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Gentlemen, hoping for some advice on a pair of cordovan boots. I've worn these about a dozen times and it appears there's an issue with the welt stitching on the left boot. Check out the two photos below. The first is the left boot with the issue, and the second is the right boot for comparison. Also, the welt on the left boot seems to be coming apart from the sole slightly.

 

My questions is this. Assuming that the fix for the issues is to have the welt replaced, which to my understanding can only be done a finite amount of times before having to replace the boots altogether, would you recommend wearing these until a full Alden re-sole/re-craft is needed or having the repair done now? I want to get as much mileage out of these as possible before using up one of my welt replacements, but also don't want to damage them beyond repair (e.g. water seeping into the welt, insole, etc. due to separation from the sole) by wearing them and waiting to have the repair done at a later time.

 

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

 

 

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I think you are better off getting it repaired rather than waiting for complete failure or for a resole (whichever comes first).  If nothing else, due to the reasons you mentioned about potential water damage, etc.  The good news is, the stitches you are looking at can be repaired without replacing the welt.  Those are simply the stitches holding the outsole on.  The number of welt replacements is limited to how many times a new welt is machine stitched to the inseam.  I would contact Alden to see if they will repair these stitches without replacing the welt.  If they won't, I'd send them to B. Nelson, as they almost certainly would.  Or, you could just bypass Alden altogether and have B. Nelson fix it from the start.  If simply replacing the stitches, while leaving all the other factory components in place can be done by B. Nelson, I'd bet it wouldn't cause issues with sending them back to Alden down the road if you so desired.

 

Also, B. Nelson will hand-stitch on a new welt, when the time for welt replacement comes.  Because of this, having your boots resoled there should make them last much longer than having the factory do it (because the factory will use machines).  Hand-stitching allows the original holes to be reused, while machine stitching will inevitably punch new holes, which is what decreases the lifespan of the leather.  There are benefits to having Alden restore them, but ensuring the maximum lifespan of your boots isn't always one of them.

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Amazing boots! were would I go about trying to find a pair?

 

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maiden voyage of my color 8 plaza last boots last night

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 you'd win, if I ever get rid of them (as they are 12D)

as it sits though, they'll keep gathering dust as my #8 and cigar boots have been getting the nod

trying out a little color today



<-- this guy is 12d!

Nice laces!
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Good evening brothers.

The horrendous Northeast Winter has not stopped me from enjoying my shell indoors.

Nor has the Midwest Winter stopped me from enjoying my shell... outdoors.



There are some Color #8 PTBs buried somewhere under that snow.

(Thankfully I keep an extra brush in my desk drawer at the office)
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mine are from Fransboone

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 you'd win, if I ever get rid of them (as they are 12D)

That's all I needed to hear. I'm a patient man. If I think about this as an alden pre order, I'll likely get them long before the average wait time haha
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That's all I needed to hear. I'm a patient man. If I think about this as an alden pre order, I'll likely get them long before the average wait time haha

Now I'm waiting for boot preorders to hit the marketplace on here: "Alden cigar shell plain-toed boot on Barrie last (size 9D). Will be ready to sell my pair in six months. GET YOUR MONEY IN NOW BEORE IT IS TOO LATE."

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I think you are better off getting it repaired rather than waiting for complete failure or for a resole (whichever comes first).  If nothing else, due to the reasons you mentioned about potential water damage, etc.  The good news is, the stitches you are looking at can be repaired without replacing the welt.  Those are simply the stitches holding the outsole on.  The number of welt replacements is limited to how many times a new welt is machine stitched to the inseam.  I would contact Alden to see if they will repair these stitches without replacing the welt.  If they won't, I'd send them to B. Nelson, as they almost certainly would.  Or, you could just bypass Alden altogether and have B. Nelson fix it from the start.  If simply replacing the stitches, while leaving all the other factory components in place can be done by B. Nelson, I'd bet it wouldn't cause issues with sending them back to Alden down the road if you so desired.

 

Also, B. Nelson will hand-stitch on a new welt, when the time for welt replacement comes.  Because of this, having your boots resoled there should make them last much longer than having the factory do it (because the factory will use machines).  Hand-stitching allows the original holes to be reused, while machine stitching will inevitably punch new holes, which is what decreases the lifespan of the leather.  There are benefits to having Alden restore them, but ensuring the maximum lifespan of your boots isn't always one of them.

 

This is hugely helpful. Thanks very much, MoneyWellSpent!

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ravello sw boots

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They are really fantastic DV

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ravello sw boots

 

 

Those are phenomenal. Love the slight colour variation in the vamp compared to the rest of the boot

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ravello sw boots

Ravello week for you?

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ravello sw boots


He does it again! 👌👍
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Super nice boots MrDV.
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Beautiful! What last are these?
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