Seller kind enough to include 'Best offer' option...http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alden-Shell-Cordovan-4-Wingtip-Boots-Size-11D-BNIB-Amazing-Rarest-Must-See-/321992608523?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276
I have purchased a couple of Aldens from this seller and had a very good experience......both times the shoes were fairly priced and were exactly as described.
Leffot emailed me last night to let me know that my alpine grain wingtip boots are in. Hopefully they will ship today, and I will receive them early next week! They will be my first Alden boot, and I'm very excited.
Side note, I'm selling my 10D 975's on the classifieds here and eBay. Make me an offer I can't refuse!
Also inspired by @Mghart's amazing boots, I spent some time cleaning up my 2014 Naval Boots:
Put some shine on my new Plaza derbies (first black shell). I solicited advice a few days ago about the suitability of wearing this shoe with a tux. Thanks for your replies. Because I'm not a big oxford fan, I went against the grain a bit and got what I liked. As is usually the case, looking around at what other gents are wearing, I have nothing to worry about. I put them on and kicked up my heels for a moment before I took the first step, and for just a brief moment, I felt like MM. @mdubs
And I noticed the color change on the tongue of my Leffot Dovers. It's subtle, but you can clearly see the area that's been exposed to light is much browner than the original purple-y color.
I doubt that anyone - including the seller, really likes the practice of flipping shoes
If you believe in peak Alden, maybe its time to get long color 4, lol
Someone mentioned this last week or a couple of weeks, and it gets brought up repeatedly everytime someone puts a seemingly outrageous sale price on eBay, that is the nature of long lead times, delays, waitlist, my color 8 is not color 8 enough or is too color 8 etc and the ever popular resale market, makes the practice of shoot first and think later, appealing and necessary if you are trying to build a "collection" of what you "think" ultimately want. I just got my Epaulet Alt Wiens, I nearly forgot I had put a deposit down because it was almost 2 years ago, and while they look awesome, Im not nearly as excited for them today as I was 2 years ago and Im torn whether to keep them because I dont know how much use they will get but I want to hang on to them because its 2 years in the making.
Yeah its gross to see someone get in on a "rare" run and then turn around and sell it but I dont think that happens as often as it may seem. If someone offered me $5k for a pair of color 4 boots, I'd hand deliver them in the tri-state area today.
While not Alden, I have been trying to sell a pair of Viberg boots for a month, they are in every way perfect and new. I thought I really wanted theses things, bought them within 5min of the release, they are pretty much sold out and rare (not as rare as color 4) but something that I thought would easily resell after I missed the return window. Im now offering them 10% off ex. shipping. I would have returned them but I got busy doing life. Am I flipper? By some definitions, I am, but for a negative scalp - but nobody's is upset Im out $100 lol. I get that with some things like rare Alden shell its more obvious that you might get more than what you paid but its just the nature of the beast.
From time to time there is an egregious actor, and I would agree buying off the 2nds list to resell immediately looks and is ugly but for the most part its still just people rationalizing conspicuous consumption.
I've sold many different things(from gym equipment to clothes) on eBay and other B&S type sites and I used to be a big fan but in the last couple of years anytime I sell an Alden it has been an absolute nightmare. The volume of tire kickers, and bizarre fetishized behavior is something I have never experienced across a range of items, and Ive never had so many people back out, never pay, tell me they no longer want it 5min after choosing BIN. Its mentally exhausting, a total waste of time and definitely makes the notion of flipping comical as a profitable endeavor unless you have nothing but time on your hands and you like dealing with the above.
Little bit of a rant - Ill do my best not to broach this subject again.
Those just happen to be in my size. I guess I could explain to my daughter that she doesn't need to go to college.
I'd convinced myself that I didn't need to chase down any ravello. I was doing fine with color 8, cigar and black shell.
You have shown me the error of my ways. These have jumped to the top of my must haves. Damn you sir!
Oh, am I ever. Such great color on this pair!
Ravello is a fantastic color. There's a decent amount of color variation across batches, with some shades (like this one) just looking amazing.