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natural cxl LHS on hampton last today. I think a really nice neutral spring shoe.


Awesome man. Are they from unionmade?

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This is a foto from last fall, but with all the talk of a cordovan shortage, I just wanted to give a shout out to Alden's Calf offerings. I've been loving these tan wt boots from J. Gilbert. I love the leather so much, I'm considering a tan calf bal or loafer. That being said, a #8 LHS is still next on my list … that is if they're still around when I'm ready to buy smile.gif


Excellent boot!  What does it look like after a season of wear?  How much care do you have to put into it to keep it looking great?  I have two Alden calf offerings that get very little play bc of my growing shell collection.

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These are kind of jazzy, but not quite my style.



(From Unipair)
if this were a boot i would be forced to break a promise
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

I may be wrong or missing something important, but I'm going to say it again: scarcity of Alden shell is a function of Alden being in demand beyond Alden's capacity to produce. You can go to several other makers, all sourcing shell from Horween, and get something immediately or MTO within a month or so and in an array of shell colors.
Is there another maker that produces as many shoes in Horween shell as Alden? Is anyone close?
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this is a great forum and this is my first posting.

I just bought Alden on ebay and I am not satisfied.
the shoes looked o.k., when unpacking, but after a couple of hours wear, some crincles got lighter than the original bordeaux color.
after one full day, the leather showed white stuff coming off, if I would have been in dust somewhere, even I was in the office on carpet (see the picture).
I brushed the shoes and left them sitting for a day but after wearing them another day, same thing.
what could be wrong with the leather?
any recomendations what I can do?

does Alden offer to refurb these shoes for me?

thank you 
michigan66
I agree with the others. This seems to be the natural waxes coming out....like they have been sitting for a very long time. I think I would keep brushing them for a week or two daily and then when this stops happening I would apply Saphir Reno or something similar. I would not wear them in fear that if the leather is too dry it may crack.

Look up Cordovan Leather Bloom.

Also, do not apply wax to them. Never clear wax.
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Excellent boot!  What does it look like after a season of wear?  How much care do you have to put into it to keep it looking great?  I have two Alden calf offerings that get very little play bc of my growing shell collection.

 



Thanks RTP!  I've actually been wearing them at least once a week.  They still look new.  I take the same care I do with shell … Mac Method (wipe, brush, cloth - every wear).  I did a bit of wax around Jan/Feb.  I'm not sure this level of care is necessary, but it's become a habit.  Alden's calf is very robust compared to my AE's, but they look pretty nice still too.  Anyhoo, I'll be sure to post a photo the next time I wear them. Cheers!

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Is there another maker that produces as many shoes in Horween shell as Alden? Is anyone close?
I don't think there's a manufacturer with the variety of colors and styles that Alden produces. AE has shell cordovans, not on sale until September. C&J for Ralph Lauren are available but they're cost prohibitive. Carminas and Vass are beautiful in a whole other league sort of way, but I think they use shell sourced from European tanners.
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I don't think there's a manufacturer with the variety of colors and styles that Alden produces. AE has shell cordovans, not on sale until September. C&J for Ralph Lauren are available but they're cost prohibitive. Carminas and Vass are beautiful in a whole other league sort of way, but I think they use shell sourced from European tanners.

Carmina does quite a bit of shell and its horween. Mike at epaulet also seems to have no issues sourcing cordovan neither so maybe he stocked up shells himself or carmina does.
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

aldenTanWTB.jpg

This is a foto from last fall, but with all the talk of a cordovan shortage, I just wanted to give a shout out to Alden's Calf offerings. I've been loving these tan wt boots from J. Gilbert. I love the leather so much, I'm considering a tan calf bal or loafer. That being said, a #8 LHS is still next on my list … that is if they're still around when I'm ready to buy smile.gif

"Calf?" I've never heard of this "calf" of which you speak.
LOL
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Was real excited about getting some shell tassels in my life, but even after all the info on the last, i mis-sized. I'm an 8D on the brannock, 7.5D on trubal, and with common knowledge of aberdeen being narrow, i went with a 7.5E. Unfortunately, the shoe is still long (i can stick my finger in the back heel), though the width in the toe box seemed ok. Will a heel pad, insole, or something along those lines be my remedy? Or should I return and size down more bc it will always slip? Does the width of the whole last increase from D to E, or just the toe area?



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Return and size down if possible.  Heel pads should be a last resort if you get stuck with a pair that is too big, ect.

 

The width of the whole last, because it goes from E/C to D/B.

 

Also, those are nice!

 

Edit:  If funds allow, keep that pair for now and order 7E.  If it's too narrow, you might have to just do tongue pad unless you can find a EE.

 

Have you tried them on with socks?  The fit might be perfect with medium thickness socks.

 

Good Luck.

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Return and size down if possible.  Heel pads should be a last resort if you get stuck with a pair that is too big, ect.

The width of the whole last, because it goes from E/C to D/B.

Also, those are nice!

Edit:  If funds allow, keep that pair for now and order 7E.  If it's too narrow, you might have to just do tongue pad unless you can find a EE.

Have you tried them on with socks?  The fit might be perfect with medium thickness socks.

Good Luck.

I tried with some corgi socks, and obv my foot filled the shoe a little better. But still feels like my foot would come out too easy if I bend/flex. Wondering if I would've gotten the snug fit I wanted had I gone with a D width.

Goal was to wear them with thin pantherella type socks, and sockless.
Edited by Hermitedge - 4/18/13 at 6:19pm
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Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

Was real excited about getting some shell tassels in my life, but even after all the info on the last, i mis-sized. I'm an 8D on the brannock, 7.5D on trubal, and with common knowledge of aberdeen being narrow, i went with a 7.5E. Unfortunately, the shoe is still long (i can stick my finger in the back heel), though the width in the toe box seemed ok. Will a heel pad, insole, or something along those lines be my remedy? Or should I return and size down more bc it will always slip? Does the width of the whole last increase from D to E, or just the toe area?




If you are going to wear those without socks, they are way too big. You should go down 1/2 size and probably down a width too. I am TTS 9.5D, but I buy Aberdeen tassels in 9.5B (down 2 widths). I can't stand slippage with loafers. And with Alden's combo sizing, the heel width also gets proportionately more snug.
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Is there another maker that produces as many shoes in Horween shell as Alden? Is anyone close?
I doubt it, certainly not when you consider variety of styles and overall volume. The other makers I mentioned do smaller runs or MTO (although Carmina keeps its web shop pretty well stocked with a lot of shell, mostly burgundy and black though they've also had other colors recently).
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Carmina does quite a bit of shell and its horween. Mike at epaulet also seems to have no issues sourcing cordovan neither so maybe he stocked up shells himself or carmina does.

Vass also uses Horween as far as I know. And the success Mike at Epaulet has had doing shell makeups in all colors recently goes to my point: he does runs of 6 or 8 shoes mostly. So be doesn't need as much shell to make it worth his while as Alden of AE.

Very possible he'll be saying he can't get any shell in a few months, of course. Time will tell.
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Excellent boot!  What does it look like after a season of wear?  How much care do you have to put into it to keep it looking great?  I have two Alden calf offerings that get very little play bc of my growing shell collection.

 



Thanks RTP!  I've actually been wearing them at least once a week.  They still look new.  I take the same care I do with shell … Mac Method (wipe, brush, cloth - every wear).  I did a bit of wax around Jan/Feb.  I'm not sure this level of care is necessary, but it's become a habit.  Alden's calf is very robust compared to my AE's, but they look pretty nice still too.  Anyhoo, I'll be sure to post a photo the next time I wear them. Cheers!


Well done MJ. Thanks and wear in great health...

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