Appreciate the note and heads up about Copley, I am in Boston (live in newburyport). I haven't been to the Copley JCrew in years. I had no idea they even carried Alden in stores outside of Manhattan! I'm in town a couple days/week. I'll have to check out the copley store.
Now should I just treat myself to these boots?
There's a J Crew mens store across the way from the main J Crew store. The mens store is tiny but stocks Aldens, quoddy and some other stuff you can't get in most stores.
and yes, dude, if you want them, get them. you're likely never going to get a better deal on them.
As for whoever asked about how to get them to honor the discount in store:
I just called up, asked if they had my size, asked them to hold it for me and then made sure they'd apply the discount. The SA gave me the "it doesn't apply to Aldens" so I told him how I'd been online, noticed it excluded certain Aldens, but the the captoes would show a discount when added to my cart. He asked me to hold, (probably to check it out for himself) and then returned a few minutes later and told me to come on down.
Maybe it depends on who answers the phone, but it seemed straightforward enough for me.