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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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    Interesting. I never heard of coconut oil as a shoe product. Is there a particular brand that you used as I would certainly be willing to consider it. Either way, thanks for the tip.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing!

    -Mike
     
  3. anrobit

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    Coconut oil is used as a conditioning base in several top of the line conditioners. GlenKaren is probably the best one that comes to mind. I use a 100% pure virgin coconut oil. Whatever brand floats your boat.

    As with most pure conditioners you have to be rather sparing in your application, but there tends to be quite a bit of leeway with shell and my non-Alden shell was quite dry in comparison to Alden
     
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  4. El Argentino

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    Thanks Spiff. I love the Innsbruck too - that's one of my "ones that got away"
     
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    Dry shell cordovan is easily remedied with conditioning. Coconut oil could do the trick, while adding a pleasing aroma no doubt. I have always opted for paste wax, some Saphir or other conditioner, and a deer bone.

    Non-Alden shell, which lacks the glazed finish and deeply infused fat/conditioning of Alden's shell, is an opportunity to add patina, color, and conditioning to your liking immediately.

    Shell cordovan can be factory tanned, finished, and even embossed in various ways; the product is versatile and robust. Treat it with kid gloves, or beat it down, just wear the stuff.
     
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    Much agreed. The important note with all shoes is to wear them, and wear them hard.

    I find Saphir a little lacking on the conditioning front, but it certainly shines well
     
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    I want to see photos!
     
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    Amen brother smoothie. Amen!
     
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    I would avoid the use of shoe polish on shell. You'll accumulate a nasty build up that will look awful. I would stay with paste wax. Coconut oil sounds interesting...
     
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  11. tampatravel

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    Black Shell is soooooo classic...and that's port and starboard - not Merry Christmas!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Beautiful PTB's with a great shine TT. 9901's? I'm stealing your dual colored laces look, it's very fashion forward.
     
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    Thank You BeSpiffington!

    They are indeed 9901s
    It also makes the TSA people much nicer when you have "goofy" laces. [​IMG]
     
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    But slamming someone's auction is exactly what you are doing. And if you were really sorry about doing that, you simply would not do it.

    (And not mine by the way.)

    What does it matter if the seller calls them potato? As you have shown so well, the seller included a very clear picture of the shoes so that, as you have shown so well, one can make one's own judgment about the condition. Descriptions are necessarily subjective and, often, open to dispute.
     
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    ^ Yeesh. El Argentino was pointing out a pretty common phenomenon - eBay sellers misrepresenting products. I thought it was funny. The pictures are there, yes, but not all buyers know how to reconcile discrepancies between the pics and the written descriptions. They SHOULD and they need to be careful, but there is a lot of mislabeled stuff out there. The seller SHOULD NOT "call them potato" as you say, when they are not potato. Regardless of pics. So, respectfully, I disagree with your take.
     
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    #4 boot
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    Sweet as Candy!
     
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    MrDV, what can I say? DA'BOMB!
     
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    I especially like the sans speed hooks and light welt. Awesome boots for a lifetime ... well done!
     
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