Alden is ran ass backwards and their operations are as old as shoe making is a profession. All this about not wanting to grow and sacrifice quality argument is horseshit. They can't even make a decent shoe as it is. their UK counterparts- C&J, Trickers, and even AS benchgrade - make a much better built shoe in similar styles. C&J would mark their shoes as defective if their workers began producing Alden 1st quality work. It's that bad. Alden as business hasn't done anything to justify charging $700 for shoes.
The problem is that demand has risen to such a high level, and their customers so focused on these "rare" shells, for example, that they have turned a blind eye to the fact that other better quality shoemakers are making shell for the same price in any color cordovan in just months. Carmina pumps out ANY color shell (horween) in just months. Every three months you could have a new rare shell.
If Alden was made in china no one here would give them the light of day.
Alden is great but all this noisy drama and waiting for an imperfect $700-$750 shoe, has me feeling like I'm in high school again
Have at it... not sure that it's that easy to find the penny, ptb, the chukka, etc... for less than Alden prices. Probably just as hard to locate.
Enjoy your ruby shell cap toe bals for $850
I certainly understand frustration with availability and lengthy waiting periods that don't make much sense (i.e. 3 years for tan suede LWBs form LS and no end in sight). I personally have never had an issue with quality control, but I may be the exception rather than the rule. I suppose that if you compare QC with EG, Carmina, C&J, etc... Alden will fall behind, but I can not agree that they are of the same or similar price points. If you have such a problem with Alden and you want to change their practices, buy something else and enjoy them. Otherwise, enjoy what you have and get over the fact that with Alden you can not have what you want, when you want it all the time. I mean no disrespect, you are a well-respected member of this thread and I am among many here that appreciate you and your contributions. But you are correct, it is as if you are a high schooler.
I hope y'all enjoy your collection of Aldens and the weekend...