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(NYR just got his since he preordered them last year.)

This I don't quite understand. I was under the impression that LS was a brick and mortar store and that the only "preorders" made were by customers who are "walk-ins" not phone or online orders.

I thought that LS only sold its first run of shoes to in-store customers, and then if there's any leftover stock, they open that up to orders over the phone or through email.

I'm completely confused now...

They occasionally announce pre-orders on their website like:

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/01/03/alden-pre-order-2/
http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/09/09/alden-pre-order/
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nephew,
enjoy wearing

Thanks, Uncle! I will enjoy these boots immensely I am sure.
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MickCollins1916, you beat me to it.  My LS Tankers arrived today as well.  Milkshake Indys from Epaulet due in tomorrow.

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Good look for you...we have good taste if I do say so myself. Milkshake indys too? Wow, that's a big week! Look forward to pics of those guys.
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I'm not sure if anyone asked this yet, but for those of you who have owned Aldens a while...  How old are they?  How many years do they stay good looking with normal upkeep?  Anyone have pictures of Aldens that are many years old and still in rotation?
Thanks

some of Uncle Mac's Aldens are 10-15 years old. Pay close attention to his pics and the pristine condition.
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This I don't quite understand. I was under the impression that LS was a brick and mortar store and that the only "preorders" made were by customers who are "walk-ins" not phone or online orders.
I thought that LS only sold its first run of shoes to in-store customers, and then if there's any leftover stock, they open that up to orders over the phone or through email.
I'm completely confused now...

 


I started as a walk in customer, but I have done all of my recent orders via email or phone.  Pre-orders are posted occasionally on the Shop Talk Blog such as this one

 

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/01/03/alden-pre-order-2/

 

I got my Kudu Indys early because I happened to call on the day they arrived (about a day before they dropped on the website).  That was blind luck, though.

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I'm not sure if anyone asked this yet, but for those of you who have owned Aldens a while...  How old are they?  How many years do they stay good looking with normal upkeep?  Anyone have pictures of Aldens that are many years old and still in rotation?
Thanks

I am sure a lot of guys have me beat on this, but my oldest pair in rotation is entering it's 12th year of service. The pic isn't great, but here is a link to a photo of them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41481142@N06/3899491039/
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I am sure a lot of guys have me beat on this, but my oldest pair in rotation is entering it's 12th year of service. The pic isn't great, but here is a link to a photo of them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41481142@N06/3899491039/

 

Awesome!  I'm looking forward to many many many years with my Aldens.

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When I picked up my Cigar LWBs, one of the main selling points for convincing my wife to part with the money was, "but hon - I'll be wearing these shoes to our daughter's high school graduation!"

Daughter is 2.

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Must be new shoe day at SF. Here is a quick, crappy iPhone pic of my #8 captoe boots with commando sole on grant last from Alden of DC. I'll take a pic with my Cigar captoe boots when I get a chance.
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Nice looking boots!  Not a fan of that last, however.  Kind of pointy.

 

EDIT:  +1 for speed hooks, though!

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Originally Posted by LImorowman View Post

I'm not sure if anyone asked this yet, but for those of you who have owned Aldens a while...  How old are they?  How many years do they stay good looking with normal upkeep?  Anyone have pictures of Aldens that are many years old and still in rotation?

Thanks

 

+1 for an excellent question.

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I started as a walk in customer, but I have done all of my recent orders via email or phone.  Pre-orders are posted occasionally on the Shop Talk Blog such as this one

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/01/03/alden-pre-order-2/

I got my Kudu Indys early because I happened to call on the day they arrived (about a day before they dropped on the website).  That was blind luck, though.

Yeah, it's just boggling to understand their business plan. They market themselves as a brick and mortar store, i.e. they claim they aren't an online retailer.

Yet here we are, ordering online and preordering online....
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I started as a walk in customer, but I have done all of my recent orders via email or phone.  Pre-orders are posted occasionally on the Shop Talk Blog such as this one

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/01/03/alden-pre-order-2/

I got my Kudu Indys early because I happened to call on the day they arrived (about a day before they dropped on the website).  That was blind luck, though.

Yeah, it's just boggling to understand their business plan. They market themselves as a brick and mortar store, i.e. they claim they aren't an online retailer.

Yet here we are, ordering online and preordering online....

If I remember you have to fill out an order form and fax it or order over the phone so it's not really online retail in the strictest sense.
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Yeah, it's just boggling to understand their business plan. They market themselves as a brick and mortar store, i.e. they claim they aren't an online retailer.
Yet here we are, ordering online and preordering online....

Even if they do "market themselves" as "a brick and mortar store", it seems more accurate to say they "are" brick and mortar stores.

And although it may be possible to read the phrase "brick and mortar store" as a claim not to be an online retailer, I have always taken it to mean that LS is not "only" or even "primarily" an online shop.
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Nice looking boots!  Not a fan of that last, however.  Kind of pointy.

 

EDIT:  +1 for speed hooks, though!

 

I quite like it. It looks similar to the one for J Gilbert but that's on the plaza last which I prefer over the grant by a tad.

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If I remember you have to fill out an order form and fax it or order over the phone so it's not really online retail in the strictest sense.

 


I don't think that's the point furo was trying to make.  But, yes, there isn't an online check out per se.  I went to the Beverly Hills store first.  I met Joe and tried on some shoes.  A couple weeks later I called in an order which was filled from LSW.  After that, I happened to inquire about the Kudu Indy which had just arrived as a restock.  I also inquired about a re-order on the suede PTB which LSW happened to have in my size (I thought it was sold out).

 

So, they are a B&M shop.  They like to meet their customers.  BUT they will take orders by phone or email.  However, I think they frown on returns or exchanges for size issues if you haven't been in for a fitting.  I get that message from their Order Page ( http://leathersoulhawaii.com/ordering-info-sizing/ ).

 

I sent an order form one time.  Once I was "on file", subsequent orders required a short email or phone call only.  No regrets so far.

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I went with the general forum advice on all my Barrie-lasted shoes at first and then realized that my true barrie-size was a full size down from my regular shoe size. Doing so has resulted in a "glove-like" fit, far fewer creases and zero heel slippage. I went from 9.5e to 9e.
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Don't own a pair on the barrie last (yet), but got sized by the guy at Alden NY on Madison. He put me in a 8e, when my regular size on a brannock device is 9d, and it fit great, I mean really great, so the full size down might very well be the way to go, depending on the shape of your own foot (mine's slightly wide).

Edit: the thing that the guy at Alden NY said was that the barrie was a very long last, which gives reason for the full size down.

thanks for the sizing advice. i'm really hoping the 7D barrie fits as these blue suede lwb's will be perfect to wear from now til early fall. it would be a shame to send them back since it looks like most sizes have sold out (including 7.5D).

for sizing comparison w/o socks, i have quoddy canoe suede boat shoes in 7D and they fit perfectly.
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