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Originally Posted by Rishi Kakar View Post

Outstanding uncle!

nephew,
thank you

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Originally Posted by Shiny View Post


Looks great. Congrats!

What do you call that extra stitch on the welt?

 

Called a pre-stitch reverse welt. Actually most of the plain toe and long wing double sole have them but sometimes tough to notice because the stitch blends in a bit more. 

post #56043 of 87853
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Guys - I know this is an Alden site but please allow me this one transgression as I want to share an experience that was only possible because of 2 pieces of advice I received from this forum. I am an avid ebayer and search daily for deals on Alden. However someone once mentioned that they search on 'shell cordovan'. Since receiving that advice, I have added this to my daily search. A few days ago I found a pair of Florsheim long wings with tassels for $100 shipped. There is a little tear in the leather but I showed the listing to my cobbler before pulling the trigger and he ensured me that he could take care of it. In addition to this defect the shoes just looked really crappy but I figured that about a month or so of regularly applying the 'Mac Method' could possibly clean them up. Either way, at $100 for shells, in my mind it was worth the risk. I spent 15 minutes on these shoes and this is the result



Following the MM, I wiped them down with a damp rag and began rigorous brushing. Quite honestly I could have stopped here and would have been satisfied with the result. Then I applied a little Saphir renovator and brushed rigorously. I followed this up by boning each shoe. Unlike when applying wax, I brush the first shoe before boning the second one. My understanding of the advantage of the deer bone is that it raises the natural oils from the shell and that by immediately brushing, you spread the oils much better.

I am not only stunned by the result but also by how easily it was achieved. I understand that most either love or hate tassels but I really like them. And I especially like the combination of the long wing since the shoe moves easily between dressed and less dressy.

I feel like I picked up a great pair of shoes that instantly move into my main rotation for $100. It would not have been possible without the patience and advice from members of this forum. Thanks to all.

nephew,
I like tassels and thanks for sharing
wear in good health
post #56044 of 87853
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Guys - I know this is an Alden site but please allow me this one transgression as I want to share an experience that was only possible because of 2 pieces of advice I received from this forum. I am an avid ebayer and search daily for deals on Alden. However someone once mentioned that they search on 'shell cordovan'. Since receiving that advice, I have added this to my daily search. A few days ago I found a pair of Florsheim long wings with tassels for $100 shipped. There is a little tear in the leather but I showed the listing to my cobbler before pulling the trigger and he ensured me that he could take care of it. In addition to this defect the shoes just looked really crappy but I figured that about a month or so of regularly applying the 'Mac Method' could possibly clean them up. Either way, at $100 for shells, in my mind it was worth the risk. I spent 15 minutes on these shoes and this is the result



Following the MM, I wiped them down with a damp rag and began rigorous brushing. Quite honestly I could have stopped here and would have been satisfied with the result. Then I applied a little Saphir renovator and brushed rigorously. I followed this up by boning each shoe. Unlike when applying wax, I brush the first shoe before boning the second one. My understanding of the advantage of the deer bone is that it raises the natural oils from the shell and that by immediately brushing, you spread the oils much better.

I am not only stunned by the result but also by how easily it was achieved. I understand that most either love or hate tassels but I really like them. And I especially like the combination of the long wing since the shoe moves easily between dressed and less dressy.

I feel like I picked up a great pair of shoes that instantly move into my main rotation for $100. It would not have been possible without the patience and advice from members of this forum. Thanks to all.

Those look great!  Do you have a before pic?  Perhaps from the Ebay listing?  Also show before/after pics of the tear.  What did your cobbler say that he could do to fix it?

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Guys - I know this is an Alden site but please allow me this one transgression as I want to share an experience that was only possible because of 2 pieces of advice I received from this forum. I am an avid ebayer and search daily for deals on Alden. However someone once mentioned that they search on 'shell cordovan'. Since receiving that advice, I have added this to my daily search. A few days ago I found a pair of Florsheim long wings with tassels for $100 shipped. There is a little tear in the leather but I showed the listing to my cobbler before pulling the trigger and he ensured me that he could take care of it. In addition to this defect the shoes just looked really crappy but I figured that about a month or so of regularly applying the 'Mac Method' could possibly clean them up. Either way, at $100 for shells, in my mind it was worth the risk. I spent 15 minutes on these shoes and this is the result



Following the MM, I wiped them down with a damp rag and began rigorous brushing. Quite honestly I could have stopped here and would have been satisfied with the result. Then I applied a little Saphir renovator and brushed rigorously. I followed this up by boning each shoe. Unlike when applying wax, I brush the first shoe before boning the second one. My understanding of the advantage of the deer bone is that it raises the natural oils from the shell and that by immediately brushing, you spread the oils much better.

I am not only stunned by the result but also by how easily it was achieved. I understand that most either love or hate tassels but I really like them. And I especially like the combination of the long wing since the shoe moves easily between dressed and less dressy.

I feel like I picked up a great pair of shoes that instantly move into my main rotation for $100. It would not have been possible without the patience and advice from members of this forum. Thanks to all.

 

Looks like a unique shell color, very nice shine. 

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Anybody knows if Epaulet Cxl LWB now comes in the Barrie last?

On the description says Barrie and then Leydon?

http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/footwear/products/alden-for-epaulet-natural-chromexcel-longwing
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Wow, those are sweet. Congratulations. Assuming they are calfskin, I'll bet a couple separate applications of neutral cream will gradually take them out.

thanks shawnc. yes calfskin, I am willing to try neutral cream.

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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


nephew,
I would do the obvious-email alden's with your question and a picture

uncle, not so obvious, I had not considered asking the fellows at alden. thanks for the idea.

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post


Personally, I think they look great as is. They have an awesome patina and the small stains/spots wouldn't bother me... though I do understand the appeal of the stains and patina being your own. If they were mine, I would just use a very small amount of water and a horse hair brush and buff until your arm feels like it's about to fall off. I am never one to use too much wax, paste, or cream. Sometimes, less is more.

mp, thanks for the positive spin. I also think they look fine, but fear they wouldn't get worn as often because of the stains. I would see myself choosing other similar-cleaner shoes when getting ready. I will use little water and brush. that's my next step.

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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Those old alpine cap toes are great. I wish more retailers would pull from the archives when coming up with new make-ups.

+1. that's what i'm thinking too.

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Originally Posted by Organika View Post

Called a pre-stitch reverse welt. Actually most of the plain toe and long wing double sole have them but sometimes tough to notice because the stitch blends in a bit more. 

Thanks. For some reason I thought it was a extra stitch to make the shoes more waterproof. Waterlock sole? Just learning more about these stitches and welting etc...
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Oh and unlined #8 PTB

great color combo.

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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Also, I do apologize for addressing that vid again, MrDV

no problem, its been forgotten.

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post


 

great work shawnc. i really like these kind of projects and success stories. please post the before pic when you get a chance.

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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
I like tassels and thanks for sharing
wear in good health

Uncle,

Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Those look great!  Do you have a before pic?  Perhaps from the Ebay listing?  Also show before/after pics of the tear.  What did your cobbler say that he could do to fix it?

If I had any idea that they would turn out this nice, I definitely would have taken 'before' pictures. It never occurred to me to do that. My cobbler is an immigrant and it can be difficult to understand him sometimes. But I trust him immensely and the only thing I understood from him was 'yeah, I can fix'. That was good enough for me.
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Originally Posted by Organika View Post

Looks like a unique shell color, very nice shine. 

Thanks, but the color is cordovan. Maybe a little lighter than #8, probably along the lines of #6.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

no problem, its been forgotten.
great work shawnc. i really like these kind of projects and success stories. please post the before pic when you get a chance.

Thanks MrDV. If I can figure out how to insert a link from the listing, I will certainly do that.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post



11.5 Barrie v. 12 Leydon. Not the greatest comparison, but you get the idea.

Also, I do apologize for addressing that vid again, MrDV

Great looking gunboats
post #56053 of 87853

Gentlemen,

Good evening. Long time lurker and first time post here on the Official Alden Thread.

 

I bought my first pair of Aldens nearly 10 years ago.  The classic Indy 405.  I have worn them hundreds of times but babied them over the years because they were my first and only pair of Aldens.  They still look nearly new, but with a nice aged color.  They are also easily my most comfortable footwear.  Last year, I started to get hooked on shell boots.  My first pair was the #8 Epault Brixton with antique soul. 

 

This past Friday I paid my first visit to The Shoe Mart.  Wow, I was totally blown away by that place.  I intended on buying black shell wingtip boots and I did.  I wasn't expecting to see or buy any rare shell colors because of the "shortage" and the fact that I have average 9D feet on Barrie and Truebalance.  But guess what?  I also walked out of the store with Cigar Indys.  The employee who helped me with my purchase (I don't remember his name) also said they had some varieties of shoe and boot styles available in Ravello and Color 4.  Because I was well past my expected budget, I didn't ask what style or sizes they had.  But he made it sound like some of those could be had.

 

I'm not here to stoke the rumor mill regarding exotic shell availability, and I probably should've asked him more questions, but I also wanted to let everybody know that he didn't even bat an eye when I asked about the Cigar Indy.  He walked out of the showroom and emerged 30 seconds later with Cigar in size 9.  Perhaps the Alden gods were shining down on me last Friday or perhaps it was just dumb luck.  I'll post pics sometime soon after I figure out how to use this forum.

 

Thanks to all for your information and pictures shared on this forum.  Amazing knowledge and even more amazing collections!
 

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Originally Posted by epc2 View Post

Anybody knows if Epaulet Cxl LWB now comes in the Barrie last?

On the description says Barrie and then Leydon?

http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/footwear/products/alden-for-epaulet-natural-chromexcel-longwing

No - Epaulet makeup is on the Leydon. The Leffot makeup is on the Barrie though.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

**cross post from the shoe care thread.**
just bought these used aldens.
any ideas on how to remove these stains? or a decent shoe cobbler in san diego?
i already tried lexol, saphir renovator, kiwi wax. im considering alden restoration or b.nelson.
thanks in advance for your advice.








You done good man! I love the pinking on the cap. I'd cop a pair of those at full retail if them made them again.

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