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Yesterday: Unlined Snuff LHS.


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Today: Unlined Sand Suede Dover with Agatyne Eyelets.


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I think it was on here I was reading that you could visit the Viberg factory. 

 

A couple of SF members toured the Rancourt factory not long ago and posted a massive writeup (including photos) in that thread.  It's well worth checking out.

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I'm actually curious how the AE chromexcel make-ups compare.  From a comfort standpoint, I frequently have issues with AE because many of the shoes I have tried are uncomfortably stiff and hard (uppers, not the leather soles).  Chromexcel is soooooooo supple and soft, I'm wondering if that could make a big difference.

 

 

As it happens, today I'm wearing a pair of AE LWBs that I had MTO'd in black CXL.  Leather-wise they compare very favorably to my two CXL Aldens (navy PTB and natty Indy).

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A couple of SF members toured the Rancourt factory not long ago and posted a massive writeup (including photos) in that thread.  It's well worth checking out.
What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.
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Plaza Choco Suede 6-Eye

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I think people are interested because they have seen video and article evidence that select people have toured in the past. Typical iGent fascination. I am with you BeSpiff, not really desperate to see typical old school manufacturing.
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What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.


Depends on your likes an interests. Old US manufacturing machinery and techniques interest me. I also like the raw materials, the smells, the atmosphere.

 

I would watch a butcher make bratwurst too if I could.

 

The age of handmade things in America is dying. Its fascinating to see that some things are still made by hand with care.

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Depends on your likes an interests. Old US manufacturing machinery and techniques interest me. I also like the raw materials, the smells, the atmosphere.

I would watch a butcher make bratwurst too if I could.

The age of handmade things in America is dying. Its fascinating to see that some things are still made by hand with care.
It's Alden. Fixed that for you. Hahaha.

Kidding. Kidding.
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 What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.

:rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao: 

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Depends on your likes an interests. Old US manufacturing machinery and techniques interest me. I also like the raw materials, the smells, the atmosphere.

 

I would watch a butcher make bratwurst too if I could.

 

The age of handmade things in America is dying. Its fascinating to see that some things are still made by hand with care.

+1, I have an interest in lots of things handmade, brats included... watching its production might improve my diet!

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A couple of SF members toured the Rancourt factory not long ago and posted a massive writeup (including photos) in that thread.  It's well worth checking out.
What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.

I think it's part nostalgia and wanting to know where the magic happens, kinda like taking a tour of Skywalker Ranch.


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I love bratwurst

 

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Been a while since I posted shoe shots but I did want to share a couple of recent projects. First is a conversion of my shell monks from black to antique welt. My first attempt with these were ok but I recently had topy's added and the cobbler painted over the welt with dark brown. He thought he was doing me a favor. Whatever he used was harder to remove than the original factory finish. Here is how they turned out......



This shot compares them to my Leffot tankers. Not an exact match, but passable.....



I've also been working on a recent EBAY acquisition of Ravello full straps from Alden of SF. I basically flipped my color 8 full straps for these....



To further illustrate the variability in ravello, here is a shot with a pair of Marlow's that were labeled as dark brown.....



Hard to detect any difference. Lastly, a shot with my Whisky LHS's and whiskey R.Martegani made for Leathersoul (shameless plug, these are in my signature).....


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They do seem to allow MA State Troopers as they have a special fitting area for boots for them, so perhaps our best bet is to join police academy?


Their boots for the State Police are pretty sick (new MTO order??) biggrin.gif


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