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Delicious Sazon!

Thank you! They do look good enough to eat sometimes.

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How much does a restoration cost so I could factor that into the bottom line on the shoes?

$125

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

$125

Sent in a pair recently.
Restoration package was $159. Alden said the price was good through Aug, 31, 2013. Not sure the new price is right now.
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NAMOR, that is an epic post for a well-travelled pair of boots. Much respect!
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You are correct.  It went up and the last pair I sent in it was the $159....

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some recent porn including the unlined ptb and coolarrow's 2060




 

Namor-

 

If you don't mind me asking; Where are these from?  I've been looking for a boot with eyelets all the way up and these look really nice.  Are they shell or calf?  

 

Great looking boots by the way!

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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

NAMOR, that is an epic post for a well-travelled pair of boots. Much respect!
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Namor-

If you don't mind me asking; Where are these from?  I've been looking for a boot with eyelets all the way up and these look really nice.  Are they shell or calf?  

Great looking boots by the way!

Thanks guys. The boots were offered by Jcrew earlier this year. Made from black shell
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Originally Posted by zbix View Post


The insole cannot be replaced. It is a byproduct of the way the shoe is manufactured. During an Alden restoration, they may sew a new piece of leather into the inside lining of the heel and they will replace the heelpad w/ a new one that reads "Alden Restoration," but besides that, I don't know of any other modifications they'll do to the interior. The corkbed, however, is replaced. This sits in between the insole and sole. The insole though is what contains the previous owners imprint. Replacing the cork helps, but it is not a full solution. As has been recently discussed, Nick at B. Nelson can soak the insole in shoe stretching solution or something similar and try to flatten it out when recrafting. I think that's the best solution I've heard if the shoes really have an unmanageable imprint.

Zbix, with all due respect, this is not true. The insole can definitely be replaced. Here are a few diagrams of how goodyear welts are made.

 

The insole wall (which is part of the insole) is glued to the gemming which is then stitched onto the leather upper. If a cobbler wanted to come in and switch the sole, it would be time intensive (only because of the time associated with digging out a new insole), but certainly not impossible. Someway back in the thread there was a picture of a stack of clearly used Alden insoles next to a stack of new ones. If the insole is nasty enough, it can easily be replaced.

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Thanks guys. The boots were offered by Jcrew earlier this year. Made from black shell

Yeah, those boots are featured prominently in J Crew's fall/winter lookbook this year. Hopefully they are available again in a couple of months
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Rank these black boots:

Tanker on commando


Perforated captoe on leather


Indy Boot

The order you have listed works for me. I'm a sucker for Alden commando.
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Ha! All this time I thought she was Paris Hilton.

 

 

I really need a bigger monitor.  +1 for thinking it was Paris Hilton. :fence:

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Are Alden shoe trees necessary or can I just go to nordstrom rack to pick up a pair? I thought their trees were last specific but found out that they are not.
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Originally Posted by brooklyn View Post

Are Alden shoe trees necessary or can I just go to nordstrom rack to pick up a pair? I thought their trees were last specific but found out that they are not.

I've noticed no ill effects from using trees from nordstrom or JAB. 

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Originally Posted by ascher07 View Post

I decided to go for it. Couldn't pass up a pair for $370, and worst case, I just return them.

nice deal if you can get to it soon enough: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alden-Unlined-Chukka-Boot-SUEDE-1494-Tan-sz-11-5-/261279219347?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item3cd5747e93
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