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THE OFFICIAL ALDEN THREAD FOR 2020 - SHARE REVIEWS, SIZING, ADVICE, AND PHOTOS.

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Can those Alden loafers be restored? Absolutely. Will they be as good as new? No. They look like did not have correct shoe trees or care for a long time. I think that you will spend as much or more on professional repair as you will pay on the purchase price. I would wait for a pair that has an upper in better condition. Caveat emptor. Also, those are not LHS.
 

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Thanks, guys, think I’ll pass. Such a waste of fine shoes, tho.
If you were going to go down that hole, I would suggest a UV light shoe disinfector and rubbing alcohol for any used shoe. As far as reshaping, you might achieve decent results with water:
Not a guarantee that they won't go wonky after the first wear though, as shell really holds on to those initial creases.
I would also strongly recommend you verify sizing with a fresh pair before bargain hunting for used...there's a huge difference in fit between Aberdeen and Van lasted loafers, for instance.
 

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Thanks, guys, think I’ll pass. Such a waste of fine shoes, tho.
You've got some really good input from some really knowledgeable forum members but if it we're me, at a buck-thirty, I would grab those in a heartbeat. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the crease, especially those on the side, are exacerbated by those crazy shoe trees. As @madhat (one of the more knowledgeable sources for shell maintenance) points out, these will never look like new. I would purchase, fumigate, load up the interiors with some Kiwi Shoe Stretch Spray and place some proper shoe trees in them. Hit them with a dear bone, brush, brush, brush, and wear them with jeans with pride. The price is great, the effort not excessive, and these have the added benefit of being a somewhat rare make (at least I don't recall seeing them).

If they we're a 9D they would already be on their way to my home.
 

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The ending of a damp day calls for boots.

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