***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. jacksh

    jacksh Well-Known Member

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    I believe the best option is to just call, and keep calling, eventually they will have what you are after.
     


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    Don L Senior member

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    I stay the same I think if I'd size down I'd have to change the width as well.
     


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    I'd like to ask what anyone can tell me about how to deal with a pair of #8 shell cordovan shoes that are slightly off from one another in color. I last polished the darker one with Alden #8 wax, and the other with Alden black wax to try to get them to match a bit better. Any constructive feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!
     


  5. Don L

    Don L Senior member

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    ^^ I would have to see Pics but I am generally in favor of letting color variations be and chalk it up to the nature and beauty of shell ^^
     


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    I thought that, too. I will try to post pics. Thanks!
     


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    Nice gunboats Don L!
     


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    I believe the variations in shell cordovan is what gives them character. As long as the differences in colour are slight I think that with wear they'll even out over time.
     


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    It will give a bit more. I have a pair of CXL PTB 11.5D that have stretched so that there is no space between the two sides of the laces. I wish I had got them in an 11.5C. My 11.5D 403 Indy boots have stretched a lot, too. I had bought a TSM seconds 403 in 11.5C but that was too narrow. In retrospect, I might have tried a 12C, but the non-D widths are more difficult to find. I fit 12D in the narrower Alden lasts (Hampton, Plaza, Aberdeen).

    Try wearing them for a few hours at night for a few consecutive nights (on carpet) to see how they stretch out.
     


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    I'm in the same boat. "Awaiting payment". I didn't know about their reputation until after I placed the order. Please post if you hear anything from them; I'll do the same.
     


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    Same here about learning NRO's business practices after ordering. I did get an email this morning updating status to awaiting shipment. Anyone else get anything further? Any actual tracking info?
     


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    Update on a longrunning restoration project:

    Many readers will remember a pair of 974s that I've been loving back to life via the Mac Method. Just wanted to do a photo update of how they're progressing.

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    Ebayed in Dec. '11. Arrived very dark and caked with black polish through the creases.

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    After a little basic brushing in Feb. '12.

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    A little more concerted brushing in April '12, and maybe a first Reno application.

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    On Mac's consultation, began wetting down the blackened sections with a heavily damp cloth and scrubbing off the embedded black polish. Texture began to change over the toes with increased pressure.

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    After a Mac Method session in Jul. '12 or so.

    Today:

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    Eggplant brilliance has reappeared over the toebox. Have also begun spooning out old, stubborn creases, and the shoe looks far improved structurally. Really beginning to shine back up with little brushing.

    Just wanted to throw up this string of photos for anyone debating on battered Ebay shell. I snagged these for <$100, and while it's taken work and time, I have nonetheless enjoyed wearing them. If the shoe is structurally sound, shell can often come back from abuse and still look great. No doubt the process above would have been sped up as well if I'd focused on it more frequently, but it's been more of a pet project than anything. Focus a bit, leave it, and come back. Keep up your brushing, and use Reno sparingly.

    The Method works!
     
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  14. BeSpiffington

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    Unscathed? I would say swathed in luxury. Nice score.
     


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    Those look nice.

    Speaking of burgundy shell and infusing life back into them, I would also endorse Saphir shell cordovan cream in burgundy (Saphir calls the color "cordovan"). Said cream has done wonders, IMO, for burgundy shell that I deem as too light or too brown (such as the old AE burgundy shell). It will darken the shade of shell burgundy (unless, of course, the shell is quite dark to begin with, as is the case with many of my color 8 models).
     


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