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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.

Great result. I will likely invest in some new shoe care stuff soon - new brushes, new buffing cloths, Saphir neutral cordovan cream for whiskey and ravello and a big can of VSC for all of these shoes.

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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.

I may do this with my cigar LHS (which are 9.5EE and a bit loose in the heel).
post #64892 of 97024
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Originally Posted by scb View Post

besides Alden Madison (don't have my size), who has navy suede chukkas?

http://www.unionmadegoods.com/Alden_Coleman_Chukka_in_Navy_Suede_6637.html
http://rodengray.com/collections/alden/products/suede-chukka
post #64893 of 97024
Whiskey PTB from Alden DC, along with my other PTBs. My black cordovan unlined PTB is a nice dress/suit shoe that I often wear in wet conditions. The Alden 990 (eBayed) has been one of my most surprising purchases, becoming one of my most worn shoes... Can be worn with both dressier outfits and casual outfits (the dark sole helps). I feel like this shoe helps balance out the more casual nature of my Leffot antique longwings. Everyone should have either a 990 or 975 IMO. The whiskey PTBs are a great shade and will be worn casually year round. After selling whiskey Indy and chukka boots in 10D, I finally have a whiskey casual shoe back in the rotation again in my correct size.

AppleMark

As a consequence, the cigar NSTs are up for sale. It was between the Leffot saddles and these, and I just like the Leffot saddles a lot more
post #64894 of 97024
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

I always thought that a LS safari boot on barrie would be damn near perfect. I love that boot but I'm not sure if plaza would work for me. I like barrie for a casual boot and the commando looks great.



That has always been one of my favorite suede makeups. I wish I would have been paying attention when LS was offering those

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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

Like others have said, if the boots are on the double leather sole, a bit of heel slip is normal while breaking in. Additionally, if these are on the Barrie last, I've always found that all of my chukkas on that last fit considerably wider in the back near the heel than other shoes and boots on the Barrie.
post #64895 of 97024
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Whiskey PTB from Alden DC, along with my other PTBs. My black cordovan unlined PTB is a nice dress/suit shoe that I often wear in wet conditions. The Alden 990 (eBayed) has been one of my most surprising purchases, becoming one of my most worn shoes... Can be worn with both dressier outfits and casual outfits (the dark sole helps). I feel like this shoe helps balance out the more casual nature of my Leffot antique longwings. Everyone should have either a 990 or 975 IMO. The whiskey PTBs are a great shade and will be worn casually year round. After selling whiskey Indy and chukka boots in 10D, I finally have a whiskey casual shoe back in the rotation again in my correct size.
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AppleMark
Quite the PTB family there. Love it!
post #64896 of 97024
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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.
Awww shux...thanks Shawn. Compared to others on this forum my shoes are nothing, but I appreciate it. Placing an order for some shoe care products today. Would like to see if I can even out the toe on the LWB. The toe also has a bit more grain to it compared to the vamp. Did you find this as well? I think that is what contributes to my toes looking duller. Luckily it is consistant across both left and right shoes. I only really notice it when I buff them. From 5.5 feet away when wearing them they look stunning.
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Thanks. I guess I should specify "in E widths" (11E/11.5E depending on the last)
post #64898 of 97024
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Placing an order for some shoe care products today. Would like to see if I can even out the toe on the LWB. The toe also has a bit more grain to it compared to the vamp. Did you find this as well? I think that is what contributes to my toes looking duller. Luckily it is consistant across both left and right shoes. I only really notice it when I buff them. From 5.5 feet away when wearing them they look stunning.

Yup, that is exactly the issue with mine. Vamp looks great but the toe has more grain which I assume caused the duller look. While my work this morning resulted in significant improvement, I will continue to work on the toe until it is consistent with the vamp. It's not really a big deal because as you point out, it is not visible unless you are right up on it.
post #64899 of 97024
Alcibiades! Those PTBs in Whiskey are awesome. I have the black & #8 PTBs and they're my most worn shoes hands down. The black is something everyone should have and well #8 is KING so yeah...

I hope my j.crew #8 boots gets to me before the Winter Olympics smile.gif I had a date in December and I haven't got the "order has been pushed back" email yet from them so maybe I will get lucky.


I just won some 984s on eBay for $36. They're certainly not perfect but they will be the perfect "beater" to wear instead of my Whiskey shell LHS.
post #64900 of 97024
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Yup, that is exactly the issue with mine. Vamp looks great but the toe has more grain which I assume caused the duller look. While my work this morning resulted in significant improvement, I will continue to work on the toe until it is consistent with the vamp. It's not really a big deal because as you point out, it is not visible unless you are right up on it.
Interesting. Well I'm interetsed in how you make out with them. Keep us posted!
post #64901 of 97024
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


Great result. I will likely invest in some new shoe care stuff soon - new brushes, new buffing cloths, Saphir neutral cordovan cream for whiskey and ravello and a big can of VSC for all of these shoes.

 

Neutral cream is probably the way to go, but a cheap alternative is the AE Light Brown Cream. I used it on the veg tan leather and whiskey today without a noticeable change in color (just apply evenly). I used the AE Dark Brown Cordovan Cream for the cigar. $8 each, free shipping.

 

I mix in Reno occasionally, but I've had two shoes now where the shell was so dry it seemed to remove some of the finish in a spot. Learned my lesson...I'll always do a few cream applications first.

 

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Breaking in my first pair of Aldens today. Color #8 Plaza last slip-on chukka from LS. I still have a long way to go as far as Mac-ing them.

 

 

AppleMark

 

AppleMark

 

AppleMark

 

 

Not everyone's cup of tea, I realize, but I'm pleased with them. Next week my second pair (Whiskey NSTs) arrive!

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Fyi, Citi Shoes in NYC has Whiskey LWB's, happy hunting
post #64904 of 97024
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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post

Fyi, Citi Shoes in NYC has Whiskey LWB's, happy hunting

HaHa, that is where I got mine 6 months ago. They include free shoe trees also!

-Mike
post #64905 of 97024
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Originally Posted by coinopcollector View Post

Awesome, wish they were mine.  
Thank you sir.
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

safe to say, I'd trade 3-4 pair of shell for a pair of those ravello wingtips
These are special.
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i like em, kinda want a color 8 on plaza though.

do you wear those with a suit or casually?
I wear these casually. #8 plaza would go better w suits IMO.
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