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The first time you posted photos (presumably with the photo option), they worked for me

 

Woops! I am just making these difficult here.

post #35162 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ me so horny

Funny, when I receive a new pair of cordovan shoes, I whisper to them: "Me love you long time" and I mean it, too!
post #35163 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

What do you guys think of the NST on the Aberdeen, for example these ravello ones from Shoe Mart:

Love the Aberdeen last. Have this in the boot version and the color is incredible. The NST took some getting used to.
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Per my sig: http://cdn.styleforum.net/3/36/36ca59c2_8family.jpeg

Reminds me of calf creasing in some ways frown.gif

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Originally Posted by herrmj View Post

I've noticed this on some shoes - I think the shell thickness may vary? The thinner shell tends to look like this.

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In my experience, lined shoes crease thinner. My chukkas (fully lined) did that, whereas my unlined models didn't.
My ravello seconds have smaller lines as well

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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post

alden, in most ways, seems to be operated as if it is still the 1950's. they completely shut down for two weeks every july--who does that nowadays?

Most countries in Europe and honestly it should be this way. People are way too overworked.
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New to the forum. Came across 3 pairs of Alden shoes in a consignment store down the street and had a few questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were all size 9.5  c/e as listed on the inside of shoe but they all had strange numbers imprinted on the bottoms "10" and "11" as well as some letters which were no longer legible..anyone seen this before?

 

 

didn't get very good pictures but all 3 pairs seemed to be shell cordovan. any ideas what the color on the right side shoe is? cigar? left color8? Also the shoe on the right has a more rounded toe area can anyone identify what last that is? fit was more narrow though

 

 

 

thanks for any help

post #35166 of 122416
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With special make-ups in the rare shades, you are at the whim of Alden. Timelines are always tentative, and delivery is based on shell supply and production ability. This is not J. Gilbert's fault, and you will find generally the same issues at all the stores. Trust me, the dealers are probably more frustrated than you are because they have 24 cutomers per order who are pissed about the same thing.

This dealer issue is for ALL of the Alden dealers, as far as I can tell. When I checked last month about what fall makeups the Alden DC store was getting in, they still hadn't got confirmation from the factory that their production of the shoes had started, meaning they won't be ready anywhere near the initial September timeframe. And this is a factory store!

My experience with Alden is that they'll get it done, just don't expect to hear much from them and don't expect a quick turnaround. I was pleasantly surprised at work today when my 405s came back (welt was coming undone on both shoes), since I hadn't heard a peep from the factory. I assumed that I'd get a tracking number emailed or a call or something. But, to Alden's credit, the turnaround was three weeks, well within the quoted month timeframe. Now, I wish the welts hadn't come undone within a couple months of ownership, but at least they took care of it at no charge.
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Where would I look or whom would I contact to plan on getting a pair of cigar or ravello captoe boots with the edge broguing like the J Crew captoe? Preferrably with a commando sole. 

No thoughts?

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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post

alden, in most ways, seems to be operated as if it is still the 1950's. they completely shut down for two weeks every july--who does that nowadays?

Actually it's not at all uncommon even nowadays for factories to shut down like that.
Companies update the lines, install new tooling, perform maintenance etc.
Also likely more efficient if workers take their vacation at the same time.
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New to the forum. Came across 3 pairs of Alden shoes in a consignment store down the street and had a few questions.






They were all size 9.5  c/e as listed on the inside of shoe but they all had strange numbers imprinted on the bottoms "10" and "11" as well as some letters which were no longer legible..anyone seen this before?

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didn't get very good pictures but all 3 pairs seemed to be shell cordovan. any ideas what color on the right side shoe is? cigar? left color8? Also the shoe on the right has a more rounded toe area can anyone identify what last that is? fit was more narrow though






thanks for any help

I don't know about the numbers. It looks as though you have a cigar, #8 and black.
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^ they have been resoled, the original soles say Alden on them. Not necessarily a problem, if the cobbler did a decent job. The brown pair appear to be cigar cap- toe bluchers on the plaza last ( nice find!).
post #35171 of 122416
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S alden, in most ways, seems to be operated as if it is still the 1950's. they completely shut down for two weeks every july--who does that nowadays?

People who care about their employees, and themselves enough to realize that money isn't everything. I'd much rather spend time with my wife and kids than know I have an extra few thousand dollars in the bank, and somewhere most people in our country have lost that. I'm glad they shut down for the two weeks, and wished it would be longer for their workers' sakes, and gladly will pay and wait for delays to know they treat their workers as humans and not money making machines.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

When it comes to color 8 boots, I'm partial to these when it comes to that title:
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But if we were truly nominating a "navy blazer" of Alden, it would probably be either the color 8 tassel or color 8 LHS

I've probably said this before, but blind eyes and hooks is a win. Especially on cap and perf cap toes. Makes a boot slide from informal to formal seamlessly.
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

People who care about their employees, and themselves enough to realize that money isn't everything. I'd much rather spend time with my wife and kids than know I have an extra few thousand dollars in the bank, and somewhere most people in our country have lost that. I'm glad they shut down for the two weeks, and wished it would be longer for their workers' sakes, and gladly will pay and wait for delays to know they treat their workers as humans and not money making machines.

Truth. Time is infinitely more precious than money.
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^ they have been resoled, the original soles say Alden on them. Not necessarily a problem, if the cobbler did a decent job. The brown pair appear to be cigar cap- toe bluchers on the plaza last ( nice find!).

 

they all seemed to be in great condition. they were all the same size, fit me well, and all appeared to be cordovan. shop has them each listed for $250. i know they retail for around $600, but would you still consider it a good deal? are any of these harder to find than the others? thanks

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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

People who care about their employees, and themselves enough to realize that money isn't everything. I'd much rather spend time with my wife and kids than know I have an extra few thousand dollars in the bank, and somewhere most people in our country have lost that. I'm glad they shut down for the two weeks, and wished it would be longer for their workers' sakes, and gladly will pay and wait for delays to know they treat their workers as humans and not money making machines.

While I agree, I have a hunch their scheduled down-time is juts as much for Alden's benefit as it is the workers. I don't know how much vacation time an Alden worker gets, I would bet the majority of the vacation time an average Alden worker takes is in this two-week timeframe. This way you don't have random people leaving for 1-2 week stretches and shutting down certain parts of the line.

I really don't mind the two-week summer shutdown. I do with wish they'd get out of the 50s with their communication though.

Then again, I guess that's part of their "charm."
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