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To replace the rubber portion of the back heel, can any standard cobbler do this? Roughly how much?

Thanks,
Thomas

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Originally Posted by stanford88 View Post

To replace the rubber portion of the back heel, can any standard cobbler do this? Roughly how much?

Yes and very cheap, $15.
post #42333 of 78913
I think many people covet shell because it is so difficult to find. Let's be honest people want what they cant have. Ludlows ravellos were gone in a day for that very reason. I jumped on my cigar Indys bc I knew if I didn't it could be a couple of years before I get another shot at them. I personally like shell because of the low maintenance aside from the stunning good looks.
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Natural CXL is a great option for casual wear. I find shell options to be too formal for my tastes. Exceptions are there of course - I think #8 LWBs look amazing with jeans - but generally speaking. I'm not exactly an argyle sock kind of guy and find tassels hilarious. peepwall[1].gif

 

Interestingly enough, the only pair of tassels i own are a natural cxl makeup from unionmade. 

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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post
 
I personally like shell because of the low maintenance aside from the stunning good looks.

 

 I have much more to learn about shoe maintenance, but if I would have listened to the first person who sold me a pair of alden shell instead of using this forum for research, my shell shoes would have faaar too much wax paste on them.  As it stands, I have four pair and have not done anything to them with the exception of the mac method.  And they look great.

 

I know the method calls for very periodically using wax, but is it absolutely necessary?

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

I'm going to risk offending many members in this thread and the vast majority of shoes in my closet by saying that I don't necessarily think that shell is the ultimate goal of Alden ownership. peepwall[1].gif

I know we focus on shell a lot here, but there are many great Aldens in other leathers that we see here too. So go for shell if it is for you, and don't worry if it is not. Enjoy those boots. smile.gif

No offense taken. And this is certainly a personal calculation. For example, I personally have no need for, or desire for, anything in CXL, but I still can appreciate a nice make-up made of it.

The gentleman who apologized for calf needn't do so.

I dare say most Alden buyers do look to acquire at least some shell after their introduction to the company. And some look to acquire primarily (perhaps only) shell after they have been in the game for awhile. I do wonder the percentage of Alden buyers, who, after having acquired, say, a handful of Alden shell models, do go back to Alden calf.
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

 I have much more to learn about shoe maintenance, but if I would
have listened to the first person who sold me a pair of alden shell instead of using this forum for research, my shell shoes would have
faaar too much wax paste on them.  As it stands, I have four pair and have not done anything to them with the exception of the mac method.
  And they look great.

A lot if it depends on several factors as it relates to how often you wear the shoes, what kind of weather you wear them in, and how well you maintain them aside from waxing. There are others on this forum far more knowledgeable than I (quite humbling actually) but I would say every 1-2 years depending.

I know the method calls for very periodically using wax, but is it absolutely necessary?
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Torture but in a good way.

 

Over the last year and a half I have stocked up heavily on Alden, primarily cordovan boots. At this point I'm basically set with footwear for September through May timeframe (cooler months = boot weather for me).  Living in the mid-atlantic shoes are pretty mandatory for summer considering the heat and humidity, I have cigar ptb, and a suede pair of ranger shoes for the warm months but I really want a darker pair of shell cordovan shoes to work into the warm period rotation. I just sold off a few things and my paypal account is fully stocked. The alden 990 and the alden for brooks brothers PTB #8 would fit the bill perfectly and are readily available BUT technically I'm still in boot mode for a solid three more months and there is really no need to jump on a purchase that won't be worn for several months and is generally readily available.

 

The smart thing to do is hold out for:

  • killer deal on theshoemart seconds list
  • hope for something nice on alden of carmel irregulars
  • hope for a sale at jcrew or brooks brothers
  • wait to see what unique offerings come out of LS, Unionmade, Epaulet, and other retailers
  • keep tabs on the SF classifieds section

 

Money buring a hole in your pocket is torture, but I guess it's better than wanting something and not having the means.

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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post

Torture but in a good way.

Over the last year and a half I have stocked up heavily on Alden, primarily cordovan boots. At this point I'm basically set with footwear for September through May timeframe (cooler months = boot weather for me).  Living in the mid-atlantic shoes are pretty mandatory for summer considering the heat and humidity, I have cigar ptb, and a suede pair of ranger shoes for the warm months but I really want a darker pair of shell cordovan shoes to work into the warm period rotation. I just sold off a few things and my paypal account is fully stocked. The alden 990 and the alden for brooks brothers PTB #8 would fit the bill perfectly and are readily available BUT technically I'm still in boot mode for a solid three more months and there is really no need to jump on a purchase that won't be worn for several months and is generally readily available.

The smart thing to do is hold out for:
  • killer deal on theshoemart seconds list
  • hope for something nice on alden of carmel irregulars
  • hope for a sale at jcrew or brooks brothers
  • wait to see what unique offerings come out of LS, Unionmade, Epaulet, and other retailers
  • keep tabs on the SF classifieds section

Money buring a hole in your pocket is torture, but I guess it's better than wanting something and not having the means.

Get the color 8 PTB now and put it into your year-round rotation. biggrin.gif Problem solved. nod[1].gif
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Get the color 8 PTB now and put it into your year-round rotation. biggrin.gif Problem solved. nod[1].gif

 

You could wait for the unlined #8 PTB at Alden DC, which sounds like a pretty good spring/summer shoe. 

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

..... I do wonder the percentage of Alden buyers, who, after having acquired, say, a handful of Alden shell models, do go back to Alden calf.

I have 3 pair of Alden shells, no exotics, but the last pair I purchased were a pair of natural cxl chukkas. i wanted something more casual.
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

You could wait for the unlined #8 PTB at Alden DC, which sounds like a pretty good spring/summer shoe. 

I was going to suggest exactly this, I got my pair from Alden SF. I much prefer the dover pattern to the stock ptb.
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

You could wait for the unlined #8 PTB at Alden DC, which sounds like a pretty good spring/summer shoe. 

Not a bad option, for summer or otherwise .....
post #42343 of 78913
PSA: Alden SF has whiskey longwings. Not sure what stock they have left. They aren't listed online, so you will have to call.

Hope someone benefits from this.
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post

Uncle, as they say "no brown in town" but if that was a way to get off work early... satisfied.gif

Hope you are well.

nephew,
if you did not return in proper attire you were either not paid for the day or lost a vacation day
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Originally Posted by djblack View Post

Are these shell cordovan Aldens? A person is selling them as such. But I've never seen them with that seam in the back. Thoughts?

i vote "no"
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