***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. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    That's pretty funny because I was told that these have now been added as a stocked catalog item by Alden
     


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    Looks great. Congrats!

    What do you call that extra stitch on the welt?
     


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    I've seen them both at Need Supply and Epaulet. I saw them at Need first, but my size was sold out. A quick google search and they turned up at Epaulet.
     


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    Thank you very much. I think these will get a lot of use!
     


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    and Alden SF. In adult widths.
     


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    Thanks for your help!
     


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    Quoting this since it sums up my thoughts. I know MrDV keeps his shoes looking fantastic, but I'd just go with these and own the patina.

    Love the alpine grain!
     


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    Oh and unlined #8 PTB

    [​IMG]
     


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    Guys - I know this is an Alden site but please allow me this one transgression as I want to share an experience that was only possible because of 2 pieces of advice I received from this forum. I am an avid ebayer and search daily for deals on Alden. However someone once mentioned that they search on 'shell cordovan'. Since receiving that advice, I have added this to my daily search. A few days ago I found a pair of Florsheim long wings with tassels for $100 shipped. There is a little tear in the leather but I showed the listing to my cobbler before pulling the trigger and he ensured me that he could take care of it. In addition to this defect the shoes just looked really crappy but I figured that about a month or so of regularly applying the 'Mac Method' could possibly clean them up. Either way, at $100 for shells, in my mind it was worth the risk. I spent 15 minutes on these shoes and this is the result

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    Following the MM, I wiped them down with a damp rag and began rigorous brushing. Quite honestly I could have stopped here and would have been satisfied with the result. Then I applied a little Saphir renovator and brushed rigorously. I followed this up by boning each shoe. Unlike when applying wax, I brush the first shoe before boning the second one. My understanding of the advantage of the deer bone is that it raises the natural oils from the shell and that by immediately brushing, you spread the oils much better.

    I am not only stunned by the result but also by how easily it was achieved. I understand that most either love or hate tassels but I really like them. And I especially like the combination of the long wing since the shoe moves easily between dressed and less dressy.

    I feel like I picked up a great pair of shoes that instantly move into my main rotation for $100. It would not have been possible without the patience and advice from members of this forum. Thanks to all.
     


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    nephew,
    thank you
    I prefer the king
     


  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     


  12. Organika

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    Called a pre-stitch reverse welt. Actually most of the plain toe and long wing double sole have them but sometimes tough to notice because the stitch blends in a bit more.
     


  13. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    I like tassels and thanks for sharing
    wear in good health
     


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    Those look great! Do you have a before pic? Perhaps from the Ebay listing? Also show before/after pics of the tear. What did your cobbler say that he could do to fix it?
     


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    Looks like a unique shell color, very nice shine.
     


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