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post #19411 of 122416

I second that. Wore my new Indy's in loden green yesterday and they feel amazing.

post #19412 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mr chorizo View Post

IC: I am thinking of selling my BNWB Natural Chromexcel Indy Boots w/commando sole from Leffot in 10.5 D. My first forray into the trubalance last, and I'm not sure how i feel about the fit. Come with box, shoe bags, etc.199
For retail price, I'll cover shipping in CONUS and throw in a can of the Montana pitch blend dressing I also purchased at Leffot.

You don't like them? I've been wearing mine like every other day, great boots!
post #19413 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

Someone mentioned the fact that they are a custom bootmaker. That in my mind, is what makes them so valuable and how they have cornered the market. I love that I can deal with Tom at LS, Mike at Epaulet, or any of the other small B&M stores for "special make-ups". That AlanC boot is fantastic and out of this world, and it was designed by one of us. What other shoe company in the states can offer that?
Ron Rider, Julian, Viberg, White's, to name a few...

Who are we kidding? If we stopped circle jerking about Alden's in online forums, they'd probably stop hiking the prices.
post #19414 of 122416
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Not trying to argue with you, but wouldn't it make more sense to fix your QC issues so that shoes stop going out the door with issues rather than increasing prices to account for the labor costs incurred by fixing defects? Or are you meaning to say that people are sending their shoes back for gratuitous issues that don't actually need fixing?

Personally I take most of the defects as part of the charm of a handmade product, although the silver marker on the toe of my 403s would probably have been unacceptable if it was visible from more than a couple inches away.

I think it would cost them more, and would slow down their production time even further...maybe you're right, I don't know.
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Originally Posted by PeterParker View Post

Ron Rider, Julian, Viberg, White's, to name a few...
Who are we kidding? If we stopped circle jerking about Alden's in online forums, they'd probably stop hiking the prices.

Here's a look at the four boots you mentioned:
Ron Rider does great work from what I've seen here, but is so small compared to Alden. He produces a smidgen of what Alden does, variety and numbers.
Viberg is a hiking boot, and I can't see these being able to be worn at the office AT ALL.
Julian appears to be a $900 pair of Red Wings. Again, from what I see here, not nearly the variety that Alden offers.
http://www.barneys.com/Shoes/SHOES04,default,sc.html?prefn1=designer&prefv1=Julian%20Boots
White's, again, more affordable than Julian, but basically a "work boot".
http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=446

Alden is the only company that offers the variety, the shell, and quality at the prices they do, from the United States.

I also think there's a sense of self-importance that forum members have about their forums that simply isn't true. I think that for every forumite that posts or even lurks here, there are 10-20 Alden customers who've never heard of SF. Its the same reason why customers who bitch about quality control here passive-aggressively think that when they post here it'll make a difference. We're a drop in the bucket if you will.
post #19416 of 122416
Your quick dismissal of those companies is yet another example of how Aldens are overglorified.

I didn't say that they offered the same products as Alden, but that they readily accept custom orders, which was your point of contention - Rider and Viberg both do cordovan as well. These companies make excellent shoes and boots, and to discredit them as inferior to Alden is simply pretentious.

In other news, in before price hike:

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/12/10/plaza-wingtip-boot-x-2-lsbh/
post #19417 of 122416

Yeah, those cigar boots are basically exactly the makeup I would ask for if I could. Hopefully I'll be able to afford some the next time they order them =P. The CXL are amazingly sexy as well.

post #19418 of 122416
Those Cigar boots are sweet. I just think I know the Barrie last best, so will wait for that in Barrie.
post #19419 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ love the design on these shoes however I find that Plaza creases a lot in the toe area. It seems that the Plaza last is a high volume last (generous toe box height) and thus creates more pronounced creasing than say the Grant last

They are a really nice makeup. My favorite Alden last is the Leydon with the Plaza a close runner up. No experience in the Grant, but that cigar cap toe boot from Alden DC almost swayed me into a pair.
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Ravello Medallion Cap Toe on the Plaza
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Simply perfect.

Thank you, one of my favorite Alden's, wait I love 'em all.
post #19420 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I really, really like that as well.

Thanks. Really liked those whiskey NSTs that you posted a few pages back, a nice stocking stuffer.
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Originally Posted by yulun405 View Post

I have been looking for this. Where did you buy it?

Alden DC had them a few months ago I'd give Kathy a call she may have your size in stock.
post #19421 of 122416
wow CTYGGG, those just might be my favorite pair of Alden shoes ever.
post #19422 of 122416
The Alden factory seems to be running at full capacity for at least two years now. The employees are probably use to cyclical periods of being busy. Working hard all year sucks so they complain to their union. They get a very small raise and pass it on to the retailers.
post #19423 of 122416
Popped some red laces into my jumpers for the next few wears:
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post #19424 of 122416
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

The Alden factory seems to be running at full capacity for at least two years now. The employees are probably use to cyclical periods of being busy. Working hard all year sucks so they complain to their union. They get a very small raise and pass it on to the retailers.

Damn right. And I'm glad I'm supporting them. Yeah, the excessive prices go to things like a working wage and health care...but that's why it's worth it to me to buy US made. The fact that they are union made is even better. And let's be honest: no shoe maker in the world makes a comparable shoe. Do some make a better constructed shoe? Yes. Do some make a more "fashionable" shoe? Yes.

Do any make the Alden aesthetic? No. Nothing looks like my cigar Indy boots. Nothing. And that's why they are worth the scratch.
post #19425 of 122416

So does anyone know how Allen Edmonds operates? They're US made, right? Do they just operate purely on factory construction to keep their prices low?

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