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post #76801 of 91511
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you may want to email alden some pics and see what they recommend.
I like the color your lhs have, but I wouldn't want the finish to show brush marks like dry c&j does sometimes. I would also hesitate to send them back for a refinish, my refinished #8 came back super dark, almost black looking.

Sure, will contact Alden and see what they say.

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post #76802 of 91511
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Gentlemen,

 

I need some advice. I purchased a pair of Color #8 LHS loafers several months back. They were from a retailer who was dropping Alden's and these were on their display. I believe that these are many years old, like 10-15 years old. The construction of the shoes seem slightly different from my other pairs of LHS. Hard to put a nail on it though, but the front ridge seems a little less steep on this shoe.

 

Anywho, the finish on these guys seem to be coming off. I have attached a couple of pictures below. Should I, 1) ignore it, 2) just reno them, 3) renomat them, or 4) have Alden refinish them? To be honest, it is kind of bothering me (particularly since their are brush lines on them), and I have done a light coat of reno on them before.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much!

 

-Mike

I would run with em.  That is legit patina, and not a misuse of the term.

post #76803 of 91511
Thanks guys. All this talk about nst reminded that's it's been nearly a month since I've worn them last

post #76804 of 91511
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I too tried those on yesterday and was very pleasantly surprised.  They are quite versatile for a casual shoe (not to be worn with suits); versatile in that they would go with a great variety of denim and chinos.  They were not even on my radar.  I just stumbled upon them.  I need to seriously consider them.

 

 

Tried them on again today with jeans, and brought my wife for her opinion.  We both thought they were too reddish (I felt a resemblance to bowling shoes :)), though I can see how others would like these.  If they ever offered these in a darker color I'd be all over them.

post #76805 of 91511
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Tried them on again today with jeans, and brought my wife for her opinion.  We both thought they were too reddish (I felt a resemblance to bowling shoes :)), though I can see how others would like these.  If they ever offered these in a darker color I'd be all over them.

Have you considered the natural chromexcel? They go well with jeans

post #76806 of 91511
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Very classic looking Aldens! Enjoy them!

-Mike

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Nice, Saz

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Solid boot, Sazon.

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Those look relatively new. I love how mine have aged and molded to my feet over the years. You'll enjoy yours for a long time.


Thanks All !
post #76807 of 91511
Question for those who have the Natural CXL Indy Boots - Have yours stretched out a lot?

I ended up having to part with my Indy 403s because they stretched too much and I was wondering how the Nattys hold up.

Thanks in advance
post #76808 of 91511
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Question for those who have the Natural CXL Indy Boots - Have yours stretched out a lot?

I ended up having to part with my Indy 403s because they stretched too much and I was wondering how the Nattys hold up.

Thanks in advance

Yes, they've got some give. Not enough to merit resizing (for me), but they're definitely not as snug as when I got them.
post #76809 of 91511

Some color 8 shell for me today:

 

 

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post #76810 of 91511
Excellent, Roger! Assuming those are the recent Epaulet version?
post #76811 of 91511
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Some color 8 shell for me today:

 

 

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Excellent, Roger! Assuming those are the recent Epaulet version?

Agreed. Fantastic.

post #76812 of 91511
I'm new to the Alden game and jumped right in with a pair of #8 974 SWB. I'm really impressed with shell overall, believing that would be the best quality/most versatile and durable leather.

What are the advantages or reasons so many seem to prefer CXL?
post #76813 of 91511
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Excellent, Roger! Assuming those are the recent Epaulet version?

 

 

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Agreed. Fantastic.

 

Thanks gents - yes, these are from Epaulet.

post #76814 of 91511
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Some color 8 shell for me today:

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looks good Roger.
post #76815 of 91511
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Originally Posted by LittleViti View Post

I'm new to the Alden game and jumped right in with a pair of #8 974 SWB. I'm really impressed with shell overall, believing that would be the best quality/most versatile and durable leather.

What are the advantages or reasons so many seem to prefer CXL?

LV, congrats on your purchase of the 974, I just got a pair last week myself. Beautiful shoe.

A lot of people like CXL because it exhibits many similar characteristics of Shell Cordovan, but tends to have a more casual flair to it. It's durable, easy to care for, and awesome. Care is just the same as Shell more or less with just simply brushing. Scuffs and Knicks can typically be simply removed by brushing as well. I have a whole single pair of CXL shoes, so I am not the resident expert, but have read only great things about CXL here.

Hope that helps!

-M
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