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post #40111 of 99306
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Originally Posted by dslonghorn4 View Post

First shoe shine session of 2013 complete. Below is my small collection of shell.

These look great. I would guess it's a Marlow by C&J on the right, and an Alden cap-toe (Ravello?) on the left. But what's the medallion cap-toe in the center? Enjoy wearing.

post #40112 of 99306
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Alden SF store display


nephew,
fortunately the store is closed
post #40113 of 99306
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

2
from Alden SF

nephew,
thank you
i like 6 over 2
post #40114 of 99306
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Originally Posted by dslonghorn4 View Post

First shoe shine session of 2013 complete. Below is my small collection of shell.

you have done very well, good shine to start 2013
post #40115 of 99306
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Originally Posted by Dbear View Post

now that my collection of shell is done, i want to get a pair of suede chukkas--does it never end?

nephew,
not until your last breath
post #40116 of 99306

#8 nst boot
argyles otc
post #40117 of 99306
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
fortunately the store is closed

... but not the online store. biggrin.gif
post #40118 of 99306
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


#8 nst boot
argyles otc

Looking Great.

My color 8 NST high boots on the Plaza may be my favorite boots.
post #40119 of 99306
If it were my $700, those Ravellos would be on the first pre-paid shipipng label back to wherever you bought them from. There's just no way such a mismatch is acceptable. The Whiskeys, though are a tougher call. I have Whiskey LWBs, too, and I had to take a clean cloth and buff off some dark polish when I bought them -- they came "clean" quite easily. Try that, and I bet you'll be happy with the outcome. Even as-is, I'd probably keep the Whiskeys, but it depends on how much of a stretch $700 is for you. If it's pocket change, then who cares, and keep 'em. If it is several months' savings, then it's a personal decision on how much you want them vs. how much it'll bug you to see that every time you wear them.

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Originally Posted by henryg View Post

I was lucky enough to pick up a pair of ravello and whiskey LWBs recently.  Unfortunately, I am not sure if I should keep either pair. 

With the ravellos, the vamp of the right shoe appears to be much lighter than the left shoe.  It is also somewhat lighter than the rest of the right shoe.  I've seen comments from members of this forum state that the color #8 shoes go through an additional finishing step at Alden.  Is this true for the other colors as well, or is variation of this type typically a result of the tanning process?  If it is due only to the tanning process, I guess I am just surprised that it would not be caught much sooner in the process.  If it is just the finishing step, is there anything that can be done to correct the issue, or I am better off just sending them back to the retailer?

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With the whiskeys, there is an area on the upper of the right shoe that has dark brown or black streaks that make the area appear almost "dirty".  The same area on the outside of the shoe has a similar, but less pronounced appearance.  To me, it almost appears as though the shoes were polished in that area with a dark brown or black polish before leaving the factory.  That area of the shoe also has a much duller appearance than the leather near the sole. 

Has anyone else seen this type of dark striping effect with other whiskey LWBs, or other whiskey shells?  Is it just natural variation in the leather, or something that can be corrected?

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post #40120 of 99306
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Speaking of Color 8, today Mr. FedEx dropped off my JGilbert plaintoe boots on the Plaza. This completes my trifecta of color 8 high boots from JGilbert. This frees up my like new color 8 chukkas (plaintoe of course, Barrie last, 9D, double leather sole) for a possible swap as we start 2013. If interested, PM me. Thanks.

A personal friend just laid claim to the chukkas. nod[1].gif
post #40121 of 99306
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

... but not the online store. biggrin.gif

nephew,
good point, i did not think of that
post #40122 of 99306
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Originally Posted by ecox View Post

If it were my $700, those Ravellos would be on the first pre-paid shipipng label back to wherever you bought them from. There's just no way such a mismatch is acceptable. The Whiskeys, though are a tougher call. I have Whiskey LWBs, too, and I had to take a clean cloth and buff off some dark polish when I bought them -- they came "clean" quite easily. Try that, and I bet you'll be happy with the outcome. Even as-is, I'd probably keep the Whiskeys, but it depends on how much of a stretch $700 is for you. If it's pocket change, then who cares, and keep 'em. If it is several months' savings, then it's a personal decision on how much you want them vs. how much it'll bug you to see that every time you wear them.

This is very decent advice. As-is I could live with the whiskey (I think they will clean up), but not the ravellos (too much variation for me). For both pairs, work with the retailer to see if they will send them to Alden to address the issues. Both models are hard to come by - simply returning them for a refund (which itself would be reasonable as well) may mean you won't see them in your closet again for months, maybe years. Good luck.
post #40123 of 99306
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

A personal friend just laid claim to the chukkas. nod[1].gif

nephew,
thank you for sharing the good news
post #40124 of 99306
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Originally Posted by ecox View Post

If it were my $700, those Ravellos would be on the first pre-paid shipipng label back to wherever you bought them from. There's just no way such a mismatch is acceptable. The Whiskeys, though are a tougher call. I have Whiskey LWBs, too, and I had to take a clean cloth and buff off some dark polish when I bought them -- they came "clean" quite easily. Try that, and I bet you'll be happy with the outcome. Even as-is, I'd probably keep the Whiskeys, but it depends on how much of a stretch $700 is for you. If it's pocket change, then who cares, and keep 'em. If it is several months' savings, then it's a personal decision on how much you want them vs. how much it'll bug you to see that every time you wear them.


my recommendation is to keep the whiskey. in the tanning process for exotic colors can cause the variation in color; however, your ravello's are over the line. you need to contact seller
post #40125 of 99306
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Originally Posted by plato View Post

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Originally Posted by dslonghorn4 View Post

First shoe shine session of 2013 complete. Below is my small collection of shell.

These look great. I would guess it's a Marlow by C&J on the right, and an Alden cap-toe (Ravello?) on the left. But what's the medallion cap-toe in the center? Enjoy wearing.


I'd bet they are AE brown shell strands.  At Lonhorn- how do you like them?  Is the size and comfort the same as the calf version of the Strand?

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