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Honestly get whatever floats your boat. I used to love brown cxl, and hell I'd still love to have every single shoe possible in that material..
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

As I continue to cope with the shortage of the rarer shells, I've been eager to purchase fun Aldens for the warmer seasons. My question is about whether I'm committing an error of redundancy by owning several different Alden models in snuff suede. I already have the JCrew snuff lwb, but am in the process of contemplating adding the Leydon flex welt snuff chukka and the Van unlined penny in snuff.

 

I know there are other suede colors available. Although I thought about going with the tan suede for the chukka, its versatility ends up overshadowed when I think about trying to keep a lighter suede color clean. Am I wrong to think this way? Anyone with tan suede/snuff suede comparison pics? Also, I ruled out the brown suede because I was thinking the darker suede might be harder to pair. Indeed, I've been feeling that the snuff suede color offers a very versatile, flexible middle road between the lighter and darker suedes.

 

Please let me know if I'm on the right track or disabuse me of any deluded thinking.

 

Thank you!!

 

To my untrained eye, Alden's snuff shade differs a bit pair to pair.  Some of the pairs are marginally darker than Alden's tan shade, others are more in the middle ground between tan and a medium brown.  Alden SF has a semi-lined PTB in both tan and snuff and it was somewhat difficult to tell the difference between the two shades when I viewed them this weekend.  I'm a big snuff suede fan, though I prefer a bit darker of a shade than many of the Alden snuff pairs I often see in retail stores--it appears to me that if you compare Alden's snuff shade to Crocket & Jones', Alfred Sargent's, or even Allen Edmond's snuff, you'll typically find the Alden shade is the lightest.  Personal preferences aside, Alden's suede is magnificent and I find snuff to be a highly versatile color.  While suede certainly is not as rare as shell, it is fairly unique in its own right and makes for a fantastic casual shoe.  I wouldn't hesitate to get all three pairs.  I imagine you'll quickly find preferred discrete uses for each.

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New ravello chukka on the Barrie last on their first outing.

Can see in person what's so special about Alden cordovan (these are my first Aldens)
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Originally Posted by aldenfan View Post

What is the consensus on recommended care for brown cxl indys? I have kept them in shoe trees and brush a small amount after every wear. It looks like maybe they are getting some creases and they might be a bit dry. I've only had them for a month or two. Do I need to use leather conditioner? Cleaner? What would you recommend for care routine and products?

Thanks!

 

Try using a silicone-free leather conditioner and cleaner, as silicones supposedly accelerate the drying process. Many here like Lexol products and Renu, and I use the the latter with good results. Less is more with this stuff so use it sparingly and as needed. I also avoid using polish because I've noticed it accelerate dry creases/cracks. However, it is worth noting that CXL in general creases a lot oftentimes and there's nothing to really do about it except embrace them or jettison your shoes.
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Originally Posted by wombus View Post



New ravello chukka on the Barrie last on their first outing.

Can see in person what's so special about Alden cordovan (these are my first Aldens)
Nice pick up. Congratulations!
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Originally Posted by aldenfan View Post

What is the consensus on recommended care for brown cxl indys? I have kept them in shoe trees and brush a small amount after every wear. It looks like maybe they are getting some creases and they might be a bit dry. I've only had them for a month or two. Do I need to use leather conditioner? Cleaner? What would you recommend for care routine and products?

Thanks!

 

Hi aldenfan,

i prefer Montana Pitch Blend once a year on my Indy / brown CXL.

On natural CXL i use Neatsfoot Oil following Nick Horween - also only one time a year due to big rotation of boots.

cheerio
Joachim
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


My friend, I am one whose Alden collection is nearly half color 8.  Is it redundant, probably, but so what.  If you are a fan of snuff suede and in a handful of these models, I say go for it.  I own a tan suede PTB and will have a snuff LWB on the way.  They are similar but I have room for both.  I'd say go with what you think you would wear even if it means 4 pairs of tan and snuff suede in LWB, PTB, LHS, and chukkas.  I do however, recommend prioritizing shell even during this shortage.  Good luck Doc!

Thanks, RTP! I think it gets in my head when my wife looks down at my feet on any given LWB day and says, "So, how many of these things do you have?" shog[1].gif Re the prioritizing of shell, I'm trying, but can't seem to find the LWBs I'm wishing for. Now that the collection has grown somewhat, I find myself entertaining the idea of simply setting aside funds for the long off day when the shell boots I dream of pop up (I'm imagining sometime in 2015)...

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Originally Posted by Gauss17 View Post

If you are regularly on style forum and own > $1000 worth of shoes, you have long since left the realm of practicality smile.gif

Assuming you buy the above statement, you are now spending for enjoyment. People spend lavish amounts and amass fortunes they could never hope to spend for enjoyment. Once you enter such a realm, freely spend on anything you deem worth your money.

Gauss, you have broken my last straw of denial that this Alden Acquisition Condition is about "practicality" or "permanent fashion". You're right, I don't need this stuff, it's just plain fun!!

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Originally Posted by calidist View Post

 

To my untrained eye, Alden's snuff shade differs a bit pair to pair.  Some of the pairs are marginally darker than Alden's tan shade, others are more in the middle ground between tan and a medium brown.  Alden SF has a semi-lined PTB in both tan and snuff and it was somewhat difficult to tell the difference between the two shades when I viewed them this weekend.  I'm a big snuff suede fan, though I prefer a bit darker of a shade than many of the Alden snuff pairs I often see in retail stores--it appears to me that if you compare Alden's snuff shade to Crocket & Jones', Alfred Sargent's, or even Allen Edmond's snuff, you'll typically find the Alden shade is the lightest.  Personal preferences aside, Alden's suede is magnificent and I find snuff to be a highly versatile color.  While suede certainly is not as rare as shell, it is fairly unique in its own right and makes for a fantastic casual shoe.  I wouldn't hesitate to get all three pairs.  I imagine you'll quickly find preferred discrete uses for each.

This helps my rationalizing. I'll sleep better knowing that each snuff pair is "unique." icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

Have a great day, guys!

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Has anyone ordered from Haberdash in Chicago?

http://korvue.shophaberdash.com/products/?section=302&tAction=Search&brid=1138

I've not heard of them and just wondering.
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Has anyone ordered from Haberdash in Chicago?

http://korvue.shophaberdash.com/products/?section=302&tAction=Search&brid=1138

I've not heard of them and just wondering.

I've never ordered from them online but I've bought a pair in the store. Also at the time they had the Alden polishing cloths for $1, I only got a handful thinking I would get more next time I was there. Should have bought them out because they don't sell them anymore.

Edit: I see them for $2 on their site now, maybe they were out when I went there last time.
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Originally Posted by jkater1 View Post


I've never ordered from them but I've bought a pair in the store. Also at the time they had the Alden polishing cloths for $1, I only got a handful thinking I would get more next time I was there. Should have bought them out because they don't sell them anymore.

Do you mean Alden doesn't make the polish cloths any more? I do see that they are for sale at a number of retailers. 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Do you mean Alden doesn't make the polish cloths any more? I do see that they are for sale at a number of retailers. 

I believe Alden still makes the polish clothes. When I went back the person helping me told me that they were no longer selling them individually and they were only in the polish kits. I took it as the store was going to no longer stock them individually.
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Cigar Monday (Leffot Atoms)

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Originally Posted by jkater1 View Post


I believe Alden still makes the polish clothes. When I went back the person helping me told me that they were no longer selling them individually and they were only in the polish kits. I took it as the store was going to no longer stock them individually.

That's a bit strange since they sell them individually on their website. 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Has anyone ordered from Haberdash in Chicago?

http://korvue.shophaberdash.com/products/?section=302&tAction=Search&brid=1138

I've not heard of them and just wondering.

I've had good experiences with them, they often have good deals on lbm 1911 stuff.
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Originally Posted by herrmj View Post


I've had good experiences with them, they often have good deals on lbm 1911 stuff.

thanks for your input although i'm not sure what ibm 1911 is. 

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