FYI Only: These are standard double leather soles. This is not the same shipment just received by Alden DC (waterloc double leather soles).
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I have to say that your comment is quite out of line. Nobody on SF is beyond questioning as long as the questions are asked in a cordial way with genuine interest for gaining or adding to the body of knowledge. If you are uncomfortable with asking someone questions, that's your problem not mine. Perhaps you can expound on your first comment by explaining why you think my question was in "poor taste." Asking someone's secret on how they keep their shoes looking so pristine is poor taste? Feel free to read through my post history if you want to read something contributive, they are there for all to see.
The Modified last is great for a variety of foot shapes. The only exception might be someone with exceptionally flat feet, the agressive arch support may be uncomfortable. I have two pairs on the Modified. It's my favorite so far.
Wax is soluble in solvent, so I'd recommend showing them to your dry cleaner. If you want to try it yourself, get a can of electronics cleaner, which is relatively clean, impurity-wise, and will break down the wax. You may have some residual discoloration, but I'm sure it will get the shoes back to a serviceable state.
Wax is soluble in solvent, so I'd recommend showing them to your dry cleaner. If you want to try it yourself, get a can of electronics cleaner
, which is relatively clean, impurity-wise, and will break down the wax. You may have some residual discoloration, but I'm sure it will get the shoes back to a serviceable state.
As a final option, I thought maybe just dye them a different color?
Uncle Sam did you try placing a paper towel on them and using an iron on a low setting? It worked on carpet for me before (never tried on shoes) basically the iron heats up the wax and then it is absorbed by the paper towel. Good luck to you sir! I have 2 pairs of suede Aldens that I am afraid to wear sometimes, because I am afraid of dropping drinks, greasy foods on them. I had never even considered wax before. Leather is so much easier to clean.
I believe the modified last would work well with Morton's toe - tough I have not put the theory to a test.
Though in my case the third toe is actually larger than both the first and second.
I rotate shoes a fair amount so they last quite a while, at least a little over a couple of years? I don't however, wait until I get to the cork, I get resoled when it gets to past the first leather layer and starts to show the middle leather layer. Most of my walking is also on concrete so the wear is pretty rough.
If you transition out, all the guys in the AE threat will lose their 'insider' Definitely prefer Alden to AE for more casual footwear!
Thanks for your insight. I visit NY a few times per year, so I can imagine what you mean about the walking.
I am not sure I'll truly transition out of AEs, the reality is I have most of their shell offering I'm interested in, but they do a special makeup periodically. The Alden x J. Crew shell captoes and chukkas I acquired over the past year or so interested me more in Aldens, especially for their shell boot offerings.