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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. AML225

    AML225 Senior member

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    Wow that looks awesome. Did you treat the exposed wood or anything? I may have to do this.
     
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  2. Pastor

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    I first sanded off the black with a 140 grade sandpaper. This took about an hour to do and caused at least one blister on my thumb. After this was finished I re-sanded again with a fine grain 220 sandpaper and this made the leather really smooth. I then took some Meletonian medium brown shoe cream and rubbed it into the exposed leather. I did this twice and then buffed with a brush. After this I took some darker brown cream and did the same thing (just the medium brown gave the edge a orange color but adding the darker brown gave it almost an antique look). I made sure the cream had dried and then I applied two coats of a satin finish polyurethane that I got from Lowes. It took about 2 hours total time.


    I've wanted to do this for a while and knowing the welt would be dark kept me from starting. I finally decided that I could live with the darker welt since the leather uppers (#8) were so dark already. I'm guess that there will be very few people that will even notice (unless I go to a SF convention).


    See above.
     
  3. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Senior member

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    Terrific...Thanks. Much appreciated.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I have seen these. Not a fan of the color on the J.Crews. Love the Roy boot but Context is out in my size and besides I don't really like the crepe soles either.

    Does anyone know where I can find the Pitt boots online? Leather Soul is sold out and I'm guessing these are made exclusively for them. Other suggestions on a plain toe or cap toe boot are welcome. I'm new to Alden and am eager to buy my first pair.
     
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    Looks good Pastor.

    NAMOR put up a DIY a while ago too http://lastedleather.com/Edgetrim/Changingedgetrim.html
     
  6. lagsun

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    AoC has a couple of sizes of their #8 plain toe boot with commando sole on the trubalance last:

    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/Shoes-Shell_Cordovan_High_Lace_Boot_160.htm
     
  7. misterjuiceman

    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    The color on the J.Crew boot gets better with age. I actually owned it for a few days, but ended up returning it. Just wasn't for me. I don't think the Trubalance last is a great last for a plain-toed boot. I bought it along with the cap-toed boot that they also sell (the color #8 one), and I thought that was much sleeker. When a boot on the Barrie last is considered sleeker than something, that something is not so sleek! I think the last works very well for the Indy boot, but for plain toe I'd rather have a different one.

    I'm with you on the crepe sole for the Roy boot. If it had anything else, it'd be a much more attractive option for me.

    As a suggestion for cap-toed boots:
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    I love mine; it's a great looking boot that only gets better with age. Works great with dark wash or raw jeans, too.
     
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    Exposed wood - must be Dutch Aldens from Frans Boone.
     
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    Thank you.
    Amen to that!
     
  10. Morgan

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    [COLOR=FF00AA][/COLOR]

    To be fair, Alden marketing language frequently refers to "oak bark soles" without explaining that it's a leather tanning process. I can understand why some might think the soles are actually oak wood or bark material.
     
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    Props to Pastor for having the balls to take sandpaper to his gunboats. That change looks revitalizing - enjoy them!
     
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    I'm not trying to proove anything but this is what I got from Horween directly, nothing to do with better shell quality for light colors etc -


    We produce the colors based on production amounts from the larger shoe customers. The special colors are run periodically when they place orders for these colors which for some is only a couple times a year. Thus the limited availability on certain colors.
     
  13. misterjuiceman

    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    You might also want to check out these:
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  14. closerlook

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    hahaha
     
  15. Chubbs

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    Juiceman, that is exactly what I want minus the perforation. Maybe I'm just being too picky. But I'd rather wait and get exactly what I want. This will be my first time purchasing a boot at this quality/price point.
     
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  16. misterjuiceman

    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    [​IMG]
    You might like the Vanguard boot, then. I don't know if/when it's coming back. You could email LS and see, though. Very slightly different since this has brass eyelets and speed hooks, though.
     
  17. Chubbs

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    Yeah, very nice looking. I'll take your advice and email them. Thanks again.
     
  18. david3558

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    Ahhhh thinking about letting my Ravello SWBs go... the Barrie last 's awful fit is annoying me :embar:
     
  19. Morgan

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    chakmak, if you need more data points on the AF53s from Alden of Carmel, here's my pair at about five years. As beautiful as the Jumpers are, I prefer a commando sole on rugged boots. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  20. schrag

    schrag Well-Known Member

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    Just placed an order for these from J Gilbert:

    [​IMG]

    Will be my 2nd pair of Aldens, after my Suede 904 wingtips (or is it shortwings around here?)

    They'll be the most expensive shoes/boots I have ever purchased :drool:
     
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