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Following up with an old post about my waxed calf LWBs cracking.

 

I used Meltonian leather balm ($7.31 shipped) when I noticed the cracks, but it didn't seem to do much.  I purchased some Saphir Renovateur ($22.00 shipped) to see if it would do any better. It didn't.  The leather did not seem any more moisturized, nor did the visibility of the cracks lessen. Not sure I get the hype for $22 leather balm.  Maybe it will work wonders on my shell, but I don't think I would purchase Reno again.  

 

I ordered some Meltonian shoe cream ($4.95 shipped), in the color Cognac, which seemed to do the trick.  I used this color cream on a few other little nicks and scuffs, and I think the cognac matches very well.  

 

Post (2) Reno applications:

 

Meltonian Shoe Cream, Cognac:

 

 

 

post #48017 of 96741
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Totally agree on man made versus natural variation. Here is a mark on Ravello Chukkas that I opted to keep as it truly seemed like this was natural occurring in the leather
I may be a n00b but I thought that one of the reasons that lighter shades of shell were less common was because very few shells have so few flaws that they can be used for this. I think that is what makes them desirable and also I think the demand may contribute to some shells that may or may not have been used in the past to be used for these shells to be used. I have nothing to back it up and I would like to think I am a better person than to anonymously attack someone over the internet.
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I picked up these short wingtip bal/oxfords form Alden DC a couple of months ago and have really grown to love them.  The tremont last is different.  I wasn't enthralled initially but they have grown on me... I was under the impression that Kathy had a bunch of them in stock.  Not sure what their stock is like now.  You should call and ask for all of their whiskey options in stock in your size.

 


RTP, thanks so much. These are certainly great looking. How do you wear them mainly? On one hand they are a dressier style but the color and edge trim are a bit more casual.

TBH, I haven't worn them much yet because of the weather.  I suspect I will wear these with seersucker, light grays, navy, etc... suits, light-weight wool, chinos, and maybe even linen (if I ever get some).  Haven't decided if denim will be in the mix.  I don't wear denim that often so probably not.

 

I wasn't 100% sold on them when I got them, but I discovered very quickly that the fit and comfort level was great,  I'm happy as can be with them.  I'm even contemplating picking up a very lightly used pair of 974s if the price is right.

 

All the best...

post #48019 of 96741
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Originally Posted by Marshall W View Post

Following up with an old post about my waxed calf LWBs cracking.

I used Meltonian leather balm ($7.31 shipped) when I noticed the cracks, but it didn't seem to do much.  I purchased some Saphir Renovateur ($22.00 shipped) to see if it would do any better. It didn't.  The leather did not seem any more moisturized, nor did the visibility of the cracks lessen. Not sure I get the hype for $22 leather balm.  Maybe it will work wonders on my shell, but I don't think I would purchase Reno again.  

I ordered some Meltonian shoe cream ($4.95 shipped), in the color Cognac, which seemed to do the trick.  I used this color cream on a few other little nicks and scuffs, and I think the cognac matches very well.  
Meltonian shoe cream has leather dye in it and will cover up a lot of problems. Saphir Renovateur has no leather dye. They are two different shoe care products.
post #48020 of 96741
If you want perfect ravello or whiskey cordovan or color 8 shoes, feel free to pay $1,600+ for custom made Edward Greens. I know Carmina/Vass/etc appear to be making quality shoes but it is at a much lower volume. At the end of the day Alden is a company with bunch of men and women making too many shoes (in order to fill exploding demand) with a lot of processes that are done or aided by hand. Not many skilled shoemakers are out there in the US to scale up the business. It is what it is. Inspect each pair before you wear
post #48021 of 96741
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

If you want perfect ravello or whiskey cordovan or color 8 shoes, feel free to pay $1,600+ for custom made Edward Greens. I know Carmina/Vass/etc appear to be making quality shoes but it is at a much lower volume. At the end of the day Alden is a company with bunch of men and women making too many shoes (in order to fill exploding demand) with a lot of processes that are done or aided by hand. Not many skilled shoemakers are out there in the US to scale up the business. It is what it is. Inspect each pair before you wear
I also do not think that Alden wants to expand. Expansion then decreased demand for quality US made footwear is what killed almost all of Alden's competitors. I believe they see a time where Alden’s may not be as fashionable and would like to survive that time as best they can.
post #48022 of 96741
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

I had a straight discoloration on the to box of my whiskey PTB's. I really am not sure how you could tell if it is from the source shell, Horween or Alden. I am not even sure if I can notice the difference anymore in full daylight?
To you it may suggest a human created defect but the fact is you do not know if it is either human created or a defect. teacha.gif
You are a special flower. You should not settle for imperfection. You should buy whiskey and ravello from some other maker.

I don't claim to know if a defect is natural or human-created, which is why I used the word "suggests." Also, I don't think it matters if it's natural or not with respect to choosing if you should keep a given pair.

Not sure what "special flower" means. Finally, are you saying I should move on to other brands because I'm too picky, or because Aldens are plagued by such imperfections?
post #48023 of 96741
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Hi sevenfoldtieguy - rydenfan,

well - i wondered myself a bit - the fit in the 1/2 smaller Suede PTB was snuggy but definitely better than in my ususal size.

The unlined Shell No. 8 PTB i ordered yesterday at Alden DC i decided my usual Barrie size neverthless because Shell doesn't stretch that much.

cheerio
Joachim

Many report that unlined suede and unlined shell fit looser than their lined counterparts in the same size. That seems to make sense.

But my expereience has been just the opposite, as my unlined shell ptb's and unlined suede ptb's (all on barrie) are actually more snug than their lined counterparts. Go figure .........


I absolutely agree... I have a pair of unlined suede PTBs on the barrie, and my normal barrie size was too snug for me; I went TTS.  It's a tad long but feels great.  (The price was right too!)

post #48024 of 96741
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

I may be a n00b but I thought that one of the reasons that lighter shades of shell were less common was because very few shells have so few flaws that they can be used for this. I think that is what makes them desirable and also I think the demand may contribute to some shells that may or may not have been used in the past to be used for these shells to be used. I have nothing to back it up and I would like to think I am a better person than to anonymously attack someone over the internet.

Can't really tell from your post if you are trying to insult me or what you are saying. Sorry if pointing out that someone who never contributes anything positive in this thread and continually just talks about how much better AE is than Alden offends you and therefor makes you a better person than me
post #48025 of 96741
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


I absolutely agree... I have a pair of unlined suede PTBs on the barrie, and my normal barrie size was too snug for me; I went TTS.  It's a tad long but feels great.  (The price was right too!)

Where did you get 'em? 

post #48026 of 96741
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

I also do not think that Alden wants to expand. Expansion then decreased demand for quality US made footwear is what killed almost all of Alden's competitors. I believe they see a time where Alden’s may not be as fashionable and would like to survive that time as best they can.

I happen to disagree with you. Alden was already selling every pair if shoes that can make yet they chose to build a relationship with J Crew. I see this as a conscious move by Alden to expand their customer base and expand
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Leffot NST with Leather Defender applied for spring showers & EP

Awesome.


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post #48028 of 96741
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You are a special flower. You should not settle for imperfection. You should buy whiskey and ravello from some other maker.

So much for that whole not insulting people on the Internet thing...
post #48029 of 96741
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Gents - was there a blue suede chukka on the Leydon last a few years back? If so, who did it? Thanks.

Not chukka on Leydon last but a nice makeup on Barrie just arrived at LS:

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/04/08/alden-shoe-navy-suede-shortwing-lsw/


Oooooooh!  That shortwing is delightful!

post #48030 of 96741
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Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post

No. 8 PTB Shells today... Just a classic...

Absolutely! Wear in great health...

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