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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos. - Page 6537post #98042 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:17pmpost #98043 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:21pmQuote:Originally Posted by Johnniegold
It is clear that you are disappointed as you have been mulling this over for several days. I know it feels. We all do. There is nothing worse then having that anticipation of waiting for something (dare I say, coveted) only to be disappointed upon its arrival. Alden lovers have become accustomed to this occasionally due to QC issues.
You've laid you're good money down and every time you look down you don't see what all we Alden lovers want to see. A beautifully crafted shoe made from a somewhat exotic leather that will over time develop characteristics and a patina all its own and that will you will continue to marvel at over the next 20+ years.
Instead, when you look down, all you will see is black spots and may be reminded of the lack of customer service you received (whether actual or perceived) and the thought of what might have been had someone else filled your order and mailed those shoes off to you.
Return them. Don't be afraid that you will never be able to get another a pair. If you are persistent, astute (and yes, a little lucky) you will.
Return them. Begin the journey with a different pair. Perhaps with that other pair of Alden that was next on your list.
Return them. Putting on a shoe that leaves you somewhat disappointed is starting your day on the wrong foot.
I waited almost 2 years for a pair of ravello chukkas. Cursing the day that they were readily available and I didn't pull the trigger. But I stayed the course and out of the blue I received an email advising me that a pair were available if I wanted them. (There was smoke coming off my Amex card).
Upon receipt, I noticed each shoe was a somewhat different shade of ravello. Now the rest of Cole Haan-wearing world would not notice that slight deviation but let's say I happen to be walking by mcarthur, he might stop me and say: "Excuse me nephew, I really like those 2 shades of ravello on your chukka. Wear them in good health."
The fact that this particular pair has its own characteristics makes my pockets a little tight. When I look down at this particular pair, well, it just makes me happy.
Why would you settle for anything less?
I like the way you write, makes me feel I am reading a poem...haha!post #98044 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:26pmQuote:Originally Posted by unipair guy
With the cordovan shortage we decided to try out some tankers in suede and calf. Also, a chukka on crepe for winter. The green are my favorites but I would like to hear any feedback you gentlemen have.
Awesome boots! Where'd you get the snuff and green ones from?post #98045 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:27pmpost #98046 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:37pmpost #98047 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:41pmpost #98048 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:42pmpost #98049 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:47pm
Thanks. I googled the name and found his store. Sucks that overseas gets some cool makeups that end up costing as much or more than a shell model does from a stateside store :( He's got several cool pair on his site that I'd love to have!post #98050 of 12241612/11/14 at 8:49pmQuote:
Yeah, I bought these used on eBay. They were pretty beat up, but were only $300ish and they were a size 10.5B (I figured it was a sign!). I actually suspect Kathy may have made them for me, but heard I got a different pair (I bought the 9.5D that I am now trying to sell), and so she sold them to someone else, who beat them up pretty good and then decided they didn't like the fit and so they offloaded them. I figured they would make good beaters. This is actually how they look after I did quite a bit to clean them up. I wasn't sure if we were going to get pounded today with rain like Northern California did, so I wore them as a contingency. Plus I needed to get them out. So thats their story. :-)
Shoe Shine Sunday. Shining a recent eBay pickup. Left done (for now). Right to do. Alden Ravello PTBs. #alden #aldenarmy #aldenshoes #ravelloshellcordovan #shellcordovan #horween #shineyourshoes #AldenDC
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-Mikepost #98051 of 12241612/11/14 at 9:08pmpost #98052 of 12241612/11/14 at 9:08pm
I'd definitely keep them. When considering anything that seems less than perfect, I would point out that what you are seeing is inherent to the hide and has nothing to do with craftsmanship. Most of the "blotches" that people post are a QC issue--the result of slapdash dyeing by Horween (or Alden?). In your case, those spots were always part of the hide, and they speak to the nature of this beautiful material.post #98053 of 12241612/11/14 at 9:16pmBlack cordovan tanker boot on commando
Color 8 wingtip boot on commando
Day tripper boot in ravello (double flex sole, grant)
Black cordovan captoe on grant
Cigar Indy boot on commando
Which two would you sell if forced - you must keep one black pairpost #98054 of 12241612/11/14 at 9:20pmQuote:
tanker and #8post #98055 of 12241612/11/14 at 9:21pmQuote:
Depends on your desired attire. But, I would do the Black Cap Toes and #8 WT.
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