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post #781 of 1020
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

I am finding Alden's intractable, flippant nature toward their new fan base and their long-time retailers verging on lunacy. There are small shoe-makers that are in the game of MTO and there is a large audience for said MTO, and here Alden goes and nit-picks instead of happily taking the customer's money in exchange for what they want. And here they are, giving shitty corporate monsters like J.Crew far more business than long-time partners such as Moulded. Moulded, Leathersoul, Leffot, Epaulet, et. al, should be their priority. Arrrgh.

Hope you gents get EXACTLY what you want.

Well, as much as I would personally like to see Alden give the SF population more of what it wants, from a business perspective I can appreciate that J. Crew is a more desirable partner than low-traffic specialty stores.
post #782 of 1020
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Well, as much as I would personally like to see Alden give the SF population more of what it wants, from a business perspective I can appreciate that J. Crew is a more desirable partner than low-traffic specialty stores.

If that were true, Alden would've been out of business a long time ago, sir. What I'm saying is this: if you are making big bucks with J.Crew, expand so the other retailers - who kept you afloat for close to a hundred years - do not have to play second fiddle.
post #783 of 1020
Probably is true. Large stores such as J. Crew and BB probably have contracts with Alden guaranteeing a certain amount of profit vs. the mom and pop's. If you think about the scale of their contracts, that's a lot of guaranteed cash flow.
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

If that were true, Alden would've been out of business a long time ago, sir. What I'm saying is this: if you are making big bucks with J.Crew, expand so the other retailers - who kept you afloat for close to a hundred years - do not have to play second fiddle.
post #784 of 1020

I'm not sure how much more J Crew sells than the rest.  If anything, JC & BB order a lot of the same shoe (almost like a catalog item).  That allows Alden to batch out their production (maybe making it more efficient).  JC & BB probably give Alden a guarantee (i.e. we will order X number of shell cordovan, calf, etc.).  The boutique dealers place smaller orders for a larger variety of shoes.  How many of us would be hanging off of Alden if we could only buy J Crew or Brooks Brothers make ups?

post #785 of 1020
I have to agree with Roguls here. Alden does not seem to be minding the kind of retailers try came up with. It shouldn't be that hard for Moulded. By comparison, as far as I understand it, Carmina has worked with Mike from Epaulet to develop a new boot style. Perhaps companies at different points in their cycles. Speaking of Moulded, got a message that these are in:41922a.jpg

I have a pair coming from a summer order.
post #786 of 1020

^^^^

 

those are nice, so much for not ordering anything else for awhile, off to contact moulded..

 

sadly, even without the recent carmina price increase, their cordovan is out of my price range :poorpeopleproblems:

post #787 of 1020

Ahhhh, the scotch grain is awesome!  I just can't stand the perf cap toe.  I don't know why.  I prefer a plain cap toe.

 

I know we're still waiting for the Kudu make up to fall out.  Is there any interest in a Black Shell Cordovan Modified make-up?  I think Moulded can do that.  Shoe/boot/slip on?

post #788 of 1020

I've been eyeing their PCT boot in black

post #789 of 1020

I have too  .  .  .  I just can't deal with the perforated cap toe!!!!!  Give me a black shell Modified last plain cap toe, all eyelets (nickel or antique brass), with a cork-neo or leather sole. 

post #790 of 1020
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

I have too  .  .  .  I just can't deal with the perforated cap toe!!!!!  Give me a black shell Modified last plain cap toe, all eyelets (nickel or antique brass), with a cork-neo or leather sole. 

i'm in, lets do it

post #791 of 1020

We should.  Any other takers?

post #792 of 1020
I might be interested in a plain toe boot in black shell. No cap at all. Neo-cork and shell intrigues me for some reason.
post #793 of 1020

I can do a plain toe, yes.

post #794 of 1020
I'd be interested. Would prefer a cap toe. And sorry but the Kudu has neocork so I'd want leather.
post #795 of 1020

We can work something out.

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