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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. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    These are awesome. I've recently tried contacting TSM regarding shipping a pair north of the border but no one has answered. Does anyone know if "Mark" still works there?
     
  2. docalden2013

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    Some quick questions re Alden Leather Defender, which arrived from JCrew today:

    - Label claims it will "clean and protect calfskin and genuine shell cordovan." Can I trust that it can indeed be used on shell? (I know it says so, but I'm paranoid about it given that I'm kind of a shoe care newbie)

    - Directions are to "Apply Alden Leather Defender to a soft cloth and wipe shoes thoroughly. Let dry. Turn cloth and buff gently. For best results allow leather to dry completely before wearing shoes." Do you fellow Alden Leather Defender users actually follow this procedure? If memory serves well enough, I have a faint recollection of someone instructing us to simply spray the shoe before going out on days rain is predicted. I'd rather go with this on-the-fly method. Shoe care can be time consuming. I'm barely keeping up on my Mac Method basics! (Please don't tell Uncle; I don't want him to be disappointed in me, especially before I post pics of the new whiskeys tomorrow) [​IMG]

    - For those of you who don't believe in the Leather Defender, what alternative water protection, if any, are you using and why?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback you can offer.
     
  3. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Mac, do you ever use Reno or Venetian on your shells? How often?
     
  4. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    ^^^On the topic of laces, does anyone know where i can find Quality Beige laces? I want to change up the look of my shoes but Yellow and Orange are not going to cut it.
     
  5. docalden2013

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    How about http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/fashionrounddresslaces.asp ?

    Good luck!

    Oh, a quick followup question: Are you colored laces-wearing folks ever struggling with shoe dye, etc getting on the laces? I recently removed the yellow laces from my #8 LWBs and found random spots (probably at exactly where the lace enters the eyelets) were stained with eggplant-color. Some of the stains rubbed off with a little elbow grease, but they still linger. Should I launder them? Oxyclean?
     
  6. phototristan

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    I've used the defender on shell with no problems. In fact I believe it was formulated specifically for shell cordovan - http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/12/22/alden-leather-defender/ But I usually only put it on during rainy season, or I'm going out to a bar where beer or something might spill.
     
  7. MrDV

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    thanks, but there can only be one uncle mac.
    thanks, they are very nice looking.
    thank you sir
    thanks, I know, im not worthy.
    thank you sazon, these do seem a bit darker. maybe the creases will show lighter tones.
    gracias argentino
    thank you sir
    thank you brp2, keep looking, you never know...
    thank you sir.
    thanks uncle.
     
  8. MrDV

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    shaunw, the boots are awesome
     
  9. MrDV

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    great boots uncle, I haven't seen those before. thanks for sharing.
     
  10. MrDV

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    congrats steve, great score
     
  11. MrDV

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    blue, great shoes. I want a pair.
     
  12. 100 yrs

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    had a cobbler add a third eyelet to my pair of cxl chukkas, they did a fine job and it it improved the fit for me. unfortunately, they also polished the shoe with i don't know what, and i really dislike shiny cxl. these had a really nice dull glow (if that makes sense) when new. what's the best way to remove the polish and start from scratch? i already applied some reno and that didn't do much. do i step it up to renomat? an AE product perhaps?
     
  13. tsekh

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    RenoMat is the way to go.
     
  14. 925

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    from Alden trunk show @ Tassels HK last week

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    IIRC, fellow sf'er interlockingny has these (LS ravello WT) in a 9.5D for sale in the B/S thread.
     
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  16. dslonghorn4

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    A little whiskey for a casual Friday.
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  17. dslonghorn4

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    A little whiskey for a casual Friday.
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  18. rydenfan

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    A lovely day for snuff

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    ...make that TWO shots of Whiskey [​IMG]
     
  20. hpreston

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    I recently bought Alden Leather Defender to protect my shell PTB's. I purchased it from Kathy at Alden DC (more on that story later) and she reiterated that it is mainly for shell, "but you can use it on calf too, if you want" and will prevent water spots, if caught in the rain, she also made sure to tell me to "spray it on a cloth first, then apply to the shoe using the cloth." I followed her advice, and it looks fine on shell, although I have not worn them in the rain yet.

    I plan to treat all of my shell shoes with it in the comming weeks.
     
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