***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. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you for the heads up
     


  2. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    sorry to hear
     


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    does shoemart list seconds on their site?
     


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    I have the worst luck, but that's ok. I own venetian cream, but haven't used it yet. May purchase a deerbone if it might help.


    Can this scuff, which looks like its underneath be fixed?
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    How about these indentations in the cordovan?
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    Lastly, will the dye even out with time, or worsen? This is only visible when pic is taken with flash.
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  7. Bakes11771

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    I would think scuffs yes, indentations no.

    For the scuffs, the color will even out (completely), the impression might remain, but it doesn't look that bad in the pics. I do see what looks like some uneven dying on the side of the shoe, don't know the answer to that one.

    For those indentations on the toe, I have not been able to get similar indentations completely to go away. Over time and with brushing, they have gotten better, but only about 30%. I've posted asking about spooning or deerboning those numerous times, but never get a good answer.

    Good Luck!
     
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  8. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Thanks. A bit more info. for the group ...

    According to BNelson, Alden uses JR soles on its shell models. My original post was based on my experience with full recrafts on shell models, and i am giving no opinion on calf.

    According to Alden (and confirmed via email today), they indeed source leather outsoles from JR, although my contact at the Alden factory did not have a listing at the ready for all the models the JR outsoles are used on.
     


  9. ReppTiePrepster

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    My two calf Aldens appear to have the same double leather soles as my shells.
     


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    thanks uncle.
    yes, I want to say 2 or 3 years ago. similar to the cigar atoms they offered this year.
     


  11. MrDV

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    great combo uncle mac.
    great looking shoes. I like the walts as well.
    sorry to hear that fenway. they look very nice. tsm? what size?
     


  12. Alcibiades

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    Resorted ravello tassels. Almost a perfect job...

    Presentation - green shoe box plus a pair of shoe trees

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    Shoe bags were included, the tassels were tied up:

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    Note the "Alden Restoration" inside

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    I slipped the shoes on... the corkbed is replaced and shoe fits like new, with the exception that the cordovan uppers are softer as they have already been broken in

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    The coloring was basically unaltered, as requested. I was worried these would come black color 8 or black or something. However, the one flaw is that there is a splotch of black or dark brown polish under the tassel on the right shoe.

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    The black splotch is annoying, but some of the polish is sitting up on the shoe, which makes me believe I can remove a lot of it with a damp cloth plus brushing. Sending it back wouldn't be worth it as I want to wear these for the next few months (though Alden should have an individual examining each shoe for this stuff)

    Overall I think this is a good job by Alden... the soles on these babies were really worn - replacing the sole and the corkbed makes the shoe feel like new. The overall coloring is that true dark ravello I like. I appreciate the new shoe box, bags and trees. The blotch is unfortunate but I've seen worse, so it is what it is.
     


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    Looks like Alden SF had a new arrival. Navy calf chukka.
     


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    help me decide?

    Would you rather have a moderately worn pair of Alden unlined PTBs or a NOS unworn pair of vintage Hanover PTBs?

    Both are color 8 shell and the same price...
     
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