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post #15931 of 79232
Are these the colors that Alden offers in shell cordovan?

Black
#8
Cigar
Ravello
Mahogany
Whiskey

How do the the browns compare with each other? I'm an Alden noob, but I'm considering a pair of cordovan longwings at some point.

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post #15932 of 79232
there is also the rare #4 ... ihavent seen mahogany shell for awhile now. no one seems to be able to get their hands on it
post #15933 of 79232
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Originally Posted by gfreeman View Post

Are these the colors that Alden offers in shell cordovan?

Black
#8
Cigar
Ravello
Mahogany
Whiskey

How do the the browns compare with each other? I'm an Alden noob, but I'm considering a pair of cordovan longwings at some point.

There's also #4.

L to R: cigar, whiskey, ravello, #4, #8.
I find Ravello to be my favorite.
cordocolors.jpg
post #15934 of 79232
Thanks a ton for that picture; it really is a good comparison of the colors!

I think my ideal pair would be a pair of cordovan longwings in cigar (I like that there's almost a green-ish tint to them in some lighting) or #4, but really, I don't think I could go wrong with any of the non-black colors. I'd also prefer something not in the Barrie last, but I don't know how feasible that is.
post #15935 of 79232
I love those ravello and #8 colors man!
post #15936 of 79232
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I had this problem with the left boot. I took it to my cobbler and they sewed one side of the tongue to where the laces are. Worked fine.
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i myself have not encountered this problem yet... a buddy of mine had a similar situation and had the tongue sewed at the lower part where it meets the laces, his tongue no longer shifts. this was on pair of officer indy's

Thanks guys!
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Thanks to Tom, I just got these yesterday with only a 2 day wait. I got lucky that he pays attention to our posts and happened to see my post when checking stock at Alden. Thanks for the great service and the shoe trees.

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Wow awesome, Alden 966?! i Have had my eye on these for a while now. Could i bother you for some more pictures of those. I have not pulled the trigger on them yet because every picture i see on the internet they tend to have a red tone to the leather. Is the color true to your picture? Is the edge trim antique or black?

Thanks.
post #15938 of 79232
My #8 shortwings just showed up from leathersoul. Wow, I'm so glad I pulled the trigger. Ordered on Thursday evening, and they were at my desk first thing monday morning.

Being this is my first experience with shell - are there any precuations to take when breaking these in? Obviously, shoe trees are an obvious need, but I thought I had read somewhere about using a pen to control the creasing?

Thanks!
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My #8 shortwings just showed up from leathersoul. Wow, I'm so glad I pulled the trigger. Ordered on Thursday evening, and they were at my desk first thing monday morning.

Being this is my first experience with shell - are there any precuations to take when breaking these in? Obviously, shoe trees are an obvious need, but I thought I had read somewhere about using a pen to control the creasing?

Thanks!

Pencil, no pen (and use an Eberhard #2 with a natural finish....). Seriously, assuming you are comfortable with the fit just use the pencil as a guide to bend the shoes at the toe. It prevents too many uneven creases (which I find come anyway after many wearings and add character to the shoe).
post #15940 of 79232
anyone heard of updates on the shoe mart irregular list that should be coming out in the near future?
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Pencil, no pen (and use an Eberhard #2 with a natural finish....). Seriously, assuming you are comfortable with the fit just use the pencil as a guide to bend the shoes at the toe.

So this technique is to precrease the shoes so that they're even? Please explain more.
post #15942 of 79232
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post


Pencil, no pen (and use an Eberhard #2 with a natural finish....). Seriously, assuming you are comfortable with the fit just use the pencil as a guide to bend the shoes at the toe. It prevents too many uneven creases (which I find come anyway after many wearings and add character to the shoe).

cool - I looked back a few pages and it sounds like the godfather himself (tom at leathersoul) just wears them right out of the box, so that's what I'll go for as well.

I had read somewhere that wax polishes arent the best. What do most people go with for #8 shell?
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Originally Posted by shasta View Post

My #8 shortwings just showed up from leathersoul. Wow, I'm so glad I pulled the trigger. Ordered on Thursday evening, and they were at my desk first thing monday morning.

Being this is my first experience with shell - are there any precuations to take when breaking these in? Obviously, shoe trees are an obvious need, but I thought I had read somewhere about using a pen to control the creasing?

Thanks!

Mine were just delivered as well.
post #15944 of 79232
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So this technique is to precrease the shoes so that they're even? Please explain more.

this method will still result in random creasing, sometimes more than if the pencil wasn't used. the creasing depends on the shell and your gait. if your creasing looks a little wild, just chalk it up to your individual feet and move on. the problem with using the pencil is that if your gait doesn't coincide with the way you creased the shoe, the other creases will develop in addition and could look bizarre. if you don't like the way shell looks broken in, stick to calf or some other exotic leather.
post #15945 of 79232
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cool - I looked back a few pages and it sounds like the godfather himself (tom at leathersoul) just wears them right out of the box, so that's what I'll go for as well.

I had read somewhere that wax polishes arent the best. What do most people go with for #8 shell?

Use paste wax for shell cordovan. Don't use very much and don't use it very often. You don't want any to build up on the shell. Look up the "Mac Method" for details from a guy who knows

Color doesn't really matter that much... it's up to you. I use dark brown Saphir paste wax for my color 8 and cigar shells.

Also, you don't need to treat new Aldens, calf or cordovan, with anything for a while. They are good to go straight out of the box.
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