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Still cool with the voodoo bone, right?

Never tried it myself but it looks awesome
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So all the discussion of ShoeMart seconds had me wondering - has anyone gotten SM to ship Aldens out of the US? I'm wondering how much a phone call could accomplish. PM me if you don't want to post it here.

 

Also, does anyone know why Alden won't let them ship out of the US? 


They probably don't want to ship seconds out of the US because a large proportion get returned because they are in unacceptable shape or wrong size or other issue.

I just shipped a pair of seconds back today, they were sold on their 2nds list as a boot on Barrie last but upon receipt they were on the plaza last, had I known they were plaza I would never have bought them because my sizing is different between plaza and Barrie. The flaw in the boot was tears in the leather/shell where the tongue connects to the upper, the tears on each side of the tongue were sewed together but even at the seconds discount it's not something I want to deal with. I hear some people have got good deals on the 2nds list but not me
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I am disappointed in them [Alden}, and I hope the next pair I receive is better.

The powers that be at Alden sneer at your disappointment (in fact, they may be French - no one sneers like the French).
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I ordered a pair of Natural Chromexcel PTB and received the shoes pictured below. As soon as I took the top off the shoebox, I could see through the plastic shipping bags that the shoes were dark brown. Additionally, one shoe is a different color than the other and the leather is rough, dull, and cracked. They looked little like the stock image or other natural chromexcel leather that I've seen in person.
At Alden prices, I expect the product to be exceptional quality. In my opinion (please correct me if I'm wrong), Alden should not have made shoes out of this leather. It is an inconvenience to me and the retailer to deal with the exchange process. I am disappointed in them, and I hope the next pair I receive is better.
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I can't speak to the cracking in the leather, but natural chromexcel color seems to vary from shoe to shoe and even within the same of shoe... I've seen other natural chromexcel as dark as that.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I can't speak to the cracking in the leather, but natural chromexcel color seems to vary from shoe to shoe and even within the same of shoe... I've seen other natural chromexcel as dark as that.

I have this shoe and love it -- especially the contrasting light-colored welt -- but the natural chromexcel it is an uneven, varying color leather. Best to send it back it if it's not what you expected. But who knows, with time (and expsoure to light & heat) they might darken and look more uniform.
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Anyone tried Saphir shoe cream on their shells? I ordered a few bottles when I bought Reno but haven't tried it out yet.
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I have this shoe and love it -- especially the contrasting light-colored welt -- but the natural chromexcel it is an uneven, varying color leather. Best to send it back it if it's not what you expected. But who knows, with time (and expsoure to light & heat) they might darken and look more uniform.

It isn't the color difference that is most concerning, it is the rough texture that I imagine will age differently because it feels like it will not absorb oils and cremes in the same way that the smooth, soft leather will.
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Originally Posted by CEE88 View Post

I have this shoe and love it -- especially the contrasting light-colored welt -- but the natural chromexcel it is an uneven, varying color leather. Best to send it back it if it's not what you expected. But who knows, with time (and expsoure to light & heat) they might darken and look more uniform.

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You can always just throw some Lexol conditioner on them. It will darken and even them out quite a bit.

I agree with the above that they will probably look just fine over time. If you don't like just send them back, but I dunno if this is really a QC issue on Alden's behalf
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Originally Posted by TheD0n View Post

I ordered a pair of Natural Chromexcel PTB and received the shoes pictured below. As soon as I took the top off the shoebox, I could see through the plastic shipping bags that the shoes were dark brown. Additionally, one shoe is a different color than the other and the leather is rough, dull, and cracked. They looked little like the stock image or other natural chromexcel leather that I've seen in person.
At Alden prices, I expect the product to be exceptional quality. In my opinion (please correct me if I'm wrong), Alden should not have made shoes out of this leather. It is an inconvenience to me and the retailer to deal with the exchange process. I am disappointed in them, and I hope the next pair I receive is better.

I'm actually more irritated by your selection in socks. Kinda like how some folks wear light brown belts with their black/#8 shells, but hey, not my outfit... wink.gif

I think your question is really a personal taste question. I'm sure there's plenty of folks out there who don't mind a little difference between shoes. I know my oxblood docs have a little variation in that one is a little more "cherry red" on the toe than the other, but it's only really noticeable if you're like staring at them and studying them. I don't really mind because it's not too far off and as I polish, clean, and wear them, it just adds a little more character to my boots. Those pics don't look bad to me, but your phone (I'm guessing?) doesn't really bring out the real color. I'd certainly not bat an eye at those, but my tastes are not your tastes. My suggestion is that if you don't like them, send them back. You're the one that must ultimately be satisfied with your purchase.
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I'm actually more irritated by your selection in socks. Kinda like how some folks wear light brown belts with their black/#8 shells, but hey, not my outfit... wink.gif

The socks are navy blue and I was wearing walnut AE McCallisters, the Aldens were not worn except to take the picture. Navy blue seems acceptable in this situation.

The consensus seems to be they the shoes are fine but are not aligned with my preferences. Fair enough, I sent them back.
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Does anyone have a picture of the monks?

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I'm not sure it's due to the Kudu. Frankly, I think the Barrie lasted Alden Chukka is one of the shoes with the worst broken in looks around. Some of the shell models that people post on here look absolutely horrible with huge waves from just behind the toe stiffener all the way up to the middle of the vamp.
I like shell, and its ripples, but that looks terrible IMO.

That is just ridiculous.

Do you think it might be possible for you to have just a single post where you don't whine about the Barrie last and how you don't like it and how it destroyed your feet, killed your parents and caused the downfall of Western Civilization? I mean really, WE GET IT, YOU DON'T LIKE THE BARRIE LAST. It works for other people. Let it go dude, let it go.

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I'm not sure, but I don't think he likes the Barrie last.
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Does anyone have a picture of the monks?

You mean these?;

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http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=3C47
post #23189 of 99271
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I'm not sure, but I don't think he likes the Barrie last.

I think he's confusing it with the Barrier last - everybody hates the Barrier last.
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Does anyone have a picture of the monks?

You mean these?;

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http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=3C47

Aren't those just the George boots in calf with a commando sole?
They look really Frankenstein monster-ish on the Orvis site.
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