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Being new here I don't know how you all feel about used shoes, but thought I'd bring this too your attention: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alden-11-C-E-genuine-shell-cordovan-mens-dress-shoes-/390593814664?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item5af134a088 11 C/E looks like maybe Cigar PTB.
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I apologize to this forum for any part I may have had in unleashing this deluge of off topic sophistry upon all . My intent was merely to defend someone who I felt was unfairly maligned for simply posting a picture of a sports celebrity wearing a pair of Alden shoes. (Messianic complex and all that rot you know)This was obviously a mistake .I wiil make every effort fromthis point on to confine my post to the subject of shoes and Alden shoes in particular.
MWS only because you have asked me to comment on your argument will I say that since my objective has only been ,to as much as possible , clear the waters of misunderstanding and.yours appear to me to be to muddy them for god knows what reason I can no longer participate in this self indulgent foolishness
I found these at a local second hand store yesterday, therefore I don't have any before pictures. These seem to have been restored and not worn. I've never had shoes restored, in my opinion they did a FINE job at alden. I don't think I would invest over $125 to have calf shoes restored by alden. after seeing these, i would send my shell aldens to get restored as long as they could assure me they wouldn't mess with the color... i remember seeing a sad picture of whiskey shell which ended up with a horrible color after an alden restoration.
I don't know the details for this reconstruction, but the leather feels excellent and shows no scuffs or scratches. the leather soles and stitching is as good as any new pair I've purchased. The inside leather lining was not fixed - replaced, i wonder why. I thought these were interesting and educational.
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I have found that the factory finish applied by Alden is easily removed through the prudent use of certain products ,at least on shell at any rate
Sir, I wholeheartedly commend your forthright deference and gracious civility. Yes we share a common interest and affinity for Alden footwear, but what is more important to this fellow traveler is how we try to engage each other as afficianados and gentlemen. Personally I wouldn't care if any SF participant posted a picture of their pet Labrador wearing some beat up Chuck Taylor high tops. It's a free country. Speak and be heard.