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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

so i picked up a pair of unionmade's natural cxl LHS....amazing service and the shoes are beautiful, but have one minor complaint:

the right vamp has some irregular staining that goes above and beyond that natural color fluctuations of natural CXL. What do you guys think? part of me feels like i could condition it out with pitch blend or another product, but i also don't feel like i should have to...


Pitch Blend would darken the rest of the leather, not get the stain out

With continued wear, the colors will basically blend together. If it were cordovan, I would say it would be more of a negative issue, but with natural CXL, different coloration seems to be par for the course

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post #40772 of 91315

Is it natural? or is it a stain that happened by accident?

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Is it natural? or is it a stain that happened by accident?

it is "natural" in that they came like that, but it looks the factory dripped some sort of finishing on them by accident. it does look more like a stain, than a bloom...correct?

i don't mind natural discoloration, but this just looks human
Edited by mr chorizo - 1/10/13 at 1:12pm
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

All must haves and yes, plenty go sockless

It's hard deciding on colors I guess is my dilemma.

color 8/ravello LWB
whiskey/ravello/cigar PTB
color8/whiskey/ravello/cigar LHS


You should have each of those shell colors in each one of those models! nod[1].gif

 

In all seriousness though, if you could only have one of each, I would go with the ravello LWB, cigar PTB, and the color 8 LHS.  However, you could probably go with any combination with the options you've laid out and still be in great shape.  I just happened to be a lover of the king of the gunboats...

The ravello LWB would be my first choice for my first Alden shell, but that's just me.

post #40775 of 91315

is it common for Leffot to credit back pre-order money without an explanation? I received an email earlier saying they credited me back from the Natty CXL Indy preorder I jumped on last summer. kinda bummed, was looking forward to them.

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Originally Posted by poena View Post

It's hard deciding on colors I guess is my dilemma.

color 8/ravello LWB
whiskey/ravello/cigar PTB
color8/whiskey/ravello/cigar LHS

This is hard - and it depends on your existing collection.

LWB - cigar or ravello (a virtual toss-up)

PTB - color 8 (and from BB if you can get it) - and, yes, I realize color 8 wasn't one of your listed options biggrin.gif

LHS - whiskey
post #40777 of 91315

I didn't know the Alden for BB PTBs were in play! fing02[1].gif
 

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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

I think if J crew ever accidently does the 30% off (think it will be for a long while), I will get their cap toes and sell my plain shoemart cap toes.

Does the alden leather get stinky after a while wearing sockless? My cavnas shoes I go sockless are smelly.

If you're 11.5 Barrie, Shoe Mart had three pair of the J Crew #8 cap boot on the seconds shelf today...looked good. Also a beautiful chromexcel wingtip blucher, and a #8 plain toe on the Modified. Ask for Bob.
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I didn't know the Alden for BB PTBs were in play! fing02%5B1%5D.gif

 

Why from BB? What don't I know about this make up?

tough decisions on the next pair !! shog[1].gif

as for my current line up

Indy 405
Color8 Perf Captoe from Jcrew
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post #40781 of 91315
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post


it is "natural" in that they came like that, but it looks the factory dripped some sort of finishing on them by accident. it does look more like a stain, than a bloom...correct?

i don't mind natural discoloration, but this just looks human

I'm the same way.  If its natural variation, its acceptable.  If its a QC issue, than its unacceptable.

 

Personally, if it were me, I'd send them back.  Even if a replacement was not available.

 

The part that irks me the most is that it almost seems like they try to sneak this kind of thing past us.  Like when you negotiate a price with someone and they hand you the cash and its short $10 and they are just trying to see if you will accept it for less.  Then when you point it out, they have a $10 bill in their back pocket all by itself with no other money, making it obvious what they were trying to do.

 

Its like: "here, we'll send him the stained shoes, see if he accepts them.  That way we can get rid of them.  If he complains we'll just act like we didn't notice it and say that we are more than willing to refund his money".

 

(Not directing this specifically at any retailer, just a general statement.  Also, I know that the retailer can send defective merchandise back to alden and recoup their money, so its not like the retailer is stuck with them either.  Not sure why or how this stuff happens, but I'm also not the first to wonder about such things)

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Alden for BB dark brown calf PTBs
post #40783 of 91315
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post


it is "natural" in that they came like that, but it looks the factory dripped some sort of finishing on them by accident. it does look more like a stain, than a bloom...correct?

i don't mind natural discoloration, but this just looks human

 

Probably some neats foot oil splashed on there.  Same thing happened to my Natural CXL conservation boot (except I spilled the oil on it).

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Ravello SWBs

 

 

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#4 cap toe boots. Day 1 of The Method. (Uploaded using the mobile site. Click for larger versions.)



 

Beautiful.  Where'd you purchase them from?

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