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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. TactileOne

    TactileOne Well-Known Member

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    Jeans and saddles for casual Friday.
     
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  2. 09alloy

    09alloy Active Member

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    Hey Gents,

    I started buying Alden Shell 4 months ago and now have 8 pairs...and 1 on order, Cigar LWB.

    Symptom of a faltering will?

    Have a grand weekend my fellow shell addicts:)
     
  3. gsgleason

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    I certainly would have preferred the antique edge as Leffot offered, but the black is good also. They fit WAY better than the color 8 Indy boots I got from TSM which I'll end up selling on here.
     
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    Sorry about that. :)

    Mine is a similar story.
    Found a pair of alden black shell full strap loafers at a goodwill. Seemed I could flip them. Googled info to include in an eBay listing and found photos from this thread. Some of you owe me money.
     
  5. tjonesd2

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    Imo alden chromexcel is garbage. I have a pair of cxl ptbs that instantly wrinkled severely. My 1.5 year old pinch pennies from rancourt- which I abuse the heck out of- are all buttery rolls... not a single crease. I know there are other variables (shoe construction, too much volume, etc) but I see away to many horror stories of Alden cxl to ever purchase again. I don't understand why people keep dishing out top dollar for it.
     
  6. tifosi

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  7. thebeebs

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    Had my first Alden QC issue yesterday after dozens of perfect pairs.

    Defective stitching on the 2210 NST blucher. Sent back to retailer, which shall remain nameless.

    Luckily it's a stock model and easy to swap for another pair.

    It's all fun and games until it happens to you [​IMG]

    (Edit: on second thought, it was my second issue. First was Union Hill Indys a few months back)
     
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    any help?
    it just looks like little specks/bumps where the creasing is.
     
  9. tifosi

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    ^^ Well there is nothing new and whats "best" is subjective. Personally, I use Saphir Renovateur on CXL and Saphir Neutral Cordovan creme on shell.
     
  10. Bakes11771

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    Consensus is that there is no best. Venetian, Reno, it doesn't make a big difference either way.
     
  11. thebeebs

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    I personally find that Reno is a better cleaner/conditioner, but that VSC gives more luster and sheen after application. I use both: Reno when the shoes need a cleaning, and VSC otherwise.

    Having said that, my shells only get one or the other every 20 or so wears. Otherwise, it's a simple brushing and wiping.
     
  12. poena

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    Is my problem dry shell? I never noticed these little specks/bumps around the creases before until i was inspecting my shoes under light last night.

    thanks.
     
  13. tifosi

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    It's probably "cordovan bloom". It is normal. Condition with Reno, VSC or Cordovan creme every 20 wears or so and you'll be good. How old are they?
     
  14. bkotsko

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    For Shell:
    Honestly, I would use the Mac method first and foremost.
    If you decide to take the next step and use a product, you can try VSC or Renovateur.
    Some folks feel Reno dries out the shell, and use a neutral Saphir cordovan shoe polish here instead.
    I personally haven't had too much trouble with Reno.

    For CXL:
    Wear them.
    Brush them occasionally...

    That being said... for CXL
    Nick Horween suggests Neatsfoot oil or VSC in this post HERE
    Some suggest Montana Pitch Blend
    Others suggest Obenauf's HDLP



    Hope this helps.
     
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    I have been using the mac method. brush brush and wipe with cloth.

    the shoes are about 2 years old? Maybe 3? They actually don't get worn too much. Maybe only about once a month. the indy boots get more usage.


    I just noticed these little bumps around the creases of the cordovan shoes last night so I was wondering if the leather was drying out or maybe it is the "bloom" that I've seen mentioned. Will brushing get rid of them?
     
  16. bkotsko

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    Picture is worth 1000 words.
    If they aren't worn often it could be bloom, but it would be in other spots than creases as well.
    It will be easier to help diagnose if you have a photo.
    My first thought was honestly the normal discoloration and roughness that happens in creasing when you wear them.
    This goes away with a little elbow grease and brushing.
    I guess we will see when you post a pic.
     
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    ...but it always comes back! So I don't bother, LOL.
     
  18. Shouldaville

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    Lexol Conditioner gets mentioned frequently, but for CXL (and vegetable tanned leather) I've also had good results with its neatsfoot oil product. Non-darkening, pH balanced, etc.

    http://www.lexol.com/Product_neatsfoot.aspx
     
  19. thams

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    Also Filson boot oil has worked well for me in the past. It's fairly easy to get and really hydrates CXL well.
     
  20. mcarthur

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    nephew, wear only in good health
     
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