Originally Posted by jamesbond
NYR - I think you're dead wrong on this issue. I own 7 pairs of Alden shoes some of which have been purchased over 10 years ago. I own both cigar and ravello shell shoes and neither have had any discoloring issues or construction issues. Some of these are on their 3rd resoling and are by far my favorite shoes in the collection. Being from New England I also like to give business to a local company that still makes quality items here in the USA. None of these current quality issues had ever been present until every single hipster with a macbook pro and a fixed gear bike decided Alden was the "cool" shoe to own. It seems like Alden can't keep up with demand and is sacrificing quality for $$$, and I'm not the only long time Alden wearer saying this. I think these issues should be brought to the attention of the forum, who accounts for quite a large percentage of Alden customers. That's if any long time Alden guys still browse these forums, or maybe it's just a bunch of brand worshiping hipsters that think Alden could never do anything wrong?
FWIW - I would have no problem at all if said line was towards the heel on one of my shoes but I really think it's inexcusable to let that pair out of the factory with a line through the entire toe box, and you wouldn't have to hire any addition personnel to notice something like that.
I appreciate this. I may be one of those "hipsters" (I'd like to think not, but its my age group) and I understand. When my great grandfather came to this country in 1906 he settled in revere and worked in the Massachusetts shoe making industry. Its one of the reason I love Alden, they're pne f the few that remain. I also think that Alden is great because they offer more variety in shell than ANY other maker. Period. This combined with the fact that I can get a pair second hand for around $400 makes it affordable for someone like me. So thats why I "worship" the brand for better or worse, and my MacBook's on its way out...I've spent too much money on shoes and not enough on a more recent laptop...