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. coolarrow

    coolarrow Senior member

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    Part of the challenge when talking about rare colors, specifically Ravello, whiskey, and cigar, but also to some extent Color #8 and others, is there can be so much variation within colors.

    I have returned or sold multiple pairs of Ravello and whiskey shell (as well as C&J dark brown shell) because the shade of shell was not what I wanted, or it was too close to something I already owned.

    Ravello can range from medium caramel (almost whiskey) to nearly a cigar brown, all of which may, or should ideally, have varying degrees of "russet" reddish-orange shades.

    Likewise, whiskey can range in its shade from pale yellow-tan to a deep tan or orange, these shades can have a yellow or green cast, depending on the batch.

    Furthermore, depending on wear, care, and exposure to light and elements, the original shell color can change considerably. This is why it's possible to purchase shoes in a particular shade of #8 and get them to fade to a lighter color reminiscent of #2. Or why old whiskey shell can transform to a shade nearly indistinguishable from Ravello. Btw- for a time Alden SF did not distinguish between Ravello and Whiskey due to variations in color and because the Ravello and whiskey are often so close.

    Moreover, the quality of the shell and its individual characteristics influence how it reacts to Horween's tannage, which is why we see shade variations among shell colors.
     
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    Gorgeous indeed!! [​IMG] Enjoy often and in the best of health my friend!
     
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    Fabulous! Great score! Enjoy them frequently my friend...
     
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    Well done DonL... You consistently pair your footwear exceptionally well my friend!
     
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    No spoiler for this... you da man, DV!
     
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    Apparently you don't spoiler anyway, RTP.... hahahahaha [​IMG]
     
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    Lol. I am not ganging up on RTP here (a scholar and a gentleman) but "this is too good to spoiler" has definitely become the new "I am not going to spoiler". Guilty here myself. Let's just acknowledge the truth.
     
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    Dare I say......5?
     
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    ha, awesome!

    I personally I wouldn't put it in that spectrum, which is basically a red spectrum. here is a pic of a #4 wallet and what I think is basically #6 shoes. mahogany IMO is in the brown spectrum

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    Crazy shades, you scored big time
     
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    Alright, I can see where this is going. For the next several pages/posts we will now ponder the deep esoteric mysteries of shell cordovan and the existential crisis we all face in properly identifying the plethora of shades in the spectrum.

    Carry on...
     
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    Damn dude... don't usually like 4 but wow.
     
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    Very true, but many only care about rarity.
    Anything that is labeled as rare, they'll jump on it, regardless of the actual shade of color. Rare shell trophy shoes, that is.
     
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