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post #40171 of 79038
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


What are your intended uses for your first Alden? The answer will have a significant impact on my suggestion.
And welcome to the thread. The folks are generally nice around here. nod[1].gif

Casual and all year round.  Mostly wear it with chinos and jeans.

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post #40172 of 79038
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
fortunately the store is closed

Haaaaa, if only I could always be this fortunate
post #40173 of 79038
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Originally Posted by LeCorb View Post

Casual and all year round.  Mostly wear it with chinos and jeans.

Of the three you mentioned:
1. color 8 PTB
2. color 8 chukka
3. black captoe blucher

For your intended uses, I would stay away from the black captoe blucher altogether. I have the black captoe blucher - and love it - but I don't wear them casually.
post #40174 of 79038
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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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I had the same issue as you have with the Ravellos, only with Cigar. The vamp on the right one was noticeably lighter. I read somewhere, probably here, about using neatsfoot oil to darken them. I was not afraid to try it as I played baseball and used glove oil and recall how that would darken the new leather. I figured worst case, it would do nothing and I was going to keep them anyway as I don't think anyone other than someone actually looking for the difference would notice. Besides, I really liked the Cigar and they can be difficult to come by. However, it worked
out well.
post #40175 of 79038
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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.

Keeping the Whiskey should be a good choice. Over time the Whiskey hue all over the shoe should vary and the upper area your worried about may clean off itself or at least polish out to look good. The Ravello would be a tough choice and personal preference whether you could handle the difference, that is a hard pair to find : / 

post #40176 of 79038
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Originally Posted by LeCorb View Post

Happy New Year!!  I'm new to SF Alden thread.  I went to NY Barneys today to try on couple pair of Alden shell and they were awesome.  It was perfect today because most of the people at Barneys are crazy with the 60% sale on the other corner of the store and I got to try on different style of Alden shoes on the shelf.  Which one will be a good one to start my Alden shell collection?  p.s. I tried color 8 Plain toe blucher, Black cap toe blucher and a color 8 Plain toe chukka. 

welcome to the forum
post #40177 of 79038
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


Of the three you mentioned:
1. color 8 PTB
2. color 8 chukka
3. black captoe blucher
For your intended uses, I would stay away from the black captoe blucher altogether. I have the black captoe blucher - and love it - but I don't wear them casually.

 

I'd second this recommendation.  I'm a huge fan of the color 8 PTB as your one pair.  However, as for the other two, there are lots of Aldens I'd consider before these, but I suppose that wasn't the question.  If that were the question, I'd consider various colors of LWBs.

post #40178 of 79038
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Originally Posted by LeCorb View Post

Casual and all year round.  Mostly wear it with chinos and jeans.

How bout some Longwings in Natural CXL?

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Starting off 2013 in ravello LWB
post #40180 of 79038
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Originally Posted by Spencer View Post

How bout some Longwings in Natural CXL?

Those are my next pickup for sure.
post #40181 of 79038
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post


Those are my next pickup for sure.

I like this a lot.  Especially the CXL leather.  I have a brown CXL Wolverine 1K oxford shoe and I'm loving the patina that develop every time I wear it.  It is hard to decide... I'm not sure it is a wrong thing to check out this thread because I got addicted to the shell material and it is soooo cool.   

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Of interest to Alden fanatics like me, I was at the newly re-vamped Disney California Adventure amusement park the other day. On their 'main street', called Buena Vista Avenue, there is a shop called Elias & Co. which is supposed to harken back to the old-style department stores of yesteryear. Behind one of the registers is an Indiana Jones apparel display, where Alden Indy Boots are prominently featured. They looked like 405s to me. 

 

You can see the Alden Indy Boots in these pics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't believe they are for sale in the store or anything, this was just a display to sort of evoke a store that Indiana Jones himself may have shopped in at one time.

 

The Alden's definitely caught my eye immediately as I entered the store though. 

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^ Hey I think I've seen a couple of your shell cordovan videos on YouTube.  From there, I think I was directed to a review video you posted on the new McDonald's chicken strips.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpoM7RVMY68&list=UUwaaV6YJs5FqQ6I8ad2DdCw&index=107


Edited by thebeebs - 1/1/13 at 8:58pm
post #40184 of 79038
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Those are my next pickup for sure.

Should be available at Leffot (then my door step), this month. God willing.
post #40185 of 79038
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Of interest to Alden fanatics like me, I was at the newly re-vamped Disney California Adventure amusement park the other day. On their 'main street', called Buena Vista Avenue, there is a shop called Elias & Co. which is supposed to harken back to the old-style department stores of yesteryear. Behind one of the registers is an Indiana Jones apparel display, where Alden Indy Boots are prominently featured. They looked like 405s to me. 

 

You can see the Alden Indy Boots in these pics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't believe they are for sale in the store or anything, this was just a display to sort of evoke a store that Indiana Jones himself may have shopped in at one time.

 

The Alden's definitely caught my eye immediately as I entered the store though. 

Dude, ur videos have cost me a lot of money, lol. 

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