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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. applky

    applky Senior member

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    You all know that you can get a commando sole put on your shoes, right?

    Quote: Did you treat those with leather dressing? If so, what kind?
     
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  2. JPFNY5

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    I did not treat them. I think this leather is meant to be beaten and to brave the elements. It will be good character building for them.
     
  3. interlockingny

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    Yes, I do. It's just more convenient if it comes with one directly from the retailer and you don't have to incur the added expense of installing it onto the boot or shoe.
     
  4. NotClever

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    Alright guys, seeking more opinions from cordovan shine experts.

    I still can't figure out how to get my right shoe to shine up like my left. Not sure how visible it is in this picture, but the shine is just duller on the right shoe. The texture also appears rougher to the naked eye. I've done one Renovateur coat on the left shoe, and two on the right. Have also done 4 or 5 sessions on the right shoe of 5 mins brushing followed by some vigorous buffing with (1) an old tshirt and (2) the buffing cloth that came with a cheapo Kiwi travel shoe care kit I had lying around from days of yore. The left shoe shined up with just a few mins of brushing and a quick buff.

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    I took another picture under flash and artificial light to attempt to highlight the issue:

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    Anyone have any ideas? I keep feeling like these pictures don't do justice to how different the finish looks, but it's bugging the hell out of me.
     
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  5. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Those are common issues with Alden in general.
     
  6. applky

    applky Senior member

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    ^ Indeed. I recently received this shoe in the mail:

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  7. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    I think everyone here would have told you to do what you have already done. Water or reno and brush like hell. But if thery are still different, you may be out of luck. One of the drawbacks of an organic/natural material is that there will be differances in grain and texture. Or Horween may have not been consistant when polishing that specific codovan butt. :confused:
     
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    :eh:...you mean, thats now they are supposed to look?...lol
     
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    What I may have forgotten to mention is that they started out being equally shiny. It wasn't until my first brushing that the right shoe got dull. I also received them used, so there's the variable of how the previous owner took care of them (though they appear to be in excellent condition).

    Thanks, though!
     
  10. mcarthur

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    green cords! met you at starbucks
     
  11. sean2slow

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    Hello,
    I just have a quick question.
    Today, my stupid assistant spilled bleach on the floor and got some droplets on my color 8 cordovan boots that I was wearing.
    I quickly wiped it down with wet paper towel but I can still see some droplet marks on the boots.
    Is the bleach going to cause a permanent damage to the boots (probably will, :(), and is there any way to minimize the damage?
    Thank you in advance for your input
    I'm feeling really shitty now :(
     
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  12. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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  13. uninkco

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    If you are not swimming in your Indys, a 9 in Grant should be perfect. I wear 10s on the Barrie and received my Cigar Captoes last week from Kathy at Alden DC and they fit perfectly with fairly thing regular socks. I'm not a fan of thick socks so this was the right size for me...
     
  14. interlockingny

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    Did you order the Cigar Captoe boot in 10 or 10.5?
     
  15. fitchottie

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    I have a couple minutes to kill so I thought I would post, the five out seven defective shoes I have recieved from jcrew in the past two days.... Just issue and thing I would't think would ever leave the Alden factory.....

    These are the indy 405, from jcrew... not really an issue other than they were a store return, They had been worn and there are black marks along the welt.... So this is shame on Jcrew.....
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    The others are count them yes count them (2) pairs each of the long wings.... Brown and Black both with defects or issue that i believe should not be present on 500.00 shoes...
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    Wow, and J crew sold these to you as "new" shoes.

    That's fucked up.
     
  18. Mr.K

    Mr.K Senior member

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    It does suck to see so many issues with Aldens. Most are small and can be lived with in the end, but with wait times now pushing close to 1 1/2 years for delivery, then you would think they would give better results. I am still waiting for the pair that comes to me without issues, I just do not think that day will come.
     
  19. fitchottie

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    But Jcrew just keeps sending them to me free of charge (this makes number 3.... I paid for the first set of each color and they keep sending more........ Because they think that is customer statisfaction... I must say I am dealing with one women who is awesome in the customer service aspect. I also know she is not the reason the shoes are coming to me like this..All I want is a brand new pair that is unworn and without defects @ almost 500.00 a shot that is what I expect....
     
  20. slide13

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    Those welts look fine to me, that is just how Alden finishes them in my experience. Also, what are you trying to show from those interior shots....the little bit of staining on the footbed or am I missing something else? If its that it is also normal and not a defect at all I don't think. Overall, if those are the only "issues" I'd say those were great examples from Alden and probably the beset you'll ever see. If you expect better than that look elsewhere because you will not find it from Alden.

    That tear in the heel cup of the one is terrible though, how could that get out of the factory??? The marking on the Indys is a J Crew thing, not an Alden thing but still bad of J Crew.
     
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