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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. Roggie Rog

    Roggie Rog Well-Known Member

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    I thought that, too. I will try to post pics. Thanks!
     
  2. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Senior member

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    Nice gunboats Don L!
     
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  3. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Senior member

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    I believe the variations in shell cordovan is what gives them character. As long as the differences in colour are slight I think that with wear they'll even out over time.
     
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    It will give a bit more. I have a pair of CXL PTB 11.5D that have stretched so that there is no space between the two sides of the laces. I wish I had got them in an 11.5C. My 11.5D 403 Indy boots have stretched a lot, too. I had bought a TSM seconds 403 in 11.5C but that was too narrow. In retrospect, I might have tried a 12C, but the non-D widths are more difficult to find. I fit 12D in the narrower Alden lasts (Hampton, Plaza, Aberdeen).

    Try wearing them for a few hours at night for a few consecutive nights (on carpet) to see how they stretch out.
     
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    hypomnema Senior member

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    I'm in the same boat. "Awaiting payment". I didn't know about their reputation until after I placed the order. Please post if you hear anything from them; I'll do the same.
     
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    Same here about learning NRO's business practices after ordering. I did get an email this morning updating status to awaiting shipment. Anyone else get anything further? Any actual tracking info?
     
  7. Roguls

    Roguls Senior member

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    Visited the Ground Gripper Shoe Shop today. Did not make it out unscathed:

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  8. El Argentino

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    Update on a longrunning restoration project:

    Many readers will remember a pair of 974s that I've been loving back to life via the Mac Method. Just wanted to do a photo update of how they're progressing.

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    Ebayed in Dec. '11. Arrived very dark and caked with black polish through the creases.

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    After a little basic brushing in Feb. '12.

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    A little more concerted brushing in April '12, and maybe a first Reno application.

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    On Mac's consultation, began wetting down the blackened sections with a heavily damp cloth and scrubbing off the embedded black polish. Texture began to change over the toes with increased pressure.

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    After a Mac Method session in Jul. '12 or so.

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    Eggplant brilliance has reappeared over the toebox. Have also begun spooning out old, stubborn creases, and the shoe looks far improved structurally. Really beginning to shine back up with little brushing.

    Just wanted to throw up this string of photos for anyone debating on battered Ebay shell. I snagged these for <$100, and while it's taken work and time, I have nonetheless enjoyed wearing them. If the shoe is structurally sound, shell can often come back from abuse and still look great. No doubt the process above would have been sped up as well if I'd focused on it more frequently, but it's been more of a pet project than anything. Focus a bit, leave it, and come back. Keep up your brushing, and use Reno sparingly.

    The Method works!
     
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    Unscathed? I would say swathed in luxury. Nice score.
     
  10. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Those look nice.

    Speaking of burgundy shell and infusing life back into them, I would also endorse Saphir shell cordovan cream in burgundy (Saphir calls the color "cordovan"). Said cream has done wonders, IMO, for burgundy shell that I deem as too light or too brown (such as the old AE burgundy shell). It will darken the shade of shell burgundy (unless, of course, the shell is quite dark to begin with, as is the case with many of my color 8 models).
     
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    http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/saphir-cordovan-shoe-polish.html

    Use the above product (in color "cordovan") on the shoe you wish to darken.
     
  12. Don L

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    Thank you

    Very Nice
    Coming along nicely. Well done. Another pair saved
     
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    Do local Alden stores (specifically Alden of DC) stock narrower widths in the LHS? Looking for some color 8 LHS in a 12B.

    Also any place that stocks the color 8 wingtip boots on the plaza last with the commando sole in narrow widths would be appreciated - though I've inquire about those on here before and I think I have to resort to special orders.
     
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    I was just looking at the Alden LHS on the Shoe Mart website. It says in bold red lettering that the "B" width is available thru them. Hope this helps.
     
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    Very nice. Scotch grain perforated cap toe? Haven't read anything about Ground Gripper in this forum. How is their selection?
     
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    WOW! Those are gorgeous. You have some enviable/rare boots!
     
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    I'd actually just ordered a bit of this from Hanger Project last week, so we'll see what more I can do. I ordered the Neutral, wanting to use it across my various colors while not wanting to get a bunch of individual jars. If it's that big of a benefit though, may have to consider individual colors.
     
  18. Roguls

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    Thank you sir. Always envied your photographs as well.

    The modified last has that ultimate retro look. I couldn't believe how nice these were when I saw them.

    Anyone on the fence about this leather should jump - looks like Shoemart has a PT boot in it, Unionmade has an Indy in it and these are from Moulded Shoe. The proprietor said Alden does not have any more of it for production - only a lighter pebble. These have a fantastic reddish hue underneath the brown.
     
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    the shoemart has ravello and cigar LHS's in stock... only in some sizes though
     
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  20. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm trying to convince the people at Saphir to extend this product line by adding the colors Whiskey and Ravello.
    Any interest out there in it?
    It would help me make my case with them.
     
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