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Quick question, I sent a pair of Alden cordovan loafers in last wednesday using the recrafting service, when should I expect to hear back from Alden regarding the shoes? 
They'll send you a postcard when they process your shoes. Restoration takes about 10 weeks.

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Quick question, I sent a pair of Alden cordovan loafers in last wednesday using the recrafting service, when should I expect to hear back from Alden regarding the shoes? 

 

I sent a pair of LHS in and rec'd a postcard dated 6/12 saying ten weeks because of their annual 2 week vacation in July. I'm hoping of the 21st.
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Excellent, thank you. I'm excited to see what kind of work they can do on them

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Convince me in keeping these Shoemart irregulars?

Picked these calf Aldens recently.  What I like:  chocolate color, barrie last/fit great, could be waterlock sole (?), super soft leather, would be a good rainy day shoe (I’m afraid to wear shell when there’s a threat of rain).

Negs:  metal eyelets more of a casual shoe (not for suits?), have 2 other brown/blucher captoes (1 is a 2160 shell), Barrie last may look a little clunky.
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For some reasons the metal eyelets on these remind me of the "dress" shoes my dad had to wear when he was a manager at an automobile equipment manufacturer and would need shoes that would hold up well for walking the production floor of 100,000 sqft industrial building but still be serviceable if he needed to go into a meeting with the executives or out to lunch with the reps from Ford or GM...

The shoes look comfortable enough but extra clunky for some reason. However, if the deal was good enough the could definitely be worthwhile for keeping as a foul weather dress shoe.
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X-post from another thread. A question on cordovan. I always hear that cordovan lasts forever-is this really the case? My dad has some Alden tassel loafers and he said that he replaces them about once every 10 years after 2-3 recraftings because they get quite beat up. I was always under the impression that cordovan is leather's "steel." Does anyone have any pics of their *own* shoes that are ten years or older that have been somewhat regularly worn (i.e. more than 50 times per year)? And I'm not talking about old stock. Thanks.

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Jer, the company that made these shoes , Keith Highlander , went out of business in the 1980s they have obviously been resoled at least twice
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

X-post from another thread. A question on cordovan. I always hear that cordovan lasts forever-is this really the case? My dad has some Alden tassel loafers and he said that he replaces them about once every 10 years after 2-3 recraftings because they get quite beat up. I was always under the impression that cordovan is leather's "steel." Does anyone have any pics of their *own* shoes that are ten years or older that have been somewhat regularly worn (i.e. more than 50 times per year)? And I'm not talking about old stock. Thanks.

 

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Cordovan is unquestionably tougher and more wear resistant than calf.  The number of recraftings that a Goodyear-welted shoe can take (no matter what it's made of) is limited.  Every time the welt is removed and a new one is stitched on, the leather upper at the inseam becomes weaker and weaker.  Think of it like tearing a solid piece of paper vs. a piece with a perforated line.  The more perforations, the easier it is to tear.  When they stitch on a new welt, the needle is just "machine gunning" through the leather, and it is undoubtedly making new holes and widening others.  After this has been done a few times, it simply becomes too weak to keep being done. 

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I think some of Uncle Mac's shells are 30+ years old and they look brand new. However, he has such a large rotation so that probably helps them stay looking new for so long. I can't imagine he wears the same pair of shoes more than 10-15 times a year.
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

X-post from another thread. A question on cordovan. I always hear that cordovan lasts forever-is this really the case? My dad has some Alden tassel loafers and he said that he replaces them about once every 10 years after 2-3 recraftings because they get quite beat up. I was always under the impression that cordovan is leather's "steel." Does anyone have any pics of their *own* shoes that are ten years or older that have been somewhat regularly worn (i.e. more than 50 times per year)? And I'm not talking about old stock. Thanks.

This is an interesting piece on the subject:

http://baus.net/alden-cordovan-af53-long-term-review/
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blacksamurai30: Quick question, I sent a pair of Alden cordovan loafers in last wednesday using the recrafting service, when should I expect to hear back from Alden regarding the shoes?

A long time from now. biggrin.gif

You will get a postcard that will give you an idea of when to expect them. But add at least 2 weeks.

July 26 was my 10 week date from the date of their acknowledgment of receipt. And the date of their acknowledgment of receipt was at least 4 days after they actually received them (I had tracking). When I checked last week I was told "They will be shipped out next week." So, in all seriousness, I don't expect them until next week, which will fall between 2 and 3 weeks after the 10 week date..
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leffot marble indy's with a well worn/repaired apc petit standards.....

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Jer, the company that made these shoes , Keith Highlander , went out of business in the 1980s they have obviously been resoled at least twice

Those look amazing!

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leffot marble indy's with a well worn/repaired apc petit standards.....

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Damn... I need to get to the gym. I could not come close to fitting in those jeans
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First photos of some of my new purchases. I hope to bring my Nikon in to take photos of all of my recent acquisitions on Thursday. But here is my first installment, the Unlined LHS in Color 8 from Brooks Brothers by Alden. I chose to photograph the left shoe due to the presence of the Horween stamp. Hope that you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

I guess they need a little polishing/cleaning already.

 

-Mike

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