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In case anyone is interested I just posted up some brand new suede chukkas in 9.5b/d for sale. Dont mean to clog up the thread but thought I would put it out there in case.

post #20192 of 98676
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I honestly think the regular #8 (dark sole) is more versatile, easily worn with jeans, suits, blazers/pants, etc. The antique sole on such a dark shoe makes it more casual. Antique soles work well on cigar, but that's as dark as I would take it... But I'm likely the minority opinion on that based on what i've seen in the thread

I agree. The antique edging on that shoe just looks a bit odd to me on a color 8 LWB.
Edited by mediahound - 12/26/11 at 11:08am
post #20193 of 98676
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Originally Posted by AAF-8AF View Post

Long time lurker checking in.
Yesterday I was in the Alden DC store and picked up a new shoe care product to try, called Alden Leather Defender. It's made for shell cordovan and calfskin. One of the supposed benefits is that it can help reduce or prevent the dreaded water spotting on shell.
I tried it out last night on a pair of whiskey shell chukkas that were in need of some attention anyway. I was pretty happy with the results. The creases in the chukkas were dry and rough and somewhat dirty, and the treatment did clean them up a lot and make them smoother. Overall, the treatment added a nice shine to the shoes that was very slippery and glossy, but by this morning they were a bit less so but still noticeable. And the leather did feel a bit more supple. With little effort they looked like I'd spent an hour giving them the Mac Treatment. I can't say for sure that there was any darkening since these were rather darkened already a bit from age, but I don't think so.
Since I really don't know much at all about this product and could not find anything from web and forum searching, I sent an e-mail to Horween to see if they have any thoughts on it. I haven't used any of the other common shell products, like Venetian, so I have no comparison to offer.
The 4 oz bottle is a misting sprayer. Here's what it says on the bottle:
"Use Alden Leather Defender to clean and protect calfskin and genuine shell cordovan Alden shoes. Not for use on Suede or Nubuck.
"Directions: Apply Alden Leather Defender to a soft cloth and wipe shoes thoroughly. Let dry. Turn cloth and buff gently. For best results allow leather to dry completely before wearing shoes.
"Safety: Alden Leather Defender is water-based and environmentally benign. Do not take internally. If accidentally ingested, please call physician immediately.
"Made in USA."
Sorry if this sounds like a shill, but I just wanted to pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Besides, this whole thread is like a shill anyway biggrin.gif
Oh, and there's a new staff member at Alden DC. She seems to know shoes pretty well and was fun to talk with.
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How much do they charge for this?
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

What should I expect putting him in boots that aren't Aldens...
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Merry Christmas fellas!
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Christmas Day, same shoes as last night, #8 Ultimate Jumpers.

I wanna see the pants and jacket together.
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

 Sheesh, why just not rename this the Alden Cordovan Thread - Not owning, or planning to own, cordovan shoes I feel like a red headed step child!

I felt that way last year when I first journeyed down the path of alden. All it took was a gently worn pair of Ravello purchased here in the classifieds and the worm turned... Still have more non-cord Aldens...
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Originally Posted by WhatAboutBob View Post


I felt that way last year when I first journeyed down the path of alden. All it took was a gently worn pair of Ravello purchased here in the classifieds and the worm turned... Still have more non-cord Aldens...


That is why I will never buy a pair of cordovan's. I know I will become addicted, then soon after broke. How about my natural tanker boots that have seen a number of hard miles in the woods? Or my suede chukkas that have done the same. Or that I just ordered snuff suede wingtips from Alden Madison. Never mind the pebble grained oxfords I picked up from Shoe Mart with commando soles - talk about rugged! Really - I do feel left out...

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

I agree. The antique edging on that shoe just looks a bit odd to me on a color 8 LWB.

+1. The antique looks great on Cigar since the edge trim color palette seems to match the Cigar color nicely. When paired with the the #8 burgundy, having a lighter edgetrim makes the shoe look unbalanced. The color of the welt/edge trim should work with (not against) the upper. Having said all this, different strokes for different folks.
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Originally Posted by maxusone View Post



I mean the look of the creases, in my opinion it looks like little cracks, doesn't it?

If you say, everything is ok, then what can be the reason for the fact that no shine is possible to make?

That's what shell cordovan looks like when you don't brush it enough. They could also have too much polish.

Take a damp cloth and rub the creases. Then rub them dry. Do that 10 times and see if it improves.

Next time don't buy from Ebay.
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

 Sheesh, why just not rename this the Alden Cordovan Thread - Not owning, or planning to own, cordovan shoes I feel like a red headed step child!

I love the way some of the suede and nubuck Alden shoes look. I even purchased a pair of the Context Reverse-Chamois black boots and love them. But I find it difficult to fork out the kind of money that Alden charges for their suede models when I could be buying Cordovan for a wee bit more. If I am going to climb up the mountain, might as well go to the top rather than stop off 2/3's of the way there.
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

I think the AE Burgundy is actually a different color than the official Alden Color 8 wax. Alden seems darker. Just saying.

The shells are the same. Alden just paints a purple dye on the shoe after it's constructed. After some wear, sun, and brushing, the dye gets rubbed off.
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Originally Posted by seer View Post




That is why I will never buy a pair of cordovan's. I know I will become addicted, then soon after broke. How about my natural tanker boots that have seen a number of hard miles in the woods? Or my suede chukkas that have done the same. Or that I just ordered snuff suede wingtips from Alden Madison. Never mind the pebble grained oxfords I picked up from Shoe Mart with commando soles - talk about rugged! Really - I do feel left out...


What are the details on the snuff wingtips?
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post


What are the details on the snuff wingtips?



They are a long wing - snuff, with a flex sole, very nice looking - barrie last http://www.aldenmadison.com/ALDENSUEDE3.html

 

Thanks for asking...

 

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colo8 wt boot
argyles otc
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#8 Tankers with granny knots & argyles OTC
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

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A calfskin boot may be just as nice. I just happen to have (had :/) shell cordovan. Point is flat welt, sleek last (Plaza, Grant, Aberdeen), and eyelets make for a very versatile boot

Very cool NAMOR. Grant is definitely my favorite Alden last now (followed by Aberdeen). Plaza has a hint of squarishness that gives me a bit of pause.
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