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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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  1. walds11

    walds11 Senior member

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    Thanks! I'd like to see some pics of your suede Indy's. The snuff suede color is hard to pin down in pics. It's looks like a medium golden brown. Anyway, they are sharp looking boots that will pair well with jeans and khakis.
     
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    My understanding is that all Alden shops are independently owned and I don't think Alden controls their shipping charges. Alden Madison charges me $10 and TSM is free.
     
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    That sage boot is awesome...if they made my size I would haver ordered. Barrie boots in 12 barely fit so I am assuming the Aberdeen 12 will be way to tight.
     
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    I really hope that's the case , if not they'll look almost like my Ravello and makes no sense to me having almost the same shade on the same style.
     
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    Does anyone know why Alden (and maybe others) can't consistently replicate the color of their cordovan? (i.e. lighter / darker shades of ravello).
     
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    sleepyinsanfran Senior member

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    horsies with unique butts?
     
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    Disco Volante Senior member

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    Because it's a natural product produced from horse hide and not all horses are alike. Furthermore, the Horween Cordovan is dyed and finished by hand and thus varies batch to batch before a company like Alden even receives the leather.
     
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    that's a great shine. do you use wax only on the cap toes? i don't like applying wax where shell bends.

    shoulda, coulda, didn't.
    your boots look awesome zennypoo.
     
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    Thanks! All good info.
     
  11. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Alden DC and SF are owned by the factory. Each store has a different policy.
     
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    Thank you Sir.

    Cap Toes are probably the easiest to shine and keep shiny. I too do not like too much polish in the rolls because it will just bloom back out anyway and you will have to wipe or brush it away.

    When I do a full shine here are my steps:

    1. Saphir Reno or VSC
    2. Bordeaux cream
    3. Paste wax

    Due to the incredibly dense pore structure of cordovan you only need minuscule amounts of these products.

    This procedure is only done 3 to 4 times a year maximum. In between, lots of horse hair buffing. And, for the cap toes, an occasional thin layer of wax on the toe only to renew the high shine.

    Also, I have a; "Secret Weapon" I use that I will share in this thread at a later time.

    Thanks!
     
  14. sazon

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    Color 8 Indys showed up about a month earlier than expected from TSM.

    They're a very dark color 8 but the finish and details are great. No blotchy dye spots like some of my other color 8 boots.

    360 welt, commando and no speed hooks.

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    bespoken pa Senior member

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    Congrats Saz! Early delivery seems to be the exception lately come on leffot navals.
     
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    The only time that any type of "pre-mature delivery" is welcomed!
     
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    great looking boots sazon. glad to hear you got a good pair.
     
  18. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    thank you for sharing your technique, your boots are shiny.
     
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    I recently got my first pair of shell boots (Alden/Jcrew Color 8 cap toe) and I was hoping for some advice on care products: I know Alden suggests using their color 8 cream, but is there a good neutral product anyone would suggest for when it is time to polish? I don't use shoe trees and I'm wearing these pretty hard, not looking to keep them perfect and high gloss shine but also don't want to neglect them entirely. I want the leather to fade and patina naturally and don't want to re-darken with cream.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  20. stevefok

    stevefok Senior member

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    Take a look at the ALDEN FAQ thread by our fellow member @mdubs and you'll have the answer.

    Good Luck!
     
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