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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. stevefok

    stevefok Well-Known Member

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    Thanks NY! I am 7.5E in Aberdeen but seems they only stock them in D width (8D in aberdeen is a little bit too long for me), may be I should choose 7.5D and break them in.
     
  2. mdubs

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    Roguls, If you are trying to stop buying Alden's, it is highly recommended that you stop visiting this thread as per the Alden FAQ. ;-)

    -Mike
     
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    [​IMG] saw this as my screen reloaded and immediately squinted at the sight of them.. one day they will be mine again!
     
  4. mdubs

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    Sorry about the misfire there dude, but can you provide a clarification, is the better half in this instance a spouse or significant other or just your conscious?
     
  5. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    I TOLD YOU NOT TO LOOK! Sorry, I will spoiler the whole post for now on! :)
     
  6. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Well-Known Member

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    in this case, both. my girlfriend wouldnt brave the cold so she stayed in the hotel while I walked down to alden.. I was under strict orders to not buy anything (jokingly), but recent preorders had me deciding to hold off on the loden make-up..
     
  7. katch

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    Were they 1sts or 2nds?
     
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    And what was the Loden makeup?
     
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    1sts. Absolutely fine condition!
     
  10. rosslovethreads

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    HELP!

    So the area where blooming is happening on my fairly new #8s feels rough to the touch. Is this normal? It feels kind of dry to me. The boots hadn't been worn before me, but who knows how long they sat before I bought them. I believe they spent a long time in the back of a J. Crew.

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    Probably a dumb question but, I just recieved my Collonil Goat hair brush today. Would the fact that it's Goat hair opposed to Horse make any difference in the way it works?

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    The blooming on the creases on the vamp happens to almost all my shell boots. It's the nature of some shell. Brushing helps but I find just rubbing firmly with my finger/thumb back and forth will remove the blooming. But then it appears immediately when I wear them again.
     
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    rosslovethreads Well-Known Member

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    While i expect the color change, I didnt expect the roughness or texture change within the blooming. It feels dry, almost like tiny cracks. I just didnt know it was part of the blooming experience.

    Still my favorite money ever spent. Just being cautious.
     
  13. mdubs

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    My friend, what is the run number on the inside of the boots (the number that is not the size or model number) as you suspect those are probably decently aged. What they need is moisture on the creases to hydrate the shell Cordovan. Brushing and carefully and judiciously applying liquid to those spots are probably your best solution. That is not bloom. ;-) I will send you a PM with more details in a bit.
     
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  14. Resistant

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    Thats True about the bloom, It seems like dry skin scalling up, and I expected it to wipe off easily. try a damp cloth to wipe it away, one pair I had - some cord cream worked well to remove the bloom and give it shine it never came off any other way. Thing is you really don't want to over use product on the new leather, or at all since to much product can open the pores permanently.
     
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    Thanks so much! Appreciate any advice I can get!
     
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    Tassel loafers, I think. Right?
     
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    Just a flesh wound. You will be stunned to see what Reno or Venetian cream will do to that with brushing. If you don't want to wait for color tap a bit of polish on first.

    I kicked a stone wall with my cigar cap oxfords - had tears in the hide - i would challenge anyone to guess which shoes it was I damaged. But did I damage them? They clean up so well and it was what sold me on shell, along with Uncle Mac.
     
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  18. ClassyCanuck

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    Gentleman, thanks for the kind words and advice. Got home, wiped them down and brushed, brushed and brushed. Then a little deer bone, then a little more brush followed by a soft cloth buff. I cannot believe how decently they turned out. You can barely see where the scuff was/is. Will need to pick up some edge dressing though. Thanks again for all your help guys. A good bunch we have here.
     
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    Congrats! They look great.

    Nice! Those are about the only pair of tassels that I have warmed up to so far.

    Mike, those have to be in the top 3 of my favorite ravellos in this thread.
     
  20. totalair1

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    A few months ago I posted photos of my LS Ulitmate Indys that had in warranty issues. I'm posting the before and after and pleased to say Alden fixed them right. Appears to totally new soles, welt, and insoles.

    See Ya,
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