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My girls, back from restoration, it's a whole new shoe, gents. Forgot how heavy and substantial they are, i'd worn them to the nub before, and they felt much lighter. Was considering having the resole done locally, a la Don Ville on La Brea, but I'm glad I went with Alden's program. I was wondering if they'd replace the cork footbed, and they definitely do.  


And those cedar trees they give you are the business. jah bless
Those boots look outstanding. The restoration program is one reason I'm definitely sticking with Alden.

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My girls, back from restoration, it's a whole new shoe, gents. Forgot how heavy and substantial they are, i'd worn them to the nub before, and they felt much lighter. Was considering having the resole done locally, a la Don Ville on La Brea, but I'm glad I went with Alden's program. I was wondering if they'd replace the cork footbed, and they definitely do.  


And those cedar trees they give you are the business. jah bless

looks great, man. any before pics? also, what was the turn around time and cost? last i checked it was about $140
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looks great, man. any before pics? also, what was the turn around time and cost? last i checked it was about $140

Thanks NAMOR, turnaround was 6 weeks (felt like eternity without these in my rotation), $140. I'll post better b4 pix. They'd gotten very light before I'd sent them in (I never use wax, only Reno). They had a ton of nicks and cuts, and a hole in the left sole.
 

I was tempted to ask Alden if they could avoid using any wax in the resoling, but I sortof wanted to get the whole experience. w/e, I'm sure the wax will strip off in due time. They are oxblood as all get out. Smell like turpentine too, it's nice.

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speaking of restoration.. I have some alden seconds that i picked up here on SF.. does Alden take issue with working on noted "seconds"? If so, B.Nelson would be the next choice (or first, haven't decided)

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speaking of restoration.. I have some alden seconds that i picked up here on SF.. does Alden take issue with working on noted "seconds"? If so, B.Nelson would be the next choice (or first, haven't decided)

I don't see why they would take issue with working on seconds.

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my restoration was actually $160, my b. I was considering B. Nelson, because I wanted flush toe-taps put on my chukkas (petty thuggin'), but I talked to Tom(?) at LSBH, and he talked me out of it. He said because only Alden has the original lasts, he would only use their restoration.

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my restoration was actually $160, my b. I was considering B. Nelson, because I wanted flush toe-taps put on my chukkas (petty thuggin'), but I talked to Tom(?) at LSBH, and he talked me out of it. He said because only Alden has the original lasts, he would only use their restoration.

That is interesting, I had wondered about that.

 

B. Nelson says on his website: "Each pair of shoes is fitted with the correct size last before the sole is removed. "

 

but i guess it says nothing about being the original last.

 

 

I wonder if it's better to go to Alden for re-sole as well, for that same reason?

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Anyone have thoughts on what would be a good Alden loafer for the summer? I'm considering the LHS in either cigar or whiskey. I wear an 11D in the Barrie last. What would be the appropriate size in the van last? Thanks

nephew,
you should go with the 11 D
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My girls, back from restoration, it's a whole new shoe, gents. Forgot how heavy and substantial they are, i'd worn them to the nub before, and they felt much lighter. Was considering having the resole done locally, a la Don Ville on La Brea, but I'm glad I went with Alden's program. I was wondering if they'd replace the cork footbed, and they definitely do.  


And those cedar trees they give you are the business. jah bless

Speekez - this is a GREAT report back. So nice to see a beautiful pair completely done back up like new. Thank you for posting!
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My girls, back from restoration, it's a whole new shoe, gents. Forgot how heavy and substantial they are, i'd worn them to the nub before, and they felt much lighter. Was considering having the resole done locally, a la Don Ville on La Brea, but I'm glad I went with Alden's program. I was wondering if they'd replace the cork footbed, and they definitely do.  


And those cedar trees they give you are the business. jah bless
Those boots look outstanding. The restoration program is one reason I'm definitely sticking with Alden.

those are fabulous
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I was tempted to ask Alden if they could avoid using any wax in the resoling, but I sortof wanted to get the whole experience. w/e, I'm sure the wax will strip off in due time. They are oxblood as all get out. Smell like turpentine too, it's nice.

So Alden also refurbished the upper? It looks good. Did you include a letter or something requested what you would like done?
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For me, both are TTS, although I prefer the fit of the Plaza.

Seven, why you prefer plaza? How is the toe area compared in these two lasts? Plaza more snug?
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Seven, why you prefer plaza? How is the toe area compared in these two lasts? Plaza more snug?

Personally I find the plaza to be the most attractive of all Alden lasts. Additionally I find that the toe box fits my toes perfectly where as the Barrie they tend to get a little lost even with the 1/2 size down. Sorry to jump in here just my 02.
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speekez, I really dig your vernacular. Great pics and personality in your post.
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Thanks NAMOR, turnaround was 6 weeks (felt like eternity without these in my rotation), $140. I'll post better b4 pix. They'd gotten very light before I'd sent them in (I never use wax, only Reno). They had a ton of nicks and cuts, and a hole in the left sole.

 
I was tempted to ask Alden if they could avoid using any wax in the resoling, but I sortof wanted to get the whole experience. w/e, I'm sure the wax will strip off in due time. They are oxblood as all get out. Smell like turpentine too, it's nice.

It's already been said 10 times over, but those look awesome. I feel unless you want to 'change' the style of sole, Alden is the way to go to have them replaced.
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