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The Official Alden Thread for 2017 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

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madhat

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Hi All,

Received these NSTs from AoM and need your opinion. Overall I think the shoe looks great but there are these small specs in the uppers in one of the shoes. What would you do? Would you return these or keep them? I may be being a little OCD and need some input from the experts.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks!

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Some lotion/conditioner and a spoon can handle those I'd imagine. I've certainly smoothed out worse.
 

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Some lotion/conditioner and a spoon can handle those I'd imagine. I've certainly smoothed out worse.

Thanks. Do you know what causes the spots? What type of lotion/conditioner would you recommend?
 

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Hi All,

Received these NSTs from AoM and need your opinion. Overall I think the shoe looks great but there are these small specs in the uppers in one of the shoes. What would you do? Would you return these or keep them? I may be being a little OCD and need some input from the experts.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks!

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I would personally keep those. I own some that are probably worse than that. It will even out with a little time if you don’t want to spoon your shoes.


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Decided to leave tree up another day, so just relaxing in chair and watching thermometer plummet, high tomorrow is forecast for 1 degree F.

Looking good in your new NSTs. If it was that cold here I wouldn’t move. Keep warm!

-Mike
 

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I was told recently that TSM will no longer be making anything in exotics other than the Cigar LWB, Cigar Indy, Whiskey LWB, and Ravello Wingtip Boot.

I don’t know when and I don’t know how but one day a ravello wingtip boot will be sitting in my closet! I want that boot so bad....
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Thanks. Do you know what causes the spots? What type of lotion/conditioner would you recommend?
Dropped during build? Leather issues straight from Horween? I don't know; I've seen what look like someone took a pen and stabbed at shell before. There's something to be said for shoes having some flaws (more interesting), but it just depends on if they drive you crazy while wearing if you want to work them out.

Bick 4/VSC would be a go to. You'd be doing the "deer bone" method of massaging the shell smooth using the spoon with the lotion as the lube. It could take a few sessions of work to get them completely gone, but I've made gouges disappear doing so.
 

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My first message here :)

First of all, I want to thank you all for the deep, friendly and useful messages I have read on this topic in the last few days : many infos were vital to me, cheers !

Lucky story about those : I saw Parajumpers online for around 400 bucks yesterday, but I wasn't sure whether the size was right, so I decided to go to Barnabé, the Alden retailer of my hometown (Montpellier, France). They had a pair of Plain toe boots there, the fit was perfect. But after a quick chat with the local seller we both agreed that the Parajumper, being 1/2 size bigger, wouldn't fit me well. How sad :'(

So I was about to leave the shop with a broken heart when the seller remembered that a client had left a pair of Plain Toe just before Christmas, the exact same size as those I tried (his wife thought that he already had enough pairs... be strong my man^^). Those Plain boots were almost new (I would say worn less than 10 times ? Maybe someone will be able to help me out about that here :) ), I did not saw any major issue or scar, we just had to clean them up a bit.

They were sold at 800€ in store (welp, France...), after some negotiation I managed to get them for 300€, with the full packaging including Alden shoe tree.

After some brushing and cleaning (I don't have a bone or polish right know, would it be better to get some ?), there they are !
Now all my French fellows are jealous hahahah

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My first message here :)

First of all, I want to thank you all for the deep, friendly and useful messages I have read on this topic in the last few days : many infos were vital to me, cheers !

Lucky story about those : I saw Parajumpers online for around 400 bucks yesterday, but I wasn't sure whether the size was right, so I decided to go to Barnabé, the Alden retailer of my hometown (Montpellier, France). They had a pair of Plain toe boots there, the fit was perfect. But after a quick chat with the local seller we both agreed that the Parajumper, being 1/2 size bigger, wouldn't fit me well. How sad :'(

So I was about to leave the shop with a broken heart when the seller remembered that a client had left a pair of Plain Toe just before Christmas, the exact same size as those I tried (his wife thought that he already had enough pairs... be strong my man^^). Those Plain boots were almost new (I would say worn less than 10 times ? Maybe someone will be able to help me out about that here :) ), I did not saw any major issue or scar, we just had to clean them up a bit.

They were sold at 800€ in store (welp, France...), after some negotiation I managed to get them for 300€, with the full packaging including Alden shoe tree.

After some brushing and cleaning (I don't have a bone or polish right know, would it be better to get some ?), there they are !
Know all my French fellows are jealous hahahah

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Early Bonne année!
A great pick with great story behind!
 

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My first message here :)

First of all, I want to thank you all for the deep, friendly and useful messages I have read on this topic in the last few days : many infos were vital to me, cheers !

Lucky story about those : I saw Parajumpers online for around 400 bucks yesterday, but I wasn't sure whether the size was right, so I decided to go to Barnabé, the Alden retailer of my hometown (Montpellier, France). They had a pair of Plain toe boots there, the fit was perfect. But after a quick chat with the local seller we both agreed that the Parajumper, being 1/2 size bigger, wouldn't fit me well. How sad :'(

So I was about to leave the shop with a broken heart when the seller remembered that a client had left a pair of Plain Toe just before Christmas, the exact same size as those I tried (his wife thought that he already had enough pairs... be strong my man^^). Those Plain boots were almost new (I would say worn less than 10 times ? Maybe someone will be able to help me out about that here :) ), I did not saw any major issue or scar, we just had to clean them up a bit.

They were sold at 800€ in store (welp, France...), after some negotiation I managed to get them for 300€, with the full packaging including Alden shoe tree.

After some brushing and cleaning (I don't have a bone or polish right know, would it be better to get some ?), there they are !
Know all my French fellows are jealous hahahah

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Firstly, welcome!

Secondly, congratulations on a really stunning pair of boots! Those look terrific - lots of nice details - and should be really versatile for you. And #8 is the classic.

Getting a lightly-used pair of shell Aldens for under $400USD is outstanding in any market, so well-done on that score.

Lastly, I'd just get a nice, big horsehair brush if you don't already have one. I much prefer the 8"/20cm ones to the 6"/15cm ones - I tend to occasionally smack the shoe with smaller ones. I have one dedicated to #8 so nothing gets transferred from brushing shoes of another color. A gentle wipe-down with a slightly-damp cloth and a nice, long brushing is all the care you'll need on those for a while. You can find a great write-up on care of shell cordovan from @mdubs on his (very cool) site.

Enjoy your boots!
 

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Dropped during build? Leather issues straight from Horween? I don't know; I've seen what look like someone took a pen and stabbed at shell before. There's something to be said for shoes having some flaws (more interesting), but it just depends on if they drive you crazy while wearing if you want to work them out.

Bick 4/VSC would be a go to. You'd be doing the "deer bone" method of massaging the shell smooth using the spoon with the lotion as the lube. It could take a few sessions of work to get them completely gone, but I've made gouges disappear doing so.

Thanks for the thoughts. They are really not that bad and you have to find just the perfect lighting to see the specs so I've decided to keep the shoes. Id imagine anything that's handmade will have slight imperfections here and there, either way they look great. Part of the issue is me just be OCD and looking for perfection but will get over it.
 

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I would personally keep those. I own some that are probably worse than that. It will even out with a little time if you don’t want to spoon your shoes.

-Mike

Thanks Mike. Do feel better knowing that they will even out over time. Curious, do you know what causes the specs?

AJ
 

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My first message here :)

First of all, I want to thank you all for the deep, friendly and useful messages I have read on this topic in the last few days : many infos were vital to me, cheers !

Lucky story about those : I saw Parajumpers online for around 400 bucks yesterday, but I wasn't sure whether the size was right, so I decided to go to Barnabé, the Alden retailer of my hometown (Montpellier, France). They had a pair of Plain toe boots there, the fit was perfect. But after a quick chat with the local seller we both agreed that the Parajumper, being 1/2 size bigger, wouldn't fit me well. How sad :'(

So I was about to leave the shop with a broken heart when the seller remembered that a client had left a pair of Plain Toe just before Christmas, the exact same size as those I tried (his wife thought that he already had enough pairs... be strong my man^^). Those Plain boots were almost new (I would say worn less than 10 times ? Maybe someone will be able to help me out about that here :) ), I did not saw any major issue or scar, we just had to clean them up a bit.

They were sold at 800€ in store (welp, France...), after some negotiation I managed to get them for 300€, with the full packaging including Alden shoe tree.

After some brushing and cleaning (I don't have a bone or polish right know, would it be better to get some ?), there they are !
Now all my French fellows are jealous hahahah

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Beautiful, wear them in good health in the New Year.
 

Shawnc

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The only thing better than seeing a new member with a great pair of shoes is when it also comes with a great story. Immensely enjoyed your post/story and congrats on a great pickup.

My first message here :)

First of all, I want to thank you all for the deep, friendly and useful messages I have read on this topic in the last few days : many infos were vital to me, cheers !

Lucky story about those : I saw Parajumpers online for around 400 bucks yesterday, but I wasn't sure whether the size was right, so I decided to go to Barnabé, the Alden retailer of my hometown (Montpellier, France). They had a pair of Plain toe boots there, the fit was perfect. But after a quick chat with the local seller we both agreed that the Parajumper, being 1/2 size bigger, wouldn't fit me well. How sad :'(

So I was about to leave the shop with a broken heart when the seller remembered that a client had left a pair of Plain Toe just before Christmas, the exact same size as those I tried (his wife thought that he already had enough pairs... be strong my man^^). Those Plain boots were almost new (I would say worn less than 10 times ? Maybe someone will be able to help me out about that here :) ), I did not saw any major issue or scar, we just had to clean them up a bit.

They were sold at 800€ in store (welp, France...), after some negotiation I managed to get them for 300€, with the full packaging including Alden shoe tree.

After some brushing and cleaning (I don't have a bone or polish right know, would it be better to get some ?), there they are !
Now all my French fellows are jealous hahahah

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madhat

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Thanks for the thoughts. They are really not that bad and you have to find just the perfect lighting to see the specs so I've decided to keep the shoes. Id imagine anything that's handmade will have slight imperfections here and there, either way they look great. Part of the issue is me just be OCD and looking for perfection but will get over it.
I totally understand! When dropping shell money you don't like to see issues! Hope to see them well patina'd in the future. ;D
 

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My first message here :)

First of all, I want to thank you all for the deep, friendly and useful messages I have read on this topic in the last few days : many infos were vital to me, cheers !

Lucky story about those : I saw Parajumpers online for around 400 bucks yesterday, but I wasn't sure whether the size was right, so I decided to go to Barnabé, the Alden retailer of my hometown (Montpellier, France). They had a pair of Plain toe boots there, the fit was perfect. But after a quick chat with the local seller we both agreed that the Parajumper, being 1/2 size bigger, wouldn't fit me well. How sad :'(

So I was about to leave the shop with a broken heart when the seller remembered that a client had left a pair of Plain Toe just before Christmas, the exact same size as those I tried (his wife thought that he already had enough pairs... be strong my man^^). Those Plain boots were almost new (I would say worn less than 10 times ? Maybe someone will be able to help me out about that here :) ), I did not saw any major issue or scar, we just had to clean them up a bit.

They were sold at 800€ in store (welp, France...), after some negotiation I managed to get them for 300€, with the full packaging including Alden shoe tree.

After some brushing and cleaning (I don't have a bone or polish right know, would it be better to get some ?), there they are !
Now all my French fellows are jealous hahahah

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Congrats on your new boots and your first pair of Alden’s! I hope that you love them for many years to come.

You have already been given good advice so I have not much to add there. :)

-Mike
 
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