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So What Kind of Alden Boots Did I Buy?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by BCD, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. BCD

    BCD Well-Known Member

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    To demonstrate why I stuggled with whether my boots were No. 8, Cigar, or something else, here is a picture I found via an AAAC thread of a Model 4060 in No. 8 (the 4060 is on the far left):
    http://img106.imageshack.us/img106/3886/sstowsx2.jpg.

    This is consistent with what I thought No. 8 looked like.
     
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    rebel222 Senior member

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    The changing of colors is what draws many people to Shell cordovan. They develop "patina." In other words, they change color, and people consider this character. Here is a picture from AAAC of some #8 shell (right) next to some cigar shell. [​IMG] Here is the exact same model... Both #8, but the lighter one is 5 yrs old. [​IMG]
     
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    srivats Senior member

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    The changing of colors is what draws many people to Shell cordovan. They develop "patina." In other words, they change color, and people consider this character. Here is a picture from AAAC of some #8 shell (right) next to some cigar shell.

    +100.

    Alden's #8 color will change over time, especially with exposure to sunlight. Alden's shell cordovan shoes are very resilient and will last you a lifetime if you take care of them (which is minimal compared to a calfskin shoe - another reason why people love shell).

    OP, I think that the shoes you have is #8, but with some patina.
     
  5. bobdobalina

    bobdobalina Senior member

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    If they're as new as they appear, I think you did pretty well.
     

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