A good, but troubling point if it's true. I get the concept of exclusivity for the rest of the shoe/boot, but the sole? Really? I mean often in these cases when we're talking about resoling we're talking about a person's safety. Anyone on here who has had the unfortunate opportunity to try and walk on a sheet of ice or even a really dry powder snow knows what they're in for with a leather sole and it ain't good.
You'd think a shoe company based in a region known for their sucky winters would be very aware of that and relate to a person who wants a commando sole instead of bruises or strained muscles from trying to keep one's balance.
I'll have to check out B. Nelson's re-soling.
I think trunks is giving way too much credit to Alden (and their relationships with vendors) - IMO this is a situation where they have more current work than they can adequately handle and something has (or, as some people are experience from a QC perspective, many things have) to give. When they offered one color edge trim/welting things were easy. With the explosion in Alden "one-offs" they haven't added people or modified control systems and we are all seeing the results. Now I am not an Alden apologist (I have spent all summer dealing with the challenges of their ever-evolving restoration policy) but in this economic environment I can understand why they may be reluctant to expand capacity - I can understand it but I certainly don't appreciate it.
Burning bright - I too am intrigued by B. Nelson but let's not forget Brooks Shoe Service in our (my - and I'm assuming yours unless City by the Lake is referring to Cleveland) backyard. They do amazing work as well. Talk to Mike.