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post #121 of 148
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8-year-old Chinese girls have the perfect size hands to really ensure proper stitching.

Plus they're probably punished when they make a mistakes. I doubt the Union workers have to worry about losing a hand!
post #122 of 148
same thing is happening to my aldens. 2/3 but i can see it happening to my #3 soon. i'd send it to alden but i'm in no mood to wait weeks nor am i brave enough to have a crap local cobbler take a crack at it... as mentioned, simple fix but annoying.
post #123 of 148
I own 8 pairs of Aldens--6 of them shell, and have never had a stitch or other problem. It happens, of course, but the 999 out of 1000 happy customers won't bother to post here. As for "clunky" style, or whatever anyone wants to call it, to each his own. For me, nothing feels or looks better than an Alden shell cordovan longwing.
post #124 of 148
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I own 8 pairs of Aldens--6 of them shell, and have never had a stitch or other problem. It happens, of course, but the 999 out of 1000 happy customers won't bother to post here. As for "clunky" style, or whatever anyone wants to call it, to each his own. For me, nothing feels or looks better than an Alden shell cordovan longwing.
I never had a problem with mine. I have had lots of pairs.
post #125 of 148
Just another reason why I'll stick with Allen Edmonds!
post #126 of 148
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Just another reason why I'll stick with Allen Edmonds!

As long as they're all Leeds in shell cordovan...
post #127 of 148
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Originally Posted by bkrex View Post
I own 8 pairs of Aldens--6 of them shell, and have never had a stitch or other problem. It happens, of course, but the 999 out of 1000 happy customers won't bother to post here. As for "clunky" style, or whatever anyone wants to call it, to each his own. For me, nothing feels or looks better than an Alden shell cordovan longwing.

I've never had a problem either and remain cautiously optimistic that none will develop. I'm watching you, Alden.
post #128 of 148
This is why I would pay 4x more for items made by a reliable machine. Handmade? LOL, some people are so gullible.
post #129 of 148
Thread Starter 
OK, So I sent the shoes back exactly one week ago. Today in the mail:





and:


FIXED! Took exactly one week and now the shoes are as good as new. If these were C&J, this would have taken MONTHS. And anyone who believes that C&J has never put out a sub par pair of shoes is kidding themselves. Maybe if you're in the UK its fine, but to send these overseas to be fixed would be ridiculous. Anyway, carry on.
post #130 of 148
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FIXED! Took exactly one week and now the shoes are as good as new. If these were C&J, this would have taken MONTHS. And anyone who believes that C&J has never put out a sub par pair of shoes is kidding themselves. Maybe if you're in the UK its fine, but to send these overseas to be fixed would be ridiculous. Anyway, carry on.

+1

Glad to hear they took care of everything. They should've given you some free polish or something for the hassle though.

Shit, if anything goes wrong with any of my Alden's I might just drive them to the factory personally.
post #131 of 148
Glad they turned out to your liking.

I wonder if anyone else had brought up the odd misallignment issue on their bluchers. IIRC, it was the left shoe that was the one that was off, in many different examples.
post #132 of 148
This positive outcome makes me feel even better about Alden. Thanks for the update.
post #133 of 148
Thread Starter 
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They should've given you some free polish or something for the hassle though.

You know, I thought that for a second, but even though I was out the shipping, i could have sent them each to the retailer for reimbursement, but i chose to go direct, and I'd much rather they expedited as they clearly did than have a can of polish or shoe trees. I'm very pleased.
post #134 of 148
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post
Took exactly one week and now the shoes are as good as new. If these were C&J, this would have taken MONTHS. And anyone who believes that C&J has never put out a sub par pair of shoes is kidding themselves. Maybe if you're in the UK its fine, but to send these overseas to be fixed would be ridiculous. Anyway, carry on.


glad this turned out for you.

but, I think you are overstating the potential difference wrt shipping. you can ship things to/from the UK pretty fast without a giant expense.

unless the actual repair time difference between Alden and C&J is that big, the total elapsed time you're looking at should only be an extra week (?) or so and maybe $25 or $30 extra dollars for shipping (I think)
post #135 of 148
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
glad this turned out for you.

but, I think you are overstating the potential difference wrt shipping. you can ship things to/from the UK pretty fast without a giant expense.

unless the actual repair time difference between Alden and C&J is that big, the total elapsed time you're looking at should only be an extra week (?) or so and maybe $25 or $30 extra dollars for shipping (I think)

I know I'm biased. I prefer the look of my Aldens to the C&J as well, which tints my view. Just about everything on this forum is tinted in that regard, and should be taken with a grain of salt.
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