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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...

Yup, return those. I mean, I could understand if the color of the stitch was a shade off but they straight up used the the wrong color thread. Alden's QC is out of hand. You pay near $600 for a pair of boots that aren't what you expected. Unacceptable. Contrast stitching vs tone on tone stitching is a big difference regardless on whether you're ok with the result. It's wrong, that's it. They should apologize for the error, not blow smoke up your a$$ about how the shade of thread can vary.
post #122297 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.

Alden is one of the most old school companies that there is in mens apparel, footwear, and accessories.  You should see the stark contrast between their booth and pretty much any other at Pitti Uomo.  AFAIK, they have zero interest in expanding their production, distribution, etc...  They have notoriously long lead times, and I think that they are slightly bemused at their popularity.  On the other hand, staying smallish ensures a better chance of success over a long time, as opposed to the possibility of being becoming a super nova.  

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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.

not sure what size you wear

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/JCREW-Alden-Suede-Michigan-Boots-571-9-5-brown-snuff-shoes-e1782-/172045819873?hash=item280ebadfe1:g:xYUAAOSwAKxWWoFA

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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

Booooooooo. Lame jokes.

1.) The guy with the really green grass has crazy sought-after Alden shoes and I enjoy seeing what he pairs them with.  You jelly your lawn is never dry?

2.) Alden doesn't crank out enough unique/new styles to warrant a thread only talking about new styles, even with awesome vendors trying to come up with new ideas regularly.  Most of the styles have been around for 100+ years.  

3.) I'm not touching the last comment.

thanks for the kind words.

clearly, blaster was joking around.

but, i do appreciate your kind words.

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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

I wish Alden had someone post here every once in a while.  

THIS

 

our community is fairly well mannered, it would be helpful to have someone from alden sharing news and addressing concerns periodically. 

 

Mike K and his team from Epaulet do a nice job on the EP thread. 

post #122299 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Jackboot View Post

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.

My advice would be to give them a good shine yourself, take high-quality pictures and sell as-is. In my experience as a seller and buyer, used calf alden's that are in decent shape generally sell in the $100 to $200 range and recrafted shoes don't seem to command much if any of a premium, especially if recrafted by an independent cobbler. With Alden restoration now running $150+ with 2 month+ lead times, I think you're better off putting the restoration money towards your next shoe purchase.
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Originally Posted by esoxm View Post

PSA - code "2016" is currently working for 30% off North River Outfitter's Alden inventory. I know some on here have had terrible experiences with them, but I've never had issues buying from them.

Just tried and its not working anymore :angry:

post #122301 of 122416
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Originally Posted by esoxm View Post

PSA - code "2016" is currently working for 30% off North River Outfitter's Alden inventory. I know some on here have had terrible experiences with them, but I've never had issues buying from them.

 

Originally Posted by fal32 View Post
 

Just tried and its not working anymore :angry:

I placed a successful order and they emailed me a few minuets later saying it was "declined." 

 

Shortly after this post, they called me and said it was a credit card issue, so apparently, my order is going through with the 30% discount.


Edited by nashing - 12/30/15 at 11:37am
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Originally Posted by Rstldr View Post

@LA Guy Another vote for annual thread with Mdubs supplying the FAQ


ditto @LA Guy 

post #122303 of 122416
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Originally Posted by eljlakers View Post

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?

I was quickly acquiring a rather huge collection of Aldens but I grew tired of the near impossible struggle to get makeups.

1. The lead times are crazy long ... Almost two years for some cigar I just let go.
2. You cannot be confident in what you get from them and it's basically a take it or leave it approach.
3. They really do not listen to the VOC .. Having essentially no communication forum outside complaining to vendors. The vendors really have no control over the process either.

When my Ryden boots come in, it will likely be the last preorder I do for some time.
post #122304 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

not sure what size you wear


our community is fairly well mannered,

compared to literally every other online community I've seen / been a part of, this is easily the most polite and well mannered
post #122305 of 122416
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Originally Posted by eljlakers View Post

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?

I was quickly acquiring a rather huge collection of Aldens but I grew tired of the near impossible struggle to get makeups.

1. The lead times are crazy long ... Almost two years for some cigar I just let go.
2. You cannot be confident in what you get from them and it's basically a take it or leave it approach.
3. They really do not listen to the VOC .. Having essentially no communication forum outside complaining to vendors. The vendors really have no control over the process either.

When my Ryden boots come in, it will likely be the last preorder I do for some time.

 

Much of my annoyance comes from the plan to have these replace my black Indy's and during the pre-order wait time I have passed on some other stellar black makeups. First world problems :)

post #122306 of 122416
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post


compared to literally every other online community I've seen / been a part of, this is easily the most polite and well mannered

 

+1

post #122307 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Modified Last version? Hummus Suede PT Boot. Doesn't look like it was made in a while though.

http://mouldedshoe.com/aldenpipelinenews1006.html

-Mike

something like that
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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!  

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)

Thank you sir, that reverse chamois boot is pretty great. Now not sure if I want captoe or plain or chamois or suede. Problem is I am stuck with what is currently for sale (mostly out of stock) and not exactly what I want.
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AOC Ocho WTB

 

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I am fine with all the thread suggestions but really feel an Alden Sizing Thread would be very helpful and end the endless banter about sizing for all, newbies and verterans alike. Just a simple reference to the Alden Sizing Thread. The sizing questions just take up soo much of the thread I just skip along till DonL, Mike and others posts sometime awesome. My 2 cents...
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