Should I use the Alden Restoration?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by painfree, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    36,354
    Likes Received:
    36,841
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Location:
    LuxeSwap
    Upper is in OK condition but inside [​IMG]

    Yeah inside is torn up - but nothing gross, no odors, thank god. I want them to pay specific attention to the insides.

    Im really excited to turn these back to their original gloriousness.

    Anyone have an idea of their deets?
     


  2. srivats

    srivats Senior member

    Messages:
    3,907
    Likes Received:
    37
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008


  3. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    36,354
    Likes Received:
    36,841
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Location:
    LuxeSwap


  4. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

    Messages:
    2,657
    Likes Received:
    68
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Location:
    San Fran
    Killer deal at $4. Not as killer a deal at $150.
     


  5. srivats

    srivats Senior member

    Messages:
    3,907
    Likes Received:
    37
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Thanks Sri!

    You are welcome ...

    Send 'em to alden and get them restored. They'll replace the heel pad, and will put new leather pieces over the heel area. The uppers seem to be in very good shape, so worth getting restored in my opinon ...
     


  6. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

    Messages:
    7,219
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Location:
    Location: Location
    Killer deal at $4. Not as killer a deal at $150.

    Fully restored with a sparkling new sole? Still a killer deal at $150.

    Personally I would opt for a commando double leather sole [​IMG]
     


  7. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    36,354
    Likes Received:
    36,841
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Location:
    LuxeSwap
    Fully restored with a sparkling new sole? Still a killer deal at $150.

    Personally I would opt for a commando double leather sole [​IMG]


    I agree, although I did not pay $4, he quoted the OPs thread that I revived. Im $100 in em, so I would be in for $250 (if $150 for the refresh is accurate)... but I think I love them, so i think its worth it.
     


  8. greekgeek

    greekgeek Senior member

    Messages:
    2,817
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    true...I could flip them, though I already disclosed I bought them for 4 bucks...so I am not going to sell them for extreme profit.


    That doesn't matter. Market price has no relation to your price.


    QFT
     




  9. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

    Messages:
    12,299
    Likes Received:
    201
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2006
    Location:
    Braunau, Austria
    Heres a few pics - you think they can be made gorgeous again?


    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    imo, they do not need a full service.

    the heel leather is a 10 buck thing at any cobbler and you're done. especially, when there's no fitting issue.

    they are already gorgeous.
     


  10. BBC

    BBC Senior member

    Messages:
    875
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
    I just picked up my first pair of pre-owned Aldens in shell cordo. I love them, but I want to make them as fresh as possible... what does the Alden restoration service entail? (Price for new soles, sock liners, laces etc) and what is the approx turnaround time?

    I looked on the website, but wanted to poal the field of anyone who has done it before.



    An Alden restoration (I recently got a pair back) takes about 6-7 weeks after they receive the shoes (go to their website and you'll find a link for how to ship the shoes for free). They will replace the soles, often redye the leather uppers to an even color (unless you ask them not to), fix any loose stitching, and use a piece of scrap leather to cover the interior of the damaged heel (mine had the same problem). Alden will NOT replace the sock liners since they are an integral part of the shoes and if separated from the uppers the shoe would be destroyed, but they will replace the heel pad.

    For the $145 price, you'll get the full recraft, a pair of flannel shoe bags, a pair of Alden shoe trees, and a correct original box with your model and size stamped on the outside (rather amazing).
     


  11. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

    Messages:
    4,704
    Likes Received:
    48
    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Location:
    Louisiana
    I have a pair of Shell LHS that I just got back from Alden. I will post a pic this afternoon.
     


  12. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    36,354
    Likes Received:
    36,841
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Location:
    LuxeSwap
    I have a pair of Shell LHS that I just got back from Alden. I will post a pic this afternoon.

    Looking forward to it... now I dont know if I should just attempt a fixer/upper at the local cobbler which will take 1 week tops first.... [​IMG]
     


  13. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Messages:
    24,366
    Likes Received:
    410
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Looking forward to it... now I dont know if I should just attempt a fixer/upper at the local cobbler which will take 1 week tops first.... [​IMG]
    Looking forward to seeing pics after the restoration.
     


  14. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

    Messages:
    4,704
    Likes Received:
    48
    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Location:
    Louisiana


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by