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Alden x Leffot Saddle Shoe

Alden x Leffot Saddle Shoe
Alden x Leffot Saddle Shoe
Alden x Leffot Saddle Shoe
Alden x Leffot Saddle Shoe

These preppy pairs are made for us on the Barrie last in Color 8 Shell Cordovan with with a Brown Alpine Grain saddle, brass eyelets and oil-soaked flex soles. They’re light as a feather and look great with jeans and khakis, as well as gray or navy slacks.

At the height of their popularity during the fifties and sixties Saddle Shoes were a staple of preppy Ivy Leaguers’. The preppy doctrine Take Ivy includes an Ivy Wardrobe Directory, which lists the following shoes.

Features: Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan/Brown Alpine Grain, Flex Welt Sole

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Alden x Leffot new arrivals

In conjunction with our Alden trunk show yesterday in Chicago, we previewed several new models that will be available for pre-order tomorrow, November 18. However we also have two models in stock for purchase now. Shop online or in our Chicago store.

Alden x Leffot Dearborn Boot

Alden x Leffot Dearborn Boot
Alden x Leffot Dearborn Boot
Alden x Leffot Dearborn Boot

We named these boots after Chicago’s Dearborn Street, where the Monadnock Building and our Chicago store are found. They’re made on the Plaza last in tobacco chamois with commando soles, the perfect winter combination if there ever was one. Wear them with nearly anything for a sharp, smart look.

Features: Plaza Last, Tobacco Chamois, Commando Soles

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Alden x Leffot Longwing

Alden x Leffot Longwing
Alden x Leffot Longwing
Alden x Leffot Longwing

Made with a textured black calfskin and durable, comfortably soft crepe soles, this Alden longwing is a shoe that perfectly straddles the line between casual and dressed up. Wear it with jeans, khakis, or any number of dress slacks.

Longwings have been around for years because they’re classic and versatile. They are time tested and proven and belong in every wardrobe. Fashion goes in and out of style but classic is forever.

Features: Barrie Last, Black Alpine Graine Calfskin, Plantation Crepe Soles

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Alden x Leffot PT Boot

Alden x Leffot PT Boot

Our PT boot is a combination of a number of our favorite Alden things: shell cordovan, the Barrie last, commando soles, brass eyelets, and a plain toe. All told, these boots are extremely comfortable and stylish. They’re a super wearable boot and go with just about anything from jeans to a sport coat.

Because they’re made with Horween shell cordovan and lugged commando soles, they are as much at home on a hike as they are out to dinner. And did we mention they’re an instant classic?

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Alden x Leffot PT Boot
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Alden x Leffot Dearborn Boot

Alden x Leffot Dearborn Boot

To commemorate our first anniversary in Chicago, we’ve made this boot in color 8 shell cordovan and dark brown Regina calf. They’re named after Dearborn Street, where our home in the Monadnock building is located.

As part of our anniversary celebration, a pair of shoe trees is included with each pair of boots.

Features: Hampton Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan and Dark Brown Regina, Single Flex Welt Soles

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Alden x Leffot Dearborn Boot
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Leffot Pre-owned: A Cut of Cordovan

A selection of rare shell cordovan colors are now available as part of our Pre-owned program, in limited sizes.

Shell cordovan is ideal for making beautiful, enduring footwear, and our friends at Alden of New England have perfected its use. One of the ways they’ve done this is by using shells tanned only by Horween Leather Company in Chicago, Illinois. Add to that a group of rare colors and you have a very special combination.

Alden x Leffot JC Indy – US 9D (Cigar)

Alden x Leffot JC Indy – US 9D.
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Alden Penny Loafer – US 9D (Whiskey)

Alden Penny Loafer – US 9D.
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Alden V-Tip – US 7D (Color 8)

Alden V-Tip – US 7D.
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Alden Longwing – US 8.5D (Cigar)

Alden Longwing – US 8.5D.
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Alden Tassel Loafer – US 7.5D (Ravello)

Alden Tassel Loafer – US 7.5D.
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Alden Chukka Boot – US 8.5D (Ravello)

Alden Chukka Boot – US 8.5D.
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Before and After

A customer recently brought us a pair of Alden color 8 Longwings to sell as part of our pre-owned program. Sometimes you have to look beyond the obvious to find the true beauty in things. This pair had some miles on them but there was still plenty of gas in the tank.

As you can see in the photo below, there was a build up of black polish on the vamp. It felt slightly gritty, not smooth the way shell normally feels.

Alden color 8 Longwings before polishing.Repeated polishing had left a buildup of black polish on the vamp.

We started by simply wiping the shoes off with a cloth, followed by a coat of Saphir Renovateur. Many of you are familiar with this product. It’s milky, gentle, and spreads well, so a little dab goes a long way. You may notice on Alden color 8 shoes the Reno removes a bit of color. That is what we were looking for. We cleaned the the entire shoe, then buffed.

We needed a stronger product to remove the polish buildup. We went with Saphir Réno’Mat, which is a strong leather cleaner with a pungent smell. We applied small amounts to a cloth and rubbed lightly over the wax buildup. You could immediately see the old polish coming off onto the rag. We repeated this step several times.

Réno’Mat can leave the leather looking a little dry. We went back to the Renovateur, and then a combination of both together. The important thing is to go little by little, using small amounts. On hard-to-clean spots we used the rounded end of a deer bone to rub away the polish.

One light shoe and one dark shoe.One shoe was darker than the other, so we used Boot Black Collections Creme to match them.

After repeating the process for the second shoe, we noticed the colors weren’t quite the same. The solution was to use Boot Black Collections Creme to darken and match the pair. Collections Creme contains very intense color pigment, so it’s best used for burnishing or adding color saturation. Take a small amount on a cloth and rub in lightly until you achieve the desired color.

Before and after polishing.The final result

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