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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos. - Page 7626post #114376 of 1224168/7/15 at 11:54ampost #114377 of 1224168/7/15 at 11:56ampost #114378 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:00pmThe number of "Mike wears" displayed confirms what I have maintained all along: Alden's best shoes are loafers in color #8 (others can quibble about the hierarchy among loafer styles).
Yes, exotic shell and unusual makeups can be fun. But with a handful of practical color #8 loafers, you could call it quits.post #114379 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:03pmpost #114380 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:05pmQuote:Originally Posted by smoothie1
The number of "Mike wears" displayed confirms what I have maintained all along: Alden's best shoes are loafers in color #8 (others can quibble about the hierarchy among loafer styles).
Yes, exotic shell and unusual makeups can be fun. But with a handful of practical color #8 loafers, you could call it quits.
To be more scientific about it, here is the graph that my spreadsheet produces on the number of wears broken out by material. Yes, Color #8 is my mostly worn color, but quite a bit, however, my first three pairs were the Color #8 Tassel, Color #8 Chukka, and the Color #8 Perforated Tip Cap Toe Balmoral. So Color #8 does have a slight advantage since I have owned them the longest.
The second chart maps the number of wears against the number of pairs owned... :-)
My most worn pair is my Snuff Suede Unlined LHS actually, which was aided by the fact that I took a two week vacation to Japan in June and that was the only pair I brought. I also usually wear them when traveling through airports as they are easy with security...
My second most worn pair is my Color #8 Plaza Indy Boot, as that is a boot that I am willing to wear in the rain without a overshoe.
And my third most worn pair, is my first Alden, my Color #8 Tassel.
By this, I am definitely not trying to say or not say that Color #8 is or isn't the best, I am just saying that upon a quick glance, the numbers can be slightly skewed due to the acquisition time offset for the other colors.
And that is enough footwear analysis for today... :-)
-Mikepost #114381 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:06pmpost #114382 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:08pmQuote:Thank you for your wisdom & info help is greatly appricated & I will get in touch with them & see if I can also have some luckOriginally Posted by JSO1
Finding "exotic" Alden shell new is basically an exercise in futility. However, it is possible to get stupidly lucky. For the sake of it, here's my rare shell (new only) provenance:
- whiskey ptb, bought bnib from SF member on B&S
- cigar captoe boot, saw a PSA post here and called AoM immediately to order it and got lucky that they had my size
- cigar captoe blucher, talked to Kathy & Joe at Alden DC and they happened to have my size
All my other "exotic" shell was purchased used. I have deposits in on two preorders with Yenni at B&M (ravello LWB and cigar LWB) but those orders were submitted a while ago and not yet confirmed to my knowledge.
I'm also on a few wish lists with Kathy at Alden DC (no deposit required) and Ed Z. at TSM (no deposit required).
My advice - reach out to Alden DC and get on some lists for styles you like. Also get in touch with Alden of Madison and get on their exotic shell email list. Also follow every Alden dealer and retailer on Instagram and check it frequently.post #114383 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:08pmQuote:Originally Posted by Raneleigh
Let me preface this by saying that I've been an Alden fan for 10 years. In the past 2 years I have spent over $6K on Aldens of every sort. This week I ordered a pair of brown CXL Indy's and had to return them because of poor stitching and the back of the boot was too far off the heel. I was able to exchange them and this is what arrived today:
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I'm sorry but this is CRAP QC and completely unacceptable. I hate to say it, but this is actually better than the prior pair. I'm so disgusted, I feel like moving on from this brand. They need to sort this out ASAP because if they are losing customers like me that spend literally thousands of dollars a year on their shoes, then something is wrong, very wrong.
Sorry to vent like this. I'm usually the type of person that unless I have something nice to say, I usually don't say anything at all. But I'm so disappointed to see this company heading into this territory. These were $570! I can buy a cheap pair of sketchers that are made in China with better stitching.
Let me preface this by saying I am an Alden fan as well.
So over the past 2 years you have received 90% of your shoes/boots in acceptable condition and this issue will make you move away from the brand? I must have some pretty low standards cause these look better than most of the Aldens I see or have owned. I have bought quite a slew of Aldens in the past 3 years and nothing has changed QC-wise in the past 2 years. This is about the state of affairs, there.
I think you may want to lower your standards a touch or keep exchanging till you get an acceptable pair like the other 90% of your collection. I don't know if you only own Alden, but I don't expect them to look like my $1k+ calf shoes. There is a reason those shoes cost more and it is reasons like this.post #114384 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:09pmpost #114385 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:09pmpost #114386 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:13pmQuote:
As an engineer I can appreciate this! I started to keep a spreadsheet of my shoes/boots on my work computer (not at home... my wife already thinks I'm nuts enough with shoes) but main purpose being to help me determine which shoes to eventually sell off. I haven't tracked the # of wears, but that is actually some pretty useful data for what I'm trying to figure outpost #114387 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:19pmQuote:Originally Posted by JR Magat
As an engineer I can appreciate this! I started to keep a spreadsheet of my shoes/boots on my work computer (not at home... my wife already thinks I'm nuts enough with shoes) but main purpose being to help me determine which shoes to eventually sell off. I haven't tracked the # of wears, but that is actually some pretty useful data for what I'm trying to figure out
JR! Good! Someone else who is an engineer and can appreciate the data for analysis purposes! :-)
I figured the longer I keep this sheet going, the more info that I will have to help guide my future purchases and to help me thin the herd... I have already used it to cause me to sell of a few pairs that I wasn't using enough of... I need to create a formula that calculates the average number of days between subsequent wearings for each pair. I think that would be an invaluable statistic... :-)
-Mikepost #114388 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:21pmpost #114389 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:29pm
edit - curse google analytics now the side of the page is full of ads for "comcast bidness solutions" and "US bank your friendly bidness bank". i want nmwa againpost #114390 of 1224168/7/15 at 12:30pm
My last new arrival for quite some time (time to sell sell sell!) showed up today: the Alden x J.Crew Color #8 PCT boot. A bit darker than my Color #8 LWBs, but absolutely stunning!
After being mildly concerned about sizing, since some folks seem to think it runs small, I can confirm that these do not feel any more snug than my Color #8 Wingtip Boots in the same size. That said, I do think that Barrie boots for some reason feel more snug than Barrie shoes in the same size. Shrug.
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