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post #16516 of 89849
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Can someone post a pic of their Aldens? biggrin.gif
Two year old Cigar shell PTB's. Lots of use:

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Alden Snuff suede PTB w/crepe soul and friend:

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post #16517 of 89849
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Originally Posted by jamesbond View Post

NYR - I think you're dead wrong on this issue. I own 7 pairs of Alden shoes some of which have been purchased over 10 years ago. I own both cigar and ravello shell shoes and neither have had any discoloring issues or construction issues. Some of these are on their 3rd resoling and are by far my favorite shoes in the collection. Being from New England I also like to give business to a local company that still makes quality items here in the USA. None of these current quality issues had ever been present until every single hipster with a macbook pro and a fixed gear bike decided Alden was the "cool" shoe to own. It seems like Alden can't keep up with demand and is sacrificing quality for $$$, and I'm not the only long time Alden wearer saying this. I think these issues should be brought to the attention of the forum, who accounts for quite a large percentage of Alden customers. That's if any long time Alden guys still browse these forums, or maybe it's just a bunch of brand worshiping hipsters that think Alden could never do anything wrong?
FWIW - I would have no problem at all if said line was towards the heel on one of my shoes but I really think it's inexcusable to let that pair out of the factory with a line through the entire toe box, and you wouldn't have to hire any addition personnel to notice something like that.

I appreciate this. I may be one of those "hipsters" (I'd like to think not, but its my age group) and I understand. When my great grandfather came to this country in 1906 he settled in revere and worked in the Massachusetts shoe making industry. Its one of the reason I love Alden, they're pne f the few that remain. I also think that Alden is great because they offer more variety in shell than ANY other maker. Period. This combined with the fact that I can get a pair second hand for around $400 makes it affordable for someone like me. So thats why I "worship" the brand for better or worse, and my MacBook's on its way out...I've spent too much money on shoes and not enough on a more recent laptop...smile.gif
post #16518 of 89849
This (perhaps regular?) post is just wondering if there's any more interest in a non-Barrie last shell LWB custom order. We have four people who have spoken of their interest, and if others do, maybe we could get something organized!
post #16519 of 89849
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Do people use Saphir Renovateur on shell?

Yes - I'm not sure if I heard it directly from Ron Rider or if it was attributed to him but I understand he recommends it (and this is a guy that knows leather and leather finishes).
post #16520 of 89849
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Do people use Saphir Renovateur on shell?

Absolutely. Recommended.
post #16521 of 89849
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

Yes - I'm not sure if I heard it directly from Ron Rider or if it was attributed to him but I understand he recommends it (and this is a guy that knows leather and leather finishes).
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Absolutely. Recommended.

Thanks guys.
post #16522 of 89849
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Originally Posted by gfreeman View Post

This (perhaps regular?) post is just wondering if there's any more interest in a non-Barrie last shell LWB custom order. We have four people who have spoken of their interest, and if others do, maybe we could get something organized!



Please read through this. The post did not mature as I wanted it to, but, nonetheless, there is time...
post #16523 of 89849
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Do people use Saphir Renovateur on shell?

 

Renovateur and Venetian Shoe Cream are all I use on shell.

 

EDIT: Roughly speaking, Renovateur for conditioning. Venetian for shine, although each item does both.

post #16524 of 89849
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Two year old Cigar shell PTB's. Lots of use:
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Wow.. this is just perfect for me on Cigar. Is it just with brushing?
post #16525 of 89849
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Wow.. this is just perfect for me on Cigar. Is it just with brushing?

Early on I used brown shoe cream and wax. It took a while to get the wax off. Lots of time brushing and buffing with a cloth. Last month I did use Renovateur which makes them look even better. but i was concerned it was a decision I would regret later which is why I asked. These have ALWAYS been a great looking shoe but I did not want wax on my cordovan because it collects dust and gathers in creases. They buffed up really well before the Renovateur.

I wear these with slacks and jeans.
post #16526 of 89849
My RL Darltons water spot like crazy if I get caught in the rain. I let them dry, hit them with some Reno, and they glow nicer than when they were new.
post #16527 of 89849
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Early on I used brown shoe cream and wax. It took a while to get the wax off. Lots of time brushing and buffing with a cloth. Last month I did use Renovateur which makes them look even better. but i was concerned it was a decision I would regret later which is why I asked. These have ALWAYS been a great looking shoe but I did not want wax on my cordovan because it collects dust and gathers in creases. They buffed up really well before the Renovateur.
I wear these with slacks and jeans.

Thanks again, it takes for a while to the condition If I buy the new ones in cigar. But I now think It may be better on cordovan without any wax or something but just brushing. I am going to do that on my next pair from ALDEN. Thanks
post #16528 of 89849
I know others posted the same shoe since we all received them about the same time but here are mine
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post #16529 of 89849
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Originally Posted by mugatu View Post

I've actually tried on a pair of Indy's in the modified last (went with my brannock size) and they were hands down the best fitting shoe i've ever had the luck of setting my foot into, simply a perfect fit!! unfortunately the color and leather were not what i was looking for ( they were blue suede ) also the banana shape is kind of, well different, for lack of a better term! but again the fit was so spot on as opposed to TB where i'm in between sizes..

Where are you guys finding Indies in a modified last?
post #16530 of 89849
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post

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Originally Posted by mugatu View Post

I've actually tried on a pair of Indy's in the modified last (went with my brannock size) and they were hands down the best fitting shoe i've ever had the luck of setting my foot into, simply a perfect fit!! unfortunately the color and leather were not what i was looking for ( they were blue suede ) also the banana shape is kind of, well different, for lack of a better term! but again the fit was so spot on as opposed to TB where i'm in between sizes..

Where are you guys finding Indies in a modified last?
The Moulded Shoe is king of the modified. Here's a link…
http://mouldedshoe.com/indyandchukkaboots.html
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