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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. smoothie1

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    Keep the LHS until you are absolutely sure. Those will be incredibly difficult to replace, the PTB and chukkas much less so.

    Beware of selling non-stock rare she'll Alden models, if you are prone to second thoughts after they're gone. Wait times, delays, and rising popularity makes acquiring rare shell and uncommon models very difficult. Best of luck!
     
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    you should make out nicely on them. Whiskey lhs, especially unlined, is hotness.
     
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    J. Crew PCTs today.

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    I hope everyone's week is going well, as always.
     
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    Oh I'm definitely not that concerned about the condition of the shoe. I was just wondering, being a bit newer, was that a good deal in purchasing them.

    My biggest detractor of purchasing them was my friend asking me "Do you need them?!" :)
     
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    what size are you?
     
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    Nerdy boot friends approve!
     
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    Of course you need them!
     
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    Worse friends ever :D

    Do you think that's a good value for them?
     
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    Originally Posted by 89826 View Post

    Thinking about dumping my small whiskey collection: new ptb, new Brooks unlined LHS, and chukkas. Should I do it? I have only worn the chukkas about 5 times. The others not at all.

    I wear cigar and #8 all the time. Whiskey leather is too darn light.



    If you don't wear them...then move them. I think you could easily find takers on this forum. As already mentioned what size are they?

    Steve
     
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    I'm guessing you will enjoy them and probably not notice the original difference after a few wears. Whichever way you go, I hope you enjoy your new bluchers often and in great health!
     
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    Thank you. Your LHS posts inspire!



    Thanks Uncle. OTC cashmere from Alex.
     
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    If the unlined loafers are 10.5D or 11D, I call dibs!
     
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    Cute dog, schnauzer, right? Oh, and nice boots, too!
     
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    Interesting piece from Ron Rider.

    I personally have had only one Shell Marlow spot from rain. They were totally gone after months of wears and brushing. Then again I've had C&J Burgundy boots in 3 inches of downpour and never showed a lick, hence my proposition of shell being fine and most certainly better than calf in wet weather. Chip

    Tom is being very PC .

    I have never understood where this idea came from.....I suppose it's due to the fact that most that participate in a forum like this are concerned about APPEARANCE, and I can understand that, but - SHELL CORDOVAN IS MEANT TO BE WORN IN BAD WEATHER!!!!

    Think about it....the popularity of the material is concentrated/originated in urban, outdoor, wet environments (the NorthEast USA, Chicago, SF-Seattle, Japan, Northern Europe)....areas with a large workforce that can be exposed, unexpectedly, to bad weather - and concrete/stone - at any time. I mean, the biggest advantage of the material is NOT that it looks good, that it takes a deep shine or that is smooth, etc....the advantage of Shell Cordovan is that it is virtually fiberless and therefore virtually waterproof and undestructable. Water will have absolutely no ill effect on Shell Cordovan. You also get the added benefit that concrete curbs won't tear up the material like they can calfskins, but water resistance is the key feature of SC. Concider this - when the Japanese tannery of shell sent me samples to use on our range, how did I test it? I took a Horween shell and one of their shells, cupped them and placed in a large box....filled each 'cup' with water and waited to see the results. The Horween shell NEVER leaked (3 days later) and the Japanese shell started to seap thru after 1.5 days. To me, this was a deciding factor to only use Horween's material in our line.....water resistance is #1 priority.

    Now, will it show the effects of getting wet? Of course...how could it not? BUT, nothing Mother Nature can throw at it will destroy it - period. Not snow, not rain, not the salt that the Northern cities throw....it's impervious to a degree that no other upper (besides alligator - but that's another story) material is. When they get wet, and show some pimples...clean them! A little wipe of Renoveteur (or Alden's SC cream...A/E's....whatever you like), 2 minutes and a horsehair brush brings shell back to new. I think there are some examples from guys here that have had some permanent spotting problems with a random pair or two....I think that Alden finishes the #8 they get from Horween much darker when they get it (but I have no first hand knowledge of this...just an idea) and I imagine that too much left on the shell can cause some excessive spotting, but this is not typical - it just can sometimes happen with a natural material like leather (no matter which type) that it won't always be consistent when it arrives on a finished pair of shoes. The first work we did with shell in the factory had a result like this....we used more or less our calfskin finishing techniques and the workers had to learn that shell does not absorb like calf so the wax just sat 'on top' of the upper and moisture would get under the finish and bubble up....like a water ring on furniture, I suppose. Fortunately, these were just my personal fit trials and the first boots I did which went to friends to test the line, but I am sure this can happen again on random pairs coming out of any of the factories that make some SC shoes. Doesn't change a thing.....SHELL IS MEANT FOR BAD WEATHER.

    So, IMO - wear 'em in any weather....they will take it.

    Ron
     
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    Thanks for sharing such an informative post from a well redpected person. Much appreciated!
     
  20. smoothie1

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    Amen. Shell is my go-to wet weather dress shoe of choice.

    There are so many fellows on this forum who seem to freak out at the idea of drenching their precious shell cordovan shoes. Go figure...
     
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