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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. tifosi

    tifosi Well-Known Member

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    That's easy....they see pictures of mcarthurs shoes!! haha
     
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    True, but it also gives the fake leather plasticky feel that turns away some potential customers.
     
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    Gentlemen-Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I think I will just keep buffing this pair and try to get more Patina going all over them. For what It's worth I've used very, very, very little Reno on them. The majority of the darkening has come from buffing with a brush. To be honest I think a little of it has come from a new expensive horsehair brush I used that may have a little residue from being made. I agree that sending to Alden would likely result in a much darker shoe. I've learned a lot about what to look for in hides when getting a pair of cordovan. I'm convinced there were some type of issue with them from Alden that was covered up, but real hard to see until wearing them and getting creases. I feel with enough brushing it will even out somewhat. Ive seen a lot of SF members with whiskey that looks similar in color to the dark part of my shoes, I can live with that.

    Hope everybody is having a great Monday...I've seen some great shoes over the weekend and today. Rather doing a bunch of posts I will say congrats to all of you!

    See Ya,
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    Was that de-glazing done on purpose? For what reason?
     
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    cyc wid it Well-Known Member

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    Ah the apologists have arrived to explain that the crummy whiskey finish is the user's fault
     
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    What was your purpose for this? I very curious why you would want to strip all the finish work off
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. I've got a little darkening in my whiskey LWB's but because I wear it as a more casual shoe, I really don't mind it. For some reason I'm not typically a fan of shortwings, but this shoe is beautiful. I really hopes it works out for the OP.
     
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    mtc2000-You are likely correct. I will say the Reno only got used after things started getting darker. The initial reason any of this happened is I wore a few times and the typical hazing occurred along the creases. I used a deer bone (which has oils in it) and a brush along with a clean cotton t-shirt and that's it. I think the deer bone oils had a lot to do with the darkening, and the brush too. Like I said I've learned a lot about lighter colored shell. Whats weird is this has not occurred on my whiskey NST which I used the deer bone and brush on. I have dedicated brushes for each color to try and avoid these issues.

    See Ya,
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    Ah man you're killin me with those shots. They look like old CXL now :butbut:
     
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    Thanks so much! I notice that the Indy boots at Trunk and The Next Door are E width only. Does this crosswalk to the US D width, or is this a true E width? Is the European foot on average wider than the US foot?
     
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    Yea...even Horween's finishing looks undone.
     
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    Is it just me or has this thread established a precedent that stipulates Reno should be used to try and remedy everything? As a result, it will often be applied excessively when the wearer wants to "fix" an issue with the finish.
     
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    Are you talking about Renomat or Renovateur? The first is a pretty heavy duty cleaner that should only be used if you want to strip everything. The second is a cleaner/polisher/mild conditioner. I'd never use Renomat to try to fix minor issues with the finish.
     
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    ^^ Did we clarify if we are talking about Reno-mat or Rennovateur? I think it needs to be specified in this case. Is it automatically assumed here that Reno = rennovateur?

    Edit: anrobit beat me to the question.
     
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    Renovateur
     
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    I think whiskey is more partial to discolorations, spots, etc of this sort popping up. It's a risk with this color... Which it why it may be better off done with more casual styles like PTBs.

    Reno is a conditioner and cleaner and should be used occasionally... When it comes to covering up imperfections and such, I continue to think Alden's paste wax (used sparingly) is underrated in this thread

    With regards to the stripped tanker, why not just buy Indy boots or CXL tankers if you want that more casual look? I'm not one to tell someone else what he can do with his property, but still...
     
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    So we're basically saying it's OK to potentially pay $800ish, wait for a few years and receive a product like that. Then ship it back to Alden on your own dime to have it refinished poorly (again, also on your own dime) or live with the results?
     
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    I think it's kinda hard to say without seeing what made the OP begin to think something was wrong and try to correct it.
     
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    I have to agree with others here... if I want that raw, unfinished look of your tankers, I'll go with brown chrmxl. These shortwing bluchers look tremendous. Please tell me you did not do the same strip job to those wingtips??
     
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    Very interesting.
    I assume you were going to a lightening effect.
    I hope you conditioned the bare shell after you stripped them.
    I would have applied the neutral cordovan shoe polish, if I didn't want to add any more color.
     
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