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

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  1. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

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    my alden shoe collection.

    back row left to right
    cigar longwingn shell
    #8 longwing shell
    nst calf
    suede captoe
    ptb cigar shell
    black captoe shell


    my alden boot collection

    back row left to right

    nst shell #8
    nst black calf
    scotch grain burgandy
    af84 wingtip brown calf
    jcrew indy
    wingtip black calf.


    Nice collection, but you need some shoe trees!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. rick

    rick Senior member

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    Nice collection, but you need some shoe trees!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    i know is it to late.
     
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    Hey all,

    I just got some new Alden chukkas in brown calf and the leather on the sides of the shoes seems really "wrinkled." Am I just being super picky or do these look kind of odd?

    I have a pair of wingtips that have that. I never noticed it until this post but now I do. The location makes it a non-issue on my opinion, unless you are going to wear them with shorts?

    Even then I doubt anyone would notice.
    That's bullshit if they're new from a store. Return them.

    I'm not even sure how they wrinkled like that. I've never seen the sides of shoes to get wrinkled like that even from daily wear.

    I have a pair of calf wingtips that did that. Not seconds either. Now I will probably notice this on all my shoes.
    Crosspost, black pebble grain gunboats:

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    Shell:

    I love the pebble grain's and may pick up another pair if I can get them on sale.
     
  4. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Another good release on LeatherSoul website... check it out.
    Very nice!
    I e-mailed Alden customer service asking where I could buy replacements and they sent me 3 pair in the mail gratis, you may want to do the same..
    Yeah, I do not see the point in getting free laces if I did not like the originals. I need to get some that I like. Also I may go with a different color.

    Alden Ravello Shell Cordovan Hunting Boots
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    Yeah, those are ridiculous. [​IMG]
    Just received my first pair of Alden boots -- these are the Aviators from Orvis.
    Those are horrible. Just horrible! [​IMG]

    (J/K, I really like those.)
     
  5. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    Picked these up recently. Suede wingtips on Barrie. I tried one narrower than usual as well as sizing down 1/2 size and I like the fit, though I have to wear them with thin dress socks.
    Very nice. Very versatile. I would not go narrower next time IMHO.
    anyone have experince wth wome wearing alden? my wife wants a pair of LW's or the new boot on LS and she wears 8D womens. Thoughts?
    [​IMG] Reall,y I am not sure how I feel about Alden becoming a women's shoe.
    my alden shoe collection.

    back row left to right
    cigar longwingn shell
    #8 longwing shell
    nst calf
    suede captoe
    ptb cigar shell
    black captoe shell


    my alden boot collection

    back row left to right

    nst shell #8
    nst black calf
    scotch grain burgandy
    af84 wingtip brown calf
    jcrew indy
    wingtip black calf.

    Nice! Your Indy's look a little more worn than I would have expected for such a new release?
     
  6. rick

    rick Senior member

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    my alden shoe collection.

    back row left to right
    cigar longwingn shell
    #8 longwing shell
    nst calf
    suede captoe
    ptb cigar shell
    black captoe shell

    [​IMG]


    is it to late for shoe trees
     
  7. rick

    rick Senior member

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    my alden boot collection

    back row left to right

    nst shell #8
    nst black calf
    scotch grain burgandy
    af84 wingtip brown calf
    jcrew indy
    wingtip black calf.

    [​IMG]


    same question is it to late for shoe trees
     
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    Ahab Senior member

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    is it to late for shoe trees
    I would say no. Especially if you are going to get them re-crafted. Even one or two pairs rotated would make a huge difference.
     
  9. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    rick you an inspiration to us all
     
  10. rick

    rick Senior member

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    I would say no. Especially if you are going to get them re-crafted. Even one or two pairs rotated would make a huge difference.

    thanks
     
  11. rick

    rick Senior member

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    rick you an inspiration to us all

    thanks i want those ravello hunting boots from tassels they are out of my size. damm
     
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    Very nice. Very versatile. I would not go narrower next time IMHO.
    Yeah, I agree. When I recraft, I'll look into Alden putting them on a wider last (apparently they can do this with most shoes). I got them for a steal and figured I'd see how much play I had with sizing. I can certainly wear them as they are, but I'd prefer a D to the C. Rick, it's never too late for shoe trees. They will not make your shoes look new again, but they should help. The point of the tree is that after you wear the shoe all day and it is a bit damp from sweat and creased, It allows the shoe to dry more in its original shape, rather than just drying creased. That's why it's more important to use trees as soon as you take of the shoe for 24-48 hours than it is to store them long term. Once they dry, they are not going to crease on their own. Start with 2-4 sets of trees, see how much of a change you see. The more you have the more convenient it is (you are not always pulling out other shoes to get trees for what you are wearing) but you will certainly see results with just a few pairs. A collection that nice certainly deserves decent trees. Edit: Oh, and FWIW, I generally don't tree my Indys unless I get them wet in the weather. They look BETTER broken in and worn hard, I'm not fighting with the creases, I think they look better set.
     
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    rick-

    Its definitely not too late for shoe trees. Cordovan shoes will always get some creases, but shoes trees also help absorb moisture which will prolong the life of the shoes.

    EDIT- DrZRM beat me to it.
     
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    Yeah, ditto above info, and just remember that it's not just about appearances (controlling creasing) but more importantly about prolonging the life of the interior of the shoes. Interior damage is damage that typically can't be fixed during recrafting or otherwise. DRZRM, I'd start treeing those indys for that very reason.
     
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    Random Alden pics,

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