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We should be updating the shoe care consensus / conventional wisdom for Alden Leather Defender, which is an awesome product and probably should be applied regularly to cordovan boots and shoes that get exposed to rain. I have applied it regularly this winter to several boots (color 8 wingtips, black tankers, etc), and I have worn these boots out in the rain, ice and snow. I haven't noticed any water spotting, and the shine continues to look great.

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Black Calf NST's today
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Calf?!@ Come on, Don! You know there is no place for that around here...rotflmao.gif
Yea, Don!! You use language like that around here...they may be children reading.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/181311549393?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Do anyone happen to have a pair of these, and can comment on fit. Should these fit the same as Chukka on the same last. I originally thought I was a 11.5d as I have many pairs in that size. By chance I ordered the 11 chukka, from Jcrew and they fit awesome, with thin sock. Now it has me wondering if I should be an 11. smile.gif. I thought the price was pretty good on these too. Do you think a plain chukka, and these PTB are too similar to have both?
post #72604 of 87346
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

I use Alden leather defender regularly. it is great for wet weather protection

 

X2 It really cuts down on the white "welts" from rain. I use it on all my shell.

post #72605 of 87346
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X2 It really cuts down on the white "welts" from rain. I use it on all my shell.

Same here.  Great product

post #72606 of 87346
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Originally Posted by misterjuiceman View Post
 

I wouldn't put more products on shell than necessary. Venetian shoe cream and the (very) occasional waxing should be sufficient. Are you planning on taking these out in the rain a lot?

 

Not a lot but don't want to worry about not being able to wear them in the rain due to spotting or welting.

 

Thanks for the responses guys. I'll pick up a bottle when I stop by Alden DC tomorrow. Last week I got lucky in that I'm pretty sure I parked illegally in front of the store due to the construction signs and didn't get a ticket. I planned on being there for 30 minutes and ended up being more like 90. Hopefully tomorrow is quicker than that and I can get off easy again. Trying to find parking there is pretty rough.

post #72607 of 87346
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

I use Alden leather defender regularly. it is great for wet weather protection


+1, lots of great results posted here with regard to Alden Leather Defender.  Fine product...

post #72608 of 87346
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Originally Posted by fitchottie View Post

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181311549393?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Do anyone happen to have a pair of these, and can comment on fit. Should these fit the same as Chukka on the same last. I originally thought I was a 11.5d as I have many pairs in that size. By chance I ordered the 11 chukka, from Jcrew and they fit awesome, with thin sock. Now it has me wondering if I should be an 11. smile.gif. I thought the price was pretty good on these too. Do you think a plain chukka, and these PTB are too similar to have both?
post #72609 of 87346
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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post
 

 

Not a lot but don't want to worry about not being able to wear them in the rain due to spotting or welting.

 

Thanks for the responses guys. I'll pick up a bottle when I stop by Alden DC tomorrow. Last week I got lucky in that I'm pretty sure I parked illegally in front of the store due to the construction signs and didn't get a ticket. I planned on being there for 30 minutes and ended up being more like 90. Hopefully tomorrow is quicker than that and I can get off easy again. Trying to find parking there is pretty rough.

If you're not in a huge hurry, you could just get it from The Shoe Mart since it's free shipping, then you don't have to deal with parking.

post #72610 of 87346
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Originally Posted by misterjuiceman View Post
 

If you're not in a huge hurry, you could just get it from The Shoe Mart since it's free shipping, then you don't have to deal with parking.

 

I'm sure there's shipping costs associated there as well.

 

Either way, I have to go in to the DC store to make a return so I figured I'd pick up a bottle while I was there. I grabbed a pair of black shell Dovers when I picked up my captoe shell boots last week. As soon as I got home and took the Dovers out and held them next to my wardrobe I could tell they were going back. Now I'm waiting about 20-22 weeks for a pair of black calfskin chukkas from the ShoeMart that I think are more my style.

post #72611 of 87346
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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post
 

 

I'm sure there's shipping costs associated there as well.

 

Either way, I have to go in to the DC store to make a return so I figured I'd pick up a bottle while I was there. I grabbed a pair of black shell Dovers when I picked up my captoe shell boots last week. As soon as I got home and took the Dovers out and held them next to my wardrobe I could tell they were going back. Now I'm waiting about 20-22 weeks for a pair of black calfskin chukkas from the ShoeMart that I think are more my style.

As far as I know, it's all free shipping. I've bought those little suede brushes a few times with no shipping costs.

 

You talking about these?

 

 

Looks a bit different from the usual Alden calf. I wonder if it's the "lady calf" like these.

post #72612 of 87346
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Black Calf NST's today



I suspect there is more than a "these are nice shoes" connection to this pair** - and that, perhaps, but for that, these would have been swapped out for the black shell version, model 2211. No?

A nice pair of shoes nevertheless.

** My 905's, burgundy calf captoe bal (perf tip), were my first pair of Aldens, and I can never talk myself into parting with them (and that's even after I acquired the color 8 version). biggrin.gif
post #72613 of 87346
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

We should be updating the shoe care consensus / conventional wisdom for Alden Leather Defender, which is an awesome product and probably should be applied regularly to cordovan boots and shoes that get exposed to rain. I have applied it regularly this winter to several boots (color 8 wingtips, black tankers, etc), and I have worn these boots out in the rain, ice and snow. I haven't noticed any water spotting, and the shine continues to look great.

+1, I use LD liberally on all my leather shoes, incl. shell

post #72614 of 87346
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


I suspect there is more than a "these are nice shoes" connection to this pair** - and that, perhaps, but for that, these would have been swapped out for the black shell version, model 2211. No?

A nice pair of shoes nevertheless.

** My 905's, burgundy calf captoe bal (perf tip), were my first pair of Aldens, and I can never talk myself into parting with them (and that's even after I acquired the color 8 version). biggrin.gif

First pair of Aldens indeed.  Hold a special place in my rotation and perfect for wet snowy days like today 

post #72615 of 87346
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post
 

Why is almost everyone in this thread a "Senior Member"?  Is it like the adult film industry, where you're automatically a "Star"?  

 

Maybe SF should start stratifying members by adding additional tiers.

Why?  What are the current tiers?  What do they mean?  What do you find meaningful about the designation of membership?

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