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post #29761 of 95091
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

Yesterday I finished up an Alden project. I hardly ever wear my #8 LWB. I like them but they are not as casual as my other Aldens. I decided that what they needed was a Edge Trim change. I've never done anything like this before but i'm really happy with the results. Here are some before and after pics.

Before
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After
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Wow that looks awesome. Did you treat the exposed wood or anything? I may have to do this.
post #29762 of 95091
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

May I ask how this is accomplished as an DIY project?
I have a pair of black LWB that I hardly wear, and I would like to do the same thing to make it more 'casual' looking.


I first sanded off the black with a 140 grade sandpaper. This took about an hour to do and caused at least one blister on my thumb. After this was finished I re-sanded again with a fine grain 220 sandpaper and this made the leather really smooth. I then took some Meletonian medium brown shoe cream and rubbed it into the exposed leather. I did this twice and then buffed with a brush. After this I took some darker brown cream and did the same thing (just the medium brown gave the edge a orange color but adding the darker brown gave it almost an antique look). I made sure the cream had dried and then I applied two coats of a satin finish polyurethane that I got from Lowes. It took about 2 hours total time.
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

looking good Pastor - a lot of nitpickers will probably say the balance is off because the welt is still dark, but I think the natural finish gives it a nice contrast now. And if they were just sitting around not getting worn, sometimes a good facelift will help you rediscover the shoe and put it back in your rotation. Well done!

I've wanted to do this for a while and knowing the welt would be dark kept me from starting. I finally decided that I could live with the darker welt since the leather uppers (#8) were so dark already. I'm guess that there will be very few people that will even notice (unless I go to a SF convention).
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Originally Posted by AML225 View Post

Wow that looks awesome. Did you treat the exposed wood or anything? I may have to do this.

See above.
post #29763 of 95091
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

I first sanded off the black with a 140 grade sandpaper. This took about an hour to do and caused at least one blister on my thumb. After this was finished I re-sanded again with a fine grain 220 sandpaper and this made the leather really smooth. I then took some Meletonian medium brown shoe cream and rubbed it into the exposed leather. I did this twice and then buffed with a brush. After this I took some darker brown cream and did the same thing (just the medium brown gave the edge a orange color but adding the darker brown gave it almost an antique look). I made sure the cream had dried and then I applied two coats of a satin finish polyurethane that I got from Lowes. It took about 2 hours total time.

Terrific...Thanks. Much appreciated.
post #29764 of 95091
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Originally Posted by misterjuiceman View Post

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this is as close as you'll get, I think, or the Roy boot:
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but both are a bit different from the Indy boot. Different soles, the one from Context has a 360 degree welt, and waxed laces (a plus). I believe both have full leather linings, while the standard Indy boot doesn't, though. 

Thanks for the suggestions. I have seen these. Not a fan of the color on the J.Crews. Love the Roy boot but Context is out in my size and besides I don't really like the crepe soles either.

Does anyone know where I can find the Pitt boots online? Leather Soul is sold out and I'm guessing these are made exclusively for them. Other suggestions on a plain toe or cap toe boot are welcome. I'm new to Alden and am eager to buy my first pair.
post #29765 of 95091
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

Yesterday I finished up an Alden project. I hardly ever wear my #8 LWB. I like them but they are not as casual as my other Aldens. I decided that what they needed was a Edge Trim change. I've never done anything like this before but i'm really happy with the results. Here are some before and after pics.

May I ask how this is accomplished as an DIY project?

I have a pair of black LWB that I hardly wear, and I would like to do the same thing to make it more 'casual' looking.

Looks good Pastor.

NAMOR put up a DIY a while ago too http://lastedleather.com/Edgetrim/Changingedgetrim.html
post #29766 of 95091
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Originally Posted by chakmak View Post

Thanks for the suggestions. I have seen these. Not a fan of the color on the J.Crews. Love the Roy boot but Context is out in my size and besides I don't really like the crepe soles either.
Does anyone know where I can find the Pitt boots online? Leather Soul is sold out and I'm guessing these are made exclusively for them. Other suggestions on a plain toe or cap toe boot are welcome. I'm new to Alden and am eager to buy my first pair.

AoC has a couple of sizes of their #8 plain toe boot with commando sole on the trubalance last:

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/Shoes-Shell_Cordovan_High_Lace_Boot_160.htm
post #29767 of 95091
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Originally Posted by chakmak View Post


Thanks for the suggestions. I have seen these. Not a fan of the color on the J.Crews. Love the Roy boot but Context is out in my size and besides I don't really like the crepe soles either.
Does anyone know where I can find the Pitt boots online? Leather Soul is sold out and I'm guessing these are made exclusively for them. Other suggestions on a plain toe or cap toe boot are welcome. I'm new to Alden and am eager to buy my first pair.

The color on the J.Crew boot gets better with age. I actually owned it for a few days, but ended up returning it. Just wasn't for me. I don't think the Trubalance last is a great last for a plain-toed boot. I bought it along with the cap-toed boot that they also sell (the color #8 one), and I thought that was much sleeker. When a boot on the Barrie last is considered sleeker than something, that something is not so sleek! I think the last works very well for the Indy boot, but for plain toe I'd rather have a different one. 

 

I'm with you on the crepe sole for the Roy boot. If it had anything else, it'd be a much more attractive option for me.

 

As a suggestion for cap-toed boots:

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I love mine; it's a great looking boot that only gets better with age. Works great with dark wash or raw jeans, too.

post #29768 of 95091
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Originally Posted by AML225 View Post

Did you treat the exposed wood or anything?

Exposed wood - must be Dutch Aldens from Frans Boone.
post #29769 of 95091
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Sazon, the breakfast of champions!
PTB showcase shell so well.

Thank you.
Amen to that!
post #29770 of 95091
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

Exposed wood - must be Dutch Aldens from Frans Boone.

To be fair, Alden marketing language frequently refers to "oak bark soles" without explaining that it's a leather tanning process. I can understand why some might think the soles are actually oak wood or bark material.
post #29771 of 95091
Props to Pastor for having the balls to take sandpaper to his gunboats. That change looks revitalizing - enjoy them!
post #29772 of 95091
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post

I think there are a number of factors such as quality and quantity of runs. I assume Alden has larger orders and need much of shell in the quality they expect. However, other orders such as the Alfred Sargent MTO bal boot (cognac/cigar/dark brown) or the double monk (whiskey) only had runs 6 or 7 per run. Alden may need 10 times and it may not be cost effective to do fractions of the total run hence the delay. Just a hypothesis and really don't know...

I'm not trying to proove anything but this is what I got from Horween directly, nothing to do with better shell quality for light colors etc -


We produce the colors based on production amounts from the larger shoe customers. The special colors are run periodically when they place orders for these colors which for some is only a couple times a year. Thus the limited availability on certain colors.
post #29773 of 95091
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Originally Posted by chakmak View Post
Does anyone know where I can find the Pitt boots online? Leather Soul is sold out and I'm guessing these are made exclusively for them. Other suggestions on a plain toe or cap toe boot are welcome. I'm new to Alden and am eager to buy my first pair.

You might also want to check out these:

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post #29774 of 95091
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

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Originally Posted by AML225 View Post

Did you treat the exposed wood or anything?

Exposed wood - must be Dutch Aldens from Frans Boone.

hahaha
post #29775 of 95091
Juiceman, that is exactly what I want minus the perforation. Maybe I'm just being too picky. But I'd rather wait and get exactly what I want. This will be my first time purchasing a boot at this quality/price point.
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