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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

I actually hate it when guys in my office with their Cole Haans start asking me about my shoes. First, because none of them have ever heard of Alden or any of the other brands I wear, and I don't like trying to explain what they are or where I got them. And second, because when they find out how much they cost, they all think I'm nuts.

I agree! However...I've been working on a AE/Alden apprentice of sorts. He finally gets it. His Cole Haans have rubber soles and he said to me...."so these are basically like athletic shoes with a dressy upper...and you can't get athletic shoes resoled!" Ahhh...from the mouths of babes lol

People at my work already know I'm nuts...but if they knew more about the Alden items I have a feeling their jaw would drop.

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^ I have a pair that had/has bloom in the creases which I've never been able to fully brush out. I applied multiple coats of Reno, but the whiteness returns as soon as they're worn. I thought it was excess polish, but once I started getting color to come off on the rag it kept coming. Eventually, I figured any polish there had been was now long gone and I was lifting Alden's dye or the color was coming out of the shell itself. I'm not sure if more Reno-ing would eventually fix it, but I've just been willing to live with the white creasing.
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RTP, you suede monster you. Both have nice combos cooking. I particularly like them with light blue anything. Outstanding sir.

Thanks BeSpiff.  They're older pics I reposted to help answer a question about Alden suede make-ups.  The Suede LWB maybe my most comfortable Alden.  I may passively look for the tan suede version, though my funds are somewhat depleted after the ravello PTB.

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Maiden voyage of shell #8 Indys w/ commando:
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Looking great! Congrats on the purchase!
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Whiskey LWB

Great shade of whiskey! Looking very sharp.
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First trip out with my new Cigar LHS. Clors a bit off pants are rust. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Love this combo!
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DC Grant Ciigar Cap's Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Classic! Great make up.
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Wearing mine today too...
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Again!
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Originally Posted by Shanil View Post
 

A lot of experienced Alden owners here and I thought this would be an appropriate place to ask my question. I'm interested in purchasing a pair of suede Alden's, maybe boots or a chukka or a PTB, still undecided... any thoughts or reviews on the material and comfort level? how about upkeep over time? Any model that stands out best in suede? 

 

I already own a pair of cigar shell captoe boots and black calfskin NST's and I want to diversify a bit. Would appreciate any feedback.

 

Alden suede quality is first rate and their suede shoes look great.

 
What model to get depends on your use.  The chukkas and PTB suedes are great for casual wear -- jeans, cords, chinos, etc.  My favorite Alden suede model is the chocolate suede NST.  I know you have the black calf NST - a wonderful shoe - and want to diversify.  But if you wear sport coats and slacks, nothing looks better with darker grey pants, or kakhi or olive-colored dress pants than the chocolate suede NSTs.  They always get compliments.  
 
Leathersoul now has navy suede and medium brown suede NST's that are distinctive and great-looking for more casual wear up to business casual.
 
And another great suede shoe that is really for business casual wear is a snuff suede semi-brogue.  The snuff suede is very versatile, and the design is tremendously elegant and great-looking.  The Shoe Mart has this shoe, and Ben Silver has it in snuff suede and tan suede.  
 
The truth of the matter is you need two suede shoes: say a chukka for casual wear and then the NST or semi-brogue for more dressy occasions.  
 
Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

I can understand your impatience.  I have a pair that I haven't had a chance to wear yet just because I haven't had a chance to break them in properly.  My point being, when we are busy, it is hard to find time to employ the mac-break in.  When we have some free time, we often have other things that we'd rather do than pace around on carpet to break in new shoes.

Also, FWIW, when I break shoes in properly, the toe really doesn't seem to wear any faster than the rest of the sole, (minus the back of the heel.)  At least not that I can notice.  In other words, I noticed that taps don't seem to be necessary if the method is thoroughly employed.

If you like to put taps on anyway, then I won't try to change your position on the matter.

I appreciate the feedback. Gives me a reason to buy another pair to experiment biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

I agree! However...I've been working on a AE/Alden apprentice of sorts. He finally gets it. His Cole Haans have rubber soles and he said to me...."so these are basically like athletic shoes with a dressy upper...and you can't get athletic shoes resoled!" Ahhh...from the mouths of babes lol

People at my work already know I'm nuts...but if they knew more about the Alden items I have a feeling their jaw would drop.

Haha, I had something like this at my last job...he was slowly learning about all the basics. But everyone at my new job is older than me and none of them are looking to change (i.e. improve) their style at all.
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Originally Posted by dusttruffle View Post

I am getting conflicting advice about alden shoe trees for shell indy size 8D

Aldenshop recommended small and j Gilbert think medium would be more appropriate.

Any other 8D indy boot owners around?
I realise that 8D is right on the divide of small and Medium - I guess the concern is stretching vs not enough tension.

Perhaps overthinking, just got the ""they have arrived" email from Yenni. Have to say throughout the process of this preorder - my maiden Alden purchase - the service from Yenni has been first class.

I wear 9 and 9.5. I use only Large Alden trees, even though Medium is recommended. I used to use Medium.
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Good morning all. Two pics of the #4 captoe today. One in minimal light, one in window-fed light.


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Originally Posted by sazon View Post
Good morning all. Two pics of the #4 captoe today. One in minimal light, one in window-fed light.

That is quite a shade, Sazon.

 

Now for my 'run of the mill' captoes today...:rotflmao:

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Saz you have two #4 boots?
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post
 

That is quite a shade, Sazon.

 

Now for my 'run of the mill' captoes today...:rotflmao:

 

Awesome!!!  I just got mine last Friday.  Can't wait to take them out for their maiden voyage!

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Originally Posted by alexandchau View Post

Awesome!!!  I just got mine last Friday.  Can't wait to take them out for their maiden voyage!
DO IT!!!!
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