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Nobleprofessor

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Somebody on the Alden Facebook group posted his collection of tassel loafers — all, or nearly all, shades of brown. It got me wondering if there is one style of shoe that dominates my collection. I didn’t count every pair because some are in a storage room.

Of my regular pairs in two closets, the Long Wing Blucher is definitely the most popular maybe even the majority. I don’t know what second place would be. Maybe SWB.
 

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Hi Guys:

I really like those pebbly Leeds. I didn't know they were ever made. What I'd really like to see is a pair of suede Leeds, but I don't think those exist at all. I hope someone proves me wrong, in size 11E.

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They made some suede Leeds in the early 2020 trunk show. Let @ae_ashley or your favorite SA know what you are looking for. They may run across a pair from the shoe bank.

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Me too.

Four years ago I was in NYC with my girlfriend wondering when she could contact her friends so I can have a free afternoon for shoe shopping.

Approaching Central Station she saw Alden store and said "hey shoefreak why don't you go in and check if you find something you like", I also follow my instincts and said "nahh, I am tired".

Dodge and survive!
The ladies in my life understand and support my shoe fixation.
 

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Hey guys, sorry for the blatant shilling, but I was told that one of the frequenters of this thread wears a size 14
For sale is a pair of modified last Aldens. Size 14 C last 539. Condition is pretty close to mint, barring some light scuffs. Would love to see these go to a fellow style farmer. Please DM me if interested!
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Hey guys, sorry for the blatant shilling, but I was told that one of the frequenters of this thread wears a size 14
For sale is a pair of modified last Aldens. Size 14 C last 539. Condition is pretty close to mint, barring some light scuffs. Would love to see these go to a fellow style farmer. Please DM me if interested!View attachment 1594917View attachment 1594919View attachment 1594920View attachment 1594921View attachment 1594918View attachment 1594922
Damn, I already passed my growth spurt; otherwise, I’d picked these up. Size 14 is quite unusual for vintage!
 

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The Florsheim Yumas arrived. This is how they looked right out of the box.

They are in pretty good shape. The uppers aren't as dry as I expected (good!) and they have now had their first drink of Bick 4 inside and out, a bit of a rub with a deer bone, plus some brushing. I'll do that a few more times before I try them on for fit.

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Vintage, deadstock Musebeck Casuals by Foot-So-Port. Look at that chunky Vibram Gumlite sole. These are seriously heavy; I think they might make for good work shoes. Size: 12.5 EE.
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Prince Philip probably wore the John Lobb Version of these Church's Chetwynds at some point during his 99 year life.
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They're the only survivor from a baker's dozen size estate lot of vintage, mostly Florsheim dress shoes in 14C.
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I wear 13 D but with a pad under the tongue they fit great. And for $9 at a St. Vinny's I wasn't leaving them behind.
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Even if HRH didn't actually wear them, that other dashing English icon definitely did.
From Goldeneye, the best of the Bond movies in my opinion. He wears the same six eyelet model I have during the racing scene in the hills above Monaco. Still working on the Aston Martin.
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Alright guys, need a helping hand on a shell restoration issue. It happened to me again! Ok, not exactly, but a while ago I mentioned that I had been working on a pair of shell aldens that I tried to condition and sand as part of the restoration and that I had ended up with this weird matte portion of the shell. For that pair, I came to the conclusion that I over conditioned and they are now sitting waiting for more attention... or just time.

Well... I just e-thrifted a pair of AEs and there is a panel that has a similar issue but a different cause (I think). However, this time I have no idea what the history of the shoe is other than what I have done so far, which isn't that extensive. They looked very similar to the below when I got them. They really do not seem to be overconditioned. I gave the shoes a quick scrub with saddle soap and a wet microfiber. Then I did a coat of a neatsfoot + VSC blend (which, by the way, seems to be a good idea since it makes it much easier to modulate the neatsfoot). I then let them dry for a bit and gave them a brushing with a pig bristle brush. Both shoes look much better at this point except for this one section.

Lotta pics, sorry... just trying to figure out what's up here. I realize they are still a little messy. It really does not feel like buildup of polish or wax or conditioner to me and I got barely any color off at all while cleaning. I don't have the impression that the they have been polished much really.

Thoughts?

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