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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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    To my untrained eye, Alden's snuff shade differs a bit pair to pair. Some of the pairs are marginally darker than Alden's tan shade, others are more in the middle ground between tan and a medium brown. Alden SF has a semi-lined PTB in both tan and snuff and it was somewhat difficult to tell the difference between the two shades when I viewed them this weekend. I'm a big snuff suede fan, though I prefer a bit darker of a shade than many of the Alden snuff pairs I often see in retail stores--it appears to me that if you compare Alden's snuff shade to Crocket & Jones', Alfred Sargent's, or even Allen Edmond's snuff, you'll typically find the Alden shade is the lightest. Personal preferences aside, Alden's suede is magnificent and I find snuff to be a highly versatile color. While suede certainly is not as rare as shell, it is fairly unique in its own right and makes for a fantastic casual shoe. I wouldn't hesitate to get all three pairs. I imagine you'll quickly find preferred discrete uses for each.
     


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    New ravello chukka on the Barrie last on their first outing.

    Can see in person what's so special about Alden cordovan (these are my first Aldens)
     


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    Try using a silicone-free leather conditioner and cleaner, as silicones supposedly accelerate the drying process. Many here like Lexol products and Renu, and I use the the latter with good results. Less is more with this stuff so use it sparingly and as needed. I also avoid using polish because I've noticed it accelerate dry creases/cracks. However, it is worth noting that CXL in general creases a lot oftentimes and there's nothing to really do about it except embrace them or jettison your shoes.
     
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    Nice pick up. Congratulations!
     


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    Hi aldenfan,

    i prefer Montana Pitch Blend once a year on my Indy / brown CXL.

    On natural CXL i use Neatsfoot Oil following Nick Horween - also only one time a year due to big rotation of boots.

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    cheerio
    Joachim
     
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    Thanks, RTP! I think it gets in my head when my wife looks down at my feet on any given LWB day and says, "So, how many of these things do you have?" [​IMG] Re the prioritizing of shell, I'm trying, but can't seem to find the LWBs I'm wishing for. Now that the collection has grown somewhat, I find myself entertaining the idea of simply setting aside funds for the long off day when the shell boots I dream of pop up (I'm imagining sometime in 2015)...
    Gauss, you have broken my last straw of denial that this Alden Acquisition Condition is about "practicality" or "permanent fashion". You're right, I don't need this stuff, it's just plain fun!!
    This helps my rationalizing. I'll sleep better knowing that each snuff pair is "unique." [​IMG]

    Have a great day, guys!
     


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    I've never ordered from them online but I've bought a pair in the store. Also at the time they had the Alden polishing cloths for $1, I only got a handful thinking I would get more next time I was there. Should have bought them out because they don't sell them anymore.

    Edit: I see them for $2 on their site now, maybe they were out when I went there last time.
     
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    Do you mean Alden doesn't make the polish cloths any more? I do see that they are for sale at a number of retailers.
     


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    I believe Alden still makes the polish clothes. When I went back the person helping me told me that they were no longer selling them individually and they were only in the polish kits. I took it as the store was going to no longer stock them individually.
     


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    Cigar Monday (Leffot Atoms)

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    That's a bit strange since they sell them individually on their website.
     


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    thanks for your input although i'm not sure what ibm 1911 is.
     
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