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Originally Posted by LeatherSOUL View Post

Just as an FYI and for confirmation, new makeups are taking 18 months from order placement till delivery. Previously made models can take a few months shorter. This does not include #4, whiskey, ravello, and cigar, which depends on availability and order queue.

Interesting...I wonder if Alden is trying to put a kabosh on pre-orders to make their make ups a bit more desired by their, mostly impulse buying, customers. I feel like if you're an Alden guy you have to buy on impulse, otherwise you lose out. In otherwords, they're making there shoes more scarce...I wouldn't be surprised if the wait time increases again...because they know we'll wait.

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post #30317 of 91576
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

Interesting...I wonder if Alden is trying to put a kabosh on pre-orders to make their make ups a bit more desired by their, mostly impulse buying, customers. I feel like if you're an Alden guy you have to buy on impulse, otherwise you lose out. In otherwords, they're making there shoes more scarce...I wouldn't be surprised if the wait time increases again...because they know we'll wait.
I do not think that Alden is like that. If there is money on the table they want to make it because they remember when times were not so good, but increased demand has probably stretched the manufacturing capability. I may have read in the past that they are not planning any rapid growth because that has doomed other NE shoe companies. Also I am not sure what the deal is with J Crew but they never seem to be “Sold Out” so I have to believe they are jumping the line in some way.
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I do not think that Alden is like that. If there is money on the table they want to make it because they remember when times were not so good, but increased demand has probably stretched the manufacturing capability. I may have read in the past that they are not planning any rapid growth because that has doomed other NE shoe companies. Also I am not sure what the deal is with J Crew but they never seem to be “Sold Out” so I have to believe they are jumping the line in some way.

I don't know, the guys at Alden seem to be pretty savvy and I think we like to think of them as this "frumpy" old school company, but I think they're smarter than what we give them credit for.

I just hope the JCrew thing (and I agree, they seem to be jumping the line, and its probably because they are selling the shoes to a much larger customer base) doesn't turn into the wave of the future, I think JCrew's product has gone downhill drastically in the past 10 years, though i suppose the great customer service makes up for it.
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Lovin' my PTBs.

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post #30320 of 91576
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I don't know, the guys at Alden seem to be pretty savvy and I think we like to think of them as this "frumpy" old school company, but I think they're smarter than what we give them credit for.
I just hope the JCrew thing (and I agree, they seem to be jumping the line, and its probably because they are selling the shoes to a much larger customer base) doesn't turn into the wave of the future, I think JCrew's product has gone downhill drastically in the past 10 years, though i suppose the great customer service makes up for it.
I think J Crew has gotten better, but I admit I may be wrong. They were not a company I was watching before. But now they have some nice stuff and seem to be on the leading edge of a number of manufacturers. Alden and Red Wing Heritage come to mind. Also I think now is the time to get Red Wing Heritage before they are priced out of the average consumers range.

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Lovin my PTBs.
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I'm lovin' them too!
post #30321 of 91576
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Thanks!  Got them 2 wks ago at Alden SF, they had limited sizes at the time, and I'm fairly certain they're sold out.  Shoemart, however, has some limited stock in LHS, Wingtip boot and chukka.


Thanks for the info. Congratulations again!

post #30322 of 91576
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post


I don't know, the guys at Alden seem to be pretty savvy and I think we like to think of them as this "frumpy" old school company, but I think they're smarter than what we give them credit for.
I just hope the JCrew thing (and I agree, they seem to be jumping the line, and its probably because they are selling the shoes to a much larger customer base) doesn't turn into the wave of the future, I think JCrew's product has gone downhill drastically in the past 10 years, though i suppose the great customer service makes up for it.

Agreed.  I'm somewhat annoyed that JCrew has become so trendy.  I miss thier more plain/classic style of years past.  I used to regard it as a preppy brand, now its become more hippster.  However, I guess you can't blame them, afterall, it is a business.

post #30323 of 91576
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Thanks!  Got them 2 wks ago at Alden SF, they had limited sizes at the time, and I'm fairly certain they're sold out.  Shoemart, however, has some limited stock in LHS, Wingtip boot and chukka.

Alden SF's website indicates they still have ravello ptbs in 6.5, 10, and 13. If you call, ask for Jim, and manager. I have found Jim delightful to work with, but I'm sure others there are decent as well. This shop is where I scored my ravello ptbs in 2011.
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Thought that some of you may want to see a comparison between Alden's Cigar shell and Allen Edmonds Cappuccino Shell

Alden Indy in Cigar
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AE Dundee Chukka in Cappuccino Shell
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post #30325 of 91576
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Alden SF's website indicates they still have ravello ptbs in 6.5, 10, and 13. If you call, ask for Jim, and manager. I have found Jim delightful to work with, but I'm sure others there are decent as well. This shop is where I scored my ravello ptbs in 2011.
Remember that the Ravello PTBs at Alden SF have the dark welting/edge trim (less attractive than antique IMO)
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Originally Posted by Pastor View Post

Thought that some of you may want to see a comparison between Alden's Cigar shell and Allen Edmonds Cappuccino Shell
AE Dundee Chukka in Cappuccino Shell
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Are those medium width AE chukkas?
post #30327 of 91576
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

Remember that the Ravello PTBs at Alden SF have the dark welting/edge trim (less attractive than antique IMO)

I have ravellos with antique trim and ravellos with darker trim. I like them both, but if forced to choose between the two, I would choose the darker trim. But it's all personal taste ...
post #30328 of 91576
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Are those medium width AE chukkas?

Yes they are. I tried the E width first but they were huge on my feet. The D width fit almost perfect.
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Those AE look very nice.  How would you compare, qual, fit, etc to Alden?   I know those were a special edition, so they may have stepped it up a notch.

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Originally Posted by Edgein View Post

Those AE look very nice.  How would you compare, qual, fit, etc to Alden?   I know those were a special edition, so they may have stepped it up a notch.

They are very nice and I believe the quality to be on par with the Alden shell models I own (5 pairs). I also have the AE Dalton (wingtip boot) in Walnut shell and those are also very nice and compared with my Ravello Wingtip boots they are very similar. The AE's actually are a little more comfortable. Both of these AE makeups were special order so maybe the quality is a little higher than standard AE. I love my Aldens but if the prices keep going up and AE keeps offering different colors of shell then I have no problem buying AE's. I also have no problem buying Carmina from Epaulet and can't wait to order the Navy Shell brogue that's about to go on pre-order.
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