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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos. - Page 4998post #74957 of 1224162/28/14 at 5:18amQuote:Originally Posted by bkotsko
Casual Friday for me as well.
Not to mention -9°F at home this morning before my drive to work. (its March tomorrow, this is getting ridiculous) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Proper! Love these boots.post #74958 of 1224162/28/14 at 5:51ampost #74959 of 1224162/28/14 at 5:51amQuote:Originally Posted by ErikW
Any thoughts on the color imperfections in the tongue of this boot? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)Quote:Originally Posted by ErikW
Okay, last question - whomever was working on the welt was a bit overzealous with the hammer. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
As was pointed out earlier, if you look at a pair of Aldens long enough, you'll probably find some imperfection(s). Questions you might ask yourself when you inevitably notice them are:
- Is this a functional issue (upper pulling apart from welt, etc.), or just aesthetic (dye issues, etc.)?
- Where is it on the shoe? On the toe or vamp for everyone to see, or on the side, back, tongue, …, where it is not as visible?
- How difficult will it be to get a replacement pair (stock model or exclusive makeup/rare shell color), and how likely is it that that pair will have fewer imperfections?
- Is this something that will bug you every time you wear them?
Everyone has their own tolerance of QC issues, and method of determining whether to keep a shoe. It is presumably this Alden veteran wisdom that posts like yours (and mine at times in the past) seek.* My $0.02: the tongue is the best place to have dye issues if you're going to have them, and you can probably put some black edge dressing on the welt if you're careful. If they fit well, you like the style, and if your answer to my last question above is "no," then I would probably keep them if I were you.
*Why people who have tried out Aldens and decided they aren't for them (not Alden veterans like Alcibiades, MrDV, SFTG, mcarthur, NAMOR, RTP, etc., as I'm calling them) -- whether due to QC issues or other reasons -- come into the Alden thread and say "This is why you're all crazy. I can get perfect C&J, AS, Vass, etc., for the same price as your crappy Aldens. Aldens are not worth $XXX." when a post like yours is made, is confusing. There is a reason this thread is the fourth most popular thread all time on SF, and the most popular shoe thread of all time on SF. /endrantQuote:
I completely understand. Determining worth is a difficult question though, and one you will have to figure out for yourself. Unfortunately, if you were to part with these, you would either have to ship them back to FB in the Netherlands, or sell them here on on eBay, likely at a loss. Ease of return is also something to consider in the future.post #74960 of 1224162/28/14 at 5:53amQuote:Originally Posted by mdubs
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)LoL. I don't hate Sazon at all. I was just joking. I do wish that I was in the Alden world before Color 4 disappeared.
I will also state that I have no clue why Cigar is a rare shell color. It doesn't look particularly light to me that would cause only 1% of shells being candidates for the color due to its inability to hide imperfections. I guess they know more than I do.
I too do not get this.post #74961 of 1224162/28/14 at 5:56ampost #74962 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:05am
Alden def has some QC issues. My kudu chukkas had the right tongue sewn so it was skewed to one side. It was at an angle and I figured over time it would be uncomfortable and annoy me. For this reason I sent it back and had O'connells check the other pair they had in my size and he said it had the same issue. Not sure what Alden is doing there. For this reason I've been hesitant to pull the trigger on the kudu chukkas from anywhere else. I might give them a shot again a bit down the road after everything from this batch is hopefully sold off.post #74963 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:11ampost #74964 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:11ampost #74965 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:14amQuote:Originally Posted by Vicious49
Ha! I thought the same thing when I was in Alden DC a month or two back and Kathy showed me the Ravello medallion toe everyone was going crazy over. Jim also showed me the Cigar color that they were going to be making CT boots of and I was like - "I'll take the #8, it looks better."
Both, my new Ravello PTB and Chukkas are much darker shade than I see here posted. Nowhere close to Mr DV's. Do they always fade as much? I like the lighter, reddish tone I see more often. The ones I got are closer to acigar and color 8 mutt.post #74966 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:30amQuote:+1.Originally Posted by odessaboots
+1 on this thread being particularly helpful and civil compared to many of the other SF threads. It is especially nice that when you ask a question on this thread, people actually answer it and give input, instead of telling you to try and piece together an answer from hundreds (in this case almost 5000) previous pages.
Thank you to the gentlemen here who actively participate in our collective bloodlust for Alden.
I enjoy the general "happy to be here" demeanor shared by members.
We all have strong opinions, but most keep things in perspective and remember this is supposed to be fun.Quote:Funny.Quote:Sad but true. The storm of the decade. Alpine grain for a few days.post #74967 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:32ampost #74968 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:37ampost #74969 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:39ampost #74970 of 1224162/28/14 at 6:44am
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