Alden 986 Restoration – Part One
And so it begins. These Alden for Brooks Brothers penny loafers (the Ole 986ers) are in dire need of a tune up. I wear these bad boys all the time, and it’s time to get them back in line. I called Alden for the restoration package, which arrived a couple days later. Pretty self explanatory:
All in all, the shoes are in good shape – they are just worn. The soles are getting a bit thin, and the leather need conditioning. Probably the worst of it is that some of the stitching is coming out next to the strap. Should be an easy fix.
They were dropped off today…I was told by Alden that it should take about six weeks. My only request to Alden was to try and tighten up the heels. I thought about asking for a natural finish on the sole edges, but I’ve seen reports where they won’t do this on #8 shell shoes. Oh well. So far, the ride has been great, but we have many more miles to go. I’ll post an update when I get them back…