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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

That's BS. We pay a lot of money for these make-ups and wait a long time and Alden ships incorrect specs, and they and their vendors just basically shrug their shoulders and say "oh well - it is what it is - take it or leave it". I can personally recall several times this has happened over the past 4-5 years.

I know if I pulled that with my boss/client the response would be quite a bit different.

angry.gif

Return in honestly you don't seem happy and justifying the purchase by keeping them is unlikely to make you feel any better about it. This happened to me recently and I elected to keep them as I actually preferred the variance. Alden seems to have more trouble than usual reading spec sheets as of late.

Sorry for the misquote saz.
post #122282 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

It's that day of the week.




Whoah, the shoes are nice, but I'm a sucker for green pants. Details?
Quote:
Originally Posted by sazon View Post

That's BS. We pay a lot of money for these make-ups and wait a long time and Alden ships incorrect specs, and they and their vendors just basically shrug their shoulders and say "oh well - it is what it is - take it or leave it". I can personally recall several times this has happened over the past 4-5 years.

I know if I pulled that with my boss/client the response would be quite a bit different.

angry.gif

What can you do? With the crazy demand and limited supply for anything Alden, they seem to hold all the cards.
post #122283 of 122416
EDIT - code no longer working
Edited by esoxm - 12/30/15 at 11:29am
post #122284 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

That's BS. We pay a lot of money for these make-ups and wait a long time and Alden ships incorrect specs, and they and their vendors just basically shrug their shoulders and say "oh well - it is what it is - take it or leave it". I can personally recall several times this has happened over the past 4-5 years.

I know if I pulled that with my boss/client the response would be quite a bit different.

angry.gif
100 % agree. Can't fault EP on this. They wait patiently and get what they get. Alden has a nice hands off arrangement. They have this insane demand but never have to interact with the direct customer. They leave grumbles about long lead times and defects/wrong specs to the retailers. Its mostly fine but when a situation like this crops up - a customer expecting a detail to be there and it's not, what does the customer do except wait another 8-12 months?
post #122285 of 122416
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Originally Posted by jet View Post

Thanks guys, was actually looking for a boot. Not real picky on sole type would like to see various makeups available in plain toe.

 

 

I honestly don't know what shades of brown Alen offers in suede.  It seems each retailer calls them something different.  LeatherSoul has the chocolate suede tankers, but then other retailers seem to offer the same suede color, but just refer to it as brown.  They look the same, so I'm assuming they are the same, but they are named differently so I don't really know!  

 

That being said, if you like chukkas or plain toe bluchers then it's easy to get what you're looking for!  However, for plain toe boot... not much luck.  None of these are exactly what you want, but I'm linking them anyway as you might see something that interests you.  

 

plain toe:

 

http://www.winnperry.com/collections/alden/products/alden-reverse-chamois-boots-45193h (reverse chamois, not normal suede)

 

http://www.contextclothing.com/brands/alden-shoes/alden-context-roy-boot-snuff-suede (snuff, not dark brown)

 

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~E1782/E1782.jsp (weird Michigan boots in snuff)

 

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/AldenForJCrew/PRDOVR~A9564/A9564.jsp (light brown)

 

cap toe:  

 

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/shoes/alden/44912f-cooney-boot.html  (dark brown suede, but perf cap toe)

 

http://circle7online.com/collections/alden/products/alden-3902hc (reverse chamois perf cap toe)

 

http://www.shoesandshirts.nl/shoes/shoes/navy-boot-suede_1935.html (dark brown suede, plain cap toe)

 

https://www.italist.com/en/man/shoes/alden---4083hy/372759/471168/alden?sembox_source=Linkshare&sembox_content=Lyst_feed&utm_source=Linkshare&utm_content=Lyst_feed&utm_medium=cpc&u1=75090215 (dark brown suede, plain cap toe...I don't know what this site is, I found this model while searching for suede cap toe Aldens last week)

post #122286 of 122416
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


Whoah, the shoes are nice, but I'm a sucker for green pants. Details?
 

 

They are wool J Crew Bowery slim in fatigue green. Picked them up on sale for $77 CAD and very pleased with them.

 

https://www.jcrew.com/ca/mens_category/PantFitGuide/Dress/BowerySlim/PRDOVR~E4060/E4060.jsp

post #122287 of 122416

I wish Alden had someone post here every once in a while.  It would be nice to have a little bit of transparency.  It gets annoying to constantly see guesses for why things are the way they are or have to filter information down from one of their vendors to an SF member to this thread.

 

This thread is definitely helping their revenue numbers in a big (unattributable) way.  I understand that they don't want to do any marketing and already feel as though they're stretched too thin, but I feel like having someone here to answer questions once a week for a few hours is a good investment.  At the end of the day, I think I've seen easily a few million dollars in Alden shoes purchased in this thread and the influence that people here have spread is also quite large.  It would just be nice to get answers on things like the moc toe stitching contrast issue, why color 8 and brass is no longer an option, is there REALLY a shortage of Ravello, Whiskey (that other vendors are making as we speak) or is it a limited production manpower thing, etc.  It would even be nice to recommend spending $1 extra per box (the conversation from last week) and pushing that charge on the consumer.  I'll pay $2 more/pair of shoes for a nicer box.  Tons of things worth talking about or asking if someone was here to listen.  It could cost them as little as $50/week in labor.

 

Alden makes a great product and I'll continue to buy.  I prefer the aesthetics of an Alden boot (more casual) over many of the slightly more expensive ($800-1200) options.  Even though those options tend to be flawless when you receive them and I think they are insane, the Alden brand style fits me better.

 

End rant.

post #122288 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MT1982 View Post
 

 

 

I honestly don't know what shades of brown Alen offers in suede.  It seems each retailer calls them something different.  LeatherSoul has the chocolate suede tankers, but then other retailers seem to offer the same suede color, but just refer to it as brown.  They look the same, so I'm assuming they are the same, but they are named differently so I don't really know!  

 

I have seen:

 

- White Suede

- Milkshake Suede

- Sand Suede

- Tan Suede

- Camel Suede (J Crew)

- Snuff Suede

- Light Brown Suede

- Brown Suede

- Brown Chumus Suede (Moulded)

- Dark Brown Suede

- Chocolate Suede (LS)

- Black Suede

- Green Suede

- Hunting Green Suede

- Olive Suede

- Navy Blue Suede

- Blue Suede

 

I am not sure if that list above of 17 colors is really more like 13 or 14.

post #122289 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post


The problem with the guy with the really green grass isn't his grass. It's the exotic shell that I will never be able to procure. That makes me sad. Actually, the other problem with the guy with the really green grass is that his pants are so nice. It makes me feel like a slob and I get sad again.

So we really just need a thread without the guy with the really green grass. The guy on the cobblestone street can stay though.

I'm joking of course. But we do need a button that finds the word "uncle" and changes it to "sweetie."

That's all I got.

 

I was joking too! :)

 

DV has ridiculous shoes, but you can acquire most of them with patience and ninja-like calls, emails, quickness, insane patience (and a huge wallet).  I'm like 1/16th of the way there!

 

Mac's shoes are classic MTO's that I wish we could still order.  I would love to see Mac move away from the cobblestone and go for a more "where's Mac" approach.  Maybe a Mall?  Maybe a theater?  Maybe in the audience of the Ellen show?  We have no idea where Mac could be if it weren't for the cobblestone...

post #122290 of 122416
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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

I wish Alden had someone post here every once in a while.  It would be nice to have a little bit of transparency.  It gets annoying to constantly see guesses for why things are the way they are or have to filter information down from one of their vendors to an SF member to this thread.

This thread is definitely helping their revenue numbers in a big (unattributable) way.  I understand that they don't want to do any marketing and already feel as though they're stretched too thin, but I feel like having someone here to answer questions once a week for a few hours is a good investment.  At the end of the day, I think I've seen easily a few million dollars in Alden shoes purchased in this thread and the influence that people here have spread is also quite large.  It would just be nice to get answers on things like the moc toe stitching contrast issue, why color 8 and brass is no longer an option, is there REALLY a shortage of Ravello, Whiskey (that other vendors are making as we speak) or is it a limited production manpower thing, etc.  It would even be nice to recommend spending $1 extra per box (the conversation from last week) and pushing that charge on the consumer.  I'll pay $2 more/pair of shoes for a nicer box.  Tons of things worth talking about or asking if someone was here to listen.  It could cost them as little as $50/week in labor.

Alden makes a great product and I'll continue to buy.  I prefer the aesthetics of an Alden boot (more casual) over many of the slightly more expensive ($800-1200) options.  Even though those options tend to be flawless when you receive them and I think they are insane, the Alden brand style fits me better.

End rant.

Sometimes one suspects that they wouldn't mind selling FEWER shoes. wink.gif

I suppose there's nothing to prevent retail prices continuing to rise, especially considering demand continues to skyrocket. It used to be just "rare" shell, but now even color 8 makeups sell out in minutes with limited size runs.
post #122291 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

It's that day of the week.

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excellent! love the shade and pairing!
post #122292 of 122416

If I ordered contrast stitching and didn't get it, I'd return it unless they delighted me...

 

Agree 100% that it would be cool if an Alden had someone here, though it would probably be hard for them to absorb all the questions and concerns that their retailers/stockists provide a buffer for today...

post #122293 of 122416
I have a pair of Alden Medallion Tip Bals (calf) that I'm going to sell. They have been worn quite a bit and while the uppers are in pretty good shape, they could use a resole.

Can I get a few opinions on selling as-is vs. having them recrafted first? I'm wondering if the recraft might add more value than the cost of the recraft itself.
post #122294 of 122416
@LA Guy Another vote for annual thread with Mdubs supplying the FAQ
Edited by Rstldr - 12/30/15 at 10:35am
post #122295 of 122416
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post
 

If I ordered contrast stitching and didn't get it, I'd return it unless they delighted me...

 

Agree 100% that it would be cool if an Alden had someone here, though it would probably be hard for them to absorb all the questions and concerns that their retailers/stockists provide a buffer for today...

 

Yeah, my expectation would be that they just refer you to the retailer for a question like "when do x makeup boots ship to x retailer?".

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