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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
 

Back in 2013, @bkotsko posted a demographic survey in the old Alden thread.  The results and following comments start here.  I think the design of the survey underestimated income levels, and the "and up" value should have been higher than $300K to get a more accurate distribution.  

 

Anyway, it's one take that may help answer your question.  (regular disclaimers apply: who volunteers to take an income survey, how significant is n=87, internet self-inflation, as some suggest...)

Thanks for the reminder, @Alpina

:slayer:

Although I am sure the demographics have changed, the results were definitely interesting.

I agree about some of the shortcomings. (income, self inflation, etc..)

The n=87 was a fairly good spread of Alden forum participants.

I am sure it could be expanded. 

It would be great if someone revamped it and followed through with a new survey. 

post #6947 of 10815
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Back from a weekend vacation to Seattle with the Mrs... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Tuesday. Alden Color 8 Perforated Cap Toe Balmorals. Marcoliani Purple Argyles OTC. Epaulet Navy Donegal Tweed Walt Trousers.






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Wednesday. Alden Black Grain Calf and Color 8 Shell Cordovan Saddles. Epaulet Charcoal Houndstooth Trousers.






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Thursday. Alden Ravello Shell Cordovan NST Bluchers. JCrew Navy Anchor Socks. Brooks Bros Navy Houndstooth Slacks.






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-Mike


Great color and patina on the PCTs, Mike. Beautiful
post #6948 of 10815

I think it might be worth a post to point out that there are some, like myself, who follow this thread who aren't Alden "collectors" or "hobbyists."

 

I only own one  pair of Aldens. In my opinion, the cost per wear will be equal to or hopefully lower than that for any of the "Mall" brands, and I intend to own these shoes for the rest of my life, hopefully another 50 years or so. There's also the added pleasure of owning quality, durable goods that are superior to what others are wearing.

 

I'll also buy another pair at some point, put possibly not for a year or years.

 

I have a modest salary and four children. 

 

Though I don't have money for nonessential shoe purchases, I believe firmly in owning fewer things of higher, lasting quality.

 

I check this thread every few days because when I do make another Alden purchase, I want to be informed and make my purchase a wise one, because I don't have the money to make multiple, nonessential purchases. 

post #6949 of 10815
Ravello WTBs yesterday

post #6950 of 10815
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Originally Posted by Neognosis View Post
 

I think it might be worth a post to point out that there are some, like myself, who follow this thread who aren't Alden "collectors" or "hobbyists."

 

I only own one  pair of Aldens. In my opinion, the cost per wear will be equal to or hopefully lower than that for any of the "Mall" brands, and I intend to own these shoes for the rest of my life, hopefully another 50 years or so. There's also the added pleasure of owning quality, durable goods that are superior to what others are wearing.

 

I'll also buy another pair at some point, put possibly not for a year or years.

 

I have a modest salary and four children. 

 

Though I don't have money for nonessential shoe purchases, I believe firmly in owning fewer things of higher, lasting quality.

 

I check this thread every few days because when I do make another Alden purchase, I want to be informed and make my purchase a wise one, because I don't have the money to make multiple, nonessential purchases. 

I love this post.  With a modest salary and four children, buying a pair of Aldens is smart money.

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Ravello and Chups kind of day.
post #6952 of 10815
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Back from a weekend vacation to Seattle with the Mrs...

Tuesday. Alden Color 8 Perforated Cap Toe Balmorals. Marcoliani Purple Argyles OTC. Epaulet Navy Donegal Tweed Walt Trousers.






Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)















Wednesday. Alden Black Grain Calf and Color 8 Shell Cordovan Saddles. Epaulet Charcoal Houndstooth Trousers.






Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)















Thursday. Alden Ravello Shell Cordovan NST Bluchers. JCrew Navy Anchor Socks. Brooks Bros Navy Houndstooth Slacks.






Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)















-Mike

That ensemble with the per cap toe is stellar. Same with the black grain calf/color 8 shell cordos. Thursday's outfit, also. As always, very nice.


General question for everyone: do you have trees in all your shoes/boots/chukkas? I'm guessing they're not needed for suede? Much appreciated.
post #6953 of 10815
For any of the more experienced owners out there: Unlined Suede LHS - Use of shoe trees, yes or no?
post #6954 of 10815

#8 PTB on get-away Friday. Happy 4th to you guys. Black shell Longwings from TSM when I get home today. Happy 4th of July to me!

 

post #6955 of 10815
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General question for everyone: do you have trees in all your shoes/boots/chukkas? I'm guessing they're not needed for suede? Much appreciated.

 

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For any of the more experienced owners out there: Unlined Suede LHS - Use of shoe trees, yes or no?

 

I use shoe trees in all my Aldens, including suede.

post #6956 of 10815
I don't always use trees in my unlined suede (LHS and chukkas) but that's mostly due to laziness. They don't really seem to suffer from no trees.
post #6957 of 10815
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Originally Posted by jjschube View Post

I hope this question isn't appropriate.  I was just wondering, due to collecting (whatever you want to call) Alden's being a pretty expensive hobby, does everyone here just make boatloads of cash or is it something that you just budget for and or occasionally splurge?  Just curious, sorry if this is a rude question. 

It's like buying a nice pair of jeans. Some things are smart to spend on, a quality shoe is one of those. Alden's, and many others, will last many years if you take care of them. I'll gladly spend money on shoes that will still look great in 10 years. On the other hand, judging by the pants, sock, and collection size, some people here just have boatloads of money.
post #6958 of 10815

Picked up a pair of 9015s from DC. Great dealing with Kathy, as always, and this pair is super nice. You can see some of the eggplant undertones coming through in the second photo. Even better, the Hampton last fits my foot perfectly.

 

 

post #6959 of 10815
Congrats those are beauties. I agree the Hampton last is super comfortable.
post #6960 of 10815
Whiskey LHS and a delicious sammich.

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