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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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Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8

Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge
Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge
Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge
Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge

This pair of color 8 longwings is one of our favorite Alden x Leffot shoes. The color 8 shell cordovan longwing is the “classic” Alden shoe, a monolith of American style and versatility. Our updated version is only slightly changed from the original, but the change makes all the difference.

Made with an antiqued sole edge and per-stitched reverse welt, the shoe is lustrous and sophisticated. Built on the Barrie last with oil soaked double waterlock soles for a softer, more flexible fit, they are sure to improve with age.

Features: Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Double Waterlock Soles

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Alden Dover, Brown CXL

Alden Dover, Brown CXL.
Alden Dover, Brown CXL.
Alden Dover, Brown CXL.
Alden Dover, Brown CXL.

The Alden Dover in brown chromexcel is an excellent choice for an easy dress shoe. Because they’re unlined, they are extremely cool and comfortable. These shoes feel like slippers from the moment you first slip them on. And unlike rubber sole shoes, the leather Flex soles give them the added versatility of being slightly dressier.

Features: Barrie Last, Brown Chromexcel, Flex Soles

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Alden Unlined Penny Loafer, Snuff Suede

Alden Unlined Penny Loafer, Snuff Suede.
Alden Unlined Penny Loafer, Snuff Suede.
Alden Unlined Penny Loafer, Snuff Suede.
Alden Unlined Penny Loafer, Snuff Suede.

Alden’s unlined snuff suede loafer is possibly the easiest and most comfortable shoe you can get. They are a classic Alden model known as the Leisure Handsewn, or LHS for short, that’s built on the Van last. Made in unlined snuff suede, this shoe fits like a sock, wrapping your foot in light and vibrant suede. With its oil-soaked flex welt, these loafers are light and flexible. This is the kind of shoe that you forget you have on.

Features: Van Last, Unlined Snuff Suede, Flex Welt

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