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  1. Burton

    Burton Senior member

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    Good question, Namor. Eleganza, these are shell and would be curious if just polishing them with color 8 polish would work as well. I have sent a note to Alden to see what they think about recrafting the color. I know Alden treat their Shell at the factory and would think that likely the most secure route--but the sun bleaching is enticing.
     
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    Would Neat's Foot Oil darken the lighter one?
     
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    Leave the darker shoe near a window that has a decent amount of sunlight & that shoe will fade over time. You can always have an Alden restoration done to them if you don't like the results.
     
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    LS #8 NST Saddle on the Leydon, my favorite Alden last.
     
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    Are you sure the faded one is from the sun? (not sure what else it could be, though) I would think there would be some kind of tan line under the tassel or lace.
     
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    It seems to me this could quite easily be the result of two shoes taking to dye quite differently.

    No matter what it is, if an Alden restoration will remedy it, I personally would go that route and be done with it.
     
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    I have little love for the Leydon last, but that is a nice shoe. :nodding:
     
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    ^ I regret not buying that pair. Hopefully LS will run it again.
     
  9. Burton

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    Yes. I am completely sure it is from the sun. There are "tan lines" under where the tassels have rested on the shoes. I don't know if you can see them in this picture they haven't photographed well.

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    I could see that too, however, the arch (which didn't see sun) and the spots under the tassel as well speak to the shoe being exposed to the sun. Years ago, I almost purchased a pair of heavily discounted NSTs and then, as the mate was being pulled from the store window, I noticed they were no longer the same color. In that case, the shoe had been on display for years and the one left in the sun was now brown.

    I tend to agreei with your conclusion about restoration from Alden. The discoloration is minimal and I believe it can be remedied by a recraft.

    Here is a great piece on how the sun affects SC.

    http://leffot.com/2011/08/31/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/
     
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    My j.crew #8 captoe boots are scheduled to come tomorrow, and i'm seeking advise on how to "set the crease" in a vamp area. I really, really dislike excessive rippling and remember reading somewhere about using a pencil to help "guide" the formation of the initial creases so they are somewhat symmetrical. Here's a description of the method i nabbed from another forum:



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    So, has anyone used this with success? Any tips or other suggestions? TIA

    Edit: Here's a link with more details from Tom at LS: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/...Alden-Chukka-ideal-crease-Japanese-Pen-Method
     
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    honestly i didn't have any creasing issues on my J. Crew captoes... if anything, I feel like the cap depth is perfect to wear you won't experience weird creasing. i am getting my ravello LWB for Alden SF tomorrow... seems like this week is going to be acquisition heavy for this thread.
     
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    I picked up a pair of BB color 8 LHS that had this (they were the display model and I got them for a song). I've been leaving the less-affected one in front of a window and they are evening out, though the process is slow. I've also done a little more conditioning and even added some colored corodvan cream to the lighter shoe. They're not perfect, but I like the effect and the faded color...they've become a nice shade of brown that's not available from Alden as new.
     
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    Agreed. The JCrew cap toe has its creases in an unlined part, which means they are very soft. I wouldn't worry about this model creasing like I would a lined chukka, for example.
     
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    Cool, thanks. I sold a pair of cigar chukkas in fear that the creases were going to become too extreme, so i'm glad to hear the captoes aren't as prone to this issue.
     
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