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Originally Posted by borderline View Post
What's your opinion about this flaw in my new Ravello LWB. I noticed it after taking some pictures and still haven't worn them. I have been offered a full refund, but I'm not sure how big of a deal it is. What do you think? The medallion is off center on the left shoe.

That's too bad about those ravello LWB's. I'd return them now for that flaw will always gnaw at you everytime you wear them. Just my opinion.

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post #13052 of 87331
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post
That's too bad about those ravello LWB's. I'd return them now for that flaw will always gnaw at you everytime you wear them. Just my opinion.
I would just keep them. I'm not that picky when it comes to flaws. As long as it's not something blatant like mis-stitching. Truth be told, if that was my pair...there's a good chance I would have not even noticed it.
post #13053 of 87331
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FedEx just dropped off the black shells. Aldens for this week:

outstanding week. enjoy wearing and remember the break in procedure
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pretty much all people who visit this thread more than once a day have a sickness
post #13055 of 87331
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outstanding week. enjoy wearing and remember the break in procedure
Uncle,

There's a break in procedure? I thought just wear it and once every 15-20 wears, use wax lightly?
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pretty much all people who visit this thread more than once a day have a sickness

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Having recently purchased the calf #905s, I noticed some cracking around the right heel the second time I wore them (see the attached pic). Is typical or something to worry about?

Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by granjamo View Post
Having recently purchased the calf #905s, I noticed some cracking around the right heel the second time I wore them (see the attached pic). Is typical or something to worry about?

Thanks in advance

That doesn't look right. There are actual tears in the leather --- no amount of polishing will make that look better, and it can only get worse (peeling, etc). I would take them back to where you bought them.
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Originally Posted by granjamo View Post
Having recently purchased the calf #905s, I noticed some cracking around the right heel the second time I wore them (see the attached pic). Is typical or something to worry about?

Thanks in advance

i would worry! might happen over time but certainly not on the second wear
post #13060 of 87331
I'm done buying Aldens for a while now unless I can get my hands on a pair of #4s. Now I need to get some nice belts to coordinate with the shoes. The last time I posted about Alden belts, I got suggestions to look into BB belts as well. If anyone has both, do they fit the same? If I buy Alden belts I would have to buy online..which means returning can be a hassle. If they fit the same as BB belts, I can at least try the BB belts in store and go from there. Thanks in advance!
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Cimabue: Thanks, I'm in love!

NAMOR: Well I didn't exactly pay retail....so THIS time I told her how much. For the future, probably not

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Originally Posted by borderline View Post
I have been dividing the real price by half when I tell my wife about any Alden purchase...

I'll probably do the same lol

Thanks Mac, I think everyone would love a compliment coming from a man who's more than likely got the same pair lol
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Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.
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post #13063 of 87331
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post
Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.

I could be completely wrong, but it looks like they are whiskey.

There is certainly some variance between shell colors, but if you had posted those without comment, I would have assumed that the lighter shade was indeed whiskey.
post #13064 of 87331
Nice day in Philly for suede.
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post
Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.
Shell colors do vary. If you look at ravello from a few years ago, it's lighter in color than the ravello that's on the market today. This is most noticeable, I've found, in rare shell colors, as they're the lighter colors. It's important to remember that shell is an animal product and subject to all kinds of variances. Horween's QC is great of course, but since cigar/ravello/whiskey (possibly add natural chromexcel to this as well) are done in relatively natural tannages, a given leather five years ago may look a few shades different than that same leather now. One amazing thing about shell boots is that you often get a very large continuous piece of shell along each side of the boot. I have a pair of ravello shortwing boots that I only condition -- do not polish -- and you can actually see the natural grain of the horse's hide. It's beautiful.
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