Originally Posted by WhoKnewI
For most people 700 dollar shells are a premium. You're telling me that 700 doesn't warrant clean stitching?
The premium you are paying is for the rarity of the leather. Especially in rarer shell, Alden is by far the most "affordable" brand that offers it regularly. Who else does at the $700 price point?
I'm not excusing the poor work, but when you're dealing with a small company (as Alden are) with an overwhelming demand at an affordable price, you will see this more often. And some of the grips are ridiculous (see the above picture that was taken with what seems like a microscopic lens, and even then the deformity had to be circled). Alden fixes these without issue, so what's the big deal? Its obvious they're not hurting for business, so you suggest they hire more quality control people and then having the price of all their shoes go up to around $1000? No thanks. The process is fine the way it is. I'd love for someone from Alden to stand up for their work and quality here, even though I know that they won't. Sure people pay $1600 for shoes, but thats way out of my range, and I'd much rather be able to have these shoes and send a few back for repairs, than not be able to have it at all.