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post #106441 of 122416
My first pair of Alden's. Used but taken care of and ready for me to abuse!

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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.

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Unfortunately that's pretty par for the course.
post #106443 of 122416
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Where did they come from?

If the scuff is that bad then return them.

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

 

The first pair was from the factory in Mass and, outside of small tick/tear of the suede on the upper portion near the stitching of the left shoe, they were perfect. This second pair was from the store in DC, and they seem like they are either a botched custom unlined chukka or an older model.

post #106444 of 122416
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Unfortunately that's pretty par for the course.

hmm good to know I suppose. Fairly new to Alden and was curious why that was? Are we talking quality issues such as AE which I have read about? 

Are they hit/miss "overall" or moreso with regular lineup models?

 

I very recently backed out of a purchase in store of an MTO specifically for them. So I am assuming very limited # run of a boot and was about to buy them when I discovered a minor/major? flaw whereas the front of the sole was actually separated ever so slightly. It's being sent back for repair and I'll revisit once it gets back as I love the boot.

So even with such a small run would QC not have picked up on that? 

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Unfortunately that's pretty par for the course.

hmm good to know I suppose. Fairly new to Alden and was curious why that was? Are we talking quality issues such as AE which I have read about? 

Are they hit/miss "overall" or moreso with regular lineup models?

 

I very recently backed out of a purchase in store of an MTO specifically for them. So I am assuming very limited # run of a boot and was about to buy them when I discovered a minor/major? flaw whereas the front of the sole was actually separated ever so slightly. It's being sent back for repair and I'll revisit once it gets back as I love the boot.

So even with such a small run would QC not have picked up on that? 

 

I do not think any are immune in the under $1k field for errors...Viberg did a whole run of shoes for SF that the eyelets were off on, Alden has more issues than Viberg and AE has more issues than Alden...That being said I have no qualms with buying all three brands. 

 

Issues I have had with both AE and Alden were handled well by the companies.

post #106446 of 122416
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Picking up the 5 Eyelet Plain Toe Comman Huntington Green in reverse chamois from TSM today

great lookin boot!
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Picking up the 5 Eyelet Plain Toe Comman Huntington Green in reverse chamois from TSM today

Wow! Great boot. Due to the name, I had assumed they were suede when I saw them on TSM's site. Give em hell!
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My first pair of Alden's. Used but taken care of and ready for me to abuse!

 

awesome.

 

my first pair were these, and to this day, they are still my most worn.

post #106449 of 122416

quick pickup, whomever passed on these from DC thanks :)

 

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#8 975 gunboats today:

 

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Great pic, looks like you are floating just above the ground!

post #106451 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.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  I don't have it nearby, but I believe my unlined suedes have a fabric reinforcement in the toe to give it a little structure. 

post #106452 of 122416
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Originally Posted by RobinM View Post
 
 

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.

 

 

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Unfortunately that's pretty par for the course.

I respectfully disagree--that's a botch job and they should solidly be considered  seconds.  

post #106453 of 122416
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I respectfully disagree--that's a botch job and they should solidly be considered  seconds.  

that's more like it, I was thinking I was off here, but these are not inexpensive footwear to be exhibiting this kind of "workmanship"

post #106454 of 122416
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A picture is worth a thousand words.  I don't have it nearby, but I believe my unlined suedes have a fabric reinforcement in the toe to give it a little structure. 

Unfortunately it's night time here so this is the best lighting I can offer, but although it's much worse in natural light I think it's fairly apparent here.  I've tried brushing it out, but I just can't get the appearance of the underlining fabric reinforcement to disappear. Is it possible that the shoes just sat too long in a compressed state and, as a result, the suede sort of stretched unnaturally over this reinforcement to produce an odd cap toe effect? Because I noticed when I received these they were pretty bent, almost as if they had been folded for a very long time.

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
 

A picture is worth a thousand words.  I don't have it nearby, but I believe my unlined suedes have a fabric reinforcement in the toe to give it a little structure. 

Unfortunately it's night time here so this is the best lighting I can offer, but although it's much worse in natural light I think it's fairly apparent here.  I've tried brushing it out, but I just can't get the appearance of the underlining fabric reinforcement to disappear. Is it possible that the shoes just sat too long in a compressed state and, as a result, the suede sort of stretched unnaturally over this reinforcement to produce an odd cap toe effect? Because I noticed when I received these they were pretty bent, almost as if they had been folded for a very long time.

I see what you mean, and you could probably fret and send them back.  But I think you should probably just start enjoying them.  Soon enough that change in texture will just blend in, go away and those chukkas will be your best friend.  

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