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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. abam

    abam Senior member

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    Avoided being neurotic for the longest time, but I wanted to get the opinion of SF. I got around to doing the Mac break in method -- on my third wear, I noticed something funny on my whiskey LWB. It appears a layer of something (possibly wax?) has peeled off the shoe, so instead of being shiny and smooth like the rest of the finish, it's somewhat matte and not quite the same shade as the rest of the shoe. Plans are to wax some more and maybe that will help?

    Sorry for the vagueness -- I don't have access to a great camera currently.
     


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    What's with the nephew thing?
     


  3. HorseHide

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    Or ride the MTA - guy like you has a driver, right? :slayer:
     


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    Despite what someone else said I do believe these are Chromexcel leather. I have had experience with HCL in my Wolverine 1000 mile boot. It is a great leather, if you are not planning to use them in heavy weather (like I did) they need very little care - I personally would not use polish, just a good brushing now and again, with a light leather dressing. They do develope a nice patina over time. Try to find some threads about the 1000 mile boot or if you can find some used ones on e-bay just to get a look at the leather as it ages. God's speed...

    Example:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wolverine-1...3161622?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item1e69bf4516
     
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    Thanks Mac, I got the inspiration from your pics. Love merino wool and the marcoliani and bresciani socks are wonderful.
     


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    I have been visiting that site for about 1yr now. It has not changed much in that time. Not sure if it has been around longer than that.
     


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    If I understand the condition you are describing this is normal and most often occurs where creases develop and there are different amount of stresses on the leather.

    For some it is a natural part of the break-in of the shoe, for others it creates a two-tone effect which isn't desirable. For me it depends on the color - #8 looks great as it develops (the creasing shows off the different hues and makes the shoe more attractive); cigar is more problematic; I don't think it is so noticeable for my whiskey and ravello.

    I don't think wax is the answer. Of course you can brush until your arm falls off (there is a bit of the chicken and the egg dilemma here since the creases sometime make it difficult to brush evenly which can further highlight the difference). One thing that was recommended by the guys at Alden SF (and is not without controversy since some think it is sacrilege to put cream products on shell) is to use a small amount of Alden neutral creme on the impacted area - makes the issue go away.
     


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    I was just thinking about this. I had been using the free shoehorn I got from Alden SF but now that I have my WT boot I realized I need a larger shoehorn. When I asked Steve at Leffot what size would be useful for boots he said "any size 12" up would work". So I guess any size less than 12" would work for regular shoes.

    I was considering purchasing some of those fancy Abbeyhorn shoehorns. They look amazing but damn expensive.
     


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    What an ironic place to post this question.

    "This so-called mac method and your little break-in procedure are kind of ridiculous. They're just shoes, man - you wear them on your feet. Am I missing something?"
     


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    It's been up for a while. The gents there are good via email; the site is limited.
     


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    "Ironic place"? Not sure I see the irony in the "place", but if you are saying that it is ironic for me who has previously suggested that certain people may be a little obsessive/compulsive about how to treat their Aldens to also be commenting on what could, to some, be considered obsessive/compulsive treatment of jeans, well I see them as consistent comments about similar behavior.

    I get the craft thing - and that is why I really like Aldens and some of those high-end jeans. I just don't get the "special treatment" that some feel is necessary to truly appreciate the product. I'm open-minded about the merits of the special treatment of the jeans (I have no experience and that's why I asked). I'm not so open-minded about the special treatment of the Aldens (I clean them regularly and buff them occasionally, they don't get worn on successive days unless I'm traveling, and they get stored with shoe trees inside their felt bags - that's it).
     
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    Unless they've changed the makeup of that model number use since I got mine, those brown J Crew aren't CXL.
    If you've actually handled them in person, you'd know they weren't CXL.
     


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    Here is my post on the subject from a week ago... Go to any J Crew store and compare the "chromexcel" on the Indy boot and the "chromexcel" in either of the calf longwings. The Indy boot is clearly chromexcel while the longwings are a different leather. That said, the longwing leather feels different to me than normal Alden calf - thicker. Based on the few fit pics I have seen on the tobacco longwing, I don't believe it has the "pull up" quality that some chromexcel does - however, I find this varies within chromexcel as well (my black quoddy canoe mocs in chromexcel are just black, for example).

    Its probably best to contact Alden directly to find out - I doubt the J Crew folks know what type of leather it is
     
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    I like the Alden ones better than the Abbeyhorn ones. They are cut to look more natural. For example, the short Abbeyhorn one is cut to look just like a cheap plastic one.

    Also, one of they guys at the Alden shop said he just uses a short one even for boots and it works for him.

    I tried it with my Indy boots and it works fine. The longer ones looked a bit cumbersome to me in person.
     
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    Wow, 4 months! That seems like a really long time to wait.
     
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