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I think Alden can officially hire some new shoemakers. The demand is there, and will be.
I'll be purchasing my first Carmina's soon - I hope Alden doesn't lose me.

I love Alden, but it really seems like they need to. They no longer let you change the soles in their recrafting, and it seems like the waits are getting longer and longer. I'd love for them to even slightly raise the prices (SLIGHTLY) if they could bring back the old style of recrafting, fulfill the orders quicker, and do some MTO stuff. I know Crockett and Jones does it, I'm not sure how their volume compares, but I'd absolutely love to see it.

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post #30377 of 87681
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Originally Posted by Renton View Post

Dropped off by fedex this morning, J. Gilbert #4 & black saddle oxfords.
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Fantastic.
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Day tripper again....ravello FTW

good looking ravello boot
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The elusive Ravello today
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nephew,
good looking ravello wt boot
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Dropped off by fedex this morning, J. Gilbert #4 & black saddle oxfords.
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enjoy wearing
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whiskey wt
argyles otc
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those look great mac.
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Originally Posted by WhoKnewI View Post

those look great mac.

thank you
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Originally Posted by Renton View Post

Dropped off by fedex this morning, J. Gilbert #4 & black saddle oxfords.
Congratulations!
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whiskey wt
argyles otc
Those shoes look brand new!
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Excellent. So funny when I check SF on my phone, your Avatar is someone wearing a suit, yet when I check SF on my computer, it's back to the shoes. Interesting...
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I tried to add a heel tap to my crepe soled Aldens. Nails just wouldnt take, which I suspected. The crepe just isnt the right structure to hold a nail.

There are no cobblers where I live, so its a DIY job. Would screws be better, or screw / glue combination?
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I tried to add a heel tap to my crepe soled Aldens. Nails just wouldnt take, which I suspected. The crepe just isnt the right structure to hold a nail.
There are no cobblers where I live, so its a DIY job. Would screws be better, or screw / glue combination?

I really don't see screws staying in there at all. I'd imagine even with glue, screws would probably just make a mess of the crepe, if the nails aren't taking. Really, I'd wear out the current sole, and replace, at least, the heel with dainite or whatever rubber heel you prefer, if you're getting a ton of heel wear. You could even see if they could make the heel look like that on the leather soled Barrie last shoes, where you've got partial leather, then it'd match the leather tip of your shoes.

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I tried to add a heel tap to my crepe soled Aldens. Nails just wouldnt take, which I suspected. The crepe just isnt the right structure to hold a nail.
There are no cobblers where I live, so its a DIY job. Would screws be better, or screw / glue combination?

I have numerous Aldens - mostly shell, some calf - mostly shoes, some boots. I am partial to leather soled Aldens - double or single, standard or oiled. I have never understood the appeal of the crepe sole. Indeed, any model that comes out with a crepe sole is immediately dismissed by me. Certainly others see the issue as I do, but many do not. I get that many claim it is very comfortable, and that it is necessarily casual/informal, but what else, if anything, about it is appealing to those of you who buy it? No sarcasm is intended here.
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God bless you guys that enjoy saddle shoes. I just can't find the appeal. Seen too many girls on campus sporting crappy UO or Forever21 saddle-shoe inspired pieces of crap, all knarly and looking 50 years old already. Has turned the style off to me. I can see how beautiful it is but just can't get over it.

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