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Great site I did not know about Seven.  Thank you for sharing!

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water spots. how do I get rid of them?
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Gentlemen,

I need to make some quick decisions,

I wear 8.5D in Barrie, Tremont and Tru Balance and 9D in Plaza last. I have a chance to purchase 1494 suede chukkas on Leydon in 9D for really great price (irregular).

I do have a bit of room in Barrie but Tremont is just perfect. Any suggestions?

thanks
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I yet marvel at the old stock Florsheim Imperials. They are at a different level from even the Florsheim Royal Imperials that came later. The former sometimes had a stiffener in the leather at the arch. i've recently sold some with that enhancement. I have a nice pair of PTB in 7D burgundy shell I'm going to list soon. BTW, those old Imperials in NOS condition are worth their weight in gold!
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Question for Alden Suede Experts

I have decided to get some Alden suede shoes. Have many pairs of shells in all colors except black and #4. Have suede from other nice makers, like EG and C&J. From Alden I think initially I will get brown, not tan or snuff. In fact bought a pair of Alden suede Brooks tassel loafers over the weekend.

Trying to get a handle on the various kinds and colors of brown suede Alden uses. I was in touch with Alden and learned that my new Brooks loafers are "mocha brown kid suede". What are the shades of brown that Alden uses? What does "kid" mean here?

For example, are the NST's that Ben Silver sells the exact same suede? Or the chukka boots which so many places sell? I asked Brenda at Alden these questions directly and couldn't get a clear answer.

Been through the ringer with this with C&J; those guys have tobacco and snuff, among others, and they are different!

TIA
post #50766 of 79477
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Gentlemen,

I need to make some quick decisions,

I wear 8.5D in Barrie, Tremont and Tru Balance and 9D in Plaza last. I have a chance to purchase 1494 suede chukkas on Leydon in 9D for really great price (irregular).

I do have a bit of room in Barrie but Tremont is just perfect. Any suggestions?

thanks

Expectation is fit will be fine
post #50767 of 79477
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Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

I have the worst luck, but that's ok. I own venetian cream, but haven't used it yet. May purchase a deerbone if it might help.


Can this scuff, which looks like its underneath be fixed?



How about these indentations in the cordovan?



Lastly, will the dye even out with time, or worsen? This is only visible when pic is taken with flash.

nephew,
scuffs-brush with horse hair shoe brush and then use damp cloth to wipe area and then buff with a soft cloth
i like your tassels
post #50768 of 79477
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

great combo uncle mac.
great looking shoes. I like the walts as well.
sorry to hear that fenway. they look very nice. tsm? what size?

nephew,
thank you
post #50769 of 79477
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Resorted ravello tassels. Almost a perfect job...

Presentation - green shoe box plus a pair of shoe trees



Shoe bags were included, the tassels were tied up:

AppleMark

Note the "Alden Restoration" inside

AppleMark

I slipped the shoes on... the corkbed is replaced and shoe fits like new, with the exception that the cordovan uppers are softer as they have already been broken in

AppleMark

The coloring was basically unaltered, as requested. I was worried these would come black color 8 or black or something. However, the one flaw is that there is a splotch of black or dark brown polish under the tassel on the right shoe.

AppleMark

AppleMark

The black splotch is annoying, but some of the polish is sitting up on the shoe, which makes me believe I can remove a lot of it with a damp cloth plus brushing. Sending it back wouldn't be worth it as I want to wear these for the next few months (though Alden should have an individual examining each shoe for this stuff)

Overall I think this is a good job by Alden... the soles on these babies were really worn - replacing the sole and the corkbed makes the shoe feel like new. The overall coloring is that true dark ravello I like. I appreciate the new shoe box, bags and trees. The blotch is unfortunate but I've seen worse, so it is what it is.

nephew,
thank you for posting
enjoy wearing your tassels
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

help me decide?

Would you rather have a moderately worn pair of Alden unlined PTBs or a NOS unworn pair of vintage Hanover PTBs?

Both are color 8 shell and the same price...

nephew,
i would pass on both
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Originally Posted by hpreston View Post

Will I ever get tired of seeing Uncle Mac's awesomeness? Probably not.
To add to the chorus, nothing controversial, just awesome shoes, great pants too.
What is the size?
Interesting makeup, although I think I prefer the Navy CXL PTB that Alden Madison Ave just got in, that is great looking shoe, I am not sure about the Navy chukka...


And for today, a very cool spring morning, Chocolate unlined chukkas






nephew,
looking good in your suede
thank you
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

suede ptb



nephew,
looking good, wear in good health
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Cigar Cap's today







nephew
+1 for cigars and argyles
post #50774 of 79477
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

NOS Hanover.

I'm an Alden guy through and through, but I own enough vintage NOS Florsheim Imperials and Hanovers (LB Sheppard line) to know they are easily the equal to Alden. I have a color 4 NOS ptb Hanover and it is made so well I think I could run it over with my car. laugh.gif

nephew,
i agree with the comments that flosheim imperials (1960's) from my experience #8 and black ptb were excellent shoes
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ravello medallion cap toe
argyles otc

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