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***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. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I took your advice, went in to see Steven and Colin, and walked out with a pair :slayer: Pics soon
     
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    Thanks, yeah you can just see the end of the shell cordovan stamp on the sole!
     
  3. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    FALSE. Cord pants in wheat are baller as fuck. That poster has some of the best pants in the thread
     
  4. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I use Saphir Reno and several waxes from them but on color 8 I use Alden's color 8 wax

    I don't use trees in my cowhide Indys but will likely use them in my suedes. I use trees in my cordovan boots
     
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    Thx man!
     
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    Since we're on the topic, how often do you gentlemen use wax/polish on your shells?

    I have yet to use any on any of my pairs. I use a slightly damp cloth to clean the shoes and brush them after the shoes are dried completely.

    I go to the local Nordstrom Rack and buy 3-5 pairs of shoe trees at once to keep in stock. I put shoe trees in all of my shoes that are $300+. They're only ~$12 a pair.
     
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    man, you got a great deal!
     
  8. meso

    meso Senior member

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    Basically never.
    If you use polish on shell it doesn't really get absorbed properly, because it's impregnated with waxes & oils.
    Kinda hangs out on the top and looks cloudy. Nasty really.
    Google "mac method"... seems to be preferred round here.
     
  9. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I use wax every 10 wears or so. A lot of guys say never but it seems everyone from Mac to Alden itself recommends occasional use of wax polish.
     
  10. Alcibiades

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    Alden's Floyd Gilmore recommends wax polish for cordovan. His quote says not to use "paste," which appears to be a synonym for cream polish. The cordovan guide included in Alden shoe boxes encourages wax polish over cream as well...

    GQ Eye: Do you have any tips for young guys who love Alden shoes but might not know the best way to take care of them?
    Floyd Gilmore: Shoes trees, number one, and don't wear them every day. Switch your shoes; I never wear the same shoes two days in a row. You want to keep them polished. For horsehide you use a wax polish and not paste, because the leather has a lot of oil in it, and on calfskin you can use paste or wax sparingly. Do that and put trees in them and they'll last you, unfortunately, a long time.

    YMMV
     
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    Or look here for all of your Alden questions!
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/24480#post_5254214
     
  12. El Argentino

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    Sweet snag. That's like an Ebay dream. Congrats - you'll love them


    For Color 8 I use Saphir Bordeaux.


    This. A lot of it has to do w/ personal taste and severity of wear, but try to err on the side of "less is more."
     
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    Awesome! God bless you, brother...
     
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    what are you waiting for?
     
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    Thank You for the support !! Tan corduroy's with "Midnight" blue Indy's....Priceless!! Wait till I wear them with my Seersuckers!!
     
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    THANKS!! What did I tell you...they were IRRESISTABLE!! Wear yours in good health. I am sure they are going to turn some heads !!
     
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    You should brag. Well Done!! Enjoy.
     
  18. justsayno

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    Where's the cheapest retailer that sells first quality Alden 990, plain toe blucher, in color 8 Shell Cordovan?
     
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    A brand new pair of Cigar longwings, mail ordered from the Alden Shop. I was surprised they didn't have stacked soles, but I prefer these plain ones.

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