Originally Posted by Ahab
People who come to a fan thread and constantly complain, often about trivial issues, do not seem like stand up guys to me. YMMV
Originally Posted by Patito
This thread is no longer a pleasant place to read about Alden shoes. Please leave the high horses and toilet pics at the door. Perhaps there should be a better place to post unfortunate QA experiences.
Not that I'm seeking to be the last word on this afternoon's extended rant but ... most people find their way to this thread because of their appreciation of Alden shoes. Some (like me) have been wearing them for 30 years (probably longer since my dad wore them so I'm sure a few pair of my "dress shoes" in school were Aldens). Some are new to the brand. It really doesn't matter.
What does matter is that there has been a marked increase in QC issues surrounding the brand. Not sure if it's because Obama is president, because the euro is high/low/on it's way to hell, because unions are ruining/saving the country. It's not for us to speculate. But when someone puts down $600 plus dollars (which most people would suggest is an obscene amount of cash to spend) on a pair of Alden shoes and must deal with some of the shit that's been depicted on this thread - well that's not cool.
And this thread may be precisely the place to vent. Tom P reads this thread (he sponsors it). Steven T reads this thread. They spend lots of cash with (and, we hope, make lots of cash from the sale of) Alden. They are "interested persons" in this debate. Unlike the individual consumer, they have a voice which is heard by the Tarlow family. While some may bemoan the "hipsters" that have made Alden a shoe du jour, I can assure you that the margins Alden gets selling to the hipsters are far better than those they used to get selling to nurses and policemen.
And those margins should help Alden pay a decent wage, invest in new equipment, train new employees and distribute nice fat profits to the owners (I am an unabashed capitalist after all). If those margins are only going in the owners pockets then we start buying other shoes, Tom P and Steven T shift lines and no one (except Alden's competitors) wins.
I need to take a piss (and I do that standing up, peg leg).