Originally Posted by Dbear
I have never heard of Alden before this thread. Luckily, there is an Alden store in San Francisco. I popped in and got the Indy Boot... ...one odd thing, didn't get any shoe bags...but not a big deal... ...also, I asked the guy how I should take care of them. He said to do nothing and just wear them. He didn't even really seem that interested in selling me the cream or anything. ...he just said to wear them as is and it's all good. Is that right?
Congrats on your new boots! Those don't come with shoe bags unfortunately, just plastic bags, probably because they would have to make a larger shoe bag to fit boots and they choose not to. I've bought other models of Alden shoes (not boots) that did come with flannel bags though. He sorta has a point since these are work boots, meant to be worn and beaten up. That said, what model did you get? A neutral boot creme maybe once a year should do the trick. PS, I know for a fact the manager (James) there really likes to get people out of the store as quickly as possible, which is something I don't agree with. Don't really like him-when he's not there, your shopping experience is *much* better because the salesguys there are quite nice and helpful and don't mind chatting. Problem is, you can never be sure when Jim won't be there...