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

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Appreciate the detailed answer, especially the distinction between styles; I never saw them side by side, and didn't know enough about shoes to have recognized that distinction until now. I always thought the Dover was a PTB because of the open lacing, but now I see that they're quite different in construction from the 990, and understand the difference between Derbys and Bluchers (I just read a lengthy discussion about those differences on Gentlemen's Gazette). Thanks!
(Must be getting old; I keep talking to myself here... ;))

Now I don't feel so bad about having thought of my Dovers as PTBs; I just noticed that Brick+Mortar describes them as a "Color 8 Shell Cordovan Unlined Plain Toe Dover Blucher":


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Leathersoul runs one (a few others may too):


In my experience, there are plenty of cobblers who should be able to pull off factory looking antique edges with a resole.
I've been looking for a Barrie lasted shell SWB for a while and unfortunately missed out on the recent LS restock (also had a chance to buy a second hand LS ravello SWB a few years back and passed - kicking myself now). Does anyone else do the short wing blucher on Barrie? The ones I have seen are all on Plaza (Brick & Mortar, Brogue Menlo Park)
 

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(Must be getting old; I keep talking to myself here... ;))

Now I don't feel so bad about having thought of my Dovers as PTBs; I just noticed that Brick+Mortar describes them as a "Color 8 Shell Cordovan Unlined Plain Toe Dover Blucher":


:)
Alden (and others) use the terms interchangeably, which annoys the crap out of me.
For myself, I'll always call these a blucher:

(sorry for the non-Alden image - only plain-toe-blucher I have)

Longwings are based on a blucher pattern.

And these a derby (Dover):
 

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I've got an order in on a short wing on plaza with antique through Madison.
You do love plaza don't you??

I just need to find someone to change that welt out cheap... Problem is no cobblers I know have a machine and they all charge a pretty penny to do it by hand which is why Alden doing it would be so good.
 

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You do love plaza don't you??

I just need to find someone to change that welt out cheap... Problem is no cobblers I know have a machine and they all charge a pretty penny to do it by hand which is why Alden doing it would be so good.
It seems to work pretty well for me. :D

So, it's probably more effort for the top of the welt than you want to put in, but you could just sand down the edges and stain them antique/chili. It still looks nice, and would work well since the upper is #8. If the upper was a light color and you had the top of the welt still dark, eh, maybe that's not as optimal. I actually went through the trouble off stripping the coloring of the top of a welt one time. I had some 403s that had a very dark welt rather than the standard natural color. I wanted them to look more like the proper 403, so I took acetone to the top of the welt with a q-tip and pulled the color off. Then, I went and used neutral finish on them. It can be done, just depends how much effort you want to put into it!
 

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Apologies for the really terrible picture, but this is my second pair of Aldens -- natural CXL Indy on Neocork from TSM, pre-ordered (not so) many moons ago becuase they are size EEE. These arrived faster than expected, in about four months. Quality is flawless, fit is perfect -- can't wait to wear them.
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Apologies for the really terrible picture, but this is my second pair of Aldens -- natural CXL Indy on Neocork from TSM, pre-ordered (not so) many moons ago becuase they are size EEE. These arrived faster than expected, in about four months. Quality is flawless, fit is perfect -- can't wait to wear them.
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I have an obsession both with natty CXL and Indy boots. Which is probably why I have 4 different variations of natty CXL Indys.

Enjoy! They are beauties.
 

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It seems to work pretty well for me. :D

I actually went through the trouble off stripping the coloring of the top of a welt one time. I took acetone to the top of the welt with a q-tip and pulled the color off. Then, I went and used neutral finish on them. It can be done, just depends how much effort you want to put into it!
This is seriously impressive @madhat. How difficult was it to remove the coloring from the top of the welt? Did it require multiple passes? I don't mind the effort. Just didn't think you could apply enough pressure to actually remove the coloring.
 

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Any idea when natty cxl will be no more? One boot I would like to get my hands on before it’s too late.
 

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