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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. mcarthur

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    A little Sunday shoe maintenance to get ready for the work week. Been a while since I've done this.

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    Starting the week of with the initial wear of the AoDC cigar Captoes. Crazy bloom and noise with these (neither of which I've ever experienced). Photo bombed by my sick buddy in one of the shots......

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    Happy Monday. Have a great week.
     
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    I'm familiar with bloom - what is noise in Shell?

    Do you mean actually sound (creaking/squeaking) or something in the leather itself?
     
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    Creaking and squeaking. Never experienced it with any Alden's.

    Is bloom a shell thing, an Alden shell thing, or possibly a cigar shell thing? Never experienced it before but I've wiped and brushed these 3 times. I also noticed a very small amount yesterday on my cigar Shortwings.

    The noise is annoying because it will likely draw attention to my shoes, which strangely enough, is not something a prefer doing. Bloom is a non-issue. Just never experienced it before.
     
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    I lived in Columbia for a year or so. It is an absolutely beautiful city. Heartbreaking to see some of the film of what they're dealing with.
     
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    I'm certainly no authority, but bloom is part of shell cordovan - my understanding is it is the emergence of the wax/oils that are stuffed into the leather during the tanning process and is totally natural - not considered an issue or defect in any way. Simply brushing the shoes thoroughly with a nice horsehair or similar brush is the recommendation I've seen. I'd assume you'll get to equilibrium with the bloom over time and not worry about it other than planning to give yourself enough time to address the bloom before wearing the shoes.

    Not sure what to tell you on the noise. If the shoes are new, I'd contact the store you purchased them in. I'd guess it is something that also might work itself out, but I wouldn't let it go uninvestigated. You'll probably get better help here than mine. You might also try the shoe care thread here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/...hread-tutorials-photos-etc/16710#post_8122977
     
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    I have had creaking with other brand shell shoes.
    I was told that baby powder could be used to eliminate the noises.
    I have not tried it, as it worked itself out after a few wearings.
     
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    I'll check it out. Thanks for the link.
     
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    @Shawnc if the squeak is from the leather I usually bick 4/lexol the entire shoe...tongue and inside(lexol) then I let it dry over night the a touch of baby powder on the tongue and were the boot flaps meet and nearly every time the problem is solved after one treatment.

    Wear them a lot the first week also...that will also work the squeak out.
     
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    My cigar cap toe boots (Barrie) from AoM also bloom like crazy and squeak/creak a fair bit. It's slowly getting better.
     
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    Hello,
    Thank you for your kind words.
    Today is Ravello NST.

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    All of my shell boots squeak. Some more than others. But I actually find the squeak to be therapeutic and calming. Akin to the sound of flowing water or the satisfaction you get from popping bubble wrap. I look forward to it! Sadly, it goes away after a few wears.
     
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    How do you buy it on that site? Sorry new to this site you vote?
     
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    Thanks guys. The creaking already seems a little better. I may try one of the suggestions but quite honestly neither the noise or bloom is that big a deal to me. In all likelihood I'll let the passage of time handle both of them.

    Good info though. Again, thanks.
     
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    I'm headed to The Shoe Mart here in a few weeks. I'll report what's in the back for everyone here - any sizes folks are looking for?
     
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    The price basically drops the more folks buy. I bought some and I thought some others might want in on it.
     
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