***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

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    Does anyone know of any retailer currently selling an Alden boot with the following specs:
    • Color 8 shell cordovan
    • Wingtip
    • 9 eyelets - NO speed hooks
    • Barrie last
    • Commando sole preferred but not required

    I have found several that are close, but for those danged speed hooks...
     
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    Epaulet...http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-1216/*Alden-for-Epaulet-Brixton/Detail
     
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    How easy is it to weatherize suede? If I were to buy the suede chukka, could I talk it in to my local cobbler and have him/her make it waterproof/stainproof?
     
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    I think he means these, it was a rando ebay auction, not official j crew. good find though
     
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    I agree with you 100%. Proportionately, they are the most narrow toe box/wide heel last that Alden offers. Completely impossible for me to fit in any size or width.
     
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    There are a bunch of ebay vendors based in lynchburg, Va, that sell jcrew product such as Paisley Petunia. they claim not to be affiliated with J.Crew but are located in the same town as their distrobution center and almost certianly sell returns that can't go back on the floor, as well as press and lookbook samples.

    i'm almost 100% certain that these are J. Crew proxies.
     
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    Super easy, you just spray some stuff on there and let it dry.

    Suede shoes don't look quite right to me until they show some wear. Suede is not fragile. You can let them get wet, dirty, etc., and clean them with a brush if they get too dirty. Or do this -- Leffot video
     
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    When suede is new/very clean, apply Meltonian suede protector. It's an excellent product. It will darken your suede very slightly at first, but normal color will return after a few wears.
     
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    Sounds promising. WIll it completely keep the rain out? I'm planning on wearing these in London weather.
     
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    suede won't be waterproof even if treated with a spray. they would be water resistant at best.
    water also will get in through the welt stitching of any welted shoe.
     
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    reedobandito Senior member

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    Prolly no way around this, huh...
     
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    I've just continued to use the Meltonian. It doesn't bother me the way it used to because when I actually use a cleaner on the shoe it takes a bit of the polish off. So when I give them a fresh cleaning/polish/ wax it has a nice patina to it. On Cordovan I think Venetian will get some wax off. I also hear Renovateur does about the same. I will remind you, though, eventually after wear those color 8's will look like Cigar anyway. I bought a color 8 belt a couple of years ago and some exposure to sun and light it now goes better with my Cigar Indies than it ever will again with my color 8 dress shoes. For them I wear the AE Merlot belt. I would finish of polishing the cap toes and use the burgundy or bordo on the rest of the boots like Izach suggested. I know it's sounds crazy to hear this now but, have fun with them. You'll appreciate the different variations about cordovan once they get some age and wear.
     
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    Unionmade - Loden Green Wingtip
     
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