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Have a cobbler do it or do it yourself with coarse sandpaper. I have removed dark edging before, but not on 8 chukkas.

hmm, definitely don't trust my local grouchy cobbler..

 

maybe b.nelson could do it whilst installing some flush mount taps.. must find out

 

thanks@!

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post #41432 of 89930
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Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

^^ I'd like to see those if you don't mind posting them.

ravello lwb crepe sole. my most comfortable aldens. i wore them to disneyland last week.

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Hey guys, so I pulled the trigger on my first pair of Aldens.  I ended up getting the natural chrome excel Indy and I love 'em, couldn't be more happy with the boot.  

Any basics as far as care and things like that?  I'll try and snap some photos soon.

post #41434 of 89930
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Originally Posted by Broark View Post

Hey guys, so I pulled the trigger on my first pair of Aldens.  I ended up getting the natural chrome excel Indy and I love 'em, couldn't be more happy with the boot.  
Any basics as far as care and things like that?  I'll try and snap some photos soon.

i think the consensus with CXL is some protectant like Venetian Cream, Pitch Blend, or Alden Fine boot cream. Popularity in that order... I used pitch blend. And brushing.
post #41435 of 89930
Was down in New York for the weekend and was so excited to hit the Alden store looking for a pair of shell Chukkas (either Cigar or Ravello). To my surprise and disappointment I had one of the worst retail experiences of my life. The guy working there was so rude to me I could not believe it!! I called twice yesterday to confirm what time they opened this morning as I was tight for time. When I arrived at 9:35 for a 9:30 opening the salesman told me that he doesn't like to open the store until 10:00 because he had things to do. He then tried to convince me that I don't know the sizing of my foot and that I should be an E width as opposed to D; I am sure it was just a coincidence that they had a Cigar chukka in an 8E but not D...Needless to say they did not fit my feet right at all. I am only giving some of the top level details but it was such an awful experience I am considering calling back this week to complain. I am treated with more care over a $5 pair of athletic socks than I would treated over a $700 pair of shoes.
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^ Was it Ralph?  Middle aged guy?

 

Maybe he thought you were just there to try-on and not buy.  I know he HATES that.

post #41437 of 89930
Yes, I believe that's who it was. I told him off the bat thati had come down from Boston with the intention to buy a pair soi have no idea why he would have thought that. He was so rude the entire time I was there it was unbelievable.
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I know many use the Mac method for caring for their Aldens, does anyone have a comment on the method advised by Kirby Allison? It will be time to polish some of my precious Aldens but I am quite nervous as I've never done it before. Commenting on the post above I recently had an excellent experience albeit over Internet with Alden in new York. All of my emails were returned within an hour of sending of sending them and them and i was able to acquire my first pair of cigar indys.
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What does everyone use to treat/protect their suede shoes? Spray brand and formula? The last bottle I used was from Nordstroms and it did a fine job, its not readily available though so I'm looking for any recommendations. I am looking to treat the shoes for protection/mild water and dust resistance.

 

Meltonian Suede protector or AE suede spray.  Both work well.

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The gentleman who assisted me was named Anthony. He stated that I contacted anyone in the store to complete my transaction, hebstated they don't work on commission which struck as quite odd for retail.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

ravello lwb crepe sole. my most comfortable aldens. i wore them to disneyland last week.






looking good in your gunboats and argyles
post #41442 of 89930
Any notice that heavy brushing dries out their CXL? Like if i brush the side of my boot pretty heavily I'll notice hairline cracks that are a light brown.
post #41443 of 89930
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

I know many use the Mac method for caring for their Aldens, does anyone have a comment on the method advised by Kirby Allison? It will be time to polish some of my precious Aldens but I am quite nervous as I've never done it before. Commenting on the post above I recently had an excellent experience albeit over Internet with Alden in new York. All of my emails were returned within an hour of sending of sending them and them and i was able to acquire my first pair of cigar indys.

One very easy option to care for them: just use (1) Saphir Reno, allow to fully dry, (2) brush, and (3) then buff with flannel cloth.
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

Any notice that heavy brushing dries out their CXL? Like if i brush the side of my boot pretty heavily I'll notice hairline cracks that are a light brown.

i've never noticed this.
post #41445 of 89930
Here's something a little different. I saw these Alden golf shoes on the eBay.

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