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Originally Posted by PipersSon View Post

So, I've read that various shell cordovan colors begin to fade with use. For example, color 8 becomes less intense with time and the original purple-ish color fades to a much lighter hue.
Is that true? And is it true for all shell cordovan colors regardless of shoe brand?
Some colors fade over time and this is regardless of brand/maker.

Black does not seem to fade and stays pretty darn black.

Cigar and #8 seem to fade.

Whiskey seems to darken.

I am not sure about blue or Ravello.

The fading is something that many people find desireable. As a matter of fact here is some pics of a famous pair of faded #8 Indy's from amlai.

Before recrafting:

467

335

After recrafting:

397

Link to thread:

http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?79718-Photos-of-Alden-Color-8-shell-cordovan-over-time

Direct links to source posts:

http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?79718-Photos-of-Alden-Color-8-shell-cordovan-over-time&p=902372#post902372

http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?79718-Photos-of-Alden-Color-8-shell-cordovan-over-time&s=d782006247ea53f364a37c2ca65813ed&p=912559#post912559

Here is a Horween blog post that may interest you:

http://horween.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/brownout/

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post #30557 of 89604
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post

J. Crew LWBs.
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Very nice bro! nod[1].gif
post #30558 of 89604
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those really are beautiful. kind of makes me regret getting my #8 boots in wingtip instead indy (or even plain toe) form.
post #30559 of 89604
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Originally Posted by marmottan View Post

Frans Boone offers a large variety of colors, probably the largest choice for Alden on the net. 
http://www.fransboonestore.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=337_347_299&product_id=56

just took a look at the website, it makes all the goods look damn desirable, had to close the window before my bank balance suffered
post #30560 of 89604
If anyone might be interested in a pair of color8 shell cordovan Jumper boots in 7.5 D, let me know
i have a pair too many

350
Edited by closerlook - 6/18/12 at 9:21pm
post #30561 of 89604
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Very nice bro! nod[1].gif
Thanks, dude.

RE: when to send your shoes in for repairing, I have no idea how to detect when a leather sole is worn out. I assume small holes will appear?
post #30562 of 89604
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

dude those are sweet. i don't know why it never occurred to me that such a boot would be so cool looking and versatile: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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do you know if blackbird regularly has those in stock, or is it a once in a blue moon type deal?

I emailed them with that very question earlier today. Will post when I hear back. I regret missing out on that makeup.
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^^ You'll find this out when their response arrives, but is Blackbird still an Alden retailer? I think I remember hearing that they are not. Not to mention that they only have one shoe (a 12d) left in their whole Alden stock and it is on closeout.

Somebody needs to make that boot!
post #30564 of 89604
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Regarding LS's new black SWB:

Do you prefer this shoe over the black LWB?  I know many of you have built a collection of LWBs, so does this "throw off" your collection at all, adding an SWB?

I guess what I'm really getting at is this: why buy this shoe instead of the black LWB?  Those of you who have the Ravello SWB might chime in, since I know that's also a popular SWB.

I have the LWB in whiskey, cigar, color 8 and black shell (and in dark brown calf grain). Adding a SWB in no way throws off one's collection, it diversifies it.

Without knowing your current shoe collection, it is impossible to give any clear direction, but since you asked, I'l throw in my 2 cents.

The black shell SWB is a special make-up and the black shell LWB is a stock item. To that end, the SWB is more rare. But that doesn't mean it is a preferable shoe choice. The SWB - even though also on the Barrie last - is quite a bit sleeker than the LWB, IMO (e.g., SWB has no storm welt). Having these two Alden models, which I do, and seeing an in-person comparison, which I have, really drove this point home for me (for good, bad, or otherwise).

I have the ravello SWB and it is great. I have the black shell LWB and it too is great (wore it today). For me I opted for the ravello SWB before the ravello LWB, but that is mostly due to the fact that I already owned more shell LWBs than shell SWBs. Eventually I will pick up the ravello LWB most likely.

If I go the way of a shortwing, which I have, I have typically gone with a balmoral - in color 8 and black shell.

You can't go wrong with either model. Also, as for black shell SWB vs. black shell LWB, both are plenty dressy, but the LWB is easier to dress down, IMO.
post #30565 of 89604

^ Excellent response, thanks so much!  I have thus far held off on purchasing a black Alden shoe, only b/c it seems like the "dressiest" color, and for that I usually go English calf.  My Aldens thus far are limited to shell and suede models, all in the "colors" (whiskey/cigar/ravello/8).  Maybe I'll pull the trigger on the black SWB.

 

Btw, if anyone's interested, I found a GREAT site for colored laces:

 

http://benjos.com/

post #30566 of 89604
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Some colors fade over time and this is regardless of brand/maker.
Black does not seem to fade and stays pretty darn black.
Cigar and #8 seem to fade.
Whiskey seems to darken.
I am not sure about blue or Ravello.
The fading is something that many people find desireable. As a matter of fact here is some pics of a famous pair of faded #8 Indy's from amlai.
Before recrafting:
467
335
After recrafting:
397


I like the fading of darker shells and darkening of lighter shells. Ravello will darken. Lovely Indy boots.
post #30567 of 89604
Couldn't help but to notice this new boot from ShoeMart. Nice makeup:

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Definitely tempting. I like the all eyelet look.

Link
post #30568 of 89604
I've been waiting for Leather Soul to do a suede version of the jumper boot, but this will do nicely.
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

#4 4x4
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nephew,
looking good in #4
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