** Official Alden Customization Thread **

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  1. Alpina

    Alpina Senior member

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    Great thread, Drew.

    There was a recent post on the Alden thread of a pair of color 8 boots that were really worn out. The soles had holes in them, and more notably, the enamel was worn off the hooks. They are, after all, brass. So I have been thinking about the feasibility of removing the enamel from the eyelets using something like a bore brush. Anyone have thoughts or other ideas?
     
  2. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Before and after. A pair of BB for Alden's converted from a crepe sole to black Dainite, new mid-sole, leather heel base, white stitching on the top of the welt.

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  3. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Senior member

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    Great work @Nick V. have that pair of boots myself and though I originally hated crepe it is one comfy sole to walk in - the Dainite looks nice - Is it a full midsole then the dainite?
     
  4. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes in leather.
     
  5. inn8chiro

    inn8chiro Senior member

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    Personally I think wire brushing them and then using a little brass polish would give them a great look if you're good for patina :)
     
  6. inn8chiro

    inn8chiro Senior member

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    Looks great!!!
     
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    Great changes. I have some Fran's Boone x Alden saddle on crepe. I always wondered what options I had if, and when I wanted to change the sole. I dig the look of Danite. Would it be a big adjustment on the feet to go from crepe to danite? I wonder if they would wear and feel a lot different.
     
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    These look great, Nick! I have this exact pair of BB for Alden boots. I hadn't thought about Dainite as an option (although I'm re-thinking that now) but was planning to go with the corded sole a-la the Boondocker:

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  10. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Senior member

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    Those look stellar....
     
  11. ragingbull

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    any customization you made?
     
  12. Alden of Carmel

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    We've got a few things in with Randy The Cobbler. Hopefully will have them back in a few weeks.
     
  13. Alpina

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    x-post from the main thread...

    I used these as a proof-of-concept by removing the enamel on the eyelets rather than having them replaced. Hooks are very much more of a copper color, and I expect they will tone down a bit as they tarnish with age. Overall, I am extremely happy with the results.

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    ^^ Very cool. How did you do it? ^^
     

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