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Avid reader and infrequent poster here on the thread. Definitely enjoy reading about and seeing the Alden's in your collections.

I wanted to share some pictures of my black alpine grain LWB that I received from Alden of Carmel yesterday. My Alden purchases have almost exclusively been shell so this pair of alpine grain is expanding my horizons a bit. I really like the pebble grain texture.
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These are A+! I love the grain look right now.

post #82157 of 122416
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Alden's quality control is lacking. And this might sound ignorant, but Leffot posted a video of them at the Alden factory. The employees there who work on the shoes look like they only buy square toe dress shoes at DSW when there is a wedding coming up. The women who work there look like the type that thinks anything over 100 on a shoe is a rip off. They likely don't even like any of the shoes they make. When you look at a Crockett & Jones factory video, the employees seem more sophisticated and more the type who enjoy high end shoes, and I think that plays a role in C&J just being better than Alden.


A good friend of mine from Massachusetts said that Middleborough is unique place in that it's a blue collar town with many of the locals employed by Alden.  It isn't uncommon to see many of these blue collar workers there walking around town in the high-end shoes they produce.

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Have to agree with thams here. Basing someone's work ethic, ability level, or really, any personal trait at all, other than sartorial awareness, on how they appear, either in looks, or outfit, is at best a gross over generalization, but in reality is just plain prejudice. EG likely produces better shoes because it, as a company, holds its employees to a higher standard, not because they are better clothed.

It is not because of them being "better clothed." It's everything in even how they look making the shoe compared to the employees at C&J. Look at the clicker at C&J. Yeah, that's why C&J calf is way better than Alden calf. 

 

I did not bring up work ethic or ability level. You guys are just assuming I meant that.

 

The employees just look to me not as sophisticated sartorially as the C&J employees. Whether or not that's actually true, I don't know. It's a guess. I believe, however, that if you love or have more personal interest in what you make, the more likely hood of better results and attention to detail. When you have a guy wearing on a gangsta ecko shirt (the rhino on the shirt), it might be safe to assume he doesn't even give a shit whether or not his own shoes are goodyear welted.

 

I doubt Alden employees could make it in an EG factory.

 

Also, despite what you learned in preschool all the way to college, it's perfectly ok to make generalizations about someone. It doesn't mean you accept the generalizations as fact, but do not ignore your gut and keep it in mind when getting to know someone. If I saw a guy with a shaved head and a swastika tattooed to his face, you are damn right that I and all of you will make generalizations about that person, whether or not you want to admit it.


Wow, this is getting better and better.  :lurk:  I thought Donald Sterling dug himself a whole in his follow-up interview...

post #82159 of 122416

Just got these in, was expecting the color to be a bit lighter based on pictures I've seen.  Does Ravello usually lighten over time, or were these just from a darker batch of shell?

 

post #82160 of 122416
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I was under the impression that most Alden dealers try to prevent their customers from trying on shoes in such a way that causes the vamps to crease. I know that if I were to open a box of $500-800 Alden's and the vamps were creased I'd send them right back. I understand I t's kindve a catch 22 because you want to make sure they fit right when you're paying that much, but if they don't fit, the store or the next customer is kindve screwed.

I've visited Alden DC before and their service is wonderful.  The SA who helped me, encouraged me to walk around and determine the best fit.  I was a bit surprised when it appeared he didn't have much regard for possible creasing on my test drive.  I suppose it might have been because I was walking so cautiously.

post #82161 of 122416
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I've visited Alden DC before and their service is wonderful.  The SA who helped me, encouraged me to walk around and determine the best fit.  I was a bit surprised when it appeared he didn't have much regard for possible creasing on my test drive.  I suppose it might have been because I was walking so cautiously.

Same for me in SF. They were really cool about the test drive and didn't even mention it. I guess it would sound really silly... "Please don't bend the shoes when you try them on... Ice skate please" haha. Needless to say I ice skated anyway and bought the pair I tried on
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Same for me in SF. They were really cool about the test drive and didn't even mention it. I guess it would sound really silly... "Please don't bend the shoes when you try them on... Ice skate please" haha. Needless to say I ice skated anyway and bought the pair I tried on

 

 

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I've visited Alden DC before and their service is wonderful.  The SA who helped me, encouraged me to walk around and determine the best fit.  I was a bit surprised when it appeared he didn't have much regard for possible creasing on my test drive.  I suppose it might have been because I was walking so cautiously.

 

I have experienced it both ways.

There are specific retailers that will outline over and over that if there is creases you cannot return.

Or subsequently, do not crease them when you try them on in store.

I don't blame them though. 

post #82163 of 122416
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Looking good rtp. Great shine, nice lawn.

Much thanks DV!

post #82164 of 122416
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Avid reader and infrequent poster here on the thread. Definitely enjoy reading about and seeing the Alden's in your collections.

I wanted to share some pictures of my black alpine grain LWB that I received from Alden of Carmel yesterday. My Alden purchases have almost exclusively been shell so this pair of alpine grain is expanding my horizons a bit. I really like the pebble grain texture.


 

I've been tempted by this model.  Great score, enjoy often and in great health my friend!

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A good friend of mine from Massachusetts said that Middleborough is unique place in that it's a blue collar town with many of the locals employed by Alden.  It isn't uncommon to see many of these blue collar workers there walking around town in the high-end shoes they produce.

Interesting thing is that Alden shoes look like blue-collar dress shoes rather than a high-end shoe with great attention to detail. I'm guessing that blue collared culture there plays a role in the look and overall lack of attention to detail in their shoes and packaging. 

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Having an issue with the speedhooks on my J Crew PCTs... some of them seem to be pulling loose.  These are about a year old, worn maybe two dozen times, I don't lace them all that tight.  Can any cobbler fix this, or does it have to go back to the factory?




had that exact same issue. call up jcrew, they will either do an exchange or offer money to fix it. return it and still waiting for my size to stock again
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They don't get much love here (or, I assume, in real life considering the sale price Haberdash seems to always have going on them), but I'm a big fan of my milkshade suede Indy shoe (even if the pictures didn't turn out that great):

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post #82168 of 122416
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Just got these in, was expecting the color to be a bit lighter based on pictures I've seen.  Does Ravello usually lighten over time, or were these just from a darker batch of shell?

 


It will lighten. Enjoy them!
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A good friend of mine from Massachusetts said that Middleborough is unique place in that it's a blue collar town with many of the locals employed by Alden.  It isn't uncommon to see many of these blue collar workers there walking around town in the high-end shoes they produce.

 

Interesting thing is that Alden shoes look like blue-collar dress shoes rather than a high-end shoe with great attention to detail. I'm guessing that blue collared culture there plays a role in the look and overall lack of attention to detail in their shoes and packaging. 

 

I was about to say this is the first thing you've said that I agree with . . . until I got to the part about how being blue-collar means you don't pay attention to details.

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I was about to say this is the first thing you've said that I agree with . . . until I got to the part about how being blue-collar means you don't pay attention to details.

Blue collar doesn't mean you don't pay attention to details, but if a dress shoe looked more detailed with a fiddleback waist, channeled sole, more stitches per inch, and antiqued, it wouldn't look so blue collar anymore now would it? 

 

Clearly you are undisciplined in reading or understanding what exactly people say. I come across this a lot. People pulling whatever meaning they want because it's what they decided they wanted to hear.

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