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post #76831 of 94192
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post


The pictures were taken when the localized re-glazing was already dry. The high gloss gives that "wet" look in direct sunlight.

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The following picture shows when the acrylic finisher was still wet.
In liquid form, the finisher is milky white. Transparent when dry. I used a small brush, the application was not even.



When the finisher was dry, in subdued light.



I tested a couple different acrylic finishers locally, found Angelus giving the closest "simulation" of the real thing.
Then I re-glzed both boots entirely. This time, using a cotton rug to give a more even coat.
Once the finisher was dried, I use a little paste wax to darken the hand sewn stitches.




 


For those who are curious, I did some experiments on scrap leather before messing with the tankers.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/354137/leather-quality-and-properties/1095#post_6942686

I did spend some time on the subject of acrylic finishers.
It turns out this stuff has pretty widespread use in shoemaking, repair and leatherwork in general. But apparently, only Alden uses it on shell.
BTW, some manufacturers use shellac, while others use paste wax alone.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/288880/acrylic-finisher-for-shoes#post_5220852

Extremely informative. Looks like you got a very good result.

Thanks.

post #76832 of 94192
Is the necessary conclusion that, for the most part, "dry shell" = shell without acrylic? Enter Alden shell lover existential crisis mode.
post #76833 of 94192
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

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.

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

I have a pair (on the Modified last) and my experience has been the same --- they have stretched a bit but not to merit resizing.  I find this to be true for all my NatCXL boots.

Thank you gentlemen
post #76834 of 94192
mtc2000 - great post. I'd love to see someone try this with a company that uses drier shell (C&J, Carmina) to see if they can reproduce the Alden glazing on a shoe or boot that would normally never have those properties.
post #76835 of 94192
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

mtc2000 - great post. I'd love to see someone try this with a company that uses drier shell (C&J, Carmina) to see if they can reproduce the Alden glazing on a shoe or boot that would normally never have those properties.

I thought about doing just that eventually.
post #76836 of 94192
Does anyone have an 'additional' pair of Alden x The Bureau Belfast Kudu boots in size 10.5 (see pic below)? I'm interested in buying a pair. I know It's unlikely to find what I'm looking for since it's a discontinued model but decided to try anyway.

post #76837 of 94192

early morning ravello

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So, I'm thinking about returning to TSM a pair of Color 8 shell captoe boots (http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan_color_8/pv-ald-4060_ald_m_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan.html) that I bought a couple of months ago.  That might shock some of you who consider this model to be a cornerstone of any Alden collection, but the fact is that I haven't worn them yet, I'm not sure how much I'm going to wear them, and I wouldn't mind making some room in the budget for other models - plus I get the sense that it's not a rare item and would therefore be easily replaceable should I miss them when they're gone.

 

Anyhow, while I haven't worn them outside, I have worn them around the house some and as a result they're a little creased.  My question is, would TSM take them back in their current condition?  I know I can probably just send them in and worst case scenario they would just return them to me, but I thought I'd run some photos by y'all first:

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks in advance!

post #76839 of 94192
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

mtc2000 - great post. I'd love to see someone try this with a company that uses drier shell (C&J, Carmina) to see if they can reproduce the Alden glazing on a shoe or boot that would normally never have those properties.

 

I might just buy some and try it on my AE Leeds, will of course post results if I end up doing it

post #76840 of 94192
Color 8 in the early spring sun

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post #76841 of 94192
halfnhalfnhalf, I've purchased shoes new from retailers that have had similar creases... But TSM does seem to have a pretty strict no crease return policy. I'm not sure if they will take them back. That said, you could recoup almost all of the cost via eBay/Styleforum if necessary...
post #76842 of 94192
@halfnhalfnhalf I don't think TSM will take them for return. You are better off selling them here/eBay. Shouldn't have too much of a problem selling them. Good luck!
post #76843 of 94192

Another Monday morning that requires Whiskey at the office.

Interesting fit on this Tremont.

 

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Another Monday morning that requires Whiskey at the office.
Interesting fit on this Tremont.
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Looks great! What size did you end up going with? 9D?
post #76845 of 94192
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post


Looks great! What size did you end up going with? 9D?

8.5D

I have a high instep, and my Barrie size is 8.5D or 8E depending on the shoe.

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