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post #106186 of 122416
Nothing boring about those! Nicely polished.
post #106187 of 122416
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Went and picked up some 975 locally today, ended up in disappointment. Turns out the right shoe was a display model, was tough to tell in the store and the SA put some Alden paste wax on them. When I got home and investigated in the natural light I was not thrilled. So these will be heading back probably tomorrow and hopefully they have another 7.5D for me. It's too bad because the cordovan quality and the overall construction in regards to the stitching on these are beautiful and look flawless. 

 

I could live with the issues if it wasn't a stock model (only because you wouldn't have many other options lol), no point keeping these unless they offer some sort of discount on them imo, waiting to hear back via email.


 

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Some poor finishing on the vamp of the right shoe, worst spot being up by the laces before the tongue.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick update on these, the retailer was very apologetic that the shoes went home with me looking this way. They offered a few things, they could order in another pair and in about 6-8 weeks I could have a new pair in hand. Not bad but a bit of a wait and with Alden QC the replacement may include different issues where this pair was damn near perfect, great shell and stitching is all spot on (except for the welt start/stop point). They also offered $200 off and to have them professionally matched, I am not sure yet what the matching process is though. I do not want to have them locally polished or dyed to match better since I do not like colored polish on my cordovan, if they are going to send them to Alden to have them dyed that is another story though. Either way the discount is just over 25% and very generous so I will sleep on it and decide in the morning. With some creasing and a bit of time they would probably look pretty similar when on my feet.

 

I am very confident in the lightening process on my own, as I lightened my AE Leeds, and think that with a few weeks in the window with direct sun the darker pair would be much closer in color to the lighter pair. 

post #106188 of 122416
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Quick update on these, the retailer was very apologetic that the shoes went home with me looking this way. They offered a few things, they could order in another pair and in about 6-8 weeks I could have a new pair in hand. Not bad but a bit of a wait and with Alden QC the replacement may include different issues where this pair was perfect. They also offered $200 off and to have them professionally matched, I am not sure yet what the matching process is though. I do not want to have them locally polished or dyed to match better since I do not like colored polish on my cordovan, if they are going to send them to Alden to have them dyed that is another story though. Either way the discount is just over 25% and very generous so I will sleep on it and decide in the morning. With some creasing and a bit of time they would probably look pretty similar when on my feet.

 

I am very confident in the lightening process on my own, as I lightened my AE Leeds, and think that with a few weeks in the window with direct sun the darker pair would be much closer in color to the lighter pair.

Always nice when a retailer owns up to a problem and takes steps to fix it, without any fuss, excuses, foot-dragging or attitude.   

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Quick update on these, the retailer was very apologetic that the shoes went home with me looking this way. They offered a few things, they could order in another pair and in about 6-8 weeks I could have a new pair in hand. Not bad but a bit of a wait and with Alden QC the replacement may include different issues where this pair was damn near perfect, great shell and stitching is all spot on (except for the welt start/stop point). They also offered $200 off and to have them professionally matched, I am not sure yet what the matching process is though. I do not want to have them locally polished or dyed to match better since I do not like colored polish on my cordovan, if they are going to send them to Alden to have them dyed that is another story though. Either way the discount is just over 25% and very generous so I will sleep on it and decide in the morning. With some creasing and a bit of time they would probably look pretty similar when on my feet.

I am very confident in the lightening process on my own, as I lightened my AE Leeds, and think that with a few weeks in the window with direct sun the darker pair would be much closer in color to the lighter pair. 

I remember your Leeds and ptb, excellent work. You didn't ask for opinions, but here's mine. Keep them. Take your $200 and run. Assuming you can fix the only real issue. Which I believe you can.
post #106190 of 122416
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My Frans saddles(not shell) were, I believe, $517 USD. I was then hit with a $51 fee from UPS. Seems like UPS can choose to asses this fee or not. I think its based on declared value. Some get charged while others dont. Its the main reason i dont use UPS if i can help it. Seems way to shady/sketchy that some are assessed these fees while others arent. I even brought that up to the UPS guy and he just was like,"Uh...its a standard issue fee that we cannot waive it." I called BS and just shrugged his shoulders. Rant over....WooSah

 

Pic of Invoice from UPS:

 

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I had bought some suede cap toes from Frans Boone and wasn't hit with any import fees since the box was marked as product of USA like the other poster mentioned.  I didn't like the boots and like an idiot sent them back via UPS at the cost of $250 or so :brick:  I should have sold them on the internet instead and it would have been less of a loss.  Yes, UPS does suck for international shipping!  

post #106191 of 122416
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Always nice when a retailer owns up to a problem and takes steps to fix it, without any fuss, excuses, foot-dragging or attitude.   

 

I totally agree, they have been great through the whole process from sizing advice on various shoes while I was in store, great shoe conversation and customer service. They are class acts all the way so did not expect for a second that they wouldn't go out of their was to help when I noticed the issue at home.

 

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I remember your Leeds and ptb, excellent work. You didn't ask for opinions, but here's mine. Keep them. Take your $200 and run. Assuming you can fix the only real issue. Which I believe you can.

 

Opinions always welcome! I am leaning that way at the moment but emailed to see if they could let me know some more info on the professional matching they offered along with it. $200 off puts them at $575 CAD which really puts them around $450 USD for firsts with a very minor color issue. I doubt I could score a better deal to my door here in Canada, even a proxy service from someone here on a pair of 975 seconds would run me close to the same in the end.

post #106192 of 122416
@burzan Take the discount. The shoes will even out over time. I've got worse splotches on my Leffot Tankers as well!
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I totally agree, they have been great through the whole process from sizing advice on various shoes while I was in store, great shoe conversation and customer service. They are class acts all the way so did not expect for a second that they wouldn't go out of their was to help when I noticed the issue at home.


Opinions always welcome! I am leaning that way at the moment but emailed to see if they could let me know some more info on the professional matching they offered along with it. $200 off puts them at $575 CAD which really puts them around $450 USD for firsts with a very minor color issue. I doubt I could score a better deal to my door here in Canada, even a proxy service from someone here on a pair of 975 seconds would run me close to the same in the end.
Wow, that's an amazing deal! Find me an uneven pair too!!!! You're getting firsts at seconds prices.
Edit: also if Alden coming in and re-dying them is an option, you'd be silly to not take them with the discount! I'm certain this is possible. Alden adds their purple finish to shell shoes after they are assembled. Evidence can be found on the glove linings and eyelets of almost any #shoe/boot. To me that would be best case scenario!
post #106194 of 122416
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@burzan Take the discount. The shoes will even out over time. I've got worse splotches on my Leffot Tankers as well!

 

 

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Wow, that's an amazing deal! Find me an uneven pair too!!!! You're getting firsts at seconds prices.

 

 

More money back in the shoe budget which is always welcome haha, I can live with the color for now and will even it out one way or another. Curious to hear back tomorrow what the professional matching they offered is. Hard to resist that kind of discount offer though. 

post #106195 of 122416
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More money back in the shoe budget which is always welcome haha, I can live with the color for now and will even it out one way or another. Curious to hear back tomorrow what the professional matching they offered is. Hard to resist that kind of discount offer though. 

Personally, I'd keep them at that price. I had a hard time telling there were issues from the pics.
post #106196 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Nice, Ben!

I'm in the middle of organizing a lunch date with my wife as well!

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You've been killing it ben.
You've been killing it ben, again.

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Looking great Ben!!!

-Mike

Thanks guys!
post #106197 of 122416
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Originally Posted by KPDarb View Post


Lordy lordy those are wonderful! In hand, would you say the CJ and Aldens are pretty similar? i.e. weight, leather thickness, finish... 

They're extremely different, especially in the the fit and appearance. The 325 and Barrie lasts are night and day different. C&J also cakes their shell with polish while alden uses a post construction liquid dye, at least on #8.
post #106198 of 122416
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I'm waiting for Cigar LWBs as well and heard from Kathy they are months away due to the color being in very short supply (relatively speaking to exotics). They were originally meant to arrive a month ago.

Bought a pair of Cigar PTB from Wayne in Hong Kong in the mean time. Waiting for those to arrive along with Ravello LWB from AoM.

 

 

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There is no ETA on any of her Cigar models, but it will be at least 16 weeks.

This is what I was referring. Thanks. I think I was 4 or 5 in my size for the LWBs so it was a stretch for me to get them anyway. Will keep following this thread and see if anything pops up.

post #106199 of 122416
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Thanks!  Still all really nice!  Anyone have any advise on the sole? saw someone who did this and it looks interesting, though i don't know if its necessary.  

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I put flush toe plates on all my leather sole shoes. But I am not a fan of rubber pad.

post #106200 of 122416
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Originally Posted by BenLeaman View Post


Hahaha that is precisely what I was alluding to when I mentioned visiting Sherman Bros. while wearing rare shell smile.gif
They just don't believe that you can get anything other than #8 and black. I mean hell I even wore my brand new Whiskey LWB in there so they could see them hahaha.

 

And our running joke spreads to anyone else that enters Sherman Bros.

 

Nice guys, but they're misinformed.  They have a 20-year old stack of hand-written cards that they pulled out and showed me (and Ben when he went in too apparently) that was supposedly people waiting for rare shell.

 

Things have really changed since the MTO days (before I was buying Alden)!

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