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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. Resistant

    Resistant Senior member

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    I have to stop coming here

    Those Harrison NST are so fine..

    Media Hound wear the jeans a bit first and do some wash then hit the tailor - once those are hemmed a tad they will drape well enough to not have to take them in a smidge.
     
  2. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    Hmmm. All this talk had me interested in these. This model we're talking about is the 963? If so it's described elsewhere as brown calf suede. Maybe there are two versions.
    Those look like they will be very nice. I like the pair I have on the Hampton. I agree that there's good room for the toes. Enjoy!
     
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    I know some are a big fan of doing a wash right away, but I really am not. I think you greatly reduce the fading and the fading that you do get becomes much more uniform. Those first 30 wears or so that really help to set your creases get the best contrast when not washed, IMO. The bleeding can suck but some bleed more than others. I get the most transfer on the leather seat in my car so I typically just sit on an old towel for awhile.
     
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    I an sure you already know this but I would recommend going back to Self Edge for the tailor. They will know roughly how much shrinkage to account for and they have proper chain stitching. Those flat irons will look incredible if you put the time in on them.

    Damn, now I want a new pair of jeans...
     
  5. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Hem all the way gets my vote.
     
  6. sevenfoldtieguy

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    FWIW:

    The official Alden catalog designates the following models as mocha kid suede

    666
    3554
    904
    963
    953

    And the following as dark brown suede

    9697f
    1492
    6245f
    1273s
    H155

    And the following as brown suede
    H4685
     
  7. Shawnc

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    First, thanks to all who have responded to my original post with welcomes and helpful advice. It is truly appreciated. As for this question, I think I solved the riddle. As stated, the shoes in question are unlined. They are LHS made for BB and the "Shell" marking is visibly stamped in the inside heel. I have since seen this on other made for BB LHS. The Horween stamp on the inside leather appears to be a luck of the draw.

    Now for a few more questions (but first, time to fess up to my ignorance). Prior to coming to this site, I assumed cordovan referred only to color. I had no idea that it also referred to the type of leather. So when I received my LHS, my first instinct was to shine the heck out of them, but I could never really get the perfect look. I have since tried almost everything to remove the buildup and use proper techniques for caring for shell. They look better, but I want them to "pop" and I can't seem to get there. A couple of pic's in bad lighting:

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    These are my favorites. When I saw the color of the welt(?) against the color 8, I was in love. So, to my questions. Any suggestions on what I can do to get these to really pop. I have tried everything and I even have a dearbone on the way. I have seen reference to the 'Mac' method and searched the forum for what that involves with no luck. I have also seen some of his shines and have been blown away every time. If someone can point me to this method i would really appreciate it. My second question relates to my shell color 8's I just received from Alden of Carmel. Is there something I should do to shell's before wearing them. The web is all over the place on this. Carmel's website has a suggestion but it involves a shine that includes 5 separate applications of paste wax. I don't mind the effort but this seems counter to the position of minimal wax shines on shell.

    Again, thanks so much for the way you all have welcomed me to the community and the helpful advice you have shared. And oh yeah, I have the fever. I've got it bad.
     
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    My suspicion is that the greyish Brixtons you saw were actually completely new, maybe tried on in store, but not seriously worn. NatCXL will usually start off very pale, and then will patina "golden" with wear and care. CXL won't pick up rain spots either like cordo is prone to doing. Obviously you don't want the shoes soaked, but I wouldn't mind wearing mine outside when showers started. Brush them well, and hit them with some reno/meltonian/whatever, and you should be good to go. I think NatCXL is probably the easiest leather to patina in the quickest amount of time b/c of how little dye is used (if any).

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    El A....Are these natty cxl...very nice...let us know what you have done to them. Color looks great. Debating whether to get some natural cxl wingtip boots. If I can get them to look like this, I would pull the trigger. JT
     
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  9. Bakes11771

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    I like 1" single cuff, but to each his own.
    I did not mean to imply that I doubted you on the NS.

    Thank you, El.
    Those are hot. They do look a bit bulbous in that pic. Almost like a modified. Do you have big feet?

    Will be googling model numbers for pics.

    Just google 'Mac Method'. Surprised you haven't been able to find it. Look in to "Renomat". I bought some, but have not actually used it.

    I don't suscribe to AOC's initial wax application ideology. I stick to the Mac Method.
     
  10. irbe

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    Just got my first pair of cap top jcrew alden cordovan. Noticed a stain of some sort on the color 8. Tried to take a pic of it best I could. New cordovan and just curious is this normal:

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    Noticed "stain" like this in two spots
     
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    Cordovan seldom dyes 100% evenly.
     
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    Cuff look terrible, hem it bruh
     
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    SFTG, thanks very much. That hit the spot! 904's are wingtips, which look incredible. Kid suede is really something: different nap than bovine suede
     
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    I guess it's really just personal preference. All these look okay to me. (Well okay, the middle one is a bit much) -



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    If you are handy you can make a " tongue trap" if you are able or willing you will need to cut a piece of thin leather and punch a couple small holes. If interested I will post a how to
     
  16. MrDV

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    Chasing uncle Mac's shine is like trying to catch a unicorn sliding down a double rainbow. It is not going to happen. The man cheats. He employs a team of oompa loompas who brush and buff 24/7. In addition, his rotation allows him to wear each pair a handful of times a year. (I was trying to be funny, except for the last sentence)

    For regular upkeep I wipe w damp cloth, brush each shoe 7-10 mins, quick buff w old cotton tshirt.

    To bring back the pop in used and abused shell,
    I brush a lot, apply little saphir renovator with my finger, brush a lot again, use very very very little kiwi, brush a lot again, quick buff w cotton tshirt.

    I recommend you take care of your own shoes, most shoe shine places have no clue how to treat shell.
     
  17. hoit1981

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    Does anyone know of a retailer with CXL (either natural or brown) NST boots in stock or with a pre-order?
     
  18. Bakes11771

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    Isn't it PatrickB who is also able to get mirror-like shines on his shell? If not for him, I would also be as skeptical as you.


    +1
     
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  20. rydenfan

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    Leather Sole recently had a few pairs left of their Brown CXL NST boot
     
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