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the double leather soles still look good to me. are you looking to switch the sole to a different design such as a commando sole for the winter?  

Not if he is sending them to Alden.

 

 

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the double leather soles still look good to me. are you looking to switch the sole to a different design such as a commando sole for the winter?  

Unfortunately Alden will get them back to how they came from the factory. Nothing more, nothing less. Anything thing else, would be uncivilized!

 

 

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Unfortunately Alden will get them back to how they came from the factory. Nothing more, nothing less. Anything thing else, would be uncivilized!
From the pics, at least, they really don't seem in need of a recraft.

My 10 yr old 975s are/were the mainstay of my Alden stable--those tireless workhorses that could always be counted on to look good, get beat up, and then come back looking better for it with some TLC.  But I haven't worn them since July, when I sent them in for recrafting at B Nelson.  I  have been very happy with their re-crafting service in the past.  

 

tl;dr: 
1) Don't fix what ain't broke 2) Explain and clarify everything you want and expect to have done 3) get JR soles (from other good experience)

 

This time, the heels were worn, so I sent them in.  Unfortunately, their pricing for a full recrafting isn't that much more than just a replacement heel, so I was tempted by the full job.  There has been a lot of talk of antique edges on #8 LWB, so with with the opportunity to lighten the edges and get a waterlock sole, I went all in.  I regret the error.

 

First, B Nelson did the job with oak soles, not the waterlock, and without a dovetail heel.  SO I had burned up a recrafting for nothing (the soles themselves had plenty of life left).  I took the matter up with Nick, who explained that a) there isn't a finite number of recraftings in any given shoe, b) when they re-stitch the sole to the welt, they attempt to use the same holes, minimizing furhter weakening by perforation, and c) he would re-do the job, charging the premium for the oiled soles.  I took issue with c), and in the end, I sent them back to do the job as I originally requested, for no extra charge.  I regret the error.  As they were  doing the job, he asked me if I wanted the lighter stitching on the welt, which remained the original black.  Assuming he meant the light stiching you'd see on original antique, I went with it.  Again, I regret that decision, and for not clarifying what "light" meant.

 

In the end, I am not happy with the state of my old favorites. 

  • The welt stitching is white.  I will attempt to dye this back to black.
  • The distinctive "apron" (the way the welt/sole extends out from the upper) has been greatly minimized, totally altering the look of the shoe.
  • Viewed from the back, the heel is diminished.  In addition to being narrower like the rest of the sole, the sides also taper inwards as they go to the ground.  The heel should have that stout, plumb-walled look, and that is totally gone.  I'm not sure why this needed to happen.

 

I'm after some ravello LWBs now, and then I'll pick up some 975s in a year two.  Ihave generally been sold on B Nelson, but with such variability in the outcome, I'm now more inclined to go to Alden, re-dye and all.  That is, when they absolutely need it.

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King Monks
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nephew, looking good in your king monks
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cigar ct boot, argyles otc
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I would definitely treat them with Leather Defender if possible.....I have a pair of alpine grain loafers that have water marks from wear in wet conditions.....I was disappoined as I thought the make up was made for that type of weather

Thanks for the suggestion! Will definitely apply some tonight before wear tomorrow. I was under the same impression that AG is made for wet weather as well.

-D
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I just have a quick sizing question. If i wear a 46 in CP achilles, 45 in Birkenstocks, can anyone tell me what size I would be in the Barrie last?
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cigar ct boot, argyles otc
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These are immaculate, thanks for sharing!
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I just have a quick sizing question. If i wear a 46 in CP achilles, 45 in Birkenstocks, can anyone tell me what size I would be in the Barrie last?

The consensus is 1/2 size down from your Brannock measured size.

So, if you are a 9D Brannock, you would likely be 8.5D Barrie.

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These are immaculate, thanks for sharing!

nephew, thank you
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@tifosi Maybe I'll just ride them hard through the holidays and send them in after that. I respect your guys' opinion and why blow $169 if you don't have to, right. Looks like I'll need to order another bag from Alden.

Does anyone know if you can get replacement rubber heels from Alden?


I would just wipe them down with a damp rag and then apply a good coat of your conditioner of choice.  My #8 LWB tend to gather prolific water spots that become prominent in between treatments.  I'd love to see the patina after they're cleaned up a bit.  Do you use shoe trees?

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Sweet looking tassels. Stay classy San Diego.
Great shot. Cool boots.
I like Alden's recrafting program. I don't like how dark color 8 comes back from the process. I will ask them not to make them dark next time I use them.
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Thanks for the suggestion! Will definitely apply some tonight before wear tomorrow. I was under the same impression that AG is made for wet weather as well.

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I was under the impression that alpine grain, regina grain, and scotch grain are just embossed patterns on somewhat normal calf leather. They require the same preventative maintenance that any calf leather would warrant. Your oil impregated leathers such as chromexcel and chamois are the ones that help resist water a lot more.

I've been applying leather defender to all my calf and cordovan shoes and boots lately but wondered if any of you gentlemen find it useful on chromexcel and chamois as well?
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In town visiting the Big Apple.  With 60-70' weather today and tomorrow, and an impending polar vortex approaching the remainder of the week, my Alden line-up for this week includes my original beater LWB and the traditional 403. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Already visited Alden on Madison today.  Not much shell in stock in my size.  Was hoping to take home a wingtip boot in color 8 and commando, but no luck.  Same result with BB next door.

I did see a 403 on commando; would much prefer that to the standard soles.

RTP - you mention looking for King WTB w/ commando at NYC, do they normally stock that? I am in the market and thought AoC was the main retailer for that make-up. Are there others out there?
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RTP - you mention looking for King WTB w/ commando at NYC, do they normally stock that? I am in the market and thought AoC was the main retailer for that make-up. Are there others out there?

Yes, Alden-Madison Av does stock that boot regularly.  They had an order confirmed and should be in by February.  TSM carries that boot in double leather soles, not commando.  I do not know of others who regularly stock the color 8 wingtip boot on commando.  Others can chime in though...

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Yes, Alden-Madison Av does stock that boot regularly.  They had an order confirmed and should be in by February.  TSM carries that boot in double leather soles, not commando.  I do not know of others who regularly stock the color 8 wingtip boot on commando.  Others can chime in though...

Adam at AOC also does one on Commando

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I'm about ten days late to the modified last ravello pt boot party due to vacation



i feel like they look less like clown shoes in my (larger 12D) size.

i think they'll develop an incredible patina... i already love how in certain lights, the shade is a bit mismatched and in some ways they look like a saddle boot.
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