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post #71356 of 95019
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Ah the apologists have arrived to explain that the crummy whiskey finish is the user's fault

I think whiskey is more partial to discolorations, spots, etc of this sort popping up. It's a risk with this color... Which it why it may be better off done with more casual styles like PTBs.

Reno is a conditioner and cleaner and should be used occasionally... When it comes to covering up imperfections and such, I continue to think Alden's paste wax (used sparingly) is underrated in this thread

With regards to the stripped tanker, why not just buy Indy boots or CXL tankers if you want that more casual look? I'm not one to tell someone else what he can do with his property, but still...
post #71357 of 95019
So we're basically saying it's OK to potentially pay $800ish, wait for a few years and receive a product like that. Then ship it back to Alden on your own dime to have it refinished poorly (again, also on your own dime) or live with the results?
post #71358 of 95019
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

So we're basically saying it's OK to potentially pay $800ish, wait for a few years and receive a product like that. Then ship it back to Alden on your own dime to have it refinished poorly (again, also on your own dime) or live with the results?
I think it's kinda hard to say without seeing what made the OP begin to think something was wrong and try to correct it.
post #71359 of 95019
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

One month old #8 Tanker "de-glazed" using almost two bottles of Renomat. The exposed bare Cordovan is dull. A comparison with a new pair of #8 shoes.

I have to agree with others here... if I want that raw, unfinished look of your tankers, I'll go with brown chrmxl.  These shortwing bluchers look tremendous.  Please tell me you did not do the same strip job to those wingtips??  

post #71360 of 95019
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One month old #8 Tanker "de-glazed" using almost two bottles of Renomat. The exposed bare Cordovan is dull. A comparison with a new pair of #8 shoes.

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Very interesting.

I assume you were going to a lightening effect.

I hope you conditioned the bare shell after you stripped them.

I would have applied the neutral cordovan shoe polish, if I didn't want to add any more color.

post #71361 of 95019
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Ah the apologists have arrived to explain that the crummy whiskey finish is the user's fault

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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

So we're basically saying it's OK to potentially pay $800ish, wait for a few years and receive a product like that. Then ship it back to Alden on your own dime to have it refinished poorly (again, also on your own dime) or live with the results?

Just lookin' to stir the pot are you?
post #71362 of 95019
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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

Thanks so much! I notice that the Indy boots at Trunk and The Next Door are E width only. Does this crosswalk to the US D width, or is this a true E width? Is the European foot on average wider than the US foot?
They are normal US sizing. We rarely get different width sizes in Europe
post #71363 of 95019
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

So we're basically saying it's OK to potentially pay $800ish, wait for a few years and receive a product like that. Then ship it back to Alden on your own dime to have it refinished poorly (again, also on your own dime) or live with the results?


Not okay by any stretch, however it is what it is, those of us who continue to purchase condone Aldens practices through the opening of our wallets. I have accepted the situation for what it is, as frustrating as it is.
post #71364 of 95019
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

One month old #8 Tanker "de-glazed" using almost two bottles of Renomat. The exposed bare Cordovan is dull. A comparison with a new pair of #8 shoes.


What was your purpose for this? I very curious why you would want to strip all the finish work off

I was wondering the same.
post #71365 of 95019
^^ I think we all are....
post #71366 of 95019
Not stirring the pot, just not participating in the circle jerk. I still own a pair of Aldens, although I've sold off most. There's no appeal in it anymore. Half the posts sound like hostages/abuse victims rationalizing their decisions. You're accepting their shoddy QC etc. by continuing to buy. At least some people acknowledge their hopeless addiction.

In before "made in the USA".
post #71367 of 95019
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


I was wondering the same.

 

 

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

^^ I think we all are....

I would guess "lightening"

post #71368 of 95019
Weight or color? haha
post #71369 of 95019
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Not stirring the pot, just not participating in the circle jerk. I still own a pair of Aldens, although I've sold off most. There's no appeal in it anymore. Half the posts sound like hostages/abuse victims rationalizing their decisions. You're accepting their shoddy QC etc. by continuing to buy. At least some people acknowledge their hopeless addiction.

In before "made in the USA".

It's best to be an informed buyer. I have had similar issue with whiskey shoes. My response? To buy less of them and to focus on color 8, black, and cigar, shoes that I wear more anyway. Also looking at more tan calf. Discussions like these help buyers address issues and make purchasing decisions.

The appeal of Alden shoes is unchanged - great dress or dress casual shoes and boots, unique leathers (deep cordovan shades, quality suede, durable and good looking CXL, etc) versatility and durability. I don't know why the appeal would have changed any really over the past few years (outside of less availability). Quality control has been an issue since I have been buying the shoes and the issues are well known, but you take the bad with the good.
post #71370 of 95019
I'll take C&J, Carmina, A&S, etc. anytime instead, especially since I detest moc toes and NST (although other brands make these too). Price point changes, increased availability of other brands, poor QC, ridiculous wait times etc. are all reasons that make Alden less appealing.

People are obviously free to do what they like with their money, but they should also be honest with themselves. There's nothing wrong with admitting that the attachment to Alden is largely "emotional". It's also a disservice to tell new buyers that flaws are "normal" (in general, not necessarily only referring to this particular whiskey conversation).
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