First and foremost credit to this write up goes to kgmessier whose MTO post I used as a template. I recently talked with Alden DC about their run for the fall and how at the beginning of each season they put in their order for the next coming season. Joe at DC told me that Kathy would probably be keen on the idea of a MTO group order for the next summer run and I feel it would be a great opportunity for the community to get together and create a boot of our own design. Seeing as how Fall is at the point of being close, yet not too close we may be at the right time to collaborate and narrow down a design of our choosing. Though of course we will have to work with Kathy on what can and cannot be done. So, the purpose of this thread is to narrow down who has a serious interest in purchasing a MTO group order, and to see if that number is enough to convince the retailer and Alden itself.
We can start with suggestions for a number of styles and from there narrow down to a final idea. Obviously this will take a few days/weeks but I’m sure we can all agree on a design. I think the best course of action would be to narrow it down to two designs and submit both to Kathy and see which one would be the best for her. As soon as we come to a conclusive idea on a single makeup people would then be able to opt in or out. Only opt in if you are serious about committing to a purchase. I cannot go to Kathy and tell her that we have 12 people in to purchase and then only ending up selling 4 pairs. That isn't fair to her, and to those who spent work not only formulating the design but those actually making the boot for us. Feel free to PM me and to submit to this thread for discussion.
As it stands Kathy is currently out of the store for a week or two so we won’t have any firm answers on what is or isn’t possible. I have talked to the others that work at the shop though and they seem enthusiastic on doing this, and helping us along the way. Of course final say on a design rests with Kathy but for the time being the information given to us by the others at the shop is what we have to work on. That being said, here is some info on what could be some possible options for next summer. None of this is set in stone, this is just the information I was given by Alden DC. Feel free to discuss other possibilities and I can pass them on to Kathy when she is back from her vacation.
#4 (Sounded over the phone as if this would be a viable option)
Whiskey (may be unavailable, though I asked them to check if summer 2013 would be possible)
Ravello (same boat as Whiskey, if not more difficult)
Cigar (Probably the easiest to do at the moment as far as rare colors go)
Barrie (the easiest and most viable option)
Grant (similar in capability to the Barrie, as DC has done many shoes on the Grant)
Leydon (may be a bit of a stretch, though it could be possible. Doubtful though, as I was told DC has never done a boot on this Last.)
So, let the discussion begin!