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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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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.
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besides Alden Madison (don't have my size), who has navy suede chukkas?
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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).
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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
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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
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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.
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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!
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

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)
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

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.
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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.
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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!
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