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post #61621 of 96882
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Originally Posted by CEE88 View Post

Gentlemen, several of you have mentioned the eBay seller who has been been listing a sizable stock of brand new Aldens. I just received a pair from that seller: a Leather Soul Leydon last color 8 NST Saddle Blucher. Quite certain it's this one: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/03/02/alden-shoes-nstsaddle-blucher-lsw/

They are definitely "real" Alden shell cordovan shoes, definitely new and, frankly, show no sign of ever having been tried on.

They didn't come with the green Alden box but the seller packs the shoes with great care (see photo below). The box contained packing material and the shoes were stuffed with paper and tucked inside Alden dust bags - and then sealed inside a thick plastic bag.

However ... look at the spot on the vamp in the last photo. My guess is that this shoe was a reject or second of some sort. Given the price I may keep them, but only if I can figure out a way to minimize or eliminate that spot (which is visible in certain light, not in others).



NST Saddle bluchers: Add'l pics (Click to show)





If the #8 LS NST Saddle is a must own shoe for you & you didn't pay full retail, no brainier keep them. If the make-up isn't a must own & the spot will bother you, no brainier sell them. My personal approach to spots on shell #8 is that they add character as the shoe or boot ages, but that's just me.
post #61622 of 96882
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

If the #8 LS NST Saddle is a must own shoe for you & you didn't pay full retail, no brainier keep them. If the make-up isn't a must own & the spot will bother you, no brainier sell them. My personal approach to spots on shell #8 is that they add character as the shoe or boot ages, but that's just me.

That's all well and fine for you to say, CTYGGG, because every shoe/boot I've seen of yours is in absolute pristine condition! You and Uncle.....
post #61623 of 96882
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Morning Gents

Cigar LWB
Very nice looking cigar blue. Enjoy your Saturday.
post #61624 of 96882
Since I've kind of given up on ravello or cigar, I was wondering if anyone knew of a LWB in color 8 with light or antique edging? I've checked the retailers that I'm familiar with but no luck.

As always, any help is appreciated.
post #61625 of 96882
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Morning Gents

Cigar LWB

Lookin' real dark indoors.



Agreed. When I saw the first pic, I thought they were black at first glance. Outdoors really showcases the beautiful color on these. These are really sweet.
post #61626 of 96882
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Very nice looking cigar blue. Enjoy your Saturday.

Thanks DV, I'll do my best and same to you my friend.

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Agreed. When I saw the first pic, I thought they were black at first glance. Outdoors really showcases the beautiful color on these. These are really sweet.

Outdoors they look like a different shoe. Thanks for the kind words.
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I am pretty new to this forum.  I recently bought this pair of shoe from Paul Stuart and wonder if it is made by Alden.  Is it Cordovan burgundy color.  Can anyone help me out?  The strange thing is the quality and finishes look a lot nicer than Alden tassel loafer.  What brand would it possibly be?  

 

Thanks!:confused:

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post #61629 of 96882
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Originally Posted by LeCorb View Post

I am pretty new to this forum.  I recently bought this pair of shoe from Paul Stuart and wonder if it is made by Alden.  Is it Cordovan burgundy color.  Can anyone help me out?  The strange thing is the quality and finishes look a lot nicer than Alden tassel loafer.  What brand would it possibly be?

Those are made by Grenson or Carmina. Grenson at one time made most of their shoes, but Carmina makes some now.

EDIT: After seeing the pics on a larger screen, those are Carmina. Looks like their 734 model.
Edited by zbix - 9/28/13 at 8:44am
post #61630 of 96882
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Since I've kind of given up on ravello or cigar, I was wondering if anyone knew of a LWB in color 8 with light or antique edging? I've checked the retailers that I'm familiar with but no luck.

As always, any help is appreciated.

 

Try Leffot 

http://leffot.com/category/footwear/alden-brands/page/2/

 

 

post #61631 of 96882
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Originally Posted by CEE88 View Post


Gentlemen, thank you. My bias is: I'd rather pay $650-700 for a perfect pair than $399 for a pair with a visible issue on the vamp.

I'd happily keep them if all I had to do was keep a little polish on the vamp. But if it lightens "disproportionately faster" than the blotch, then I would probably return them (and the seller does accept returns).

Is it only going to get worse?

Is this a keep or return situation?

At that price-point, there is no way I would return these, for a couple of reasons:

I couldn't even notice the spot on any of the pictures except the last one. It just doesn't seem that noticeable though I understand the desire for perfection in our beloved Alden's.

If these were mine I would consider a couple of options. Because I'm comfortable with shoe dye, I would get a $6 bottle of Feiblings cordovan dye and just dab a little on the spot. It won't likely be an exact match but it will be close enough that it won't be noticeable by anyone but you. And over time, with brushing and the occasional polishing, it will blend in just fine.

If the thought of putting dye on a pair of Alden's makes you uncomfortable, I would take them to a cobbler and have him/her do what I suggest. My guess is that the cost would be around $10.

Again, this is not a perfect solution but at $400 for a truly beautiful pair of shoes, I think this is a solution that would work out fine. The applicator that comes with the dye is a very good size to fill in this spot. If it is too big, a q-tip would also do the trick.

If you do decide to return these, and the are a 9 on Barrie, PM me before sending them back. Good luck. These are truly a great score at what you paid.
post #61632 of 96882
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Originally Posted by TactileOne View Post

Try Leffot 
http://leffot.com/category/footwear/alden-brands/page/2/


Amazing that I completely forgot about these. Amazing because I vacillated for days between these and the color 8 boots that Leffot offered as a pre-sale at the same time. Ultimately I went with the boots and about a week afterwards regretted my decision as I definitely wish I had went with these.

Thanks for the link TactileOne. It is definitely appreciated.
post #61633 of 96882
#8 plaza boots, direct sunlight
post #61634 of 96882
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

#8 plaza boots, direct sunlight
Love those boots MrDV.
post #61635 of 96882
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Originally Posted by LeCorb View Post
 

I am pretty new to this forum.  I recently bought this pair of shoe from Paul Stuart and wonder if it is made by Alden.  Is it Cordovan burgundy color.  Can anyone help me out?  The strange thing is the quality and finishes look a lot nicer than Alden tassel loafer.  What brand would it possibly be?  

 

Thanks!:confused:

 

Carmina

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