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post #43651 of 89435
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Originally Posted by Roggie Rog View Post

I'd like to ask what anyone can tell me about how to deal with a pair of #8 shell cordovan shoes that are slightly off from one another in color. I last polished the darker one with Alden #8 wax, and the other with Alden black wax to try to get them to match a bit better. Any constructive feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!

http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/saphir-cordovan-shoe-polish.html

Use the above product (in color "cordovan") on the shoe you wish to darken.

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post #43652 of 89435
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post


Nice gunboats Don L!

Thank you

 

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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Visited the Ground Gripper Shoe Shop today. Did not make it out unscathed:

Very Nice

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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post


Today:

AppleMark
Eggplant brilliance has reappeared over the toebox. Have also begun spooning out old, stubborn creases, and the shoe looks far improved structurally. Really beginning to shine back up with little brushing.

Just wanted to throw up this string of photos for anyone debating on battered Ebay shell. I snagged these for <$100, and while it's taken work and time, I have nonetheless enjoyed wearing them. If the shoe is structurally sound, shell can often come back from abuse and still look great. No doubt the process above would have been sped up as well if I'd focused on it more frequently, but it's been more of a pet project than anything. Focus a bit, leave it, and come back. Keep up your brushing, and use Reno sparingly.

The Method works

Coming along nicely.  Well done.  Another pair saved

post #43653 of 89435

Do local Alden stores (specifically Alden of DC) stock narrower widths in the LHS? Looking for some color 8 LHS in a 12B.

 

Also any place that stocks the color 8 wingtip boots on the plaza last with the commando sole in narrow widths would be appreciated - though I've inquire about those on here before and I think I have to resort to special orders.

post #43654 of 89435
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Originally Posted by TheloniusDrunk View Post

Do local Alden stores (specifically Alden of DC) stock narrower widths in the LHS? Looking for some color 8 LHS in a 12B.

Also any place that stocks the color 8 wingtip boots on the plaza last with the commando sole in narrow widths would be appreciated - though I've inquire about those on here before and I think I have to resort to special orders.
I was just looking at the Alden LHS on the Shoe Mart website. It says in bold red lettering that the "B" width is available thru them. Hope this helps.
post #43655 of 89435
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Visited the Ground Gripper Shoe Shop today. Did not make it out unscathed:







Very nice. Scotch grain perforated cap toe? Haven't read anything about Ground Gripper in this forum. How is their selection?
post #43656 of 89435
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Visited the Ground Gripper Shoe Shop today. Did not make it out unscathed:


WOW! Those are gorgeous. You have some enviable/rare boots!
post #43657 of 89435
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Those look nice.

Speaking of burgundy shell and infusing life back into them, I would also endorse Saphir shell cordovan cream in burgundy (Saphir calls the color "cordovan"). Said cream has done wonders, IMO, for burgundy shell that I deem as too light or too brown (such as the old AE burgundy shell). It will darken the shade of shell burgundy (unless, of course, the shell is quite dark to begin with, as is the case with many of my color 8 models).

I'd actually just ordered a bit of this from Hanger Project last week, so we'll see what more I can do. I ordered the Neutral, wanting to use it across my various colors while not wanting to get a bunch of individual jars. If it's that big of a benefit though, may have to consider individual colors.
post #43658 of 89435
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

WOW! Those are gorgeous. You have some enviable/rare boots!

Thank you sir. Always envied your photographs as well.

The modified last has that ultimate retro look. I couldn't believe how nice these were when I saw them.

Anyone on the fence about this leather should jump - looks like Shoemart has a PT boot in it, Unionmade has an Indy in it and these are from Moulded Shoe. The proprietor said Alden does not have any more of it for production - only a lighter pebble. These have a fantastic reddish hue underneath the brown.
post #43659 of 89435
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Thanks again to everyone. I'm learning a lot about these marvelous shoes. I've pulled the trigger on 5 pairs in the last 3 weeks and feel like there's something in the air with the recent loafer discussions. Prior to this weekend, I was already thinking about getting a loafer for casual spring/summer wear (e.g., with chinos, jeans and just loafer socks). I've begun making some calls to local retailers, but haven't gotten the most welcoming vibe from certain staff members. So at this point, I have more questions than answers:

 

My first question is: Which loafer model would be the most sensible addition to the collection (I have the LS Ultimate Indy in the 403 brown with commando sole, a cap toe boot in the Grant last in Shell color 8, the JCrew LWB in brown cxl, the JCrew snuff suede LWB, and the Color 8 shell 975s)? I know the collection pales in comparison to most guys on this thread, but I feel like I have a decent balance of dressy and casual shoes (as I also have a number of AE shoes in the closet). I don't mind shelling out (pun intended) for shell in, say, the LHS. But, if these are basically just going to be casual loafers worn at night in Cape Cod on vacation, then should I really go all out for the LHS?

 

The models I'm considering include: LHS in calf or shell (which I believe is on the Van last), the suede models with flex soles, the loafer in the plaza last or the beefroll with leather sole (the most economical model) in burgundy calf. Can anyone offer comparisons or contrast with regard to issues of versatility, durability, comfort?

 

Second question becomes about fit: I want to be careful to not have a heel slippage problem. I tried almost all the AE loafers and had trouble with heel slippage and/or toe room depending on the last. Nothing fit like the Florsheims and Bass Weejuns I rocked when I was a teen over 20 years ago.

 

Can people here confim the recent advise to stay true to size in the Van, but to go to a narrower width? I'm a 9D in the Grant (which fits perfect) and an 8.5D in the Barrie and Trubalance lasts (which are comfy, but would have some slippage were it not for the laces). I'm thinking of starting with a 9C Van if I go LHS. But what about stretching factor in calf vs shell LHS models? Anyone able to speak to the issue of stretching in the vamp after a few months of wear? I'd also love to hear about the Plaza last, the flex soles and the beefroll (which no one seems to talk about much here).

 

Last question is about pricing: the guy from Princeton says he could sell me a Shell color 8 LHS for $575 but wants to charge me a $25 restocking if it doesn't fit and needs to go back to Alden? Is this standard? It was my understanding working with the good folks at LS, Alden DC, Citishoes and ShoeMart that there was no such pitfall? I thought the $575 sounded like a good price, but I didn't like the guy's attitude...

 

ps - is it truly a seeking-unicorns situation to look for a loafer in ravello, whiskey or cigar shell? If not, could someone point me in the right direction?

 

Thanks in advance for any help or leads folks can offer. I appreciate it very much!!

 

today's shoe: the cap toe boots. like butter...

 

 

the shoemart has ravello and cigar LHS's in stock... only in some sizes though

post #43660 of 89435
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/saphir-cordovan-shoe-polish.html

Use the above product (in color "cordovan") on the shoe you wish to darken.

I'm trying to convince the people at Saphir to extend this product line by adding the colors Whiskey and Ravello.
Any interest out there in it?
It would help me make my case with them.
post #43661 of 89435
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Originally Posted by Nick V. View Post

I'm trying to convince the people at Saphir to extend this product line by adding the colors Whiskey and Ravello.
Any interest out there in it?
It would help me make my case with them.

I would sure be intrested
post #43662 of 89435

definitely interested in some Ravello..

 

as a sidenote, Nick.. i have a couple questions about a pair of shoes I'd like to send your way.. Would you prefer to talk over the phone or thru email/PM? I'm in no rush

 

thanks!

post #43663 of 89435
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Originally Posted by Nick V. View Post

I'm trying to convince the people at Saphir to extend this product line by adding the colors Whiskey and Ravello.
Any interest out there in it?
It would help me make my case with them.
Nick V, great idea. As a guy who just bought his first Ravello Alden's count me in.
post #43664 of 89435
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Originally Posted by Nick V. View Post

I'm trying to convince the people at Saphir to extend this product line by adding the colors Whiskey and Ravello.
Any interest out there in it?
It would help me make my case with them.

Count me in as well
post #43665 of 89435
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Originally Posted by Nick V. View Post

I'm trying to convince the people at Saphir to extend this product line by adding the colors Whiskey and Ravello.
Any interest out there in it?
It would help me make my case with them.

Yes please.
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