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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. MiniW

    MiniW Well-Known Member

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    pretty much all people who visit this thread more than once a day have a sickness
     
  2. wj4

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    outstanding week. enjoy wearing and remember the break in procedure
    Uncle,

    There's a break in procedure? I thought just wear it and once every 15-20 wears, use wax lightly?
     
  3. Hot Dog Day #49

    Hot Dog Day #49 Well-Known Member

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    pretty much all people who visit this thread more than once a day have a sickness

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  4. granjamo

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    Having recently purchased the calf #905s, I noticed some cracking around the right heel the second time I wore them (see the attached pic). Is typical or something to worry about?

    Thanks in advance
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    Having recently purchased the calf #905s, I noticed some cracking around the right heel the second time I wore them (see the attached pic). Is typical or something to worry about?

    Thanks in advance


    That doesn't look right. There are actual tears in the leather --- no amount of polishing will make that look better, and it can only get worse (peeling, etc). I would take them back to where you bought them.
     
  6. harrythedog

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    Having recently purchased the calf #905s, I noticed some cracking around the right heel the second time I wore them (see the attached pic). Is typical or something to worry about?

    Thanks in advance


    i would worry! might happen over time but certainly not on the second wear
     
  7. wj4

    wj4 Well-Known Member

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    I'm done buying Aldens for a while now unless I can get my hands on a pair of #4s.

    Now I need to get some nice belts to coordinate with the shoes. The last time I posted about Alden belts, I got suggestions to look into BB belts as well.

    If anyone has both, do they fit the same? If I buy Alden belts I would have to buy online..which means returning can be a hassle. If they fit the same as BB belts, I can at least try the BB belts in store and go from there.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  8. lummers13

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    Cimabue: Thanks, I'm in love!

    NAMOR: Well I didn't exactly pay retail....so THIS time I told her how much. For the future, probably not [​IMG]

    I have been dividing the real price by half when I tell my wife about any Alden purchase...

    I'll probably do the same lol

    Thanks Mac, I think everyone would love a compliment coming from a man who's more than likely got the same pair lol
     
  9. Pastor

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    Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.
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  10. ChrisGold

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    Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.

    I could be completely wrong, but it looks like they are whiskey.

    There is certainly some variance between shell colors, but if you had posted those without comment, I would have assumed that the lighter shade was indeed whiskey.
     
  11. ChrisGold

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    Nice day in Philly for suede.
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  12. enigma77

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    Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.
    Shell colors do vary. If you look at ravello from a few years ago, it's lighter in color than the ravello that's on the market today. This is most noticeable, I've found, in rare shell colors, as they're the lighter colors. It's important to remember that shell is an animal product and subject to all kinds of variances. Horween's QC is great of course, but since cigar/ravello/whiskey (possibly add natural chromexcel to this as well) are done in relatively natural tannages, a given leather five years ago may look a few shades different than that same leather now. One amazing thing about shell boots is that you often get a very large continuous piece of shell along each side of the boot. I have a pair of ravello shortwing boots that I only condition -- do not polish -- and you can actually see the natural grain of the horse's hide. It's beautiful.
     
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    Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.

    Ravello varies a lot.

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    Ravello and Whiskey.
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  14. makewayhomer

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    Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.

    those Ravello shortwing boots are the best Aldens I have seen since I started looking at Aldens.
     
  15. enigma77

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    A related topic: a question was asked about "aging" shell by leaving it out in the sun a week or so ago. I was reminded of this yesterday when I was in the NYC Alden store. They had an Aberdeen captoe blucher in #8 (which I have -- great shoe, by the way) that had been sitting out on display for a while, and it looked almost artificially pink. The best "aging" comes through wearing! Nick Horween has written on this subject: http://horween.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/brownout/
     
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    That reminds of an aged #8 shortwing at Brooks Brothers in downtown Seattle. That thing has been there for years and really looks like crap. I can't imagine that its mate is anything near the same color.
     
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    those Ravello shortwing boots are the best Aldens I have seen since I started looking at Aldens.

    Thanks! I really like them myself. I Don't wear them nearly as much as should.
     
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    Ravello varies a lot.

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    Ravello and Whiskey.
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    Out in the sun those ravellos really have a lot of red color tones. I didn't take pics of my Ravello LWBs in the sun but mine seem to look even lighter in sunlight, not darker as your do.
     
  19. afterglow

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    In my rotation I have #8 Chukkas, #8 LHS & Kudu Ultimate Indys along with tan suede AE Chukkas, navy Tricker's wingtips, tan wingtips, & black & burgundy AE captoes.

    I'm looking to get a pair of either PTBs or longwings. What should I get considering I'm in chinos/jeans & a polo shirt 90% of the time? Cigar or ravello?
     
  20. makewayhomer

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    Cigar or ravello?

    Yes

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