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post #64876 of 94322
No, i bought this in berlin Germany One month ago. The store called 14 oz
This are my First pair of Aldens and i Love the Color and the Shell but there is a nother Problem. The Stand feels not good.


post #64877 of 94322
I had the same speed hook issue on a pair I have. You can have a cobbler replace it with an eyelet pretty cheaply.
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

excuse the spelling/grammar errors lol..

good luck with your whiskeys.. please post up photos. I'm new to whiskey, learning as I go concerning conditioning

No worries. I was able to quickly discern your message and attributed the issues to the lateness in the hour smile.gif. I'm in a no-lose position because strange as it may sound, my primary usage for these is casual/denim. I've always liked the color contrast and with my advancing age has come a recent appreciation for LWB's. So even if these darken or crease a little, that is not only ok but maybe even preferred. And if things don't work out, I'll sell them and given the price I paid at the recent TSM blowout, will likely make a small profit.

All that is to say that I'm willing to take a little risk with these so I'm going to try renovateur and either the alden neutral creme or the saphir neutral creme and see how things look. I will definitely post pics when complete.
post #64879 of 94322
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post
 

curious what others might be able to provide, info wise.. 

 

My recent acquisition of whiskey NST seem fairly dry (compared to previous, other shade, colors of shell)

 

currently, they have more of a matte finish.. curious what others might apply (reno or venetian possibly) to add some depth/shine to them?

 

thanks in advance!

Saphir Cordovan Cream in Neutral infuses very much moisture into shell.  More so than Reno/Venetian.  I have all 3.  It is said that it will temporarily darken whiskey, but that once it dries it will return to its original shade.  For this reason, I hesitate to suggest it for your situation.  All that I can attest to is that the stuff really moisturizes.

 

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Has anyone experience any adverse affects after prolonged use of venetian? I've read that the pertroleum distillates aren't good for shell, but I am a little bit skeptical, seeing as it is recommended by horween.

No. It's be disputed repeatedly on here.  Nobody has been able to offer any concrete evidence that it has adverse effects.  The best that has been offered is theorization.

 

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I've been hesitant to buy the big one, as it's taken me a couple years to go through a small jar of Reno. But I've been wondering if you can you use VSC on leather furniture? I've got some home theater seating that could use some TLC. Has anyone used VLC on anything other than shoes?

You should get the Lexol wipes for your leather furniture.  I know that doesn't help you use up your VSC.

 

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post



Interested as well as my new whiskeys could use a little sheen. How would you decide when to use VSC versus Reno? Or how about Alden shoe cream? I have alden shoe cream and Reno but no VSC. VSC seems reasonably priced but the shipping makes it impractical if Reno or Alden cream serves the same purpose.

Reno vs VSC has been debated repeatedly on this thread.  Nobody has been able to offer any proof that one is superior to the other.  One smells better, one is cheaper.  As far as results, there really is no discernible difference, and I would be skeptical of anyone who says otherwise.

 

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Originally Posted by luc13 View Post

Do You know this problem with the Speed Hooks?
 

Yes, this is one of a few common problems that occur with speed hooks.  Also one of the reasons why they are a deal-breaker for me every time, except for non-alden boots.


Edited by Bakes11771 - 11/2/13 at 6:41am
post #64880 of 94322
Gloomy day in the Great White North

403s in full effect!


post #64881 of 94322
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

excuse the spelling/grammar errors lol..

good luck with your whiskeys.. please post up photos. I'm new to whiskey, learning as I go concerning conditioning

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

No worries. I was able to quickly discern your message and attributed the issues to the lateness in the hour smile.gif. I'm in a no-lose position because strange as it may sound, my primary usage for these is casual/denim. I've always liked the color contrast and with my advancing age has come a recent appreciation for LWB's. So even if these darken or crease a little, that is not only ok but maybe even preferred. And if things don't work out, I'll sell them and given the price I paid at the recent TSM blowout, will likely make a small profit.

All that is to say that I'm willing to take a little risk with these so I'm going to try renovateur and either the alden neutral creme or the saphir neutral creme and see how things look. I will definitely post pics when complete.

Here goes. First pic is new, second pic is after treating with saphir renovateur and following up with saphir cordovan cream.







My primary objective was to add a little pop to the toe where the perforation is. That's where the dullness was. I'm pleased with the outcome (though I'm no camera buff and I don't think this pic does the true look justice). I don't know if I would call the difference as being darker. It's just got a little ''pop' to it, which is precisely what I was after. Ultimately I may pick up some VSC because of the large size but for now I'm fine with saphir.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post



Here goes. First pic is new, second pic is after treating with saphir renovateur and following up with saphir cordovan cream.

 

Delicious!

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post



Here goes. First pic is new, second pic is after treating with saphir renovateur and following up with saphir cordovan cream.

  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)






My primary objective was to add a little pop to the toe where the perforation is. That's where the dullness was. I'm pleased with the outcome (though I'm no camera buff and I don't think this pic does the true look justice). I don't know if I would call the difference as being darker. It's just got a little ''pop' to it, which is precisely what I was after. Ultimately I may pick up some VSC because of the large size but for now I'm fine with saphir.

I should try this. The toes are a little dull on my whiskey LWB too.

post #64884 of 94322
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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

I had the same speed hook issue on a pair I have. You can have a cobbler replace it with an eyelet pretty cheaply.

You shouldn't have to pay out of your own pocket to fix this. This is an obvious production defect.

I had two pair of boots give me this problem last year. The first pair (from J Gilbert) Alden repaired. The problem happened again soon after and they ended up replacing the boot for me.

The second pair (Frans Boone) were sent back to Alden. They determined it was a production defect and refunded my money.

I would contact the shop the boots were purchased at.
post #64885 of 94322
No longer an Alden virgin. Just purchased my first pair. #8 chukkas in 10D. Is a heel slip initially normal? It feels snug until I walk and feel a slight heel slip. There wasn't a smaller size available for me to try on. I felt I could make it work with a heel pad or something. Am able to return, if anything.

Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post

No longer an Alden virgin. Just purchased my first pair. #8 chukkas in 10D. Is a heel slip initially normal? It feels snug until I walk and feel a slight heel slip. There wasn't a smaller size available for me to try on. I felt I could make it work with a heel pad or something. Am able to return, if anything.

Thanks in advance

Congrats on your first (and not last) pair of Alden.  If they are a double leather sole I believe a little slip is expected untill the soles break in. Do you know what last they are on? Do you have any other shoes to compare sizing? Where does the widest part of your foot end up in the boot?

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Congrats on your first (and not last) pair of Alden.  If they are a double leather sole I believe a little slip is expected untill the soles break in. Do you know what last they are on? Do you have any other shoes to compare sizing? Where does the widest part of your foot end up in the boot?

Thank you..! They are double
Leather on barrie last. I usually wear 10.5. The widest part ends up where it should and the D width is perfect for my foot. It's more the slip that's an issue at the heel and looks funny when I walk. I didn't want to not buy them and regret it later since #8 is currently in short supply in my size. I think some Dr scholl's inserts should solve the issue though. Gonna go buy those. Will report back.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Delicious!

Definitely appreciated. I did this before I read your post on the difference between saphir cream and VSC, but after reading your comment on sapphire adding moisture I decided to use some on my color 8 short wings as well as an older pair of Florsheim's In color 8 as well. The results are absolutely amazing. The shortwings are probably my favorite Alden's and are the AoC model w/commando. The sapphire cream added a richness to both shoes that I am very pleased with. Thanks for the advice/tip.

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I should try this. The toes are a little dull on my whiskey LWB too.

Yours are still the gold-standard in my mind but yes, the most significant difference in my shoes was the toe. It completely eliminated the dullness.
Edited by Shawnc - 11/2/13 at 9:08am
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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post

No longer an Alden virgin. Just purchased my first pair. #8 chukkas in 10D. Is a heel slip initially normal? It feels snug until I walk and feel a slight heel slip. There wasn't a smaller size available for me to try on. I felt I could make it work with a heel pad or something. Am able to return, if anything.

Thanks in advance

I don't have this issue on my chukka's but I did on my whiskey LHS's. Heel pad solved the problem. Welcome to the most addictive habit since , well, other addictive habits. It is a phenomenon that I can't begin to explain.
post #64890 of 94322
besides Alden Madison (don't have my size), who has navy suede chukkas?
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