***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. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Thank you. I have seen some of the older cigar shells that have the olive hue. Mine seem to be closer to the dark shade of ravello. Both shades look great.
     
  2. Hill

    Hill Senior member

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    I think I got some undeserved credit here. I was referring to the contrast in shade between your cigar loafers and ReppTiePrepster's cigar longwings. I can see the variation (only after you pointed it out) and it looks like it gives the pair some nice character.

    I've dealt with a pushy cobbler as well. Stopped taking my shoes to him after he provided a surprise shine on a shoe I took in for a re-sole. I had requested he not touch the uppers and got the shoes back with some kind of substance that was so thick it had small clusters of fissures on the vamp. He meant well, but it took me a good hour to remove what looked like purple spray paint from my black shoes. That's a bummer about your experience but you have a great outlook on it and the shoes still look fantastic.
     
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    Hi All,
    Been a big fan of Styleforum for a while now; tons of valuable tips, reviews and opinions here. Came to love Alden shoes as a result of this forum and its members, so a big Thank You. Thought I'd share some photos of the ones I've acquired over the last couple of years. There are several models that are still on my want-list: shell penny loafer and the infamous Indy boot to name a couple. Currently debating over the lined shell penny (e.g. from Shoemart or Unionmade) vs. the unlined version from Brooks...read many debates and discussions over sockless vs. socks, dressy vs. casual, etc. Not making things any easier though :) Anyway, here are the photos:

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    Cordovan Cap Toe Boot

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    Cordovan #8 Longwing

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    Waxed Calf Longwing

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    Brown Calf Longwing

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    Black Calf Longwing

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    Suede Longwing

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    Suede Unlined Blucher

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    A bird's eye view

    Thanks!!!
     
  4. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Many styles look fantastic in black shell. :D
     
  5. sevenfoldtieguy

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    The 2 year thing had me scratching my head as well. I have a color 4 PTB. Beautiful shoe, but it gets less wear than my PTBs in color 8, black, cigar, and ravello.
     
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    I remember my first shell shoes, cigar LWB. Yeah they were expensive (the most I had even spent on shoes at the time), and they were pretty, and they didn't have any creases on them, ect... But I took those things out of the box and put them on my feet. I was working in the office the morning they came in and I wore them all day around the office. Call me crazy but I think shoes are meant to be worn and not collected.
     
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    I just bought laces this weekend in almost the exact color to wear with my whiskeys! Good choice.
     
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    x2, it's not even a rare shell color.



    I will be.




    I would be all over these if they were my size. Really curious about the no wearing for 2 years, he's got some pretty good ball gloves up too, interesting.
     
  9. rydenfan

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    LS #8 wingtip boot with antique edge today. One of my faves...

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    Gorgeous.
    I want the #8 LWB with antique edge. Hopefully someday...
     
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    #4 wingtip boot today.
     
  12. Don L

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    Joining Uncle Mac with Whickey LHS and Argyle OTC

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    Don craving a pair of those loafers!
     
  14. boibleu22

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    Another question for you Alden experts. I stopped by Haberdash last weekend during my latest trip to Chicago and I picked up an Alden Shoe brush. After i got home i put it to good use on a pair of my shell LHS, but it seems like it dulled the leather instead of giving it a good polish. I panicked and switch back to this Red Wing shoe brush i've been using and it did the trick.

    Is there some type of break in period? Do i need to clean the brush?
     
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    Barrie last shortwings museum quality. It's good to know that the BB is Tremont last I will check my size. So what then is the Snap last or was that a different retailer than Brooks Brothers.

    I am enjoy this thread and was surprised how there is so much more to it, besides being envious of people's Alden shoe's and knowledge in this collective force for good.
     
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