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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. docalden2013

    docalden2013 Well-Known Member

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    I believe bkotsko was looking to get in on the action. You guys should talk.
     
  2. MrDV

    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    thank you tommy.
    thank you. the pants are petrol blue walts from epaulet.
    and merry Christmas to you too.
    thanks sazon.
    nice action shot namor. Its hard for me not to want to wear mine all the time.
     
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  3. mtc2000

    mtc2000 Well-Known Member

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    Something to add to your option list. DIY refinishing.

    You may remember my experimental deglazed #8 Tanker. Since then, I have come to the conclusion that the glazing is a layer of acrylic finisher.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/354137/leather-quality-and-properties/1110#post_6955485

    Angelus Acrylic Finisher #600, locally applied to the deglazed #8 Cordovan.

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    Apologies for the late response, but thanks all!

    In regards to your comment, Wis, as vestbash noted, I had worn these boots down farther/longer than I think most would find ideal. I purchased these knowing they would be my day-to-day, beater boots and they did just that. I suppose I can count myself lucky that no additional work was needed beyond what I requested B. Nelson to do. Highly recommend them!
     
  5. NAMOR

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    this is fascinating. did you re-glaze the boot or just test it on the quarter? any updated pics, the glaze in the 2 pics appears wet still
     
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    i go through cycles. I wore these shoes 4-5 a week for a couple weeks, then 1-2 times, and now 0. maybe ill start up again but i find the tastes change from month to month. right now im diggin the wolverine 744 shell captoe and EG galway veldt captoe. im getting an itch for stitched apron shoes so it might be time for a nst boot/rl gianni streak
     
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  7. MrDV

    MrDV Well-Known Member

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    My apologies, I get excited when I see (or think I see) aldens on tv.
    Steven Y, who plays Glenn on the walking dead, wore ravello cap toe boots on the talking dead Sunday night.
     
  8. bkotsko

    bkotsko Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Doc.
    I sent a PM as soon as I saw the post.
     
  9. Beatlegeuse

    Beatlegeuse Well-Known Member

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    He must be a big Alden fan, I think he wore a different pair when he was on Talking Dead last season.
     
  10. mtc2000

    mtc2000 Well-Known Member

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    The pictures were taken when the localized re-glazing was already dried. The high gloss gives that "wet" look in direct sunlight.

    The following picture shows when the acrylic finisher was still wet.
    In liquid form, the finisher is milky white. Transparent when dry. I used a small brush, the application was not even.

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    When the finisher was dried, in subdued light.

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    I tested a couple different acrylic finishers locally, found Angelus giving the closest "simulation" of the real thing.
    Then I re-glzed both boots entirely. This time, using a cotton rug to give a more even coat.
    Once the finisher was dried, I used a little paste wax to darken the hand sewn stitches.

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    For those who are curious, I did some experiments on scrap leather before messing with the tankers.
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/354137/leather-quality-and-properties/1095#post_6942686

    I did spend some time on the subject of acrylic finishers.
    It turns out this stuff has pretty widespread use in shoemaking, repair and leatherwork in general. But apparently, only Alden uses it on shell.
    BTW, some manufacturers use shellac, while others use paste wax alone.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/288880/acrylic-finisher-for-shoes#post_5220852
     
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  11. bkotsko

    bkotsko Well-Known Member

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    Extremely informative. Looks like you got a very good result.
    Thanks.
     
  12. budapest12

    budapest12 Well-Known Member

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    Is the necessary conclusion that, for the most part, "dry shell" = shell without acrylic? Enter Alden shell lover existential crisis mode.
     
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    Thank you gentlemen
     
  14. Beatlegeuse

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    mtc2000 - great post. I'd love to see someone try this with a company that uses drier shell (C&J, Carmina) to see if they can reproduce the Alden glazing on a shoe or boot that would normally never have those properties.
     
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    mtc2000 Well-Known Member

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    I thought about doing just that eventually.
     
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    Does anyone have an 'additional' pair of Alden x The Bureau Belfast Kudu boots in size 10.5 (see pic below)? I'm interested in buying a pair. I know It's unlikely to find what I'm looking for since it's a discontinued model but decided to try anyway.

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  17. MrDV

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    early morning ravello
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    So, I'm thinking about returning to TSM a pair of Color 8 shell captoe boots (http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-me...d-4060_ald_m_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan.html) that I bought a couple of months ago. That might shock some of you who consider this model to be a cornerstone of any Alden collection, but the fact is that I haven't worn them yet, I'm not sure how much I'm going to wear them, and I wouldn't mind making some room in the budget for other models - plus I get the sense that it's not a rare item and would therefore be easily replaceable should I miss them when they're gone.

    Anyhow, while I haven't worn them outside, I have worn them around the house some and as a result they're a little creased. My question is, would TSM take them back in their current condition? I know I can probably just send them in and worst case scenario they would just return them to me, but I thought I'd run some photos by y'all first:

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    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I might just buy some and try it on my AE Leeds, will of course post results if I end up doing it
     
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    Color 8 in the early spring sun

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