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b.nelson used to take on resizing projects: widening or narrowing a fit during the resole. However, after I last checked 2 months ago, he said they cant help with that.

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also...

Unrelated Pet Peeve

as someone who grew up in Athens, GA, but now calls Seattle home, seeing UW referred to as the "Dawgs" really grinds my gears

Well, you must really hate it here then
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post #59448 of 79316
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Anyone ever buy the Alden shoe bags from TSM? I see them on their site for $16...is that for each bag, or is it $16 for a pair? It doesn't really specify in the description, and I wouldn't want to order one and then end up with just one bag instead of a pair.

 

It is per pair and yes I have bought a few pairs.  Free shipping and they arrive via FEDEX quickly

post #59449 of 79316
Anyone ever tried or heard of dying shell's? Before I got the 'Alden Flu' it was not uncommon for me to dye shoes. I have even dyed a couple pair of my first calfskin Alden's, but I've never tried shell. I see a pair of shell's on ebay that I really like and while I'm up for the challenge of trying to bring them back to life, it's possible that they are so far gone that they require some dye. I fine with that as long as it doesn't in essence change the characteristic of the shoe. What I mean is that part of why I love shell is the georgous shine you can achieve with nothing but a damp rag, a brush, and a willingness to use some elbow grease. My concern is whether dying changes that and essentially turns the maintenance into something along the lines of calfskin? I'm encouraged by the fact that I think dying is a part of the Alden/AE restoration process but just figured I'd throw this out to the community and get your thoughts. BTW, these shoes are neither Alden or AE or I would consider using their restoration service. I thought about B. Nelson but quite honestly I've gotten so good at dying that I'm confident that I can get pretty close to most cobblers.

As always, thanks in advance for any input.
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what do you gentlemen recommend for otc dress socks?
post #59451 of 79316
After cleaning and polishing several shoes, and after some recent buying/selling activity, I figured I'd throw up my current family picture, organized by style (longwings, NST, plain toe, balmorals, loafers, longwings, casual boots):

AppleMark

Here is a focus on the NSTs with my latest addition, the Context black tanker:

AppleMark

Focus on the shell PTBs with a just shined cigar chukka and Color 8 PTBs off of ebay

AppleMark

I was able to sell some duplicate and casual styles I wasn't wearing and reinvest into more black and color 8, which I am wearing a lot more of in recent months. Color 8, cigar and black are what I wear the most these days... I would consider a whiskey PTB/longwing in my size, or a ravello boot in my size, but that's about it for those colors.

Things I am missing are a "formal" longwing (black or color 8 w dark sole), sleeker lasted dress boot on leather sole, and a wingtip boot... Suede longwing could be useful as well... Most worn models include the cigar chukka and LHS, color 8 tanker and wingtip, black PTB... Least worn models are both whiskeys and the tan PTBs.
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Alcibiades nice collection worship2.gif
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After cleaning and polishing several shoes, and after some recent buying/selling activity, I figured I'd throw up my current family picture, organized by style (longwings, NST, plain toe, balmorals, loafers, longwings, casual boots):

AppleMark

Here is a focus on the NSTs with my latest addition, the Context black tanker:

AppleMark

Focus on the shell PTBs with a just shined cigar chukka and Color 8 PTBs off of ebay

AppleMark

I was able to sell some duplicate and casual styles I wasn't wearing and reinvest into more black and color 8, which I am wearing a lot more of in recent months. Color 8, cigar and black are what I wear the most these days... I would consider a whiskey PTB/longwing in my size, or a ravello boot in my size, but that's about it for those colors.

Things I am missing are a "formal" longwing (black or color 8 w dark sole), sleeker lasted dress boot on leather sole, and a wingtip boot... Suede longwing could be useful as well... Most worn models include the cigar chukka and LHS, color 8 tanker and wingtip, black PTB... Least worn models are both whiskeys and the tan PTBs.

Wow, nice collection. Any chance I can get a closer shot or additional information on the saddles? I assume they are shell but it's difficult to tell from the picture.
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I just got my first pair of Alden's, sand suede unlined chukka. My question is whether or not you guys would advise using a protector spray on them? I have the Allen Edmonds spray, but I'm not sure how I feel about it, as it made my snuff suede carmina's chocolate colored.
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I just got my first pair of Alden's, sand suede unlined chukka. My question is whether or not you guys would advise using a protector spray on them? I have the Allen Edmonds spray, but I'm not sure how I feel about it, as it made my snuff suede carmina's chocolate colored.

 

I have used some suede protector spray called Terrago that is superb:  protects the suede against wetness superbly, and does not affect the suede in any way I can discern.

 

I do not know about the Allen Edmonds spray, so cannot opine about that.

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Cleaning up my Brixtons a bit today.
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Wow, nice collection. Any chance I can get a closer shot or additional information on the saddles? I assume they are shell but it's difficult to tell from the picture.

Those are the Leffot color 8 / alpine grain saddles
post #59458 of 79316
The End in the UK is apparently a new Alden retailer. They appear to have a few new/exclusive makeups, including a color 8 medallion captoe blucher (similar to the Epaulet Alt Wein) on a dark sole and the Aberdeen last, a "Burgundy Calfskin" Indy boot and a Kudu ranger moc. Pricing is steep.

http://www.endclothing.com/brands/alden
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Cleaning up my Brixtons a bit today.

Cleaning up my drool........
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Those are the Leffot color 8 / alpine grain saddles

Great. Thanks (I think). I hate visiting their site. There is no retailer that has more styles that challenge my discipline more than Leffot. I know taste is subjective but I always find between 3 and 4 styles on their site that I absolutely 'must have'. Again, very impressive collection you have there.
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