So I paid the remainder on The B+M Reverse chamois WT boot today. Sweet infant baby Jesus permitting, I will have them, and i quote, " Any day now."
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The Official Alden Thread for 2016 - Share reviews, sizing, advice, and photos. - Page 173post #2581 of 117932/17/16 at 8:42ampost #2582 of 117932/17/16 at 8:59ampost #2583 of 117932/17/16 at 9:02ampost #2584 of 117932/17/16 at 9:12ampost #2585 of 117932/17/16 at 9:22ampost #2586 of 117932/17/16 at 9:52ampost #2587 of 117932/17/16 at 10:22amQuote:
Also TRUE. 9.5 3E Color8 Indys from TSM took 16 weeks from the order to when I received them. I remember thinking " Wow, if Shell only took four months then I'll have my Reverse Chamois waaaay sooner than winter 2016 for sure!" Nope.post #2588 of 117932/17/16 at 10:22amI think in both B&M and EP's defense these orders weren't confirmed when they did the preorder. They took sizes. Then submitted the order, probably took 4 months to get it confirmed, then maybe 6 months production. Leffot will get an order confirmed with a standard run of sizes, then open those up for preorders. Why it only takes 4-6 months from them.
Thats the way in interpret it anyways.post #2589 of 117932/17/16 at 10:25amQuote:Originally Posted by csmitty
I think in both B&M and EP's defense these orders weren't confirmed when they did the preorder. They took sizes. Then submitted the order, probably took 4 months to get it confirmed, then maybe 6 months production. Leffot will get an order confirmed with a standard run of sizes, then open those up for preorders. Why it only takes 4-6 months from them.
Thats the way in interpret it anyways.
Good point. The elusive "Confirmation." I hear that after Ravello,Whiskey and Cigar, "Confirmation" is the next hardest to get.post #2590 of 117932/17/16 at 10:32ampost #2591 of 117932/17/16 at 10:40ampost #2592 of 117932/17/16 at 10:47ampost #2593 of 117932/17/16 at 11:14ampost #2594 of 117932/17/16 at 11:52am
been reading this forum on and off for years, have not posted. I have three pair of Alden shoes. A pair of burgundy penny loafers with (gasp) gum rubber soles, 10+ years old, resoled twice, battered. Foul weather shoes at this point. Second pair are shell cordovan color 8 plain toe bluchers (990), about 5 years old. Latest are a pair of handsewn penny loafers, color 8 shell cordovan (986), new in November (earned a nice bonus at work this year).
a couple of observations about fitting:
-i wear shoes with a low-profile custom orthotic; i have virtually no arch. They have worked fine with all three alden shoes with different adjustments. With the burgundy loafers, removed the liner in the inside (footbed) and put a pad under the tongue. orthotics add some volume, and my heels felt too high in the shoes. The adjustments helped keep my foot seated. the bluchers fit well with orthotics without adjustments; that is the best type of shoe for my feet. The new cordovan loafers, we removed the liner in the footbed but did not need the pad under the tongue.
-anyone who owns shell cordovan shoes knows this, but the leather behaves a little differently than some other types. It is thicker and more firm than typical calfskin. At the outset, shell cordovan shoes that are the correct size may seem a little bit tight or uncomfortable as a result. However, the leather upper stretches or 'gives' a bit as you wear them, and they also start forming to your feet. Patience is a virtue with these shoes. The last pair of loafers, in particular, felt a little too tight at the beginning, to the point where i wondered if i should have purchased them in wide (my feet are borderline, d/e width). In retrospect, that would have been a mistake. I'm wearing them now, and they feel great.
-i use very small amounts of Saphir Pate de Luxe on the cordovan shoes, which don't need much polish. wiping them with a damp cloth is often enough.
-can't say enough about Sky Valet in Washington, DC. We have an Alden store in DC, which I have never visited. Sky is a small place with a great selection of shoes, great at fitting them, outstanding at resoles (ask for the high quality Horween soles. well worth the extra cost).post #2595 of 117932/17/16 at 11:53am
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