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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. Shawnc

    Shawnc Well-Known Member

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    My guess is that there are many ways to get to where you're trying to go. As a relative newbie, I will tell you that I had the same sense of slight disappointment 6 months ago when I purchased my firs pair of new Alden's. They were a color 8 chukka in commando. I brushed until my arm almost fell off but could not get the shine I envied from reading this site.

    Ultimately what worked for me turned out to be quite easy. I took a damp rag and wiped the shoes down. Lightly dried them with a clean cotton rag. Brushed for a few moments. Applied renovateur, brushed some more and then lightly wiped (buffed) with the same cotton cloth. The last step is optional as you should see the shine you seek after brushing the renovateur.

    This has become my go-to routine on my color 8 maintenance, minus the renovateur as I only apply it after every 10-15 brushings.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  2. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Well-Known Member

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    Great to see you back my good friend!! Looking wonderful as usual uncle!
     
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  3. Briar Snob

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    I always apply a coat of Alden's leather defender on my shells before wearing them for the first time. Depending on how much I wear them, I may add another coat a few months later or otherwise as needed.

    I get a decent shine by wiping the shoe with a damp cloth, allowing to dry, brushing for about 10 minutes per shoe, and then finishing with a buffing cloth. I personally believe that the buffing cloth is what brings out the glasslike shine. I only apply Paste/Renovateur when shoes are looking really dull or dry, or I'm tired of the visible crease lines (especially color 8).

    Let us know how things progress.
     
  4. Shawnc

    Shawnc Well-Known Member

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    Just curious, when you apply defender, do you apply it directly to the shoe or to the rag and wipe on the shoe, or do you think it doesn't matter?
     
  5. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Well-Known Member

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    I do the latter.
     
  6. ReppTiePrepster

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    Brush with horse hair brush and buff with a soft cloth, out of the box. With commando soles, I don't think you need to wear several times on carpet if you are already sold on the fit. Wear and enjoy them my friend!

    Many of the pictures here look "glass-like," "dipped in liquid chocolate," etc... due to the correct outdoor lighting and sometimes manipulative electronic apps. Wipe down with a damp, soft towel, brush, and buff before wearing (or after). They will look great! Apply wax or conditioning cream a couple of times each year. The conditioning and wax doesn't do a whole lot to make them shine, imho.

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  7. aldenwear

    aldenwear Well-Known Member

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    Really great looking. A man taking care of his things.
     
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    CTYGGG Well-Known Member

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    Nine-Eight-Six, EP Linen & OTC
     
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    Ultimate Jumpers at the Topsfield Fair.

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    Surprisingly I haven't seen much shell :)
     
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  10. ReppTiePrepster

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    Thank you my friend. It's actually much less maintenance than I originally anticipated.
     
  11. ReppTiePrepster

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    Great looking fall ensemble my friend...
     
  12. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Well-Known Member

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    RTP you have an outstanding collection and very well cared for. Keep up the love.
     
  13. BeSpiffington

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    +1 RTP. Really showing a lot of shell today.
     
  14. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Well-Known Member

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    Welcome back Uncle, so good to see you. I need to add a black shell to my collection and am tied between these wingtip bals and black PTBs. Which way would you swing?
     
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    BeSpiffington Well-Known Member

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    great looking penny's sir.
     
  16. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Thanks for the kind words. Welcome back.
     
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    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    I agree both brands work well. In my experience, I would put VSC and Saphir cordovan cream on equal footing for shine, with Reno a bit better than both of them for shine.
     
  18. newbiealden

    newbiealden Well-Known Member

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    what does this forum think of the double monk alfred sargent from j. crew? I'm looking for a brown dress shoe around that price point.
     
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    If you can get a coupon that works, they're a no brainier. Also do a search for the Ramsey model. I've got that in whiskey cordo and navy calf.
     
  20. mcarthur

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    nephew,

    thank you
     
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