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SCB, that doesn't seem right. YES I know the cordovan absorbs the dye differently, but ALDEN is dealing with a lot of leather, I think they should be able to get a pair of shoes to match better. I could see two pairs not looking alike but one shoe not matching it's mate is a qc issue imho. Not bashing Alden, I'm a 20 plus year customer (cordovan and calf shoes) of the company, they just seem not to be dealing well with their renewed popularity.

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post #11492 of 87663
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Tripped over a rock in the office today and scuffed the top of my cigar PTBs. Was skeptical of the "just brush it" repair tip but this is how it looked after 20 seconds of brushing. Kind of amazing. I'll do more when I wax them eventually, as you can see some scuffs that didn't totally brush out.


With that kind of scuffing, you may also want to employ the "rub real hard with your thumb" technique. That and a bit of wax and no one but you will be able to tell.
post #11493 of 87663
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On another note, those who have cordovans...do you guys always pre order? The only 2 that I was able to get right away were #8 and cigar. Whiskey, ravello, and black are pre ordered for me. I don't mind the wait however.

I actually rarely pre-order. There are so many styles that pop up at Shoemart and other places that I tend to buy as they appear. I do have a couple things on pre-order with Sherman Brothers, because they are my local store and I like to support them.
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so I got my whiskey longwings a few weeks ago but didn't get around to wearing them until today. I commented when I got them in this thread about how the color on the left shoe was 2-tone and posted a picture. people said it would even out

since today was the first time I wore them, it was really the first time i saw them outside in natural light. the 2 colors are pretty striking in natural light.

again, is this normal?

That's a bit excessive. I also wish that some of these issues were caught at the retail level. Why not pull aside a pair that looks like that and hand them back to your Alden rep? Besides the obvious, which is that they do not want to lose the profit on a pair of cordovans.
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That's a bit excessive. I also wish that some of these issues were caught at the retail level. Why not pull aside a pair that looks like that and hand them back to your Alden rep? Besides the obvious, which is that they do not want to lose the profit on a pair of cordovans.

As customers, we should not accept those. The more customers who start sending those back, the less it will be tolerated by the retailers and it will then get back to Alden.

If a customer accepts delivery of shoes like that, then the retailer and Alden get away with it and will continue to push the limits of what they think they can get away with.
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Originally Posted by scb View Post
so I got my whiskey longwings a few weeks ago but didn't get around to wearing them until today. I commented when I got them in this thread about how the color on the left shoe was 2-tone and posted a picture. people said it would even out

since today was the first time I wore them, it was really the first time i saw them outside in natural light. the 2 colors are pretty striking in natural light.

again, is this normal?

yes that's bad, but more importantly I finally got to see whiskey with khaki! I think it actually looks nice
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For the Trubalance last (Indys, 405s, 403s): Is a size 11EE a longer shoe (as well as a wider shoe) than 11E, than 11D? Or are the lengths of all 3 the same? Only difference in width? Please let me know if you have had experience iwth Trubalance sizes and know the answer.
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I actually rarely pre-order. There are so many styles that pop up at Shoemart and other places that I tend to buy as they appear. I do have a couple things on pre-order with Sherman Brothers, because they are my local store and I like to support them.
With Shoemart, it is kind of tricky because it doesn't indicate any pre-order. You have to call and verify the shoes are in stock prior. My black and whiskey cordovans are on pre-order from Shoemart.
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For the Trubalance last (Indys, 405s, 403s):

Is a size 11EE a longer shoe (as well as a wider shoe) than 11E, than 11D?

Or are the lengths of all 3 the same? Only difference in width?

Please let me know if you have had experience iwth Trubalance sizes and know the answer.

I don't think there is any length difference if all the shoes are the same number size like above. If you go to a different width, only the width changes from what I understand.
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I don't think there is any length difference if all the shoes are the same number size like above. If you go to a different width, only the width changes from what I understand.
OK, thank you. Are you absolutely sure (from your own personal experience) that there is no length difference, or is that just your understanding (like mine)? I don't want to waste any more money, you see...
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Dr. Jones
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Originally Posted by A.L.Z. View Post
OK, thank you. Are you absolutely sure (from your own personal experience) that there is no length difference, or is that just your understanding (like mine)? I don't want to waste any more money, you see...

No, I'm not absolutely sure.
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post
With Shoemart, it is kind of tricky because it doesn't indicate any pre-order. You have to call and verify the shoes are in stock prior. My black and whiskey cordovans are on pre-order from Shoemart.

I didn't know Shoemart did pre-orders. Can you share details?
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I didn't know Shoemart did pre-orders. Can you share details?
I wanted a pair of black shells. I settled on the LWB's. All sizes were available, which threw up a flag for me that it was most likely unavailable now. I called and verify that indeed the shipment is not in yet. I went ahead and place the order for my size. The email said that the shipment is expected in June.

I called Joe today, one of the owners to ask about the whiskey's. He said he has 2 styles on order, LWB's and PTB's. I told him I want to preorder the PTB's, he took down my info. He warned me due to the rarity of lighter shells, it can take as long as a year. I acknowledged the fact and continued on with preordering.

Shoemart does not charge until shoes are shipped.
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post
I wanted a pair of black shells. I settled on the LWB's. All sizes were available, which threw up a flag for me that it was most likely unavailable now. I called and verify that indeed the shipment is not in yet. I went ahead and place the order for my size. The email said that the shipment is expected in June.

I called Joe today, one of the owners to ask about the whiskey's. He said he has 2 styles on order, LWB's and PTB's. I told him I want to preorder the PTB's, he took down my info. He warned me due to the rarity of lighter shells, it can take as long as a year. I acknowledged the fact and continued on with preordering.

Shoemart does not charge until shoes are shipped.

You just have to know how the Shoemart site works. If the shoe is a "standard" Alden model, they list all sizes all the time. If the shoe is a "special edition", the site lists what is currently available.
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