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post #106426 of 122416

Hello,

 

I had a question concerning the Unlined Chukka that I was hoping someone could answer for me.  Over the past week I've had some quality issues with the two shoes I've been sent.  The first shoe looked brand new, but there were some scrapes/cuts on the left shoe where the suede had been torn off, so I sent them back for another pair.  Today,  just received the second pair and they seem different, like they're possibly not even the same shoe.  I can't completely remember from the first set, but I don't remember the shoes having an inside lining right under the toe.  On this new set, it's almost like there's a steel cap toe, only instead of steel it's a thin piece of what I would imagine is leather.  I think on the first pair the shoes were completely unlined, but maybe I'm wrong? Anyways, I noticed that immediately when I opened up this second set, because you can actually see the physical outline of the underlining cap (maybe that's because these shoes are older?). The second thing I noticed about the second set of shoes is that they seem to have been been worn quite a bit, there is some wood scuffing on the front of the left shoe where it looks like something was accidentally kicked and the bottom of the sole seems quite dirty/worn. I guess what I'm looking for is whether or not this sort of thing is normal, the cap toe thing is just so weird, I thought these were completely unlined. I guess what I really need to know is whether or not I need to return these for a 3rd time, I should have just kept the single fault of the previous set, but for ~$500 I guess I expected more? Thanks for any suggestions.

post #106427 of 122416
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Originally Posted by schmidtdalton13 View Post

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Must have knicked them pretty hard yesterday. Is there any way to fix this or am I out of luck?

Looks like there's a flap. Try superglue then touch up smoothing over the tear. Good luck.
post #106428 of 122416

Has anyone placed a third eyelet on a 2 eyelet chukka?  Would it help at all with some minor fit issues and some unusual creasing?

post #106429 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mp94 View Post
 

Finally arrived! spending the next couple days with Nick over at B. Nelson getting some flush metal taps, can't wait to break them in!  First Alden and First Cordovan Shoe!

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Nice!

My first Aldens were also a pair of #8 Chukkas. Wore them today, first time in months, hopefully winter is more or less over...

The jeans look short from bending over to take the pictures.

 


It was also my daughter's sixth birthday today. Trying on her new birthday boots (and wings):

(She picked out the boots herself.)

post #106430 of 122416
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post

Looks like there's a flap. Try superglue then touch up smoothing over the tear. Good luck.

For common calf skin, yes. Not a good idea for shell Cordovan, thou. Just a lttle vanitian cream or reno, and some rubbing.
Shell Cordovan behaves like polished flesh out leather. Rubbing or deer boning will do the trick.
post #106431 of 122416

So, long time lurker, first time poster on the thread. I recently order two pairs of Alden boots for sizing information; I don't have time to find a brick and mortar store for a sit-down sizing. Full disclosure: I own no Alden boots, but I'm looking to hop on a Leffot MTO later in the year.

 

I received my order and was surprised to find the boots boxed as shown in the first photo. 

Which is no big deal; I'm planning on returning these for a refund anyhow. In trying on the boots, however, I saw what's posted in the rest of the photos. I was pretty shocked that for a $550 dollar boot, these made it past QC ? Or is this a J Crew thing? 

 

Any thoughts on this?

 

I've done a Viberg MTO through Leffot before and they're beautiful boots. The boots posted here are fantastic, and everyone seems quite happy with their purchases.

 

I've learned much reading here, thanks!

 

 

 

 

post #106432 of 122416
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Originally Posted by schmidtdalton13 View Post

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  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Must have knicked them pretty hard yesterday. Is there any way to fix this or am I out of luck?

 

Others in this thread know far more about shoe repair than I do . . . but if those were mine, I might hit it with a little paste wax and brush and buff, but ultimately I'd call it "patina" and show it off proudly.

post #106433 of 122416
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Originally Posted by TommyB View Post
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Nice!

My first Aldens were also a pair of #8 Chukkas. Wore them today, first time in months, hopefully winter is more or less over...

The jeans look short from bending over to take the pictures.

 

 

 


It was also my daughter's sixth birthday today. Trying on her new birthday boots (and wings):

(She picked out the boots herself.)

 

 

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Originally Posted by mp94 View Post
 

Finally arrived! spending the next couple days with Nick over at B. Nelson getting some flush metal taps, can't wait to break them in!  First Alden and First Cordovan Shoe!

 

 

 

 

1st- those boots are the coolest ever.  Happy Birthday!

2nd- those chukkas are excellent firsts for you guys.  I hope you enjoy for years to come.

Shell cordovan shoes are very durable.  My first were these AE MacNeils and are 23 years old (pic next to BB Black Fleece pebble grain longwings by Alden)

post #106434 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mp94 View Post

Finally arrived! spending the next couple days with Nick over at B. Nelson getting some flush metal taps, can't wait to break them in!  First Alden and First Cordovan Shoe!


Congratulations . They look great.
Welcome to the club
post #106435 of 122416
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Originally Posted by z8k1n View Post
 

Ravello PTBs

z8, everytime I see that rug, I know there's going to be a great Alden standing on it!

post #106436 of 122416
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Originally Posted by westie187 View Post

So, long time lurker, first time poster on the thread. I recently order two pairs of Alden boots for sizing information; I don't have time to find a brick and mortar store for a sit-down sizing. Full disclosure: I own no Alden boots, but I'm looking to hop on a Leffot MTO later in the year.

I received my order and was surprised to find the boots boxed as shown in the first photo. 
Which is no big deal; I'm planning on returning these for a refund anyhow. In trying on the boots, however, I saw what's posted in the rest of the photos. I was pretty shocked that for a $550 dollar boot, these made it past QC ? Or is this a J Crew thing? 

Any thoughts on this?

I've done a Viberg MTO through Leffot before and they're beautiful boots. The boots posted here are fantastic, and everyone seems quite happy with their purchases.

I've learned much reading here, thanks!

Not the best, but that is pretty normal for Alden. Keep in mind, these are not really $500 boots. The retailer has a 50% margin. That makes only $250 worth of QC.
post #106437 of 122416
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Originally Posted by westie187 View Post

So, long time lurker, first time poster on the thread. I recently order two pairs of Alden boots for sizing information; I don't have time to find a brick and mortar store for a sit-down sizing. Full disclosure: I own no Alden boots, but I'm looking to hop on a Leffot MTO later in the year.

I received my order and was surprised to find the boots boxed as shown in the first photo. 
Which is no big deal; I'm planning on returning these for a refund anyhow. In trying on the boots, however, I saw what's posted in the rest of the photos. I was pretty shocked that for a $550 dollar boot, these made it past QC ? Or is this a J Crew thing? 

Any thoughts on this?

I've done a Viberg MTO through Leffot before and they're beautiful boots. The boots posted here are fantastic, and everyone seems quite happy with their purchases.

I've learned much reading here, thanks!














I'd return those. That welt looks pretty awful.
post #106438 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by westie187 View Post
 

So, long time lurker, first time poster on the thread. I recently order two pairs of Alden boots for sizing information; I don't have time to find a brick and mortar store for a sit-down sizing. Full disclosure: I own no Alden boots, but I'm looking to hop on a Leffot MTO later in the year.

 

I received my order and was surprised to find the boots boxed as shown in the first photo. 

Which is no big deal; I'm planning on returning these for a refund anyhow. In trying on the boots, however, I saw what's posted in the rest of the photos. I was pretty shocked that for a $550 dollar boot, these made it past QC ? Or is this a J Crew thing? 

 

Any thoughts on this?

 

I've done a Viberg MTO through Leffot before and they're beautiful boots. The boots posted here are fantastic, and everyone seems quite happy with their purchases.

 

I've learned much reading here, thanks!

 

Wow, between the shipping packaging and that welt, this is not the best 1st Alden experience.  Other vendors do shipping and handling better than JCrew (Epaulet, theShoeMart, NeedSupply come to mind).  Although some Aldens that I have handled have QC problems similar to those you picture, some of my Aldens have had almost none. 

post #106439 of 122416

Going to calfskin a lot recently.  Alden NST bluchers.

post #106440 of 122416
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Originally Posted by scorpwk View Post
 

Hello,

 

I had a question concerning the Unlined Chukka that I was hoping someone could answer for me.  Over the past week I've had some quality issues with the two shoes I've been sent.  The first shoe looked brand new, but there were some scrapes/cuts on the left shoe where the suede had been torn off, so I sent them back for another pair.  Today,  just received the second pair and they seem different, like they're possibly not even the same shoe.  I can't completely remember from the first set, but I don't remember the shoes having an inside lining right under the toe.  On this new set, it's almost like there's a steel cap toe, only instead of steel it's a thin piece of what I would imagine is leather.  I think on the first pair the shoes were completely unlined, but maybe I'm wrong? Anyways, I noticed that immediately when I opened up this second set, because you can actually see the physical outline of the underlining cap (maybe that's because these shoes are older?). The second thing I noticed about the second set of shoes is that they seem to have been been worn quite a bit, there is some wood scuffing on the front of the left shoe where it looks like something was accidentally kicked and the bottom of the sole seems quite dirty/worn. I guess what I'm looking for is whether or not this sort of thing is normal, the cap toe thing is just so weird, I thought these were completely unlined. I guess what I really need to know is whether or not I need to return these for a 3rd time, I should have just kept the single fault of the previous set, but for ~$500 I guess I expected more? Thanks for any suggestions.

Where did they come from?

If the scuff is that bad then return them.

My unlined snuff chukka's  have nothing on the inside.

 

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Originally Posted by mp94 View Post
 

Has anyone placed a third eyelet on a 2 eyelet chukka?  Would it help at all with some minor fit issues and some unusual creasing?

 

What sort of fit issue?  Mine fit very well, did you get sized properly?

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