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post #466 of 1036

I'm guessing "standard" delivery window of 12-18 months from the date of order.  However, I have heard from other Alden dealers that special orders have been coming as early as 9 months.

 

I'm also estimating a price of $565.  Of course, I can't confirm anything at this juncture.

post #467 of 1036
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Originally Posted by vezatron View Post


Please give us your impressions of the forest last once the shoes arrive.

11 uk forest last feels much smaller than 11.5 d modified. My big toe is hitting the toebox wall. They are going back to epaulet. Beautiful shoes though, I'll try a 11.5 UK when available.

post #468 of 1036

Are you a 12 TTS?

post #469 of 1036
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Are you a 12 TTS?

Yes, with a pretty low instep/flexible arch.

post #470 of 1036

Sounds like my foot.  As previously posted, I wear TTS in the Modified.  Sounds like you need to stay TTS on the Forrest last.  Please update if you find one that fits.  I am also looking for a Forrest last shoe.

post #471 of 1036

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Plain cap toe #8 from shoemart seconds list maiden voyage today. The arch area on the left shoe was pretty wrinkly, enough to make me pause and think about sending them back for a few days... but I decided to pull the trigger today. Anyone know about the retailer these were made for, Bellerose?

post #472 of 1036

Sweet!  Bellerose is some European company.  Congratulations!  I will continue to hope that some shell Modified shows up in my size.

 

I don't suppose you're in the market for a Kudu Indy boot, eh?

post #473 of 1036

Sorry... I'm good to go on casual boots right now. Need to dress it up a bit.

post #474 of 1036

Just checking  .  .  .

post #475 of 1036
Wouldn't mind a pair of these.

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http://www.loftman.co.jp/coop-umeda/stock/brand/2012/03/alden/alden201203-13.html
post #476 of 1036
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Yes, this. This is the reason for this thread.

yes, i got that and no derailment intended.

i have a basic question, though.

why are you putting so much efforts into alden's and at the same time you ignore similar offers from other makers who have some of these models in their portfolio. i for myself am always open for a look over the edge of the plate..
post #477 of 1036
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

yes, i got that and no derailment intended.
i have a basic question, though.
why are you putting so much efforts into alden's and at the same time you ignore similar offers from other makers who have some of these models in their portfolio. i for myself am always open for a look over the edge of the plate..

At least for me, the issue is the unique last, more than that it's Alden. I'd love to find an alternative, though I'm not aware of any (maybe Vass?).

So herrmj says above of the Carmina Forest (which I'm curious about as well, but the Rain doesn't work for me):
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11 uk forest last feels much smaller than 11.5 d modified. My big toe is hitting the toebox wall.

I often run into this "big toe is hitting the toebox wall" problem (though not with the Modified), so wonder if it's just size, or the last shape.
post #478 of 1036
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

yes, i got that and no derailment intended.
i have a basic question, though.
why are you putting so much efforts into alden's and at the same time you ignore similar offers from other makers who have some of these models in their portfolio. i for myself am always open for a look over the edge of the plate..

I don't think anyone here necessarily wants to deal with Alden (they take forever, have random limitations) but rather it's the Modified last that people want and need. Other shoes just don't fit properly -- It's a lousy predicament to be stuck with such a limited menu. If anyone knows of a another maker's last that fits even remotely similar to the Modified's heel and arch, I would love to know what it is. I suspect that if there is something similar out there, it's from an Austro-Hungarian maker, but getting there for a fitting is rather difficult. Fritzl, I think you should pick up a pair of Modified last shoes to see how unique the last is.
post #479 of 1036
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Originally Posted by Knowledge is King View Post

I don't think anyone here necessarily wants to deal with Alden (they take forever, have random limitations) but rather it's the Modified last that people want and need. Other shoes just don't fit properly -- It's a lousy predicament to be stuck with such a limited menu. If anyone knows of a another maker's last that fits even remotely similar to the Modified's heel and arch, I would love to know what it is. I suspect that if there is something similar out there, it's from an Austro-Hungarian maker, but getting there for a fitting is rather difficult. Fritzl, I think you should pick up a pair of Modified last shoes to see how unique the last is.

Yep, this exactly. I tried the forest from Carmina - it fits well, but not like the Modified. Perhaps Alden will expand or business will slow eventually, and there will be an opening for us. Otherwise, it seems the rare shell will be for the Euro/Japan market.

Herm, those cap toes are excellent.
post #480 of 1036
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Yep, this exactly. I tried the forest from Carmina - it fits well, but not like the Modified. Perhaps Alden will expand or business will slow eventually, and there will be an opening for us. Otherwise, it seems the rare shell will be for the Euro/Japan market.
Herm, those cap toes are excellent.

One shoe I'd really like to acquire is the Crockett Jones 367 last "Audley III". It's a Japanese last developed by C&J that is only sold in Isetan (and maybe a few other places in Japan?). It's been featured in Men's EX and also the latest issue of LAST. It looks like they tried to emulate the Modified's heel and arch. Credit to Nutcracker for the "scanlation".
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Hi, sorry for the lack of full scanlations of MEN's EX articles as I initially planned (busy busy). But here is a mini-scanlation from the latest MEN'S EX issue that came out a few days ago. It's on the news that the new C&J (HandGrade line) model Audley III on Last 367 has just arrived. I just translated the main points of the article from Japanese.
from MEN's EX Oct Issue (9/06/11 pub)
"Emergency News: The new evolved model of the classic C&J 'Audley', the 'AUDLEY III' has Arrived!"
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and here are my translation of the main difference between Audley and the new Audley III, from page 2
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528
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From the article, it seems like Audley III is on sale only in Japan. Also available in Chestut. Priced at 76,550 yen ($994 USD)
3 other models in Last 367 is also available there, including an equally alluring BELGRAVE III
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