Southerner

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After reading all of the Alden restoration reviews, I have decided to send my (recently discontinued) BB LHS loafers in for recrafting. Despite the large number of similar posts, I thought some of you might be interested in seeing some more photos of Alden’s restoration services.

As you can see, the soles are coming apart, heels are well worn, and the shank has emerged from the left sole. There are also fairly noticeable rain spots on the uppers and the stitching has come undone in spots.

Having read the previous reviews, I eagerly anticipate the results and look forward to posting after-photos in a few weeks.

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Southerner

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Seven years of wear nearly every other day. Surprisingly, they clean up pretty well still when shined. They took some abuse during foul weather this past weekend so they look particularly bad at the moment.

I wanted to wait until they desperately needed recrafting to give Alden another opportunity for impressive after-photos.
 

TimF

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They don't look like trees have been in them much, but that's OK. I think some people over-baby their shoes.

For restoration, I would personally pick a dedicated cobbler over a factory like Alden. Reason being that resoling involves some dangerous tools that, if off by a fraction of an inch, could burn the leather to crispy flakes. A factory setting focuses on volume and is unlikely to take extra care over a single shoe.

Dedicated USA cobblers that can do a proper restoration are few and far between, probably no more than five. But they're around, and could do a more careful and potentially better job than Alden.
 

TimF

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If they restore those, they're wizards.
Most of the defects are cosmetic. I bet if you brush, polish, wet the leather, put shoe trees in for 3 nights, they'd look drastically improved. Obviously you'd still have worn down sole and heel.
 

katch

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I bet they come back looking like new. The restorations I've seen are remarkable. As far as getting them done at the factory, I believe that's the way to go. They use the exact last that the shoes were made on and will dye the uppers like they do for new hides.
 

FLMike

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Any reason you chose not to have them resoled along the way? I’d love the hear the things that the folks at Alden say (or wonder) about you when they unbox those and examine them.
 

Corcovado

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Great thread. Personally I would not have waited so long to restore but on the other hand the before and after pictures will create a dramatic contrast.
 
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