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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. aldenwear

    aldenwear Senior member

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    This is not common in my experience with color 8 shells. It is a significant discoloration and it will not change. I think it is completely unacceptable that retailer would hope it could pawn that off on someone. I have never seen a second from the ShoeMart that looks that bad.

    Return them and either get a decent pair from J Crew or get color 8 LWB from anyone fthe many retailers who sell first quality Aldens when you pay first quality price
     


  2. mtc2000

    mtc2000 Senior member

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    Not trying to argue, but this is not much of discoloration but rather marks left from running dyes. Alden finish their dark color shell shoes with liquid dyes, as a way to even out the color variations and imperfections inherent in shell Cordovan. Frequently, the application of the dye is not perfectly even, leaving behind these marks.

    Examine a few pairs of dark color shell Alden in very strong light (e.g. direct sun light), and you should see varying degrees of imperfections.

    I am not saying that it is acceptable. Ultimately, it is the consumer's decision. BTW, an alternative option is to complain directly to Alden. I am pretty sure they will fix the issue for free, by applying more dyes to cover up the marks.
     
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  3. tifosi

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    Makes we want to wear my 4060s. I wish it wasn't going to be 94degrees today... I think I'll be breaking them back out this weekend as it is going to cool off considerably.
     


  4. aldenwear

    aldenwear Senior member

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    I appreciate your explanation of the process. I guess I have been lucky over the years: I have never run into this despite seeing and owning a number of pair of color 8 cordovan shoes. Running dye or discoloration, the process in this instance lead to a notable result in this particular pair of shoes.
     
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    Mr Clemson Senior member

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    Quote:Agree, I wear mine all summer and very comfortable.
    [/quote Thanks to all for the responses. I really appreciate it! I may go with the suede chukka for more casual wear, but I really like the Cooney. I don't think my feet will get too cold in the unlined chukka with some warm socks, since it rarely gets real cold in SC.
     


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    I have #1 and #3 on order with Epaulet right now. Once these come in I probably won't be ordering any more rare shell from Alden.
     
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    My first two Alden shell purchases were the Ravello Wingtip boot and the Cigar LWB both from TSM.
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    I also have the Allen Edmond Chukka (Dundee) in cappuccino shell that is in between ravello and cigar
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    All of these shoes get plenty of wear!
     


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    Nice lineup you have there, Pastor. I'm am looking quite forward to my cappuccino Dundees.
     


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    jcrew saddles + red socks for team usa
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    Don L Senior member

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    Suede shortwings today

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    unipair guy Affiliate Vendor

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    Those are some sharp saddles. These are ours and we have some on sale.
     


  12. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Interesting plan. The Naval boot looks pretty nice, but I think I prefer the J Crew boot as is. However, with all of the color 8 that I have, it might be nice to have one with the antique edge.
     


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    I really dig the naval boot. I hope to get my feet on a pair, soon. I'd wear them for strictly casual with denim and I'd use my 4060 cap toes for less casual dress.
     


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    If I could get it in a C width, I'd be all over the Color 8 Naval. Would wear with Thick Wale Cords, Wool Flannel Slacks, or maybe jeans, but not the skinny kind.
     


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    I kick myself everyday knowing that a year ago TSM had ravello wingtip boots readily available for a good while in my size, and I never ordered them! Well done my friend!!

    Nice MrDV! These are my favorite seude Alden make-ups. I am wearing snuff saddles (pardon the non-Alden shoes) and red/white/blue argyles for last night's victory and in remembrance of 9-11-01... (tough to go through this each year, remember it like it was yesterday [​IMG])
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    (RL, made in Italy but not sure who the manufacturer is)

    Nice look DonL!
     


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