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post #29821 of 122416
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Almost feel bad stating this in an Alden thread, but of those shoes above ^^, the most immediately appealing brown is on the C&J Marlows... shog[1].gif

Yeah I chose the C&J Marlows for that reason. Don't like the sometimes green tone of cigar and the Marlows look a bit dressier as well




Also +1 to all the Alden of Caramel positive experiences. I haven't ordered anything from Adam but he is the quickest to respond to emails and always provides a ton of information. A while ago before I knew my Alden sizing I wanted to pick up a pair of Leydon shoes in normal width. Instead of just selling me the shoes and making some money, he recommended I wait for a similar makeup in an E width or wider last. He also considered a pair of Cigar LWBs seconds since the lacing area did not line up perfectly. Looking at my Alden's now, I should technically have two pairs of seconds by his standards.
post #29822 of 122416
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Yeah I chose the C&J Marlows for that reason. Don't like the sometimes green tone of cigar and the Marlows look a bit dressier as well
Also +1 to all the Alden of Caramel positive experiences. I haven't ordered anything from Adam but he is the quickest to respond to emails and always provides a ton of information. A while ago before I knew my Alden sizing I wanted to pick up a pair of Leydon shoes in normal width. Instead of just selling me the shoes and making some money, he recommended I wait for a similar makeup in an E width or wider last. He also considered a pair of Cigar LWBs seconds since the lacing area did not line up perfectly. Looking at my Alden's now, I should technically have two pairs of seconds by his standards.

Another +1 to AoC positive experiences. I'm sorry closerlook had a bad one with Adam.

While I love the love of my C&J Marlows, they fit me worse than my various Aldens. I'll still keep em though smile.gif
post #29823 of 122416

Because of the recent discussion of rarity of shell colors, a question has come to mind. When it comes to the creation and sales of particular color make-ups in cordovan, does anyone know if Alden shops in particular (Madison Ave NY, Alden DC, Alden SF) have priority with the manufacturer?

 

I guess this would be related to whether those shops are owned by Alden itself, and I don't recall that information for each case. The logical consequence, if the shops do have priority, would be that one is better off checking those shops for make-ups in the rarer shell colors. Does anyone know? I appreciate the creative options offered by a number of shops, but if one is looking for something relatively simple, like a PTB, is it the best policy to check the alden stores first?

post #29824 of 122416
Re: Cigar going up in price -

I had this debate earlier in the year when I bought my Cigar LWB (used from forum). My wife was a bit hesitant to part with so much money, but having witnessed these price increases already during my time on SF, I told her it'd be the best deal to buy them now rather than years down the line because of how much they'll go up in the meantime. Already, suspicions have been confirmed. nod[1].gif

It's all Obama's fault...
post #29825 of 122416
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

Another +1 to AoC positive experiences. I'm sorry closerlook had a bad one with Adam.
While I love the love of my C&J Marlows, they fit me worse than my various Aldens. I'll still keep em though smile.gif

Yeah fit isn't as good for me neither they aren't as wide, still a nice shoe though. if Meermin lasts work for me may go over there for a few more brown MTO cordovan shoes
post #29826 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

^ wow, prices for Cigar are up to $720 now??

seems like shell Aldens are all going up: 

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$717 for color #8!

post #29827 of 122416
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Re: Cigar going up in price -
I had this debate earlier in the year when I bought my Cigar LWB (used from forum). My wife was a bit hesitant to part with so much money, but having witnessed these price increases already during my time on SF, I told her it'd be the best deal to buy them now rather than years down the line because of how much they'll go up in the meantime. Already, suspicions have been confirmed. nod[1].gif
It's all Obama's fault...

Mine are a bargain comparatively (shameless plug)...
post #29828 of 122416
yeah but remember all the hand-stitched models are more expensive...
the hand stitched number8 models are 670 for the standard nst.
post #29829 of 122416
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Originally Posted by closerlook View Post

yeah but remember all the hand-stitched models are more expensive...
the hand stitched number8 models are 670 for the standard nst.

are the shell Indy and tanker boots hand stitched? The CXL Indy isn't though, right?

post #29830 of 122416
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Probably too late now, if you want something that's already been ordered you may have a shot if they have your size available
color 8, barrie last, double waterlock sole

I hope not barrie; OG is on the Trubalance, and that's what makes it.
post #29831 of 122416
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Originally Posted by plato View Post

Because of the recent discussion of rarity of shell colors, a question has come to mind. When it comes to the creation and sales of particular color make-ups in cordovan, does anyone know if Alden shops in particular (Madison Ave NY, Alden DC, Alden SF) have priority with the manufacturer?

I guess this would be related to whether those shops are owned by Alden itself, and I don't recall that information for each case. The logical consequence, if the shops do have priority, would be that one is better off checking those shops for make-ups in the rarer shell colors. Does anyone know? I appreciate the creative options offered by a number of shops, but if one is looking for something relatively simple, like a PTB, is it the best policy to check the alden stores first?

Alden on Madison claims to sell more Aldens than anyone in the world - I'd imagine that gives them juice. They always have rare shell colors. They are good guys, too.
post #29832 of 122416
i got my shells for $4.
post #29833 of 122416
^ i got my black fleece shell longwings for $29 a few years back, they were worn probably once or twice judging by the condition they were in. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #29834 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Morgan View Post

Yeah, exact same boot. Adam at Alden of Carmel has been selling the AF53 for a while.

Those are a huge win. I wish more Alden retailers would go with blind eyelets. Those could be shined up below suit pants no problem.
post #29835 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

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Originally Posted by plato View Post

Because of the recent discussion of rarity of shell colors, a question has come to mind. When it comes to the creation and sales of particular color make-ups in cordovan, does anyone know if Alden shops in particular (Madison Ave NY, Alden DC, Alden SF) have priority with the manufacturer?

I guess this would be related to whether those shops are owned by Alden itself, and I don't recall that information for each case. The logical consequence, if the shops do have priority, would be that one is better off checking those shops for make-ups in the rarer shell colors. Does anyone know? I appreciate the creative options offered by a number of shops, but if one is looking for something relatively simple, like a PTB, is it the best policy to check the alden stores first?

Alden on Madison claims to sell more Aldens than anyone in the world - I'd imagine that gives them juice. They always have rare shell colors. They are good guys, too.


i think probably Madison has the most rare colors

those guys are amazing, totally great peeps
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