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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. Akeem

    Akeem Senior member

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    Unless you live in Hawaii or you're a valued customer, you may be waiting a really long time to get a pair in cigar.
     
  2. sevenfoldtieguy

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    I'm not a huge fan of them. Many many Alden boots out there I prefer over these.

    I am only replying because you solicited opinions. Good luck.
     
  3. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I've struggled with suede Indy boots. I have purchase two of them and sold them both. When it comes to suede I prefer Alden's other offerings (unlined chukka, unlined PTB, longwings, loafers, etc). The best suede Indy I have seen is Leffot's navy version. Not a big fan of the tan version
     
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    No sevenfoldguy I appreciate your response. I don't have anything near that color so I caved in and got it. Something completely different from what I have now.
     
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    I'm also not a fan of the Pitt boot. I like the plain toe for bluchers, but not for boots. The only exception being the Milkman Boot. Someone please bring this back!
     
  6. Papa Doble

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    I think this is a style that I appreciate, but I'd prefer something like a chukka or penny loafer in such a light brown suede, since that suggests spring or summer to me. It's a nice boot though, and I'm sure (1) they would look great with chinos and denim, and (2) I'd compliment them if they were posted here.
     
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    You have to remember this is Texas we wear boots year round... LoL so I will wear then this spring for sure
     
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    I like them.

    I think they would be a great option for someones rotation.
     
  9. P. Bateman

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    I completed lots of cleaning this weekend. The snuff suede had a food oil stain which I removed by placing the shoe in a plastic bag and then draping a hot towel over it to heat it up before finally rubbing in baby powder to the stain. I repeated 2x and then washed with Saphir Omninettoyant. The blue shoes I trashed on a night out in Vegas and made worse the next morning by drunkenly trying to clean them with a wet hotel towel. I took them to a cobbler for a professional cleaning but he inflicted even more damage by simply spraying over the stained area with blue suede spray :(. After a wash with Omninettoyant they look almost as good as new. Finally I sealed both with Allen Edmonds suede waterproofer. I'm very happy with how both pairs of shoes turned out.

    Do you guys store unlined shoes with shoe trees? I'm concerned that the shoe trees stretch the relative soft unlined suede when used for prolonged storage. I added Superfeet insoles to snuff shoes and the insoles + shoe trees creates a tight fit in the vamp.

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  10. irbe

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    ^Interesting method fot the stain on the suede. What does the baby powder do? After the suede is heated up, you just use baby powder to rub away the stain?
     
  11. P. Bateman

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    Baby powder contains cornstarch which is super absorbant. Heating the stain first makes the oil easier to manipulate, hopefully encouraging transfer from the shoe to the baby powder. I very lightly rubbed the baby powder into the stain with my finger and let it sit for 24 hours before brushing it off.
     
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    Do use a horse brush to remove the baby powder or your hand? I have a suede brush, but it seems very coarse and hard, i don't want to damage the suede.
     
  13. P. Bateman

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    I used a horse hair brush.
     
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    Also check the FAQ in my sig.
     
  15. Bakes11771

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    These look even better in your pics than they do on the LS website. I dig them.

    I also like the Sand Suede Indys with Red Brick sole. I wouldn't wear them myself, because indys aren't my style, but I like the way the red brick looks with the sand suede. Also, I would be too anal about keeping them clean.

    Nice work on fixing up those suede shoes, P Bateman. I am amazed at your level of success. Will be sure to send you any stained suede shoes that I have in the future.
     
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    Agreed -- these photos make the color 8 and the edge trim glow. Would love a pair of these but unless I'm soon able to wear boots during the workday it is easy to end up with more than I can ever wear. :happy:
     
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    Frans Boone do a cigar PT boot with speedhooks.
     
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    I laud your efforts but I hate pebble and I hate commando soles. If it was pure black shell or at least no pebble, and any more refined sole, I'd have been interested.
     
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    If it was on a more refined sole it would defeat the intended purpose of that particular shoe...
     
  20. Alcibiades

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    This shoe is already available - it's the standard black cordovan longwing
     
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