Ive had this exact thing happen to 3 pairs of Alden boots I've had.
First was a pair of indys. The shop I purchased them from tried to fix them (poorly) so they ended up being returned.
The second time it happened was on a pair of #8 tankers. Alden repaired them free of charge.
This past fall I purchased a pair of #8 captoe boots from j crew and it happened again (after wearing them less than 10x) They offered to repair them, but I just ended up returning them instead.
I have very low confidence in their boots at this point.
Originally Posted by localman
Has this happened with anyone else's Indy's (or any other boots for that matter)?
Basically the upper is separating from the welt/sole of the shoe (the white you see is I assume the thread holding them all together. Just noticed this today, with nothing notable happening to cause this. Really starting to lose faith in the quality of Aldens as these boots are less than a year old. I get it the demand makes the QC go down or something like that but this should not be happening on a $450 dollar boot regardless of the reasoning. I mean hell this doesn't even happen on $100 boots. I'm starting to really question whether Aldens are worth the trouble. So far I've had speed hooks tearing out of $650 Cordovan boots, ugly wrinkles on $460 chukkas, and now this. Pretty disappointing.
Anyone else have experience with this? Is it an easy fix at a shoe repair?
Thanks in advance.