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post #4471 of 122416
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Originally Posted by djh View Post
^TheShoeMart - call them up and ask to be put on the second's list for Aldens in your size. A bunch of great deals right now.
Yes.

Only one place to get seconds.
post #4472 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
Have you done the footwork with Alden and how much will you save? I doubt if you cannot shell out retail for one pair of shoes that you are going to be able to lay down the down payment for 12 pairs..
Cute. Edit: deleted my sarcastic comment
post #4473 of 122416
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Originally Posted by slappy View Post
Cute.


Edit: deleted my sarcastic comment
Are sarcastic comments too expensive?

Really have you contacted Alden yet?
post #4474 of 122416
Actually I did contact Alden as I mentioned in an earlier post. Though I pretended to be opening a mens store. You seem pretty fixated on wealth as a status symbol. I do hope you actually make more money than me.
post #4475 of 122416
Guys, guys!

Can we cool it and get back to talking about how rad my ideas for custom Aldens are?

Kthanx....
post #4476 of 122416
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Originally Posted by slappy View Post
Actually I did contact Alden as I mentioned in an earlier post. Though I pretended to be opening a mens store. You seem pretty fixated on wealth as a status symbol. I do hope you actually make more money than me.
Well do you have any details on pricing? Will you need a brick and mortar? As for wealth I really could care less either way. It just seems like this is ill thought out and you are focused on just saving money but in the end may end up spending more.
post #4477 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
Well do you have any details on pricing? Will you need a brick and mortar? As for wealth I really could care less either way. It just seems like this is ill thought out and you are focused on just saving money but in the end may end up spending more.

Honestly I'd be amazed if he could pull this off. Doing any kind of group order like this is like herding cats. Also seems like a real Alden dealer could get wind of this and let Alden know the truth behind "slappy's house of shoes" and *poof* goes the order.
post #4478 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post
Honestly I'd be amazed if he could pull this off. Doing any kind of group order like this is like herding cats. Also seems like a real Alden dealer could get wind of this and let Alden know the truth behind "slappy's house of shoes" and *poof* goes the order.
I know it will not happen but it would be worth it just to monitor the sizing fiasco.
post #4479 of 122416
If any kind of group order gets rolling, registering a desire for a plaza lasted, double leather soled perf tip bluch.
post #4480 of 122416
groups are tough.
it's hard getting 3 people to agree on one shoe, let alone 12!
plus Alden has to approve the design.

but hey, count me in for a cigar plain-toe boot, Barrie last, double leather sole with natural edge in 9E
at wholesale price.
post #4481 of 122416
with all this talk about a "custom" Alden shoe, it's inevitable that there's going to be another 3-4 pages of conversation that will lead nowhere (or perhaps to a half of an idea for a boot that will picked up by an Alden dealer here and submitted to be be made)

to help keep things grounded, here's some things that you may want to keep in mind about Alden shoes:

- custom one offs are available through some brick and mortar stores, but there is an $150 extra fee, plus taxes. A shell boot that normally costs $650 will be close to $850-$900 for a custom design after all fees are paid for. There will be a 6-9 month waiting time for black and #8 cordovan, longer for the other colors.

- Alden doesn't even give an estimated completion time for shell cordovan shoes/boots in the rare colors, most reputable dealers wait 12-24 months for their order. FORGET about custom ordering a batch of cigar or whiskey shell makeups.

- on that note, FORGET about modified last make ups, if you want them, buy them (or order them with a large mark up) at Moulded Shoe in NYC or there are a few "modified last" models on shoemart, very few.

- if you really want a custom shoe, your best bet is to email Tom at Leathersoul with your design and if it is a good one, he will submit the order to Alden for a batch even if there are not 12 people ready to buy.

So anyways my advice is:

- always keep $600 spare if you are on the lookout for a new Alden boot. You never know when something like the Pitt boot from LS or the Cigar Indy from Leffot will be on flash sale. If you are scraping up money after the shoes have been out a while, you are too late.

- make a list of the styles you want and buy only what is on your list, if you can get the exact model for $10 or $50 off, do it as brand new Aldens are hardly ever on sale.

- buying Aldens is addicting (that's why there are a few members here with 5+ pairs, myself included). To start off, get the few pairs of exactly what you want and then learn to enjoy the special makeups and other people's collections vicariously. Like any good thing, if you have too much of it, it becomes a burden rather than a pleasure. (I'm still waiting for the winter and a new job where I can wear some of the dressier models I bought from LS over a year ago - though my collection is small enough where I am still on the lookout for a few more).

Hope this helps! Continue the debate...
post #4482 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
HEH! I got a pair of Whiskey Longwings (Seconds) on the way and am on a pre-wait list for Ravello Cap Toe boot sans speed hooks. I think I am sitting this out.

ahab where are you on a list for the ravello captoe, i would like to join you on that list.
post #4483 of 122416
Are you guys serious about trying to dupe Alden into selling you on the cheap? If so, please take your shenanigans off this thread.
post #4484 of 122416
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Originally Posted by 1969 View Post
Are you guys serious about trying to dupe Alden into selling you on the cheap? If so, please take your shenanigans off this thread.

Agreed.

Even if the plan comes off--a big 'if'--(especially since the scheme is being batted around the 'official Alden thread' of a public forum ) the money saved won't come close to making up for the time and energy you'll spend executing the plan. Not to be a fly in ointment, but phrases like 'can of worms' , 'total fiasco', 'hair-brained scheme', and 'massive headache' have come to mind when reading the last few pages of this thread.
post #4485 of 122416
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Originally Posted by 1969 View Post
Are you guys serious about trying to dupe Alden into selling you on the cheap? If so, please take your shenanigans off this thread.

There's no duping of Alden. Why would Alden care whether a collective of shoppers or a store buys their shoes? They get the same profit for either. Anyways I can see this isn't going to end up anywhere constructive.
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