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post #39421 of 86678
definitely is a good touch, they give that stuff away with most purchases ( I think). When I bought a pair of boots there they gave me two pairs of extra laces, alden paste and a leather cleaning solution

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post #39422 of 86678
I use Alden tan on whiskey. I think mid-tan works a bit better for Ravello...

Alden SF included color 8 paste wax with my color 8 boots

Alden DC is the king of goodies, though. I have received an extra pair of laces with each order. In addition, I have received a plastic shoe horn, paste wax, and Leather Defender with various orders.
post #39423 of 86678

I posted here a couple weeks ago asking whether anyone knew a good cobbler to restore my Alden for Brooks Brothers cordovan plain toe bluchers that I got a thrift store for $4, and was asked to report back... so here goes!

 

I researched the Alden factory and various stores all of which offer restoration for $160 with free shipping.. but I couldn't get clear answers from most of them when I emailed them photos of what I needed done.  Someone recommended B. Nelson in New York as well, which looked less expensive, but I couldn't get a response from them either.  I really wanted advice on whether it was worth it, whether they would last long enough, etc.  Someone recommended Cobblers Corner in Northville which is on my way to work in Detroit, so I checked them out, expecting them to decline the work or that I wouldn't feel comfortable with them.

 

Anyway, the cobbler was very helpful and assured me that he could do a good job and that it was worth the price over a new pair.  He clearly explained what he would do (rebuild up the heels, cork beds, replace leather on the inside to repair the heel counters, resole with JR leather soles, etc.) and offered me the option of getting cheaper vibram soles, which I declined.  I also requested that he not polish the uppers because I wanted the patina preserved and didn't think they would ever make good glossy dress shoes, and I didn't really want that anyway.  He was happy to oblige, but also disappointed because he thought he could do a great job polishing them.

 

Here's how they look now:

1000

 

And the gallery with more photos and the before shots lower down on the page is here: http://www.rpmfg.org/images/blucher/index.html

 

I'm really happy.  Final price was about $140 for everything, including new laces but not new shoe trees or bags.  Worth the price for me to get to talk to the person doing the work and be sure of what they're doing.

 

Still wondering if anyone can date them from the markings (reproduced below).  Alden of SF says a year ending in 7 like 1997 or 1987, possibly older.  The metal ferules on the inside are heavily worn away from the laces so I think rather old.  Does anyone at least know when Alden started making shoes for Brooks Brothers?

 

Markings:

7 ½D 7H24 029
A765

 

Cheers and thanks,

Ryan

post #39424 of 86678
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Originally Posted by borderline View Post

If you were only allowed to keep three pairs of Aldens, which would they be?
 
 

1.  9901  (Black Shell Plain Toe Blucher)

2.  975 (#8 Shell LWB)

3.  986 (#8 Shell LHS)

post #39425 of 86678

Total irrelevant hypothetical, but I'll play along...

 

From my collection, I would keep:

 

1. Color 8 PTB

2. Ravello LWB

3. Color 4 Captoe Boot

post #39426 of 86678
Since I have each of these:

1. #8 LWB
2. Cigar LWB
3. Black shell cap toe bal, I think it is 901.

On the wish list:

Ravello LWB
Cigar cap toe bal
Dark brown calf cap toe bal

One of them could bump the black cap toe out of 3rd.
post #39427 of 86678
I'll play along
1. Color 8 LWB
2. Ravello Chukka
3. Whiskey PTB/SW (I know this will be unpopular but my work is on the casual dress side)
post #39428 of 86678
1. Ravello LWB.
2. #8 LHS
3. Blue Suede Tassels.... not at all versatile, but they get the most compliments of any of my Alden's, so they're an ego booster.
post #39429 of 86678
1. Color 8 LWB with antique edge trim
2. Pitt Boot in Color 8 or Cigar with antique edge trim
3. Captoe Boot in ravello
post #39430 of 86678
Hello, new to this thread. Can you guys confirm whether or not I found a pair of Aldens? The logo looks a little different from what I normally see:

Left shoe:

Right shoe:
post #39431 of 86678
Yes those are Aldens. Older model.
post #39432 of 86678
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Originally Posted by hooker4186 View Post

Yes those are Aldens. Older model.

Thanks! From what era? Are they any good? I've been an Allen Edmonds guy for the most part and don't know much about Aldens. They are black wingtips

post #39433 of 86678
What's the model number? Do you have a photo of the numbering on the inside? That'll help to identify - a lot of current models date back to that logo and beyond.
post #39434 of 86678
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Damn. Alden San Fran just restocked whiskey chukkas, but someone already grabbed my size. It would have been one of those odd ball, fill-in-a-hole type purchases anyway, but it's still a bummer.

THANK YOU!

I am home now with my 9E Whiskey Chukka based on your post. fing02[1].gif

I have been waiting for this boot for 2yrs!
post #39435 of 86678
Quote:
Originally Posted by hooker4186 View Post

What's the model number? Do you have a photo of the numbering on the inside? That'll help to identify - a lot of current models date back to that logo and beyond.

sure inside it says: 5H 8X022 then 903 below and then another lone 3 farther away.
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