified has a more tapered mid foot under the arch, opening up to a wider forefoot.

 

From @borderline:
Normal size is 10.5D, I take a 10D in Barrie and 10.5E in Leydon

From @Pastor:

I wear a 9 D in the Barrie and i've also tried a 9E in the Barrie. I won some of each and wear them both. The 9D is a little snug and the 9E is a little loose. I have a pair of 9.5 D leydon lasted LWB and they fit great. I went with a 9.5D on the grant.
9.5 E in the Dalton and most all AE's
9D in the truebalance (almost perfect fit)
9.5 D in grant ( perfect fit)
9.5 D in leydon (perfect fit)

 

From @dsmivtr:
I wear 6.5D Barrie and the 7D Grants fits well for me (actually 6.5E also works fine).

 

From @kippy:
If you size down 1/2 for barrie (say 10E to 9.5E), don't try to size down 1 and go wider (to 9EE)

 

From @MiniW:

the best way to determine fit and comfort is to ensure that the ball of your foot is at the widest part of the shoes. some people may have short toes and some people may have longer toes but using that area as a reference point has always worked well for me. Also there is just a feel when you put on a pair of shoes if it feels slightly too large or slightly too tight. If you think it fits you well and is not causing any pain or slipping off when you lace them, then they are likely the right size.

 

From @mdubs:

I am a 10.5C True to Size (TTS). I wear the following sizes on the following lasts:

-10D on Van

-10.5B on Barrie and Trubalance

-10.5C on Grant, Leydon, Plaza, and Tremont (and AE 5-last for those with AE experience)

-11B on Hampton and Aberdeen

 

What do the different cordovan colors look like?

@zippy Color Comparison: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/21165#post_5102551
@makewayhomer Color Comparison: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/21300#post_5108188

Color Variation Sample: http://cdn.styleforum.net/e/ec/ecd5c41b_image.jpeg

I feel like I'm buying too many Aldens, what can I do?
1) Give up, there is no hope.
2) Stop reading this thread

Are Alden shoes worth the price?
At the end of the day, the main benefits to Alden shoes are
1) High quality Horween leathers (Chromexcel, cordovan, and I assume suede) in unique colors
2) Willingness to work with retailers (many of whom work with customers) to develop special styles
3) Variety of well-fitting lasts
4) Recraft-ability (not necessarily by Alden, but by a variety of cobblers)
5) Decent price point compared to shoemakers that work with similar materials
6) Traditional aesthetic (high quality and stylish in a "handsome," "gentlemanly" way)
7) Alden shoes are pretty comfortable, can be very eye catching (cordovan, suede, etc tend to get tons of compliments) and overall enhance one's look.
The obvious downsides are
1) Poor quality control, particularly as they ramp production
2) Low / inconsistent availability
(Alcibiades)

After Buying
How should I break in my shoes?
Use “Mac’s Break-in Procedure”:
Shoes should be worn only on carpeting on three different days for a minimum of one hour in order to ascertain that the fit is proper.

What is the "pen trick"?
You put a pen where your foot joints are and then crease the shoe. This way the crease is set exactly where your joint bends and the crease is nice and even. People report varying levels of success with this, and it is generally thought to be more important for the PTB.

Will my cordovan shoes stretch?
The consensus is that cordovan stretches very little, if at all.

 

Care and Cleaning


How should I clean my cordovan shoes or boots?
 

Use the “Mac Method”:
1) Clean shoes with damp cloth

2) Brush vigorously with a horsehair brush

3) Buff with smooth cloth

4) Use wax after a minimum of fifteen wearings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp5nyVAjMWQ&feature=player_embedded
http://theagatineeyelet.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/the-mac-method/

Some other cleaning advice from Alden of Carmel
1. Do not use 'neutral' polish
2. Do not clean cordovan shoes using saddle soap
3. Do not attempt to clean cordovan shoes using petroleum distillates or cleaning fluids
4. Do not use any spray shines or aerosol type waterproofs
5. Do not attempt to dry wet shell cordovan shoes with heat or a heater. Wipe them dry, and allow them to dry naturally
6. Do not attempt to polish shell cordovan shoes while wet
http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/care_of_shell_cordovan.htm

Some cordovan cleaning advice from the Shoe Care thread
http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/1425#post_5216113

Some cleaning advice from user MarioImpemba
http://seddylife.tumblr.com/image/36249869978

My shoes are dry and/or discolored in the creases. How can I fix this?
Alden SF recommends using a small amount of cream in the creases. This can moisturize the area and also bring up some of the natural color in the leather. Most people use either Saphir Renovateur or Venetian Shoe Cream.
http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html
http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/accessories/venetian-shoe-cream

My cordovan shoes got wet and there are tiny round marks or bubbles. What should I do?
1) Next time try the Alden Leather Defender
2) Brush them for awhile
3) Try some Renovateur
4) Try the deer bone treatment
5) Just wait, it will go away evenutally

My cordovan shoes has some white stuff on the leather. What do I do?
This is called "bloom". One method is to use a hair dryer, hold it 6" away from the shoe, and then after it cools down use a chamois cloth and buff it for awhile. It should go away.

 

How do I care for the edges on my shoes?

This depends for the color of the dressing. For Black, I recommend the Allen Edmonds Black Heel & Sole Edge Dressing. You may also want to consider the Saphir edge dressing projects available from the hangerproject.com as well.

 

For antique edge dressing, I recommend Patrick's method, which is as follows.

 

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I scuffed up the edge trim on one of my cigar PTB's this week. I've no idea how it occurred. I didn't want to use a dark brown edge trim as I wanted to keep the visible layers of the stacked leather sole. I only have brown & black edge trim, both AE branded.

 

To add color to the scuff, I touched it up with AE's Walnut cream polish ("Premium Shoe Polish" in the tube). For reference, AE's walnut shoes are a light to medium brown. I then applied a thin layer/small amount of AE's brown carnauba wax polish to the entire edge trim. IMO it came out well.

 

Before & After pics below. In the before images, I bumped up the exposure & sharpening to make the damage more easily visible.

 

Before (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

After (Click to show)

 

 

 

I want new shoelaces for my Indy Boots. What are my options?
1) Alden will mail you a pair if you ask. http://www.aldenshoe.com/
2) The Alden Madison store will sell you waxed laces for ~$6. http://aldenmadisonny.com/
3) Red Wing model 9011 will work, request them here http://www.redwingheritage.com/laces/

Restoration/Cobblers

 

Alden offers a restoration service. More information can be obtained from Alden directly.

http://www.aldenshoe.com/DrawOnePage.aspx?PageID=12

 

Will Alden put a different sole on my shoes?
Alden Restoration will now only recraft your shoes using original materials. If you want to put on a different sole, your best bet may be B. Nelson.
http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/

Can I have speed hooks converted to eyelets?
B Nelson will do it for $12 per eyelet (not per pair). A standard Alden boot with 4 pairs of speed hooks would therefore run $96. The top four eyelets would be off-centered with the bottom five, which is often done to compensate for the oblong size of the speed hooks.
Here's an example: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/18000#post_4958968

 

Miscellaneous


Acronyms
LWB: Longwing blucher
SWB: Shortwing blucher
PTB: Plain toe blucher
LHS: Leisure hand sewn (a loafer)

 

Why do they call it the Indy boot?
http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/21750#post_5128364
http://www.theraider.net/information/indy_gear/boots.php
http://www.indygear.com/igboots.html

Did Alden invent the Tasseled Loafer?

It has been claimed that Alden invented the Tassel Loafer for Paul Lukas.

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/03/garden/the-politicization-of-tasseled-loafers.html

 

A video by Epaulet about the Alden factory
http://vimeo.com/6997219

Cordovan: A Photo Gallery of Some of Mac's Shoes
Whiskey: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11760#post_4267010
Ravello: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11760#post_4266962
Cigar: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11745#post_4266729
#8: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/11745#post_4266673

Online Purchasing Options

 

Alden San Francisco (factory store - with online presence) http://www.aldenshop.com/

Alden Washington DC (factory store - no online presence) http://www.aldenshoe.com/

Alden New York (Madison Ave.) http://www.aldenmadisonny.com/

Alden of Carmel http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/shoes.htm

The Shoe Mart http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-shoes/bt-ald.html

Leather Soul http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/category/brands/alden/

CitiShoes http://citishoes.com/aldmen.htm

Sherman Brothers http://www.shermanbrothers.com/brand...S&BrandCode=AL
J. Crew https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew.jsp
Leffot http://blog.leffot.com/category/footwear/alden-brands/
Ben Silver http://www.bensilver.com/Alden.html
Moulded Shoe http://mouldedshoe.com/aldeno.html
Unionmade http://unionmadegoods.com/brands/alden/
Context http://www.contextclothing.com/brand.php?brand=Alden
Epaulet http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/alden
Renners Fine Boots & Shoes http://www.rennersbootsshoes.com/aldenshoes1.html
Sky Valet http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden_c_13.html
Frans Boone Store http://www.fransboonestore.com/collections/Alden
The Bureau https://www.thebureaubelfast.com/brand/alden-for-the-bureau-belfast
J. Gilbert http://www.jgilbertfootwear.com/products-page/alden/
Need Supply http://needsupply.com/mens/brands/alden
Francos http://www.francos.com/

Brooks Bros. http://www.brooksbrothers.com/

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Thank you so much for that compiled info @mdubs
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Alden 1493 unlined snuff suede chukka for today. Arguably the most comfortable shoe. #slippers
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Looking great Uncle!!! Lovely LWBs!

-Mike

nephew, thank you
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Uncle,

Alden should pay you royalties for each 975 sold. I do miss the cobblestone; reminds me of Istanbul.

Thanks for your wisdom.
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LoL. They are still fine shoes, but I agree. The cobblestone adds to the mystique of the Mac shoes. I think I need to add a small cobblestone patch into my back yard just for taking my "shoefies" in... :-) I can not even imagine trying to explain that to my wife though...
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LoL. They are still fine shoes, but I agree. The cobblestone adds to the mystique of the Mac shoes. I think I need to add a small cobblestone patch into my back yard just for taking my "shoefies" in... :-) I can not even imagine trying to explain that to my wife though...

nephew, hire a good mason to do the work
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Uncle,

Alden should pay you royalties for each 975 sold. I do miss the cobblestone; reminds me of Istanbul.

Thanks for your wisdom.

nephew, thank you! you can go to greenwich village in nyc and walk washington mews. my favorite cobblestones
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Any idea why neutral Polish is not recommended?
An do they recommend Reno?
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Originally Posted by sacafotos View Post

Uncle,

Alden should pay you royalties for every alden sold. I do miss the cobblestone; reminds me of Istanbul.

Thanks for your wisdom.

fixed that

 

tanker Tuesday for me

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Had a couple inquiries about when they were made so here is another photo, has the old Alden logo. If I remember correctly should be almost 20 years now. 

 

 

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fixed that

tanker Tuesday for me


Damn those are great.

Alpine? Remind me where you got them again?
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