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Neat factoid - the oldest known photograph of a person is of someone getting his shoes shined in 1838:

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from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Daguerre
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

If my Aldens are not gong to be worn for 2-3 weeks should I take the shoe trees out?

why would you do it? actually, it is recommended to have a pair of trees for every pair of shoes. trees do not cost an arm and a leg, so what's the deal?

it doesn't do any harm, if you remove them, it just makes no sense, imo.
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I have 5 pairs of dress shoes that only get worn once a week ... i don't see the need to have each pair stuffed with shoe trees for 6 days at a time.
besides, I only use trees to draw out moisture
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I can't wait to break out the suede shoe collection... I'm guessing three more weeks (no one bought my suede J Crew PTBs, so those will be my beater suedes)
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

The natural chromexcel Self Edge boot looks a lot better than I expected in NYRanger's fit pics. Not necessarily my style but the boot does look very good. To each his own.
That brings me to the navy suede boot from Leffot - great looking boot, but I've never been a fan of the red brick sole, so I'm gonna pass. Those boots would look killer on a double waterlock sole. My navy needs are covered for now with Tassel's navy suede unlined chukka....


Seeing as you are from NY as well I would suggest seeing these in person if you haven't already. The red brick sole is very subtle. I feel that the contast stitching on the toe as well as the midnight navy color is what pops on this boot. What I I would like to do is get some laces that match the contrast stitching. However, I don't think you can ever have eneogh "Midnight" blue shoes. And one of these days I am sure I will run into you at Leffot.

 

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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post

I have 5 pairs of dress shoes that only get worn once a week ... i don't see the need to have each pair stuffed with shoe trees for 6 days at a time.
besides, I only use trees to draw out moisture

Trees also help shoes retain their shape. Best to have a pair of trees for each pair of shoes...
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Why take out shoe trees? They're made to remain in the shoes when there is not a foot in them.

Because we're not talking about lasted trees so, for me at least, the fit isn't perfect. If they were lasted I'd keep them in whenever they weren't on my feet. My unlined shell LHS in particular develops a crease from a pair of properly sized Alden trees.
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Just got my new Chromexcel Tanker boot from Leather Soul today. Sorry for cell phone pics camera is M.I.A.

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Originally Posted by JPFNY5 View Post

Glad to see there has been some fellow "Blue Suede Shoe" loving going on!!! These are "Midnight" beauties!!

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Spectacular! Enjoy wearing them & thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

If my Aldens are not gong to be worn for 2-3 weeks should I take the shoe trees out?

No, leave them in the shoe trees unless you're wearing them.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

I can appreciate this recent frenzy over blue suede, but to me it's just a bit too...
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THATS THE POINT
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Thrifted these today:

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Leather Soul version for comparison:

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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post


Because we're not talking about lasted trees so, for me at least, the fit isn't perfect. If they were lasted I'd keep them in whenever they weren't on my feet. My unlined shell LHS in particular develops a crease from a pair of properly sized Alden trees.


Shoe trees are not supposed to fit snug to the last.  They draw moisture out and provide some ventilation in the process.  In addition, even with shoe trees, the shoes still retain some moisture.  If you store our shoes without them the soles will eventually curl some (esp. leather soles).  My shoes either have my feet or my shoe trees in them all the time.  Besides, the cedar makes them smell great... you should very lightly sandpaper them once a year to keep the fresh scent coming.

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Originally Posted by borderline View Post

I didn't get much of a response to the idea of an Alden FAQ, yet we see the same questions repeatedly. This is a start. We still need info mainly on sizing questions. Other ideas welcome, maybe PM me some questions or preferably questions with answers.
ALDEN FAQ


Online Purchasing Options
Leather Soul http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/category/brands/alden/
The Shoe Mart http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-shoes/bt-ald.html
Alden Shop http://www.aldenshop.com/
O'Connells http://shop.oconnellsclothing.com/dress_shoes.php
Sherman Brothers http://www.shermanbrothers.com/brand...S&BrandCode=AL
J. Crew http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...enForJCrew.jsp
Leffot http://blog.leffot.com/category/footwear/alden-brands/
Ben Silver http://www.bensilver.com/Alden-American-Shoes.html
Orvis http://www.orvis.com/
Moulded Shoe http://mouldedshoe.com/alden1.html
Unionmade http://www.unionmadegoods.com/alden_Mens.html
Blackbird http://www.blackbirdballard.com/Alden_Mens.html
Context http://www.contextclothing.com/brand.php?brand=Alden
Epaulet http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/t...den/Categories
Renners Fine Boots & Shoes http://www.rennersbootsshoes.com/aldenshoes1.html
Sky Valet http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden.aspx
Frans Boone Store https://www.fransboonestore.com/en/store/brands/alden.html
The Bureau http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/brand/58/alden/
Alden of Carmel http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/shoes.htm
J. Gilbert http://www.jgilbertfootwear.com/?q=node/90

A few more off the top of my head

Need Supply http://needsupply.com/
Tres Bien http://www.tresbienshop.com/
Francos http://www.francos.com/
Barneys http://www.barneys.com/
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Got a nice surprise today... bought a pair of shoes online for $100 that were listed vaguely as alden "oxfords" with a terrible picture... I could see they were brogued, but that was about it. They turned out to be alden for jcrew cordo longwings in a stunning shade of burgundy, nearly black with purple highlights. I've been after a shoe like this for years. Needed to brag somewhere... my wife was just like "they look a lot like other shoes you own." shog[1].gif

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