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The Official Alden Thread for 2016 - Share reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mdubs, Jan 1, 2016.

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  1. Rstldr

    Rstldr Senior Member

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    First pic of the new year! Leathersoul Ultimate Indy, chups and first wear of 3sixteen sl-100xk
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    Same old Chamois tankers - cheers, everyone!

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    they look great.
     


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    Happy new year, new thread, and new tankers.

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    Love those tankers! Also, kick ass socks!
     


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    Really great work on the FAQ's Mike. Your contributions to this forum are greatly appreciated.

    Picked these up from the Bay and they were delivered on New Year's Eve. Expected a long restoration process but after 15 minutes, this is how they look. Love the recuperative powers of shell........

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    I've been hunting these down for a while on the after-market. Didn't want to pay retail because I already own a bal in color 8. Here's a quick comparison shot.......

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    Happy new year!
     
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    Have to assume you meant one in, one out. I can't imagine a more perfect example of a Freudian slip [​IMG].

    I've been successful in the one in, one out policy for about three years now. The hardest part is that I continue to read this thread and often hear about pre-orders with plenty of time to participate. While those days aren't all that tough, when the shoes start getting delivered a year later...that's when I get small pangs of regret [​IMG]. However, with one (or two) exception(s), when I bought something, I've sold something and pared down my rotation from 20+ to 15 pair of shoes & boots. Alden makes up the largest category and Viberg (1), AE (2), C&J (1) and and Rancourt (1) round out the rotation.

    Part of my motivation was to reduce overlap. I did the same thing with watches some years ago, so perhaps it's a pattern with me. Mechanical watches were one of the first hobbies/collections in which I took an interest. After about ten years of regular buying & selling, I eventually settled on just one good example of each type of watch. For instance, rather than owning a Sea Dweller and a Seamaster, I kept just one. So these days, it's just one diver, one GMT, a single chronograph, etc.

    It's clearly not for everyone but it's something that worked for me. Also, I love the look of well worn, cared for, aged leather. Most of my footwear falls into that category now. With a larger rotation, everything would look new forever. That's not necessarily a bad thing but wasn't what I wanted.

    Happy new year folks! Good luck TO Tie Guy!

    Lastly, thanks for the nice work @mdubs on the FAQ. I always kept a copy in an evernote folder for light reading from time to time.
     
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    Great front page post @mdubs! Can't imagine there being a better one out there!

    and hope everyone on this forum had a happy New Year!
     


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    I can't believe I'm here for the start of a new Alden thread! Happy new year everyone.
     


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    Request for those with older/well worn suede: could you post some pics? I hear lots of folks talk about how suede is really underrated for its toughness, bad weather ability, etc - but then I also see pics of older suede and frankly they don't look good at all. A recent pair came up for sale in Buy/Sell here that falls into the latter bucket - it looked the nap was gone, there were large darker areas / inconsistent color, etc.

    So I'm trying to reconcile everyone who says suede is so tough, but then pics like that (which I see a decent amount of - stained suede, etc). Thoughts on that?
     


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    if you use a water defense spray with suede it lasts much longer
     


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    These! :worship:
     


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    thanks - but, I guess, how solid/dependable is that for preventing snuff suede from ending up like this? or is this just typical for how worn snuff suede will end up?

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    (yes these were for sale here, but have already sold, so I'm not trying to squash anyones sale! also I rehosted)
     
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    Some folks like the broken in look.
    The Nanoprotector does fairly well at keeping suede looking decent.
    I would invest in a suede eraser, shampoo, and a suede brush if you want things to stay pristine.
     


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