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post #117256 of 122416
My biggest concern whenever I get something from an overseas seller is import fees and duties.

On this note....has anyone purchased Viberg boots from overseas? I have been eyeing a pair and have emailed the retailer about potential import fees but have not received a response.
post #117257 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Disco Volante View Post



Looking good, didn't think you were much of a plain toe boot kind of guy. Are those on the Barrie last?

nephew,
thank you
barrie last
I do like PTB
post #117258 of 122416
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Originally Posted by RevisIsland View Post

I'm also a fan of pantherella socks and recommend them. I treat mine terribly (they also wind up being washed in warm water and not dried as delicates) and they have held up great with 30+ wears thusfar. To anyone here who doesnt wear merino wool socks, give them a shot. I believe mine either 85% or 90% and my feet always feel dry. Much better at controlling sweat vs cotton socks. Correct me if I'm wrong but I have to imagine that dry feet means less wear and tear on the shoe and thus a worthy investment for the Alden fan.

I couldn't agree more. I wear wool socks year round in Atlanta unless I a going sockless with loafers. I would love to try some cashmere socks, but can't bite the bullet on those.
post #117259 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post

My biggest concern whenever I get something from an overseas seller is import fees and duties.

On this note....has anyone purchased Viberg boots from overseas? I have been eyeing a pair and have emailed the retailer about potential import fees but have not received a response.

Just bought these natty Cxl roughout service boots from Cultizm in Germany. They filled the paperwork out carefully. No fees involved. Even got a call from a Fed Ex staff person who had me clarify the nature of the shipment. I told her where the boots were made and she told me I was all set. Hope you get the 'bergs you're looking for!

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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

My first pair of Pantherella wool socks and my feet are very happy today (whiskey LHS may have something to do with that too), grabbed 1 wool pair and 3 cotton pairs on sale at Nordstrom the other day. Will be buying more in the future for sure, beautiful socks.




nephew,
looking good in your whiskey
post #117261 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Your new LWBs look terrific. Yeah, their colors match quite well.
;-)

-Mike

Thanks!

 

I honestly thought tobacco would be "browner" than the J&M's but there's a lot of red and tan in there.  That doesn't bother me.

 

Aside from style choices like the welt/stitch/sole/heel treatment, it is interesting to see the different approaches to the longwing design by the designers - hadn't really looked closely or comparatively before:

 

- Alden has a shorter toe , but the vamp isn't really that much deeper.

- Broguing is similar, but stronger/more defined on the Alden

- For the "wing" the J&M sweeps where the Alden rakes straight back

- 5 eyelets for the Alden vs. 4 for the J&M

- The stance at the heel is tucked and forward on the Alden and swept back for the J&M

- The facing is a little tidier and shallower. 

 

In any case, I'm going to take my time breaking these in.  The weather looks to be rainy for the next week.  :confused:  My beater shoes (not the J&M's) are going to get beat this week!  

 

[I'm probably going to take the J&M's to a cobbler in Raleigh who seems to have very good reviews. I talked to the folks at BNelson today, and while the guy was really cool, and I'm sure their work is outstanding, I'm over $200 for a recraft of these shoes with a Dainite conversion.  With the AE sale going on and a fair number of Dainite/similar choices for around that money on Shoebank, I can't see it.  Will be interesting to see what comes from that.]

post #117262 of 122416
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Originally Posted by wigglr View Post
 

 

Mike has a good post about this (and a great overall website)

 

Check it out:

 

http://aldenofsandiego.com/alden-faq/break-in-care-and-maintainence/

 

It's about halfway down the page

Thank you so much for the link! 

post #117263 of 122416


king wt boot
merino wool argyles otc
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Hey guys, first post in this thread.  I've been incredibly jealous of all the amazing shoes and boots (especially boots) that have been posted, and not just the exotic shell.  Amazing collections here.

 

I've been looking to start getting a few Alden but I'm a member of the fat foot club and preorders take forever.  So I either need to slowly lock in my size over some long preorder iterations (oh, the waiting) or find places that stock wider sizes.  Of the places that list stock online, it seems like Shoemart has some selection of EEEs and the Alden of Carmel family has some, though very limited.  Does anyone here know if the other stockists --- I'm especially wondering about the dedicated Alden shops --- carry wides?  I'm happy to call around to hunt but thought I'd ask this group before blindly dialing.  Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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king wt boot
merino wool argyles otc

Those are seriously kingly!  Cigar?

post #117266 of 122416
King = color 8
post #117267 of 122416
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Man I scuff the crap out of my shoes on those high top chairs!!!

Yeah but I look cool in them stools. Also, scuffs come out with a deer bone :D

post #117268 of 122416
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post


Just bought these natty Cxl roughout service boots from Cultizm in Germany. They filled the paperwork out carefully. No fees involved. Even got a call from a Fed Ex staff person who had me clarify the nature of the shipment. I told her where the boots were made and she told me I was all set. Hope you get the 'bergs you're looking for!

Doc, i dont want to rain on your parade, and I hope your experience ends better than mine but check your mail..............FedEx has hit me with fees from a Cultizm purchase of Vibergs, it wasnt an import duty but some kind of service charge.

post #117269 of 122416
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king wt boot
merino wool argyles otc

Mac, your WT boots look absolutely stunning!

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Originally Posted by fairlynerdy View Post

Hey guys, first post in this thread.  I've been incredibly jealous of all the amazing shoes and boots (especially boots) that have been posted, and not just the exotic shell.  Amazing collections here.

I've been looking to start getting a few Alden but I'm a member of the fat foot club and preorders take forever.  So I either need to slowly lock in my size over some long preorder iterations (oh, the waiting) or find places that stock wider sizes.  Of the places that list stock online, it seems like Shoemart has some selection of EEEs and the Alden of Carmel family has some, though very limited.  Does anyone here know if the other stockists --- I'm especially wondering about the dedicated Alden shops --- carry wides?  I'm happy to call around to hunt but thought I'd ask this group before blindly dialing.  Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

Welcome! ShoeMart, Alden Madison (New York), Alden DC, and Alden SF should all have a decent selection in narrows and wides, particularly of the stock models.
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Originally Posted by fairlynerdy View Post
 

Hey guys, first post in this thread.  I've been incredibly jealous of all the amazing shoes and boots (especially boots) that have been posted, and not just the exotic shell.  Amazing collections here.

 

I've been looking to start getting a few Alden but I'm a member of the fat foot club and preorders take forever.  So I either need to slowly lock in my size over some long preorder iterations (oh, the waiting) or find places that stock wider sizes.  Of the places that list stock online, it seems like Shoemart has some selection of EEEs and the Alden of Carmel family has some, though very limited.  Does anyone here know if the other stockists --- I'm especially wondering about the dedicated Alden shops --- carry wides?  I'm happy to call around to hunt but thought I'd ask this group before blindly dialing.  Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

 

Greetings and welcome!  It's good that you already understand that it is very difficult to just dip your toe in with these things.  Four months ago I'd never heard of Alden and now I'm up to three pairs and a pre-order (of which three are boots - I'd never had a boot that wasn't for hiking/etc.).  That all started when I walked in the Alden of SF shop just to see what shell cordovan looked like in person and wound up with a Natty CXL Indy that I tried on for fun and instantly fell in love with.

 

Of the three Mike mentioned above, I've bought from Alden of Madison and Alden of SF - both have been awesome.  I'm plotting a trip to AoDC...  I'm sure you've already realized how valuable this forum can be as a resource.

 

Alden of SF has its stock on-line (http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawSearchBySize.aspx), but I'd highly recommend stopping by one of the stores above if possible for a fitting and try on a few different styles.  With the size implications of the various lasts it will give you a lot more confidence when ordering shoes.

 

I'm going to warn you now:  confidence can be really expensive.


Edited by M635Guy - 10/1/15 at 4:48am
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