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Does anyone know of any retailer currently selling an Alden boot with the following specs:
  • Color 8 shell cordovan
  • Wingtip
  • 9 eyelets - NO speed hooks
  • Barrie last
  • Commando sole preferred but not required

I have found several that are close, but for those danged speed hooks...

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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Does anyone know of any retailer currently selling an Alden boot with the following specs:
  • Color 8 shell cordovan
  • Wingtip
  • 9 eyelets - NO speed hooks
  • Barrie last
  • Commando sole preferred but not required
I have found several that are close, but for those danged speed hooks...

Epaulet...http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-1216/*Alden-for-Epaulet-Brixton/Detail
post #17568 of 79317
How easy is it to weatherize suede? If I were to buy the suede chukka, could I talk it in to my local cobbler and have him/her make it waterproof/stainproof?
post #17569 of 79317
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Originally Posted by Hot Dog Day #49 View Post

link?

I think he means these, it was a rando ebay auction, not official j crew. good find though
post #17570 of 79317

Just a heads up, I got there barely used Alden 403's up for sale on ebay. 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320784560398?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_500wt_1203

 

Just too small for me, I'll take a trade for 9 or 9.5 in similar condition is possible. 

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Originally Posted by number9dream View Post

There has been a lot of praise heaped upon the Aberdeen last over the last several pages, but I would caution anyone considering an Aberdeen purchase to try them on before buying. The last has a narrow toe box but wide heel and I find them unwearable --- either my toes are bunched together or my heal sloshes around. Also, I have narrow feet and find that for as sleek as the Aberdeen last appears, it actually fits quite wide in the midfoot and heel, so much so that 11's were too tight in the forefoot but still loose in the midfoot and 11.5's were too loose all around. (For reference, I wear a Barrie 11C or AE 5 last 11.5C).
Like many other people, I have a similar problem with the RL Darlton wingtips.
Just a warning before plunking down $700 for some gorgeous Ravello NSTs!

I agree with you 100%. Proportionately, they are the most narrow toe box/wide heel last that Alden offers. Completely impossible for me to fit in any size or width.
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

I think he means these, it was a rando ebay auction, not official j crew. good find though


There are a bunch of ebay vendors based in lynchburg, Va, that sell jcrew product such as Paisley Petunia. they claim not to be affiliated with J.Crew but are located in the same town as their distrobution center and almost certianly sell returns that can't go back on the floor, as well as press and lookbook samples.

i'm almost 100% certain that these are J. Crew proxies.
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How easy is it to weatherize suede? If I were to buy the suede chukka, could I talk it in to my local cobbler and have him/her make it waterproof/stainproof?

Super easy, you just spray some stuff on there and let it dry.

Suede shoes don't look quite right to me until they show some wear. Suede is not fragile. You can let them get wet, dirty, etc., and clean them with a brush if they get too dirty. Or do this -- Leffot video
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How easy is it to weatherize suede? If I were to buy the suede chukka, could I talk it in to my local cobbler and have him/her make it waterproof/stainproof?


When suede is new/very clean, apply Meltonian suede protector. It's an excellent product. It will darken your suede very slightly at first, but normal color will return after a few wears.

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When suede is new/very clean, apply Meltonian suede protector. It's an excellent product. It will darken your suede very slightly at first, but normal color will return after a few wears.

Sounds promising. WIll it completely keep the rain out? I'm planning on wearing these in London weather.
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When suede is new/very clean, apply Meltonian suede protector. It's an excellent product. It will darken your suede very slightly at first, but normal color will return after a few wears.

Sounds promising. WIll it completely keep the rain out? I'm planning on wearing these in London weather.

suede won't be waterproof even if treated with a spray. they would be water resistant at best.
water also will get in through the welt stitching of any welted shoe.
post #17577 of 79317
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Originally Posted by jasonfoote303 View Post

suede won't be waterproof even if treated with a spray. they would be water resistant at best.
water also will get in through the welt stitching of any welted shoe.

Prolly no way around this, huh...
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I've just continued to use the Meltonian. It doesn't bother me the way it used to because when I actually use a cleaner on the shoe it takes a bit of the polish off. So when I give them a fresh cleaning/polish/ wax it has a nice patina to it. On Cordovan I think Venetian will get some wax off. I also hear Renovateur does about the same. I will remind you, though, eventually after wear those color 8's will look like Cigar anyway. I bought a color 8 belt a couple of years ago and some exposure to sun and light it now goes better with my Cigar Indies than it ever will again with my color 8 dress shoes. For them I wear the AE Merlot belt. I would finish of polishing the cap toes and use the burgundy or bordo on the rest of the boots like Izach suggested. I know it's sounds crazy to hear this now but, have fun with them. You'll appreciate the different variations about cordovan once they get some age and wear.
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