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Any thoughts on the color imperfections in the tongue of this boot? The rest of the shoe seems pretty close to perfect for Alden standards.

 

 

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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post
 

Any thoughts on the color imperfections in the tongue of this boot? The rest of the shoe seems pretty close to perfect for Alden standards.

 

 

The "color imperfections" can be made even with some polish and/or Renovateur. Does the look of this bother you?

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4060s 10.5E. Grant last is a tough one to fit. Originally bought the 11D from shoemart but realized after an hour on carpet that there was too much height in the toe box. Since I had to have the 4060 I bought the 10.5 D & E from Citishoes. Couldn't make the D work. The E is works great but I would say has a bit less sleekness than the D. I noticed yesterday that the tongue is unlined (both with horween stamp), where my brixtons have a lined tongue.

Once I sell the 11Ds from shoemart I'll know how much it costed me to get my Grant last sizing right!
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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post
 

Any thoughts on the color imperfections in the tongue of this boot? The rest of the shoe seems pretty close to perfect for Alden standards.

 

 

You are joking, right?  Do you really think that is something to have any concern over.  First it is hardly noticeable and second, have you seen a boot tongue after being laced a few times.  I am very particular and have been accused of being OCD more than once and can appreciate real issues,  but some of the recent "is this OK" postings are bordering on the ridiculous.

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+1 on this thread being particularly helpful and civil compared to many of the other SF threads. It is especially nice that when you ask a question on this thread, people actually answer it and give input, instead of telling you to try and piece together an answer from hundreds (in this case almost 5000) previous pages. 

 

Thank you to the gentlemen here who actively participate in our collective bloodlust for Alden. 

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Okay, last question - whomever was working on the welt was a bit overzealous with the hammer. You can actually see unstained areas  and there is a sizable dent on both welts. I compared it to my other boots/shoes and none of them have that particular defect. Is that something to worry about?

 

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An igent will be along shortly to inform you that this is "to be expected" for Alden and that such "charming" marks are endearing bonus features to buying from Alden. In good health. /nephew
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Originally Posted by coinopcollector View Post
 

You are joking, right?  Do you really think that is something to have any concern over.  First it is hardly noticeable and second, have you seen a boot tongue after being laced a few times.  I am very particular and have been accused of being OCD more than once and can appreciate real issues,  but some of the recent "is this OK" postings are bordering on the ridiculous.

Hell, I'm spending over $800 on these boots..just want to make sure I'm getting $800 worth of quality.

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Originally Posted by gastarbeider View Post

after sitting on the fence for almost two years about buying a pair of shell LW, i finally picked up a pair.

photo lwb_01_zps5599eebb.jpg

My friend, you have an American classic on hand...  you will love these shoes for life!  Welcome to the 975 club, Alden's quintessential American-made shoe... (imho)

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Hell, I'm spending over $800 on these boots..just want to make sure I'm getting $800 worth of quality.

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If you want your money's worth (holy crap $800 for any Aldens, esp. non exotic), you probably should look elsewhere (like Vass).
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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post
 

Any thoughts on the color imperfections in the tongue of this boot? The rest of the shoe seems pretty close to perfect for Alden standards.

 

 

You are joking, right?  Do you really think that is something to have any concern over.  First it is hardly noticeable and second, have you seen a boot tongue after being laced a few times.  I am very particular and have been accused of being OCD more than once and can appreciate real issues,  but some of the recent "is this OK" postings are bordering on the ridiculous.


If those are the plaza lasted Indies in color 8 and size 10D, yes they are atrocious and need to be pawned off to ME!  :D  If not, I don't think the uneven color on the tongue will ever bother you.  Coinop is correct in that your tongue will look somewhat mangled after several wears.   Enjoy often and in great health my friend!

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Okay, last question - whomever was working on the welt was a bit overzealous with the hammer. You can actually see unstained areas  and there is a sizable dent on both welts. I compared it to my other boots/shoes and none of them have that particular defect. Is that something to worry about?

 

Get some black edge dressing and clean it up.  If the "dent" is that noticeable return them.  I can't really tell from the pics.

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If you want your money's worth (holy crap $800 for any Aldens, esp. non exotic), you probably should look elsewhere (like Vass).

First, Color 8 is regal my friend and second, the plaza work boot is a must-have if they are available in your size... This may sound crazy, but a $100 difference at this stage is not that horrible if you know exactly what you want.  If you don't really want it, send them back.

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^ Just dent the other shoes to match.

 

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If you want your money's worth (holy crap $800 for any Aldens, esp. non exotic), you probably should look elsewhere (like Vass).

VASS has their own problem.  Namely, size inconsistencies.  

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