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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. green garden

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    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Quoting this since it sums up my thoughts. I know MrDV keeps his shoes looking fantastic, but I'd just go with these and own the patina.

    Love the alpine grain!
     
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    Guys - I know this is an Alden site but please allow me this one transgression as I want to share an experience that was only possible because of 2 pieces of advice I received from this forum. I am an avid ebayer and search daily for deals on Alden. However someone once mentioned that they search on 'shell cordovan'. Since receiving that advice, I have added this to my daily search. A few days ago I found a pair of Florsheim long wings with tassels for $100 shipped. There is a little tear in the leather but I showed the listing to my cobbler before pulling the trigger and he ensured me that he could take care of it. In addition to this defect the shoes just looked really crappy but I figured that about a month or so of regularly applying the 'Mac Method' could possibly clean them up. Either way, at $100 for shells, in my mind it was worth the risk. I spent 15 minutes on these shoes and this is the result

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    Following the MM, I wiped them down with a damp rag and began rigorous brushing. Quite honestly I could have stopped here and would have been satisfied with the result. Then I applied a little Saphir renovator and brushed rigorously. I followed this up by boning each shoe. Unlike when applying wax, I brush the first shoe before boning the second one. My understanding of the advantage of the deer bone is that it raises the natural oils from the shell and that by immediately brushing, you spread the oils much better.

    I am not only stunned by the result but also by how easily it was achieved. I understand that most either love or hate tassels but I really like them. And I especially like the combination of the long wing since the shoe moves easily between dressed and less dressy.

    I feel like I picked up a great pair of shoes that instantly move into my main rotation for $100. It would not have been possible without the patience and advice from members of this forum. Thanks to all.
     
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    nephew,
    thank you
    I prefer the king
     
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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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    Called a pre-stitch reverse welt. Actually most of the plain toe and long wing double sole have them but sometimes tough to notice because the stitch blends in a bit more.
     
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    nephew,
    I like tassels and thanks for sharing
    wear in good health
     
  9. Bakes11771

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    Those look great! Do you have a before pic? Perhaps from the Ebay listing? Also show before/after pics of the tear. What did your cobbler say that he could do to fix it?
     
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    Looks like a unique shell color, very nice shine.
     
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    thanks shawnc. yes calfskin, I am willing to try neutral cream.
    uncle, not so obvious, I had not considered asking the fellows at alden. thanks for the idea.
    mp, thanks for the positive spin. I also think they look fine, but fear they wouldn't get worn as often because of the stains. I would see myself choosing other similar-cleaner shoes when getting ready. I will use little water and brush. that's my next step.
    +1. that's what i'm thinking too.
     
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    Thanks. For some reason I thought it was a extra stitch to make the shoes more waterproof. Waterlock sole? Just learning more about these stitches and welting etc...
     
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    great color combo.
     
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    no problem, its been forgotten.
    great work shawnc. i really like these kind of projects and success stories. please post the before pic when you get a chance.
     
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    Uncle,

    Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks.


    If I had any idea that they would turn out this nice, I definitely would have taken 'before' pictures. It never occurred to me to do that. My cobbler is an immigrant and it can be difficult to understand him sometimes. But I trust him immensely and the only thing I understood from him was 'yeah, I can fix'. That was good enough for me.


    Thanks, but the color is cordovan. Maybe a little lighter than #8, probably along the lines of #6.


    Thanks MrDV. If I can figure out how to insert a link from the listing, I will certainly do that.
     
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    Great looking gunboats
     
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    Gentlemen,
    Good evening. Long time lurker and first time post here on the Official Alden Thread.

    I bought my first pair of Aldens nearly 10 years ago. The classic Indy 405. I have worn them hundreds of times but babied them over the years because they were my first and only pair of Aldens. They still look nearly new, but with a nice aged color. They are also easily my most comfortable footwear. Last year, I started to get hooked on shell boots. My first pair was the #8 Epault Brixton with antique soul.

    This past Friday I paid my first visit to The Shoe Mart. Wow, I was totally blown away by that place. I intended on buying black shell wingtip boots and I did. I wasn't expecting to see or buy any rare shell colors because of the "shortage" and the fact that I have average 9D feet on Barrie and Truebalance. But guess what? I also walked out of the store with Cigar Indys. The employee who helped me with my purchase (I don't remember his name) also said they had some varieties of shoe and boot styles available in Ravello and Color 4. Because I was well past my expected budget, I didn't ask what style or sizes they had. But he made it sound like some of those could be had.

    I'm not here to stoke the rumor mill regarding exotic shell availability, and I probably should've asked him more questions, but I also wanted to let everybody know that he didn't even bat an eye when I asked about the Cigar Indy. He walked out of the showroom and emerged 30 seconds later with Cigar in size 9. Perhaps the Alden gods were shining down on me last Friday or perhaps it was just dumb luck. I'll post pics sometime soon after I figure out how to use this forum.

    Thanks to all for your information and pictures shared on this forum. Amazing knowledge and even more amazing collections!
     
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    You done good man! I love the pinking on the cap. I'd cop a pair of those at full retail if them made them again. Awesome :slayer:
     
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