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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. jt2gt

    jt2gt Senior member

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    So far...I kind of have to agree. Bought an AE brush and everytime I use it it leaves a film on my cordovan no shine at all. I have to then wipe the shoe with a cloth to get the shine back. My Star brush leaves a much better shine with no wiping or anything after....just brush and go. Not sure why the AE does this.
     


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    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    I have probably 60% AE brushes and 40% bought thru the above website (the "executive" brushes). I have found the quality to be comparable. The folks at shoecaresupplies are very nice to deal with. Their shine cloths are decent too.
     
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    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    That's a good thing. There are other threads for such activities. :lol:
     


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    What I hate the most about them is their small size. I also don't like how coarse they are. Do you get the same results with either one, sure. For my money, the larger ones are just a much nicer brush.
     


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    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    Speaking of brushes, I need to find my suede brush . . .
     


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    Burton Senior member

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    I have those shoes as well - I really dig the orange (is that right?) laces.
     


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    Very nice! But then, I'm a sucker for natty CXL; just love it, creases and all. Yours have developed a nice patina.

    I had ignored those Brixtons because I think I have too many WT boots already but I may change my mind as I don't have any WT boots in natty CXL. Darn you.

    For all of you in the northeast, take care in this storm.
     
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    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    Yes, those are orange Benjos . . . thank you.
     


  9. Burton

    Burton Senior member

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    I believe AE sells two sizes. I like the smaller coarse brush for my initial dust/dirt removal. After that, I use the larger soft brush and then the cloth. We all have our rituals. :)
     
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    I'm stealing that. SWP
     


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    Perhaps this is to be expected, and the reason why the final step of the Mac Method is buffing?
     
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  12. CalceoAdamator

    CalceoAdamator Senior member

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    Hello everyone... glad to join your thread as a new member... and Alden enthusiast...
     


  13. ThArtOfWardrobe

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    I know I won't get much sympathy here but needed to vent. I have a modest shell collection, but of the 5 pairs I own I've had issues now with 4. Yesterday I scuffed my cigar plain toes. Not a big deal, I know that's going to happen. Today I woke up and began working on them, but after using a deer bone (lightly) and brushing, a second area which resembled the scuff appeared. See pictures below. The scuff on the left was caused by wearing and the circular one on the right from caring for the shoes.

    I know that shell is thought of as a tough leather and I would never deny its aesthetic appeal, but I have found it to be anything but resilient. And I should say that I have been firmly planted on the side that babies shell, despite its reputation for being a tough material. The only pair with which I have not had an issue is a color 8 LWB floor model from 2002 that I picked up last year. I love that shoe. The leather feels thicker than my other shells and has never had any issues. I'm not holding Alden solely responsible for Horween's material, which may or may not have been better several years ago. But I do hold Alden responsible for the quality and longevity of their product.

    I'm also about to send back a pair of kudu boots which now have speed hooks that have rotated and trim stitching that has come undone. At best I can accept this as natural wear, even though I've owned them for less than a year and only wear then 2-3 times per month. Still, my Wolverine Addisons have never had any issues and have had at least 5 times the wear. Definitely not as comfortable as my Aldens but at I'm not dealing with customer service on a boot that's half the price.

    Anyway, it currently looks like my shell run is over unless Alden steps up on the cigar plain toes and can somehow fix them. I feel my expectations for quality are aligned with the price of these shoes. I may try a another pair of non shell in the future but for now it looks like there's more shell for you guys.

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    I agree, shell is rather fragile in the sense that it isn't hard to make a permanent indentation in it, compared to calf. Maybe if you get the shoes refinished the scuff will be resolved?
     


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    Welcome
     


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