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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post


You say it just happened this morning? I would give it some time. It could just be water drops from the bathroom or something from the kitchen. I have a couple pair of Alpine grain shoes (and used to have the same boots you are wearing) and get those spots on them from time to time and they always go away after a while - sometimes that may take an hour or longer. I think it's just the nature of that type of leather. I would just give it some time before I would recommend putting any product on it.

Thanks, MP. I'll try to sit tight. I thought the same, but it's been 90 minutes and the two darn spots are still there, albeit a bit less dark than they had been at 8:30 am when I noticed it initially.

 

If those spots are still there come lunch time, any suggestions on a quick hack? I was thinking of swinging home around lunchtime to try the saddle soap intervention, although I am aware that my lack of BNelson skills may result in even more of a catastrophe. Guess I'll just have to stop brushing my teeth...

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Thanks, MP. I'll try to sit tight. I thought the same, but it's been 90 minutes and the two darn spots are still there, albeit a bit less dark than they had been at 8:30 am when I noticed it initially.

If those spots are still there come lunch time, any suggestions on a quick hack?

If it were me and the spots were still there at the end of the day, and I couldn't remove them with some vigorous brushing, well, then the spots would be there for life. Those spots don't look large enough to really bother me enough to try anything more than my normal cleaning routine on them. You have to remember - the boots are only new until you put your feet in them! fing02[1].gif
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Hi, 

 

I was looking to get my first pair of aldens and I narrowed it down to the Indy 403's. Can it be found with a commando sole anywhere or is this just a special order item?

 

Also, I've seen pics of the cigar Indys from Leffot. Is that a shoe of the past or can they be preordered somewhere?

 

Thanks so much. I can't tell you how much time I've wasted on this thread in the past couple of days.

 

owen

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Looking to trade my Alden size 9D for a smaller size, 8.5. They are the 920 dark brown calfskin. This was the first pair of decent shoes that I purchased. I have worn them twice a week for 4 months in the office. They are in great shape- they have some small normal creases and wear on the soles. I didn't realize that Alden's run a big large and I think a smaller size would suit me better. I still have the box and shoe bags. Trade does not have to be for the exact same style, but something dressy I can wear to the office.

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Originally Posted by Owlbass View Post

Hi, 

I was looking to get my first pair of aldens and I narrowed it down to the Indy 403's. Can it be found with a commando sole anywhere or is this just a special order item?

Also, I've seen pics of the cigar Indys from Leffot. Is that a shoe of the past or can they be preordered somewhere?



Thanks so much. I can't tell you how much time I've wasted on this thread in the past couple of days.

owen

Not sure anywhere has the cigar indy but I bet it will pop up some day. That might be a few years though.
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post


If it were me and the spots were still there at the end of the day, and I couldn't remove them with some vigorous brushing, well, then the spots would be there for life. Those spots don't look large enough to really bother me enough to try anything more than my normal cleaning routine on them. You have to remember - the boots are only new until you put your feet in them! fing02[1].gif

Oh, that's right, a great man once said, "They're shoes, not Rembrandts!"

 

Thanks for de-catastrophizing the incident for me. Dear wife says the spots are not really noticeable. What bothers me is knowing I screwed up by trying to move faster than I should have this morning. Is it really not a good call to try saddle soap or renomat? I need to get some work done today and this is clearly occupying too much of my emotional energy...

 

Have a good one!

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Originally Posted by Owlbass View Post

Hi, 

 

I was looking to get my first pair of aldens and I narrowed it down to the Indy 403's. Can it be found with a commando sole anywhere or is this just a special order item?

 

Also, I've seen pics of the cigar Indys from Leffot. Is that a shoe of the past or can they be preordered somewhere?

 

Thanks so much. I can't tell you how much time I've wasted on this thread in the past couple of days.

 

owen

I think Alden Madison in NYC has had them at one point.  Also check The Shoe Mart.

 

You are likely to waste WAY more time time on this thread in the future.

 

I think you have the right idea starting out with a bang with the Cigar Indy.  The 403 is great, but it's such a gateway boot.  As soon as you get it you are going to want something in Shell.

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A quick tip for your shoe trees:

 

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Oh, that's right, a great man once said, "They're shoes, not Rembrandts!"

 

Thanks for de-catastrophizing the incident for me. Dear wife says the spots are not really noticeable. What bothers me is knowing I screwed up by trying to move faster than I should have this morning. Is it really not a good call to try saddle soap or renomat? I need to get some work done today and this is clearly occupying too much of my emotional energy...

 

Have a good one!

Don't do anything hasty.  Wait for an answer or do some research on the correct way to tackle the problem, rather than just trying anything you think might work.

 

I'm always super cautious when wearing my Aldens.  If anyone gets within an arms length of me, I knock 'em out.  (Even children and the elderly.)  Can't risk them getting any closer and possibly scuffing my shoe.

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The Bureau are great.
They ship pretty quickly via 2nd or 3rd day fedex international.
Never had to pay duty or brokerage on anything from them.

Thanks Zippy
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Don't do anything hasty.  Wait for an answer or do some research on the correct way to tackle the problem, rather than just trying anything you think might work.

I'm always super cautious when wearing my Aldens.  If anyone gets within an arms length of me, I knock 'em out.  (Even children and the elderly.)  Can't risk them getting any closer and possibly scuffing my shoe.

And I thought I was the only one.

This year my family played a good April fools joke on me. My wife told that my son put gum all over a pair of my #8 boots...He didn't mean it and he was really sorry, but the boots are in bad shape. I totally fell for it and the look on my face was priceless, they told me. They got a good laugh out of me. I was just happy my boots were safe.
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And I thought I was the only one.

This year my family played a good April fools joke on me. My wife told that my son put gum all over a pair of my #8 boots...He didn't mean it and he was really sorry, but the boots are in bad shape. I totally fell for it and the look on my face was priceless, they told me. They got a good laugh out of me. I was just happy my boots were safe.

That is such a cruel prank.  There are some matters that are just too serious to joke about.

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And I thought I was the only one.

This year my family played a good April fools joke on me. My wife told that my son put gum all over a pair of my #8 boots...He didn't mean it and he was really sorry, but the boots are in bad shape. I totally fell for it and the look on my face was priceless, they told me. They got a good laugh out of me. I was just happy my boots were safe.

That's hilarious, Sazon! My natural inclination is to be very cautious, but I've been trying to live more freely and didn't want my son to end up in therapy someday uttering, "Every time I tried to jump on my father to give him a hug, Daddy would shy away to protect his wingtip boots. I'm only going to wear square toed Kenneth Coles and target flip flops as a sign of Oedipal rebellion!"

 

Of course, my fastidiousness remains in the presence of strangers, especially in a packed grocery store. A couple of weeks ago, a woman in a rush to get to the organic produce completely ran the heels of my brown cxl indys over with her cart. I wish I could say that I had remained composed, but I stopped just short of reducing her to tears. Maybe my wife and son need to play the gum trick on me too...

 

Or I'm just still getting over the alpine grain incident...musicboohoo[1].gif

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


+1, only I would go with camel or tan suede unlined PTBs.  Snuff seems to me to be more of a fall color as it is darker, but both work.


Point is well taken, and reasonable minds can disagree. But I would suggest that snuff is the best color if you are looking for a suede shoe to wear all year. IMO, it absolutely works in the summer.
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Originally Posted by takashi78 View Post

To the poster who asked about Alden belts a few pages before.

I was in Alden SF 2 months back.
Saw a bunch of belts in the store.
You might wanna give them a call.

Question:

When you guys say you guys brush alot after the cleaning and conditioning.
How much is alot?
5 mins non stop brushing?
10 mins non stop brushing?
30mins non stop brushing?

5 minutes for each shoe at max. 30 minutes is certifiably insane. crazy.gif
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