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The Official Alden Thread for 2024 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

tuna roll

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This is interesting - I have wondered why my 975, which are newer, never looks as shiny as all the pictures posted of color 8 cordovan - my pair looks similar to the derby pair, they look dull to me, especially in the vamp...When they were new, about a year ago, I've polished them twice and both times I used Renovateur first, then a cream polish for cordovan - I wonder if the Renovateur does this? Here is my pair:

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I’d imagine the Renovateur removes some of the oils on the surface but then you are adding them back with the cordovan cream, so… idk

My 986 is not only shinier but the upper feels flatter to the touch. While the derby feels a bit more textured, like calf. And of course flatter = shinier. So I assume there’s something in the treatment of cordovan that does this? Or maybe my derby is just dry and needs more cream?
 

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Snuff PTB on the bus
 

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Three 'news' for me today

1) worked on my own boots
2) Eagle toe taps
3) leather soles

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I've always liked the look of these particular toe taps, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they are IRL. Went for contrasting brass screws to match the hardware on the boots.


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The rare back-to-back with these Ravello LHS’s. Easily my favorite summertime shoes………

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Best seat in the house………

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Debating buying another pair of chukkas and making chukkas my daily wear shoe. If I already have snuff suede which I love should I just get another pair of the same?
 

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Debating buying another pair of chukkas and making chukkas my daily wear shoe. If I already have snuff suede which I love should I just get another pair of the same?
I don’t see the point of doubling up on snuff suede. I’d personally go color 8 -> dark brown suede and stop there. I’m not a chukka guy but for the Pennie’s that what I did.
 

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Debating buying another pair of chukkas and making chukkas my daily wear shoe. If I already have snuff suede which I love should I just get another pair of the same?
I'd look for a different color suede. If you really like the snuff color then get a different shoe in that color.
 

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Since we are talking about slight imperfections - curious about your opinion about something. I have an odd pair of wingtips that I just love. In terms of fit, they feel great, but they are a 3-eyelet pair and for some reason, based on this style, with my high in-step, I get a slight crease in the vamp area when I put them on...would this bother you? Pic below....

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With only 2 or 3 eyelet there’s usually a compromise with how much / where you can adjust tightness and things like that could happen. I guess I’d be ok with that. Maybe you could check with a cobbler if there’s anything he could do about it? Adjust the tongue a bit?
Debating buying another pair of chukkas and making chukkas my daily wear shoe. If I already have snuff suede which I love should I just get another pair of the same?
I debated doing the same since I love my unlined suede chukka so much. It’s the forest green one, not sure they make that color anymore. I’m considering buying another unlined suede one but different color (prob snuff) and a sturdier sole. The flex soles on mine are very comfy but one broken in the feel too flimsy for long days walking around the city.
 

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Three 'news' for me today

1) worked on my own boots
2) Eagle toe taps
3) leather soles

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I've always liked the look of these particular toe taps, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they are IRL. Went for contrasting brass screws to match the hardware on the boots.


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Really like the work - the taps are such a nice touch..
 

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For my color starved Alden brothers, who are stuck in a black and brown world...if you're looking for color variation these might work - they just arrived yesterday from the UK, a pair of C&J Boston loafers, in green country calf with "city sole" rubber soles...A G fitting, 10.5 UK, very similar to a Alden Van last in 11 E (without the heel slip)...I've wanted a green pair for some time, has to be a custom order, took 8 weeks to arrive....I'm very happy with them...

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