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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

I think I have 4-5 alden #8 shell and each is aging differently. The differences are starkly visible. jcrew boot is turning a red color, wingtip has looked brown from the beginning, another has maintained that dark, velvety eggplant depth, while another is a combination of all of the above depending on the environment

 

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post #61697 of 91700
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

LeatherSoul does a jumper boot in CXL. Trubalance last on water lock soles, all eyelets

Moulded shoe in NYC has a captoe boot in brown cxl.
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We still have some of these left.  Barrie last crepe sole. Great boot for fall.
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So, I was in NYC for just a day, but took the opportunity to do a tour of Alden boots and to see a few that I was interested in from afar.  Visited Moulded Shoes, Leffot, and Epaulet.  (Also a side trip to see the Vibergs at Sixteen, on the way to Katz's deli, but that's a story for another board...)  Rafael at Moulded Shoes, Stephen at Leffot, and Matt at Epaulet were all very friendly and helpful as I tried on boots in various sizes.

 

At Moulded Shoe I was interested in seeing the Tar Brown plain toe boot on a Modified last, which looked much better in person than it does in the picture here, and which fit really well and had a very comfy sole (if not exactly my speed stylewise):

 

 

 

Then I went to Leffot to check out their calfskin Indy boot with the commando sole. A nice boot, and they also had a very striking plain toe brown CXL boot with contrasting brass eyelets, a look I loved but the Barrie last was not for me.  Here is the Indy boot:

 

Finally, I stopped at Epaulet, kind of on a whim because while I had been coveting the Innsbruck Indy boot, it was listed as unavailable in my size (10 or 10.5 with an insole), but it turns out the online numbers were wrong, and it was available in 10.5!  Here tis:

 

 

So, a great day of looking at some really cool boots.  In the end, I walked away with the Innsbruck boot.  I have been looking for a commando sole, and I really like the contrasting eyelets.  The CXL seems darker, more burgundy almost, than other brown CXLs I've seen and I like that too.

 

You guys who live in NY are spoiled with all these great Alden stores with their unusual builds...

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Leffot Tankers

post #61701 of 91700
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

I'm curious to hear if anyone has acquired an Alden shoe that is:
 
  1. considered quintessential Alden (or is featured heavily in this thread), such as the 975 or 990, only to find they get little use out of it, or
  2. not commonly featured in this thread, such as the 2160 or 994, and found they get a lot of use out of it.

If so, some elaboration for either case would be particularly interesting.

jcrew saddles are far from an alden staple, but I wear these all the time.

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Speaking of NYC...Stopped into the J Crew Liquor Store yesterday and the Alden Snuff Indy's on crepe were very impressive. The RRL store down the street was..bounce2.gif
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For me, the "staples" get worn a lot, but many "grail" shoes don't and eventually get sold

Whiskey in general is highly desired but I don't wear it much. Have sold several. My favorite was the chukka, but ultimately sold it due to poor fit.

The cigar LWB is highly desired but it is a casual shoe and I reached for my chukka, LHS and boots more. Ended up selling it when I got my color 8 / antique longwings, which I like more. Otherwise cigar is very solid
post #61704 of 91700
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Originally Posted by FENWAY View Post

Speaking of NYC...Stopped into the J Crew Liquor Store yesterday and the Alden Snuff Indy's on crepe were very impressive. The RRL store down the street was..bounce2.gif

I often go to Leffot and walk down to Soho to hit up Ralph Lauren, RRL, and other area stores, then walk to Liquor Store / Ludlow shop. Great way to lighten up a wallet
post #61705 of 91700
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Just to echo everyone else, Alden cordovan just tends to look better and "deeper" than other brands. I've observed many great cordovan pairs from many manufacturers; basically none had the amount of glow Alden typically has. I have a pair of Rider black balmoral captoe boots, and Alden black captoes win going away due to the glow of the cordovan. I've seen Edward Green cordovan pairs, and while well built, Alden's cordovan glows more. "Glow" and "depth of color" are not the only considerations but is a very big ones when buying cordovan

Yes, it is a glazing that Alden applied to the finished shoes. Over time, it will slowly & gradually wear out. Alden re-applies the glazing during the restoration process, hence giving that "like new" look.

Incidentally, I have encountered a couple pairs of Alden without that usual glazing. One of these was a cigar/snuff suede saddle from Leffot, circa 2012 Summer. The Cordovan parts of the saddles did NOT have the glazing. The cigar shell has a much lighter matt color than the usual cigar. Very non-Alden like.


Edited by mtc2000 - 9/29/13 at 2:08pm
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Interesting, thanks mtc2000. Of course this glazing must be proprietary, but do you have any guesses as to the components?
post #61707 of 91700
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Interesting, thanks mtc2000. Of course this glazing must be proprietary, but do you have any guesses as to the components?

When nobody else does it, you might call it proprietary. Is it some kind of secret magic recipe? I am not sure. But it is a method, and quite an effective one that is.

If I had to guess, I would think it is some kind of polyurethane. Purely my speculation and nothing more.
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Originally Posted by calidist View Post

New comp pics?

+1. Given the context of your post, it was hard to discern whether you considered this to be good or not (though I suspect good). Either way, it would be great to see the pic's.
post #61709 of 91700
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

For me, the "staples" get worn a lot, but many "grail" shoes don't and eventually get sold

Whiskey in general is highly desired but I don't wear it much. Have sold several. My favorite was the chukka, but ultimately sold it due to poor fit.

The cigar LWB is highly desired but it is a casual shoe and I reached for my chukka, LHS and boots more. Ended up selling it when I got my color 8 / antique longwings, which I like more. Otherwise cigar is very solid

So you consider the #8 LWB with antique to be noticeably dressier than the cigar LWB with antique?

Also, were the chukka fit issues just with the whiskey chukkas, or do you find the 2 eyelet chukka to be hard to size in general?
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

+1. Given the context of your post, it was hard to discern whether you considered this to be good or not (though I suspect good). Either way, it would be great to see the pic's.

if I could pick just one shade, id prefer they age towards eggplant/burgundy. i think the purpose of my post was to illustrate how #8 can age and that having more than one pair of #8 doesn't necessarily mean redundancy.

ill try to get some pics up in a month or so after a little more wear. however in the mean time ive posted numerous photos on my tumblr if you care to have a look
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