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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. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    You will not, and those ravello SWBs are particularly awesome.

    Nice chukkas.
     
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    Uhg! DV, you're killin' me man! I've yet to venture into the world of Alden Suede. Shots like these make it very hard to wait on my next pair of shell. I may just toss in the towel and pull the trigger on a suede pair, I'm tired of my whiskey shell wating game. :confused:
     
  4. Bakes11771

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    Sounds like you have the situation pretty well under control.

    Just wanted to add that I had something similar (that may have been the same thing) on a pair of new Aldens and a cobbler was able to take it right off with some shoe cleaning solvent. Only kicker was that Alden dyed over the blotch, so there was an un-dyed spot underneath where the blotch was. Polish covered it right up.

    Do you think they gave you new tassels? or just refreshed the old ones?
     
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  5. Hermitedge

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    Yea, I was debating on whether the three issues were ones I could deal with or not. The blotchy dye is what bugged me most, still not sure if something like that kinda evens out or not. I figured the scuff would eventually disappear, but was wondering if a deerbone or venetian would help.
     
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    How many shoes you got man .I call for a family photo . If you and mac got your shoes together youd need a satellite to shoot em . Seriously tho beautiful .Suede is the new shell.
     
  7. Numbernine

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    Deer bones work ok . I use one . Im not convinced its any better than than the back of a spoon or a hardwood stick . They will all lessen the visibilty of the nicks on the toe. Imo the real beauty of shell is its patina and character that develop over time. I know its a disappointment when this happens with new shoes but its really no big deal . Its just a jumpstart on how you really want them to look anyway
    The blochy dye thing is the nature of shell thats why rare shades are rare .Finding shell without this is rare. Alden can and probably will refinish the shoe if you request though
    Here is a pic of a very old pair of # 8 you can see blemishes quite well
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  8. Icculus

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    I'm having a hell of a time getting a buff/shine on my shell chukkas - am I just not brushing enough/hard enough? I'm using the Mac method, and I feel like the brushing has dulled the finish, is this what happens before the natural luster comes out?
     
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    I had a scuff like that on my Marlows and a bit of brushing and buffing with a cloth, and then some Venetian Shoe cream followed by wax polish applied directly to the scuff, and now can't hardly even tell anything was there.
     
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    MrDV: agreed, it's a great day for tan suede.

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    Also -- and sorry to bring up a talked to death topic -- but what's the consensus on best practices for suede care?
     
  11. Don L

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    Brush lightly and also try using a cotton cloth to buff with a spritz of H2O
     
  12. Don L

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    Cigar Cap's today

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    Since we seem to be on a suede kick today, my second pair of NSTs.
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    I just ordered some of the neutral Saphir spray with almond oil. These sprays were highly reviewed, but unavailable in the US for a while. I am going to clean some of my older suede and waterproof some new chukkas soon, so I'll pass along reviews
     
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    Does anyone here own both the Indys and the Red Wing Beckmans and do they fit the same? Thanks!
     
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    I did for a time. I would go the same size in each though note the Beckman toe box is higher so will feel a bit looser vertically in the toe region.
     
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    Not sure if Don L is responding to your post, or the one on suede care, but I was going to suggest the soft cloth and spritz of water.

    Think of the brush as rough-grit sand paper and the soft cloth as fine-grit. Shines in general, whether it be on a shoe, car, or whatever, are the result of an ultra-smooth and even surface. The soft cloth really smooths/evens out the surface oils or wax beyond what a brush does, and brings out that high-gloss finish.
     
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    they look best beaten up, in my opinion..
     
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    NOS Hanover.

    I'm an Alden guy through and through, but I own enough vintage NOS Florsheim Imperials and Hanovers (LB Sheppard line) to know they are easily the equal to Alden. I have a color 4 NOS ptb Hanover and it is made so well I think I could run it over with my car. :laugh:
     
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    Where are people buying vintage Florsheims and Hanovers? Just on eBay?
     
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