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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. stevent

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    I will definitely research the swab method because a previous post said the sanding took a lot of elbow grease. But I can imagine with the swab approach one needs to be really careful.


    You are right to bring up the top of the edging. I had planned to just leave the top as is and see if it bothered me before doing anything about it. Interestingly enough, the pics of the #8 LWB's a few posts back seem to have antique edging but with the top looking quite dark. But maybe that was just the picture.

    Thanks to both of you for your input. I will post before and after pics.
     
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    2nd journey of my cigar LWB from Alden SF. My first shells [​IMG]
    I'm seeing a slight whitening of the leather in creases. I heard about that sometime ago, but can't recall what that was about. Is it something normal, or should it be treated in some way?
     
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    wax just brush it away
     
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    Those look outstanding with the denim! Almost Ravello-toned [​IMG] Enjoy!
     
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    Question--- I also am expecting delivery of some shell burgundy Dalton's soon. Both of these boots seem to have black sole edge dressing. Unionmade has a makeup of a #8 WT boot with antique edge dressing which I think looks stunning. So I was considering taking one of these pairs and sanding off the black dressing and applying some AE chili edge dressing. There have been some posts of how to do this.

    The J Crew boots were my candidate since doing this, I think, makes the boots more casual. The Barrie last is chunkier looking than the AE Dalton silhouette so I'd keep the Dalton's as is for dressier wear. Opinions?



    to the above wondering about changing edge trim/welt on the jcrew perf cap toe boots in #8, here are mine.

    there is another pair on this forum somewhere that I think were executed even better...i thin it was a reverse welt and topy'd commando sole
     
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    I was waiting at a gate at DFW, wearing my natty CXL Indy boots (modified last from Moulded Shoe) when a stranger comes up to me and asks where I got my boots. I thought he was one of us addicted ones but I don't think he even what Alden was. I have to say that of all my boots, these get the most looks. It might be just the contrast of the lighter colored boots against the dark denim. I'm hoping it's not because I somehow look funny!! :embar::embar:
     
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    Thanks for sharing your Chorizo-ized boots. Yes ideally, I'd send the boots as soon as I got them to B Nelson and have them replace the welting with antiqued edging, top included. I'd have to think whether I'd want split reverse welting.

    However, I think I'm going to try to do what I can myself at the beginning. Did you do that work yourself? Even the top of the edging? Because it looks quite light.
     
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    Funny - I'm thinking about making the edge trim on a pair of ravello chukkas darker...
     
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    I've gotten numerous strangers asking me about my lighter colored boots (405s and natural CXL cap toes). I think the quality is apparen and the lighter color looks more noticeable. Think - most lighter color boots are tan Timberland work boots or similar.
     
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    I think I'm in the minority that prefers the darker edge trim with ravello, perhaps excluding loafers. It definitely allows them to be dressed up a bit more.
     
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    Weather is cooling so I got the cordovan wingtip boots out of storage.
    Ravello, black, cigar Aldens and a pair of C&J for Polo Lindricks.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice collection!
    Lindrick shell matching looks way off :uhoh: hoping my pair in the mail doesn't look like that
     
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    those cigars look super light too!
     
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    did nothing myself...went straight to b nelson haha
     
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    [​IMG] Wore my cigar wingtip boots on Friday too.
     
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    I sanded the black trim off of my unlined cordo LHS and my Leather Soul Tanker boots recently, applying the allen edmonds chili edge dressing. I've been thrilled with the results.

    While I haven't tried the alcohol method my .02 on sanding is that both pairs I did this to were pretty beaten up and had scuffed/faded edges already. In this case I feel like the sanding helped smooth out what was already a pretty haggard looking sole edge. If i were to do the same on a brand new pair I'd try the swab method since you're dealing with a smooth edge to begin with.
    I can post pics of the results tomorrow, but yes, others have done the same before I have and I think it's a great look.

    FWIW, I'm considering the J Crew #8 captoe boot myself and, after seeing the results i got with these pairs, would not hesitate to do the same to that pair.
     
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    has anyone stopped into Alden DC recently? wondering if they have any interesting makeups at the moment, i.e. something you cant hop online to purchase from other retailers) i need to make a trip out there but would like it to coincide with the exchange of some monies lol
     
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    a nice look from the shoe mart....
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    i wish they were this pattern

    [​IMG]
     
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    ^, yep. the first pattern looks half baked.
     
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