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post #56326 of 89433
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Originally Posted by strangebrew View Post

Thinking about visiting Union Made and checking out some shell chukkas. Can these be dressed down, way down, with jeans? Anyone have pics?

Basically all Alden shoes can be credibly dressed down with jeans except certain styles really intended for dress (balmoral wingtips or captoes, etc). Of course, many can be dressed up as well. At the end of the day, relative to what most people are wearing, almost any Alden will look "dressier" than normal with casual jeans and t-shirt outfits (most people are wearing converses or whatever with such outfits), but if it is your style, go with it.

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post #56327 of 89433
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nephew,
snip the thread with your scissors

Thank you uncle! Your advice gives me courage.

post #56328 of 89433
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post



Not opposed to snipping the thread, but I have gotten better results by using a lit match to burn the loose end down. This seems to stop all future unravelling- but does require a gentle hand.

Now that would need one adroit man, I not sure I qualify.

post #56329 of 89433

Uncle, something just tells me its time for a black shell PTB picture against a cobblestone path from Uncle Mac!

post #56330 of 89433
Trying to size up some Ralph Lauren shell tassels.....any suggestions on comparison to Alden lasts?
post #56331 of 89433
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Thank you both for the warm welcome. My mac method skills need a lot of work to get to the level of shine I see posted here, but I will definitely do my best.

I do like the look of a lot of Alden boots, but assumed they would be too hot to wear in south Florida. I suppose I may have to reconsider. 

as you know, we live in an a/c world
post #56332 of 89433
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I recently acquired a pair of cigar PTB's via TSM. It was a makeup that I wanted for some and when I saw my size available, I jumped on them. Upon receipt, I noticed that the finish was streaky and uneven. After careful examination, I decided to keep them. However, over the ensuing weeks, I found that in sunlight the uneven finish was much more noticeable than I originally thought. Note, original examination was indoors at night and the first few times I wore them were in overcast days & evenings.

After owning them for a month, I figured I would contact Alden to inquire about refinishing. I also reached out to Shoemart for advice. I offerred to send TSM pictures and the CS rep passed them along to Ed, the owner. He immediately suggested I return them to shoemart who would work with Alden directly. I was uneasy about sending them back to Alden myself as I'd read about long, long turnaround times.

To my surprise, about 3 weeks passed and my shoes are back in hand. The finish is factory fresh with no unevenness or streaks. I have to give kudos to TSM for their help.

Before:
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(Note, I boosted the contrast to make the unevenness more noticeable).





And after refinishing:




nephew,
thank you for sharing this matter, ed and joe at tsm are the best
post #56333 of 89433
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

suede lwb x leffot Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)






nephew,
looking good, wear in good health
post #56334 of 89433
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Grant Cigar Cap Toe - Straight Tip's today
Marcoliani Argyle OTC ala Uncle


nephew,
good combo, good day for cigar
post #56335 of 89433
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Originally Posted by TactileOne View Post

cgul629 pair of NSTs with commando soles. South Fl may be a bit hotter than Atlanta, but I bet boots would work at least 75% of the time.





nephew,
looking good
post #56336 of 89433
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Is there anyway possible that you could get to try some Alden boots on somewhere?

good suggestion and if he is in Hong Kong, he can go to Tassels which is located in central Hong Kong
post #56337 of 89433
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Originally Posted by 89826 View Post

Mac, those #8 full straps look great. A classic. I have a couple of pairs myself. Second or third Alden shells I ever bought, way back. First was the unlined LHS. All from Brooks in the beginning.

Do you have the full straps in cigar or whiskey? Pictures please if you do. Have a source for whiskey ones? Shoe Mart shows cigar. Thanks, Ed

nephew,
thank you
I do not have the full strap in either cigar or whiskey. alden exotic colors at this time seem to have dried up
post #56338 of 89433
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I recently acquired a pair of cigar PTB's via TSM. It was a makeup that I wanted for some and when I saw my size available, I jumped on them. Upon receipt, I noticed that the finish was streaky and uneven. After careful examination, I decided to keep them. However, over the ensuing weeks, I found that in sunlight the uneven finish was much more noticeable than I originally thought. Note, original examination was indoors at night and the first few times I wore them were in overcast days & evenings.

 

After owning them for a month, I figured I would contact Alden to inquire about refinishing. I also reached out to Shoemart for advice. I offerred to send TSM pictures and the CS rep passed them along to Ed, the owner. He immediately suggested I return them to shoemart who would work with Alden directly. I was uneasy about sending them back to Alden myself as I'd read about long, long turnaround times.

 

To my surprise, about 3 weeks passed and my shoes are back in hand. The finish is factory fresh with no unevenness or streaks. I have to give kudos to TSM for their help.

 

 

 

 

Congrats, they look great!  I had a similar experience with a pair of cigar PTBs, in which the finish on the right shoe was "flaking" near the toe crease after the first few weeks.  I brought them back to NY shop on Madison where I had purchased them, and they sent them back to Alden to have the surface refinished.  Came back looking fantastic(and faster than expected), the finish was like glass.  I was pleased, and very happy with the service from those guys as well.  But I will agree the crew at TSM is very customer oriented and a pleasure to deal with.

post #56339 of 89433
ATLVOL: Trying to size up some Ralph Lauren shell tassels.....any suggestions on comparison to Alden lasts?

If you are not D width or wider, don't bother.
post #56340 of 89433
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

suede lwb x leffot Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



I love these! Every time I see them I immediately want to put my navy shortwings up for sale and get a pair of these instead.
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