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The Official Alden Thread for 2021 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

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Does anyone have any experience with Alden seconds in suede? I’ve only ever bought them in shell. Are suede pairs any more likely to show flaws?
 

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Does anyone have any experience with Alden seconds in suede? I’ve only ever bought them in shell. Are suede pairs any more likely to show flaws?
I have a couple pair of seconds in suede, and on one pair the flaw was to the lining and not visible. The other pair has what looks like someone went a little crazy with edge dressing or burnishing on the suede above the heel. Honestly, I would have no reservations of getting another pair of suede seconds. They can always be returned if REALLY bad.
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I have a couple pair of seconds in suede, and on one pair the flaw was to the lining and not visible. The other pair has what looks like someone went a little crazy with edge dressing or burnishing on the suede above the heel. Honestly, I would have no reservations of getting another pair of suede seconds. They can always be returned if REALLY bad.View attachment 1561117
That’s not bad at all. The two shell pairs I have are visibly flawed (scarring due to inaccurate tracing of the perfing on LWB and stitching on LHS) but I don’t really care because they are mostly hidden by the dark color and shell is a rough material anyways.
 

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How does one care for Tobacco (or Earth) Reverse Chamois?

I have my shoe care procedures (almost) perfected for calfskin, suede, nubuck, and even shell but am not sure what to do about this oil infused suede/leather. Does one brush it and how often? Does it need to be waterproofed? Does it need to be conditioned? How do you clean it and what products are used?

I am about to pull the trigger on these shoes but would like to be prepared to take care of them correctly.

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How does one care for Tobacco (or Earth) Reverse Chamois?

I have my shoe care procedures (almost) perfected for calfskin, suede, nubuck, and even shell but am not sure what to do about this oil infused suede/leather. Does one brush it and how often? Does it need to be waterproofed? Does it need to be conditioned? How do you clean it and what products are used?

I am about to pull the trigger on these shoes but would like to be prepared to take care of them correctly.

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Just brush it with suede brush to get debris off. Nothing else needs to be done
 

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