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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post
 

gents, what is the consensus on relieving the white buildup in the creases of shell? my chukkas are developing some it seems, noticed today in the sunlight..

 

thanks in advance!

 

Kwhitelaw,

 
I believe that this is referred to as "blooming" and is very common with new Shell Cordovan. It is essentially the oils and stuff rising to the surface. (This is what I was told by Robert of Alden SF when I was there many months ago...)
 
As others have referred to, a simple wiping with a cloth should cover it... If it still decides to persist, than a light brushing would be in order. Enjoy your new shells!
 
-Mike

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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

Kwhite: I definitely agree that I prefer the light edging. I had the chance to pick up a pair of Ravello LWBs with antique edging when I got my Cigar LWBs (also antique) but, with how dark the Ravello is now, they would've looked damn near the same shoe.

Also, hopefully this photo shows the color difference a bit:



The right shoe (on the left in the photo) has a red translucent look going on in the toe area. The other shoe is more of a solid brown. Am I just being nuts here, or is there a noticeable difference? And, if so, will the difference become less noticeable with time?

If that pic is a true representation of the color, I would not keep them.
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Wow, there has been some beautiful Ravello shoes in here lately... Some very fine examples of Chukkas, PTBs, and LWBs... Enjoy your shoes!

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by Roggie Rog View Post

So as not to search through this entire super-long thread, does anyone have any pics or links to pics of Alden shell cordovan shoes/boots that have not been pampered, but beat up and "lived in"? Thanks in advance.

What I mean specifically is pics of shell cordovan Alden's that have been through rain and snow and dirt and mud, etc. Pics of shoes where people didn't worry about rain spots leaving their trace on shell cordovan.
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Originally Posted by Roggie Rog View Post


What I mean specifically is pics of shell cordovan Alden's that have been through rain and snow and dirt and mud, etc. Pics of shoes where people didn't worry about rain spots leaving their trace on shell cordovan.

 

How about this pair of shoes?

 
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Tristan once posted a link to a video of a guy (no, not that video, don't worry) who was wearing some shell shoes while standing in a stream and then stepping in mud.  Maybe he can help you out.

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Originally Posted by Roggie Rog View Post

What I mean specifically is pics of shell cordovan Alden's that have been through rain and snow and dirt and mud, etc. Pics of shoes where people didn't worry about rain spots leaving their trace on shell cordovan.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/205531/wolverine-721ltd-shell-cordovan-1000-mile-boot-review#post_3723955
This is a thread recording the long term test of a pair of wolverine shell boots not Alden but horween shell
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Hoooo boy, these are choice!

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

If you like the Harlech, this thread may be of interest.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/362536/crockett-jones-modified-brown-cordovan-harlech-mto
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If you like the country boot style with blobby lasts that make the barrie seem sleek in comparison then Tricker's are for you. The AS country boots aren't bad but the country boot is Tricker's bread and butter. Tricker's also do sleeker boots like the Harlech but they're not usually standard production models. The Jermyn store might have some special make up though.

I'd personally concentrate on C&J but that's because my closet is already full of Tricker's.

Pricewise, don't forget to do whatever it is you have to do to be able to claim back VAT which is like 20%.

Sorry to elaborate slightly on this as I know it doesn't directly relate to Alden. I visited C&J NYC today and saw their cordovan swatch book. There may be a change (depending on forum members feelings) in this MTO to a Harlech in whiskey with storm welt on double leather. C&J whiskey currently seems to look similar to Ravello. I have contacted C&J to determine if whiskey is an option and will update the MTO thread as soon as I get a reply. Price would be ~$760.

Again, sorry to disrupt the Alden shenanigans.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post
 

Tristan once posted a link to a video of a guy (no, not that video, don't worry) who was wearing some shell shoes while standing in a stream and then stepping in mud.  Maybe he can help you out.

:rotflmao:

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post
 

 

Did it work?  If not, rub with reno/venetian. I have a pair of Color 8s that always get lighter in the creases, even though they can't really be considered new anymore.  Rubbing with reno/venetian makes it go way... until I walk in them again.  Its getting kind of annoying really, but I have faith that at some point they will start to behave themselves.

 

my #8 plaza chukkas havent seen enough wear to become noticeable, the cigars do. will try and dab of reno tonight and will report back.

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The white stuff is normal. Like mentioned above, it's called "blooming" and will go away with time. Don't Reno it; you're essentially just re saturating already-saturated leather. Wipe with a damp cloth and/or brush away. Should take care of itself after a few wearings. Completely normal.
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For the guy asking about un-babied shell, here's an image from the Leffot tumblr:


http://Leffot.tumblr.com



Here's another one from Leathersoul

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/24505.jpg
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Friday king worn for over 2 years atleast twice a week and never waxed or reno'd


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Indy boot sizing and break in experience.



 



I searched high and low for advice prior to purchasing my first pair of Aldens, which are the 403 Indy Boots. In an effort to hopefully put out some helpful advice and good karma, here’s my experience. I measure a 10.5 D on the Brannock, and I wear a 10.5 or an 11 D depending on the maker and usually an 11.5 in an athletic shoe, like the Nike Free Run. I have pretty normal foot and fairly skinny ankles. I decided to go with a 10.5 D in the Indy just to be safe. This was after the countless times I read to size down a ½. I ordered them from Shoemart since none of my local stores has them in stock, so I was flying a little blind.



 



When I first tried them on they felt great and I walked around a little and thought they were definitely roomy, but too much so, and that was better than being a little too tight so I kept them. After a handful of wears they started to break in and get even more comfortable. But they also started to feel too big as the leather shaped to my foot and softened a little. I had plenty of room in the toe box to move and curl my toes and my heal moved around a little. I could make them snug by cinching the laces, but then they felt too tight. To be clear, they don’t stretch, but they do soften and take a shape, which some confuse with stretching.



 



After three months of wear a couple of times a week, I was sure the 10.5 was too big, although wearable, so I ordered a 10 D. This time I nailed it. My advice, like almost everyone’s, would be to definitely go do a ½ size and if you’re between sizes like me, go down from the smaller size. Also, keep in mind that the leather will soften and mold to your foot, but not stretch. Think of a new baseball glove.



 



I get compliments on my Indys all time and I love they way they look and feel. I tend to research purchases to death and this time I failed the first time around so hopefully my experience can help someone. Thanks.



Thanks for posting this. I've had a J. Crew credit for about a year now and I'd been holding out for #8 LWBs to come back in my size. I'm ready to give up on that and started to look at the Indys but couldn't work out my size.

I've swung and missed twice (size 9.5 Barrie LWB in calf were too big, size 9 Barrie suede Chukka too small) and I'd love to get a pair that fits that I can keep!
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