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I've tried to find information about the Alden #8 perforated cap toe blucher (without medallion tip). It is allegedly style # 2132. Can someone tell me if it is on the Aberdeen last? Thank you for whatever help[ you can provide!

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post #39347 of 91695
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I could see that too, however, the arch (which didn't see sun) and the spots under the tassel as well speak to the shoe being exposed to the sun. Years ago, I almost purchased a pair of heavily discounted NSTs and then, as the mate was being pulled from the store window, I noticed they were no longer the same color. In that case, the shoe had been on display for years and the one left in the sun was now brown.
I tend to agreei with your conclusion about restoration from Alden. The discoloration is minimal and I believe it can be remedied by a recraft.
Here is a great piece on how the sun affects SC.
http://leffot.com/2011/08/31/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/

I fully realize the sun can cause discoloration/fading, and, if your shoes have evidence that is the case, then it appears the case is closed.

However, some time ago I purchased a new pair of color 8 LWBs (first quality) and the left and right shoes were so different in color (they took to the dye differently), I sent them back. How they got past QC is a different issue altogether ...

In any event, good luck.
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My ranger moc collection. Sometimes they're called moc toe.




Ranger Moc in loden green, van last, water lock sole

Ranger Moc in reverse chamois, van last, water lock sole

Ranger Moc in snuff suede, barrie last, plantation crepe sole
post #39349 of 91695
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Are you sure the faded one is from the sun? (not sure what else it could be, though)  I would think there would be some kind of tan line under the tassel or lace.

It seems to me this could quite easily be the result of two shoes taking to dye quite differently.

No matter what it is, if an Alden restoration will remedy it, I personally would go that route and be done with it.


I've seen Alden shells that have been on store display for months (or even years) that have lightened/changed color from indoor/display lighting and absent from sunlight. It isn't necessarily sunlight.

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I fully realize the sun can cause discoloration/fading, and, if your shoes have evidence that is the case, then it appears the case is closed.
However, some time ago I purchased a new pair of color 8 LWBs (first quality) and the left and right shoes were so different in color (they took to the dye differently), I sent them back. How they got past QC is a different issue altogether ...
In any event, good luck.

Thanks, Seven. Understood. When I received the shoes there was a film of dirt and dust on the one --leads me to believe they were in a shop window (road/sidewalk dust) instead of a shop floor. Also, the sole of the right shoe is darker than the left (without wear) leading me to believe it has oxidized. Anyway, I bought a pair of color 8 tassel loafers in June of '93 and they had much more of brown hue to them as opposed to today's Corlor 8s which have the eggplant hue to them. Back then, Alden recomended that you use Kiwi dark tan shoe polish on shell corodvan shoes. After a while they all had a brown hue to them. Would be cool to have that with these.
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Travelling with 20+ pairs of shoes, declared overweight, per SF rule ditch AE first, i did that and weights goes down to normal limit. No Alden left behind
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I've seen Alden shells that have been on store display for months (or even years) that have lightened/changed color from indoor/display lighting and absent from sunlight. It isn't necessarily sunlight.

Repp you could be right - but see my post above. Either way, I think it is from natural or artifical light.
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Travelling with 20+ pairs of shoes, declared overweight, per SF rule ditch AE first, i did that and weights goes down to normal limit. No Alden left behind

 

Holy cow!  How long will you be gone?

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Holy cow!  How long will you be gone?

I'm curious how many pair of shoes everyone travels with for different length trips. My trips are usually only 2-3 days and I try to only have the dress shoes on my feet and a pair of Vibrams for working out.
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Repp you could be right - but see my post above. Either way, I think it is from natural or artifical light.

Artificial light can definitely fade shell, albeit at a slower pace.
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I'm curious how many pair of shoes everyone travels with for different length trips. My trips are usually only 2-3 days and I try to only have the dress shoes on my feet and a pair of Vibrams for working out.

i travel ~75,000 miles per year. i live in NYC but am in L.A. at least one week a month. I usually bring Nike Running Shoes, the shoes on my feet (usually a LHS when travelling) and either a boot or a wingtip brogue shoe depending on what my schedule is going to be like/meetings i'm having. usually suffices. i've never packed more than 2 pair. i almost always bring some beater C&J pembroke's... they're seriously invincible. i've gone hiking in them. not joking.
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Guys,
I purchased these tassels about a week ago. I got a very good deal on them and now I understand why. One of the shoes must have been in a store window and it has faded from the sunlight--see picture below. I was thinking that I could deal with this in one of two ways. First, send the shoes back to Alden and pay for them to recraft the color on the lightened shoe - no biggy. Second idea I had was to put the unfaded shoe in the sun for a while and bleach it out like the other one. My understanding from Nick Horween's blog posts and others is that this could be done in a short period of time. On the one hand, the lightened tassels would be cool and unique - I already have a pair of color 8 tassels. On the other, I haven't done anything like this before and it may be more difficult to match than it sounds. Curious as to your thoughts? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I don't want to hijack your question, but I have a similar situation with some RL Marlow wingtips I'm undecided on. Basically, there are pieces that are noticeably lighter than others, and I was wondering, if I use something like the dark brown Saphir Cordovan Shoe Cream, will this discrepancy improve over time? Or, is this a bad idea/assumption (should I assume the discrepancy will be that way forever when evaluating them)? I'd prefer them to be a dark brown over a medium brown, in case it influences anyone's answer.
Edited by Papa Doble - 12/16/12 at 6:48pm
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I'm curious how many pair of shoes everyone travels with for different length trips. My trips are usually only 2-3 days and I try to only have the dress shoes on my feet and a pair of Vibrams for working out.

 

Depends on the length of the trip.  Usually, I wear a pair of loafers while traveling.  I pack my Vibrams for working out, one or two pair of dress shoes, and a dress/casual boot. 

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Depends on the length of the trip.  Usually, I wear a pair of loafers while traveling.  I pack my Vibrams for working out, one or two pair of dress shoes, and a dress/casual boot. 

I usually avoid packing many shoes because I'm an 11E (and let's face it, Aldens are heavy).

I agree 100% on loafers in airports though. Funny that something as insiginficant as slip-on shoes can make the traveling experience so much less stressful.
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