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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. MrDV

    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    Great looking boots uncle. What last are they on? narrow?
     
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    great looking boots tifosi, but i would say that.

    tifosi's boots twins - after three days indoors to break in.

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    Just a small step for man ..... and they are outside.

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    This
     
  4. mdubs

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    Those are great looking boots. They do have a rather slim or sleek looking appearance. The cigar leather just looks amazing.
     
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    Some very nice shoes. Hope that they work out for you! Those Ravello Chukkas are absolutely amazing. -Mike
     
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    Wow. That is really weird. My shoes in SoCal do not suffer from that at all.
     
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    El Argentino, those shoes look absolutely splendid. The contrast between the various pieces of shell give it a very cool appearance. I really like the light antique edges.

    -Mike
     
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    Those are a beautiful pair of boots. Alden should consider adding that to their lineup. Terrific MTO!

    -Mike
     
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    Looking exceptional Uncle! Where did you purchase these from?
     
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    If you wear, clean with damp cloth, and brush regularly, they shouldn't appear this severe. (At least in my experience, which may not mean much)
     
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    Looking great El. That is one super long tie! [​IMG]
     
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    Does anyone know where I can get some replacement laces for my Indy's? I found some for $5 but shipping was $8.
     
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    I would call Alden DC or SF tomorrow morning. They are usually very helpful with this kind of stuff.

    -Mike
     
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    Great looking cigar cap toes Uncle! I like the lighter edge treatment.
     
  15. Shawnc

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    I'm pretty sure Alden still replaces for free. Email them the numbers from inside your boot.
     
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    I think the amount of bloom depends on the way the particular batch of shell was tanned - some of the older exotics are much oilier than others. I know from my own experience that some older Aldens bloom a lot (especially my 8 year old cigar LWB). They have a noticeable bloom after a week and a significant one after a month. But it is nothing that a couple of quick brushes can't fix.
     
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    Thanks! Yours are looking great! I don't have the patience to break my shoes in. I take them out of the box, put them on and go about my normal business. Maybe someday I'll try it and see if it makes any difference.
     
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    #8s on deck to be brushed while watching the Formula1 race tonight...
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    talking of "bloom", having just given my #8's their first brush the penny dropped about an aspect of the mac method that i have not seen explicitly stated.
    i am sure it will have been and it is just that i missed it. Nevertheless i think it is worth stating.

    Typically for me (luck wise) on the first day of wear the weather god's decided that there would be the lightest of showers (the worst kind of weather for shell perhaps?)

    Getting home after a nice 3->4 mile round trip .... I was interested to discover that indeed some water spots/welts had appeared.
    Now i am not going to baby these as my preference is for patina over pristine - so there was no panic - but i thought "let's give this mac method a go!"

    Quick wipe down with a damp cloth and the vigorous brushing begins ....
    - "oh the new shine has dulled quite a bit" ...... brush brush brush
    - "well this seems to just be getting worse .....brush brush brush
    - "how does mcarthur get that shine?" .....brush brush brush

    Then it dawned on my that i had misunderstood.
    It isn't the brushing that produces the shine, the brushing brings out the "fats" which then act like a cream when buffed with a dry cloth.
    It isn't the brushing that produces the shine, it is the buffing with the cloth.

    Disclaimer : I may be very wrong but that was the impression from my lifetime/day one experience of shell cordovan.

    Couple of other points
    • Commando soles / Indy Boots are incredibly comfortable.
    • I love the look of a mint/unspoiled condition Alden, but there is something I love more about the look of shell Aldens that have only just been broken in and have yet to make their way outside. I think it is because they are brand new / mint condition - but they belong to someone. Or maybe it is just how I feel about mine!

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    #8 and Sebastian Vettel are King.
     
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