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Appreciate the response k-white. Thanks.

 

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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Do You know this problem with the Speed Hooks?

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luc13, I've seen this before. What make-up of boot are they, and how long have you been wearing them?
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Not more then 10 Times

This are from 14 oz
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luc13, are they the J Crew perf cap toe boots?
post #64911 of 87474
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.


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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.
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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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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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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
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Gloomy day in the Great White North

403s in full effect!


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

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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.

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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.
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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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