***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. dslonghorn4

    dslonghorn4 Senior member

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    Favorite pair for travel!

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  2. BeSpiffington

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    dslonghorn4, whiskey LHS is a great looking loafer. Safe travels my friend.
     
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    89826, Vestbash is correct. What type of pants would you pair the pebble tassels with? Khakis?


    Quote: I like my denim a little starchy. Also, applause on them not being excessively tight, or the cuff being excessively wide. You seem to have mastered the art of moderation with this pair.[​IMG]
     
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    I have a question for everyone here. What percentage of your Alden shoes would you say to be in shell? Just from what I have followed here in the last month or two, it seems that for the most part, people here are most interested in Shell, then Suede, then regular calf skin last. I don't know if I've seen any calf skin boot other than the Indy come up in photos here. Just a curious observation.
     
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    imolazhp_ci Senior member

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    I have:

    6 Shell
    2 CXL (both i'm planning on getting rid of, LS ultimate indy and LS Plaza Wingtip CXL)
    2 Suede

    so 60% shell.
     
  6. kwhitelaw

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    9 pair of shell
    3 pair of cxl, both brown and natural
    2 pair of suede
    1 pair of alpine grain
     
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    Im at 100%:slayer:
    2 shoes
    1 chukka
    4 boots
     
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    I think a lot of it has to do with the marginal price difference between calfskin (~$500) and shell (~$650). But still, even in the calfskin price range, I opt for cxl or suede first simply due to more appealing offerings.
     
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    A very good point, something I was thinking of. Not to knock Alden, but at $450-550 price range, there are a lot of companies making lots of beautiful shoes in regular calfskin. Not nearly as many with nice shell make ups in the $625-$750 range.

    I would also say that, in my opinion, Alden makes the nicest boots in the world; and lots of their boots are offered in shell. The shell boots seems to look a little better after a few seasons of age. I think I am going to bite the bullet and order my first pair of Alden shoes later this year, a #8 boot.
     
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    Does using a deer bone really help to get rid of scratches? More than a spoon? I am skeptical of the oils in the bone helping angle, because aren't the bones quite dry to the touch? How much deer oil could get transferred?

    I ask because I do have a few pairs which have scratches, and I have got some time on my hands to do something about them.

    What do you all recommend?

    My stash is 30 shell pairs, one calf, and one kid suede.
     
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    I agree about the oils in the bone angle. Someone once pointed out that if you take a deer bone untreated from a carcass it will quickly go rancid. Which leads me to believe that the bone is probably bleached with peroxide or something. I think its more about having something smooth and hard, and that a spoon would have an equally as good result. However, I cannot speak from experience.
     
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    My experience has been it works much better than a spoon. Referring to the deer bones that are sold by companies like abbeyhorn, and not something fido might chew on. The bone has been smoothed and immersed in some type of oil and I have had a lot of success removing nicks, minor scratches, etc.
     
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    good point. alden and shell cordovan are synonymous to my ears
     
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    Just started 3 shell boots, 2 shell LHS; 2 suede: 1 calfskin
     
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