***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. Calikid

    Calikid Senior member

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    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing... it makes me wonder why I was buying Bass saddle shoes back then and not Aldens.....
     


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    Forgot someone wanted a color comparison. Note that I have owned the LWB for about a year longer. Flash [​IMG] Natural [​IMG]
     


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    I've read that too much wax will cause cracking. I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax. Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.
     


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    Do you find one more comfortable than the other? Since they're quite similar in color are they interchangeable within your wardrobe, or do you use each specifically for different purposes?
     


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    Inspirational - it appears we're the same age. I have ways to go.
     


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    Purpose is the same (walking) but it just depends on what I am feeling that day. I do admit that I hold Alden more of a "collection" (i.e., having every color of LWB). If you are a minimalist, I would say just one of them is fine. I, however, am not a minimalist. :teach: [​IMG] These are mostly my smart shoes... bluchers and country boots are in another...
     
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    Okay, so I was going to apologize for using the word "purposes". Maybe I meant to say wardrobe stylings. Being politically correct one isn't to assume everybody can walk. With a gentle nudge from Alcibiades I pulled the trigger on some RL Marlow wingtips. Maybe the shell devil will rest for awhile. After seeing your collection I'm rededicating myself to minimalism.
     


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    What a gorgeous collection-truly stunning! I am a lawyer and I spend a fair amount of money on shoes, but I just can't fathom where people get the money for these types of collections? I would bet there is $15k worth of shoes on this rack. I greatly envy you, sir. Financial advice is always appreciated, as well!
     


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    I picked up some Reno, and will give it a try.

    I have a hard time believing that a little kiwi shoe polish every month and a half is going to crack leather. I am wondering if I got some salt on them or something over the winter...

    They are casual shoes, so superficially the cracks don't bug me too much, I just don't want them to break and become unwearable.
     


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    Calfskin creases where it bends and develops micro wrinkles. That's what this looks like. It's totally normal.

    A think buildup of wax on the vamp will crack where leather creases and accentuate the effect. Try to remove as much wax as you can to see if there is a difference in the visibility of the wrinkles.

    I generally find that using only creme polish on the vamp and paste wax on the toe makes it look better.
     


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    The root of the problem is that wax does not have sufficient moisture in it to care for the leather alone. If that is all you are using, then you have been contributing to drying out the shoes. Wax seals in the leather, and it should always have a good conditioner base or a cream polish underneath it before it is applied. Your shoes definitely need to be conditioned.
     


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    I think those are some of the most beautiful Alden's I have ever seen. [​IMG]
     


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    Can anyone recommend a product to use on new blue suede LWBs?
     


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