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The Official Alden Thread for 2019 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mdubs, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Andrew Carkhuff

    Andrew Carkhuff Senior Member

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    Very nice! What’d you get from viberg?
     

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    Good question asked earlier. What was your first pair of Aldens? Mine were the Brooks unlined shell loafers (RIP). I didn't know that Alden made them, and I didn't even know what shell cordovan leather was. I just liked the look.

    Edit: I am dating myself, but the price was about $80.
     
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    Don’s hearth can’t take the heat of those smoking hot Cigars!
     

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    I’ve been using this and it has worked fine:
    https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-omninettoyant.html

    But when I talked to a cobbler some time ago he said this was just as good, but cheaper:
    https://www.amazon.com/Saphir-Omnidaim-Suede-Cleaner-Bottle/dp/B002NOPJ9S
    Haven’t tried it yet, though.

    And don’t be afraid to use quite a bit of water, check around 1:30 in this video (which is in Swedish, no affiliation):
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LSMv8tVaYbs

    I would probably make sure a little less water ends up inside the shoe when rinsing, though. :) Actually, I would use a wet brush rather than rinsing the shoes under running water to get the shampoo off.

    And since it’s in Swedish: The shoes dry overnight before they’re brushed, so from 3:57 into the video it’s actually the next day.
    (I usually don’t use pigmented spray.)
     
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    3AC91BD4-2BBF-401B-B6D2-8D403AE9523C.jpeg Going up north with the family for the last ski weekend of the year and only bringing one pair of boots.
     

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    audog Stylish Dinosaur

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    If one could only take one pair........you chose wisely.
     

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    I've got both, and they seem sorta similar. I think Omnidaim is intended for spot-cleaning where the Netto-whatever is more for full-shoe shampoo. Both work well. I've heard folks say if you can get a no-fragrance/color coconut-oil shampoo (a Whole Foods kind of thing) you can use it the same way.

    Having gone through the process, it's scary the first time but works well.
     

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    audog Stylish Dinosaur

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    I have used the Saphir products and they work well. Do you spray your suede with something like Nano Spray? I have found that really helps to keep smudges off.
     

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    Bought these new from eBay. I put some Saphir Renovateur over the weekend and i think that made the color popped.
     

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    Indeed, true to size.
     

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    My first pair was the 975 boats. I still have them. Paid around $350 pre-owned on eBay.
     

  12. Alcibiades

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    I believe my first pair was 975, sized 10D, acquired at Leffot.

    Second pair was I believe a tan suede PTB bought at J Crew.

    Amazingly, I think my next few pairs included ravello tassel loafers from Leffot, cigar captoe boots from Alden DC, and whiskey chukkas from Alden Madison. These were all bought by either walking into a store and buying off the shelf or just calling and ordering from available stock. No preorder, no waitlists, etc.
     

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    Are they compatible with your bindings?:)
     

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    Wish i had these for tomorrow!
     

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    TSM has just received a shipment of seconds. From the email:

    Q: Why are you increasing prices?

    A: Alden has increased our costs on Factory Seconds.

    Alden Factory Seconds have not had a price increase in the past 4 years despite regular increases on First Quality Alden goods.

    Q: When will the new Alden Factory Seconds be available?

    A: This is a HUGE shipment, more than we have ever received at once before. Because of this, we will be releasing new Factory Seconds in waves over the next 2 weeks.

    We will send an announcement as these shoes are made available for sale!

    Q: What will the new prices be?

    A: Most Calfskin styles at $399.95.

    Most Shell Cordovan styles at $509.95.
     

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