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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

2 pairs of boots, and one pair of shoes, but only one Last.


It's an awesome last. I envy your Millers and wish I had jumped in on that, but I was still green about MTO at the time. I need some Moores in my life.
post #542 of 1185
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It's an awesome last. I envy your Millers and wish I had jumped in on that, but I was still green about MTO at the time. I need some Moores in my life.

Thank you sir.

 

You really should get Moore.

post #543 of 1185
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

2 pairs of boots, and one pair of shoes, but only one Last.


How are the Millers working out for you? Awesome aren't they?
post #544 of 1185
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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post


How are the Millers working out for you? Awesome aren't they?

I have yet to wear them except to try them on in the house, the weather here is still quite warm.

 

 

However they are awesome looking boots, and should come in real handy in a couple of months. 

post #545 of 1185
Nice, you should get more shoes. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Nice, you should get more shoes. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Thank you sir.

 

 

I'm  in the process of doing that very thing, although none of my current MTO's are Alfred Sargent.


Edited by dddrees - 7/24/13 at 2:53am
post #547 of 1185

smile.gif great shoes... but go slow, your wallet will thank you... happy wearing!

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post #549 of 1185
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

Alfred Sargent for J. Crew
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Family-owned UK cobbler Alfred Sargent has been making shoes in the traditional English manner since 1899—that's four generations if you're counting. Our design team worked hand in hand with the cobbler to create this exclusive style, crafted from genuine Italian leather. Bench-made by master craftsmen in their Northamptonshire workshop in a process that takes eight weeks per pair and involves over 200 separate steps, the shoes are finished with a genuine Goodyear welt—meaning the sole is sewn on rather than cemented, so you can have them resoled over and over again. In other words, this pair might be the last you'll ever need to buy.
Leather upper and lining.
Leather with micro rubber mid-sole.
Made in England.

J.Crew's text written by someone who neither knows shoes nor anything other than packaging. Cobbler... exclusive style (Ramsey anyone?)
post #550 of 1185
Wouldn't it be cordwainer, not cobbler? confused.gif
post #551 of 1185
To be fair "cordwainer" is a pretty esoteric term.

Per the "exclusive" comment I'm not sure what specs J. Crew has requested. The colors or materials or lasts may have changed. Doesn't appear that there are any major changes to anything, but plenty of companies make one small tweak here or there and all of a sudden it's something "exclusive."

The main thing that perplexes me is what regular J. Crew customer is going to spend $500+ on shoes...
post #552 of 1185
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

To be fair "cordwainer" is a pretty esoteric term.

Per the "exclusive" comment I'm not sure what specs J. Crew has requested. The colors or materials or lasts may have changed. Doesn't appear that there are any major changes to anything, but plenty of companies make one small tweak here or there and all of a sudden it's something "exclusive."

The main thing that perplexes me is what regular J. Crew customer is going to spend $500+ on shoes...

Well, I had the same kind of doubt when J. Crew start carrying Alden, but looks like it has worked for them so far.
post #553 of 1185
I guess I just see Alden fitting their demo and aesthetic better: more rugged designs carefully selected to compliment "signature looks." They also beat the "Made in America" drum at every turn. With AS, though, you're getting a sleeker last and a decidedly British design. I could maybe see it if they had a line of expensive/higher-end suits, but seems a bit weird to buy $500 shoes for a $350 suit...
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

To be fair "cordwainer" is a pretty esoteric term.

Per the "exclusive" comment I'm not sure what specs J. Crew has requested. The colors or materials or lasts may have changed. Doesn't appear that there are any major changes to anything, but plenty of companies make one small tweak here or there and all of a sudden it's something "exclusive."

Probably right b/c it looks like an inferior sole treatment compared to the Exclusive line. More like the old Premier grade shoes.
post #555 of 1185
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

I guess I just see Alden fitting their demo and aesthetic better: more rugged designs carefully selected to compliment "signature looks." They also beat the "Made in America" drum at every turn. With AS, though, you're getting a sleeker last and a decidedly British design. I could maybe see it if they had a line of expensive/higher-end suits, but seems a bit weird to buy $500 shoes for a $350 suit...

This may be very good for AS because it gives them a very broad distribution in the US market.  I remember seeing a couple of interview where Alden executives (can't remember the names) give credit to their partnership with JCrew for the explosion of interest in their brand.  I think it's a smart move on AS's part.  And yes, I think paying $500 would be a little too much since they are probably not the same as the Exclusive line.  Keeping my eye on the Labor Day sale... :-)

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