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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. afripix

    afripix New Member

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    newbie here - long time reader, first time post so my apologies if this isn't the correct thread or a worthy question - looking to find a black shell PTB Dover style - curious if anyone has seen these available? leffot had them available in color 8 a while back. I much prefer the Dover to the PTB's that are widely available, but don't seem to see them available anywhere.
     
  2. z8k1n

    z8k1n Well-Known Member

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    f you
    just kidding..badass 88s !!
     
  3. Burzan

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    [​IMG] The secret cordovan sauce in action. What I wouldn't give to have some of that on hand.


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  4. RobinM

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    Dye plus acrylic finisher. [​IMG]
     
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    I agree with you that D width is fine for boots, no doubt!

    You must have been reading my mind. I was just at the Montgomeryville store this morning. I live in Blue Bell and that store is a quick hop away. I dropped off a few pair of shoes at the cobbler to resole. Anyway, I was chatting with Mike about this new Alden shoe…Casual LHS Penny Loafer in CXL brown. I really dig slip-on shoes. This shoe will make a great all-around business casual/casual shoe that I will get tons of use out of.

    http://www.shermanbrothers.com/product.php?ItemId=1000000002&ProductId=29449

    The LHS Penny Loafer in CXL brown is still in production, so he had me try on a similar style in shell cordovan in 8.5D and 9D. The 8.5D felt decent and the 9D was a little too roomy in the heel. Keep in mind that the ones I tried on were shell cordovan, lined and single oak leather sole vs. CXL, unlined and flex sole. He is going to order an 8.5D and 9C in the LHS Penny Loafer CXL brown. It will be nice to dial in the size and width! I was passing through the Haverford store a few weeks ago and inquired about this shoe. Ken wanted to throw me right into the 9D, so I am glad I didn’t heed his advice. Mike definitely seems more accommodating because he ordered a few sizes for me to try on.
     
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    I second that! The brown CXL PCT boots at AoM are pretty similar but the natural CXL is just a wonderful looking leather. Also why I purchased the Leffot indys
     
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    Likely, but what is interesting is that the shells direct from Horween come "finished" - if you look at the shell at 0:08 in the video, you can see the finished sheen on the shell from Horween.

    I'd be very curious to know what Alden really does to the shells in between that state and finished product.

    The guy who stripped his shells used Angelus to reproduce the alden finish
     
  8. RobinM

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    The sheen form untreated shell is different. Get a shell wallet form say, Asland, and you will see and fell the difference.
    Alden put arcylic finisher on both shell and Alpine grain calf to give that instant and durable glossy finish.

    BTW, a handfull of Alden shell shoes don't have that glossy finish. Examples: #2 lwb, Leffot Cigar shell saddles. Shell belts sold by Alden don't have that Arcylic finisher either.
     
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    I'm terrible with taking pics of me wearing my shoes. But it's nice and dry so here are my Cigar NST boots,
     
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    BLAUGRANA Well-Known Member

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    I like the pants. What are those?
     
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    I have shell, direct from Horween - the finish on my shell is the the same as the Alden finish.

    I have multiple wallets from Ashland. Then natural shell has the same finish as my shoes.

    You can track down picture of this in my post history, I don't have time right now to repost it all.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks! Nothing special though haha. It's the new Gap Skinny Khaki's, great fit for the price
     
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    Well that's the selvedge denim I wear, slim fit, so that's cool by me. ~$50 for a great pair of selvedge jeans is nice.
     
  15. budapest12

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    Yup, plus they always have 30-40% off sales on everything online. Can't beat that! :slayer:
     
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    THAT is what I'm talking about!
     
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    I didn't even know they existed.
     
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    And now you must have one. Or was it me who must have one? Got to think on it.

    Edit: ME.
     
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    Alden uses something for sure and it may be some type of acrylic but I am not sure. You can tell they overdye them in some way and the fact that dye cannot be removed makes me feel like it have some kind of finish on top. The video would almost indicated it's just some type of dye and not an acrylic finish (unless maybe another step is to come after in the vid) since they have the same sponge on top of the cans. If it was acrylic those would need to be replaced after each use as they would harden. Dye on the other hand you could keep using the sponge.

    I played around with my sun faded AE Leeds using the Angelus finish on them to try and replicate the Alden finish, but was unsatisfied and ended up stripping it off. I think I applied too many layers and it just always felt tacky rather than glassy smooth in the end.





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