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Here is the link to the recrafted whiskeys:

before:


after Alden restoration:
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Originally Posted by Vanechka View Post

Mine are color 8 v-cleats from the 70´s/early 80´s, from what i can tell the quality is really good. 
Right now i am trying to decide between Florsheim v-cleats in tan pebble grain and Alden LWB in whiskey calf or chromexcel. 
I´d love to get the Alden´s but i dont know if i can justify the difference in price to myself.

Please convince me someone! 

I have a couple of pairs of Florsheim shells from the 70's (1973 and circa 1978), a vintage Hanover shell circa 1979 and a vintage Hanover pebble grain calf circa 1970 (this pair passed down from father). None of them take a backseat to Alden in terms of quality, durability, and workmanship.
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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

Here is the link to the recrafted whiskeys:

before:


after Alden restoration:
 

 

WOW I would be pissed.

 

note to self to only send back to alden if I intend/want a full refurbish 

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Looks Like Color 4.  I would sell them on eBay as such.  I'm sure someone would be willing to pay a pretty price for them, just because of the exclusivity of #4, despite the uselessness of a #4 Wingtip Balmoral.

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nephew,
why?

I would rather not have an adverse effect due to the snow and salt today.

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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

Here is the link to the recrafted whiskeys:

before:


after Alden restoration:

The after pair looks nice, perhaps even nicer than the before pair, but it looks nothing like whiskey.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

The after pair looks nice, perhaps even nicer than the before pair, but it looks nothing like whiskey.

Exactly. You just don't know what you'll get back from Alden Restoration when it comes to exotic shells.

Here are the blog posts with more before and after images:
http://youhavebrokentheinternet.blogspot.ca/2009/12/bestgiftever.html
http://youhavebrokentheinternet.blogspot.ca/2010/06/restored-alden-whiskey-wingtips.html
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Truflare Last from Unipair, if I'm not mistaken.

 

They look way better in these pics than they ever did on the unipair website.

If a deer bone were able to remedy this condition, I would think that it would be through rubbing the shoe with it, rather than hitting it.

 

Edit:  You might want to check out the B. Nelson thread for more info on the other part of your question.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post
 

Looks Like Color 4.  I would sell them on eBay as such.  I'm sure someone would be willing to pay a pretty price for them, just because of the exclusivity of #4, despite the uselessness of a #4 Wingtip Balmoral.

 

Damn, Bakes, you're on a roll!!

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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

Alden will not listen to special requests anymore and will want to "restore" them so they look new so you will almost certainly get them back dyed. Which means they will be significantly darker than how you sent them, a very bad thing for beautiful light whiskey shell like yours. I think there is a post somewhere with pics regarding an Alden whiskey recraft job that darkened them - I'll try and find it.

On the other hand, B. Nelson will do precisely what you want. If you want them shined with wax, without wax, patina left on there as it came in, they will do it. Nick posts here on SF occasionally and is very accessible by phone if you have specific questions or concerns. His shop in NYC sees valuable cordovan shoes on a daily basis so they clearly know what they are doing and will follow your instructions. But you won't get an Alden stamped sole or sock liner from him in case that bothers your OCD.

I would buff the hell of them and wear them into the ground and then send them to Nick when it comes time for a new sole. If you're in a big city then you might try to find a shine shop that specializes in cordovans and get their feedback - the folks at A. Shine & Co or B. Nelson are a couple of possibilities. Good luck!

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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

Here is the link to the recrafted whiskeys:

before:


after Alden restoration:

Oh my, if I dropped $160 on a pair of whiskeys and opened the box to find them I would be pissed. I have spoken to Nick before and it was obvious that he was quite knowledgeable and responsive. It was immediately evident that his reputation was well-earned. My conversation with him was about soles and uppers never came up but I will likely give him a call on Monday. I've got two really good cobblers within 1/4 mile from where I work but I'm not sure about having them mess with shell leather.

I'll see what Nick has to say but in the meantime I'll take your advice on buffing and enjoying them. The plan was to wear them with denim so I'm not necessarily looking for perfection. Much appreciated Dr. D. Thanks for going the extra mile.
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Ahhhh yes...nothing like one of these waiting for you when you get home for a long holiday weekend:



It was worth the wait...





They're pretty flawless, I haven't found any issues on them at all. And it's so nice to finally be able to get a size 12B on the Barrie, which is pretty much impossible to find outside of a pre-order. They're definitely stiffer out of the box compared to my other Alden suedes, because those are all unlined and on a single flex sole, compared to these which are lined and on a double waterlock. But I'm sure once these are broken in they will be one of my favorites.

Ryden - you get your pair yet??

BG, these look great!!! Congrats!! I would be thrilled if mine look as good as yours. Mine are en route but probably won't show up till next week. Going to be awhile before they can get worn in the northeast but I still want them so bad smile.gif

Now the real question is whether to get the dark brown as well...there is a pair available and the pictures look really great
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I would rather not have an adverse effect due to the snow and salt today.
nephew,
that is the purpose of overshoes which protects both shell and calf and allows the shoes to be worn all year long regardless of the weather conditions
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Sorry, but another sizing question. Living in Cinciinnati I don't have the luxury of trying on all the different lasts so here goes:
I have a pair of Indy #8 on Trubalance last, 11D, and fit well, maybe the slightest of extra room
I have a pair of cigar LHS van last, 11D, and fit perfect
I just purchased a pair of black calf NST 11D, Barrie, and I'm almost feeling they are a little snug at the widest point ( but ok with thin socks.)
So now I'm looking at an 11D PTB on the Barrie last but concerned...

Should I expect the same last to fit differently on different shoes, especially if they are both lace up?
Is it reasonable my VANS fit better because they are a slip on and perhaps now as rounded through the middle as a lace up ?

Thanks for the help
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Ahhhh yes...nothing like one of these waiting for you when you get home for a long holiday weekend:
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It was worth the wait...





They're pretty flawless, I haven't found any issues on them at all. And it's so nice to finally be able to get a size 12B on the Barrie, which is pretty much impossible to find outside of a pre-order. They're definitely stiffer out of the box compared to my other Alden suedes, because those are all unlined and on a single flex sole, compared to these which are lined and on a double waterlock. But I'm sure once these are broken in they will be one of my favorites.

Ryden - you get your pair yet??

 

Juice,

 

Those are beautiful. They are kind of stealth on that couch or chair or whatever that is. Better be careful to not sit on them there! :-)

 

Enjoy them and happy thanksgiving!

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post

Here is the link to the recrafted whiskeys:

before:


after Alden restoration:

 

I would be less than pleased with that updated color. They do look beautiful, but I typically buy Whiskeys for their "Whiskey"-ness... :-)

 

-Mike

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