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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. NAMOR

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  2. dddrees

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    I'm considering on getting the Alden Indy 404 in Dark Brown Kudu. I want something a bit more water proof and something more suited for winter weather. I was wondering how one would go about caring for leather on this type of boot.I don't intend to spit shine it, however when it does come to polish would one even use polish on a boot of this type? If so what color?
     
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    Just use neatsfoot oil
     
  4. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Thanks.

    Scuffs and such just add character I take it?
     
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    obenauf heavy duty LP would also do a very good job.
     
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    Thanks.

    Yeah I've also seen this mentioned as well. I guess it just depends which one you have used and which one you prefer using.
     
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    Kudu is a tough leather, very waxy and durable. It will always have a matte finish so I would imagine obenauf's would be best rather than polish. I have a pair but haven't had them for long enough to warrant any treatment.
     
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    Oh damn, I've been drooling around on those navy suedes in NYR's pics for months [​IMG]

    Another question: what do you guys say about that 405C vs a standard 403 Indy? Intending to wear them heavily in F/W in fairly foul conditions (or should I just go kudu instead [​IMG]).
     
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    How long is the Leffot preorder open?
     
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    Looks awesone. Love black shell, sporting some today BB PTB!

    Edge dressing is your friend ;)
     
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    How do you like them so far?

    I'm also looking at a pair of the 40513HC Tobacco Chamois version.

    It appears as these maybe even more water resistant.
     
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    I'd stick with the kudu if I were looking for a tough, weather resistant boot.
     
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    My "weatherproof" Alden boot is Leffot's Indy 405 on commando soles. I treat it with Montanta pitch blend. I find that when combined with thick socks, the shoe is great in all the conditions I have exposed it to (rain, snow, mud, etc).
     
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    So you believe the Kudo is better?

    Can you expand on this a bit as to maybe why you think this might be?
     
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    Also, the commando sole does have a leather part - how does that stand up to snow/mud etc.?
     
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    The exposed leather portion of the commando sole hasn't been an issue on my commando-soled boots (AF43's and Ultimate Indy's). Judging by the wear so far, the rubber lugs are going to need replacement long before the leather or stitching become issues. And I don't baby my Alden boots in winter - these two pairs are my go-to shoes for bad weather in New York City (though I have proper waterproof Danner boots for more serious snow/mud conditions).

    Edit: Not the greatest photo, but here are my AF43's after a day in the country last year, as evidence of non-babying. :)
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. MarioImpemba

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    Love it.
     
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    Sometimes, not living in the US sucks. If anyone is willing to help me with getting on (= paying for) a Leffot navy suede LWB pre-order or knows a good proxy who is able to accomplish this task, please PM me [​IMG]
     
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    Just ordered the Alden/BB unlined loafer in black :slayer:

    I'm sure it will play nicely with its color 8 older brother.



    I'm getting the Kudu Indy for my dad for Christmas. I'll pass on his feedback. He manages a transportation company and sometimes has to go out in nasty conditions (investigating an accident, for example) so after I gave him a 403 Indy, he's been asking if they have a model with a more aggressive sold.



    PM sent.
     
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