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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

Anyone else not have a great experience with getting rare shell from AoC? Everyone says Adam is awesome and just email him. However I basically get "no idea when we'll ever get or do rare shell... watch styleforum". Do his preorders usually get posted here or am I just getting blown off?

Adam is a funny guy. I really like him personally, but you can tell that he has been doing this for a long time and has dealt with interesting customers.

He only does the LWB family in the rare colors. He just got orders submitted and ran (Cigar LWBs that just came in and Ravello LWBs that are due any day) and was not expecting any more rare allocations until 2015 to the minimum. Thus his short answer.

-Mike
post #92867 of 122416
Anybody else notice BB is not getting Alden stock whereby they once projected shipping dates? Seems odd.
post #92868 of 122416
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That is not an uncommon response. I have gotten something similar in the past.

 

Adam has been quick to respond to my requests in the past, but I have not yet had any luck getting in on a preorder.

post #92869 of 122416
Adam is a knowledge guy no doubt about it ,I bought my 1st pair of shell from him but I don't like his attitude and short answers , Maybe he had some bad experiences in the past, also from my exp. He doesn't like when you ask more than one question, I'd rather spend my money somewhere else.
post #92870 of 122416
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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

Anyone else not have a great experience with getting rare shell from AoC? Everyone says Adam is awesome and just email him. However I basically get "no idea when we'll ever get or do rare shell... watch styleforum". Do his preorders usually get posted here or am I just getting blown off?
No hard feelings there. Adam is telling the fact.
post #92871 of 122416
When it comes to preordering the shoes on the AoC website, Adam is straight up, quick to respond, etc. When it comes to rare cordovan, it seems like he is any other Alden retailer - he doesn't necessarily know when they will come in, but when he does, repeat customers will likely get the first look
post #92872 of 122416
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Who is they? I use Reno on my calf shoes before polishing.

Sometimes an excess of neutral polish or wax can cause a milky white appearance if too much is used. I use neutral polish and wax with no ill effects.

Thanks. Someone stated the Reno ingredients could be harmful to the leather. I use it and like it, too.
post #92873 of 122416
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@MrDv
Sweet NSTs, sir. I thank you for enabling. Easily my most complimented pair.
Thank you sir.
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Really like those, MrDV.  Does anybody know if these are the same grain used here:
Seems a different shade to me, but I am colorblind baldy%5B1%5D.gif 
Thank you. Yes, same alpine grain, same color.
post #92874 of 122416
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Originally Posted by chrisefi View Post

Anyone else not have a great experience with getting rare shell from AoC? Everyone says Adam is awesome and just email him. However I basically get "no idea when we'll ever get or do rare shell... watch styleforum". Do his preorders usually get posted here or am I just getting blown off?


similar response i received. just kinda assumed that was how it is there

post #92875 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post
 

 

Adam has been quick to respond to my requests in the past, but I have not yet had any luck getting in on a preorder.

 

i will say, he is hands down the quickest to respond to email. 

post #92876 of 122416
I received the same response from Adam when I inquired about preorders or getting on a list with Alden of Carmel... Was told that they don't maintain lists and Style Forum was the place to stay connected with the current offerings.

I realize that procuring these offerings are not easy and take some time, so I am trying to plan ahead... Contacted Alden SF and Madison about future Ravello and Cigar LWB offerings and was put on the list... Tried contacting Alden DC via email but Kathy never responded. Shoe Mart told me to call the owner if I was interested in future custom runs... I just hope that full prepayment isn't required for a stock size (8.5D), since I am not a big fan of fronting $700.00, for something that could take months after order confirmation...

Guess I will just have to be happy with my calfskin LWB and CXL split toes on commando for now...
post #92877 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

When it comes to preordering the shoes on the AoC website, Adam is straight up, quick to respond, etc. When it comes to rare cordovan, it seems like he is any other Alden retailer - he doesn't necessarily know when they will come in, but when he does, repeat customers will likely get the first look

Have to become a repeat customer somehow? I'm trying to start that cycle, haha.
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i will say, he is hands down the quickest to respond to email. 

I will give credit where it's due. He's quick to respond, but if he doesn't "shut up and take my money", someone else will.
post #92878 of 122416
Count me as another one who received a curt response from Adam. There are many other retailers as others have pointed out who will gladly take my money. Lucky enough to have scored my shell tankers to satiate me for now.
post #92879 of 122416

Regarding Adam, although his email responses to me have always been brief, he's always been very straightforward about what he has and what he doesn't.  I've bought a couple pairs of "rare" shell LWBs from him.

 

Also, looks like there's a new boot for sale at Epaulet.  I think someone on here was even asking about a makeup a lot like this one a while back: http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/alden-michigan-boot-in-chocolate-utica-leather

post #92880 of 122416
I'll chime in to share that my experience with Adam was very professional. I think the most appropriate descriptions are that he is very "transactional" or "matter of fact" in his communications, but I chalk that up to the fact that he's likely a solo operation and his experience has taught him that those who know what they are looking for are the most likely to ultimately pull the trigger on the shoes/boots. I think his no-nonsense style is very understandable when you consider that he probably feels more like a distributor who is looking to clear his inventory than a salesman who has to "sell" his product to consumers. My email thread to complete the purchase with Adam contained a total of 20 messages (from "hello" to "thank you"). That's a lot of back and forth to sell one pair of shoes! smile.gif
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