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Can someone give me an idea of the heel to toe length of size 11 on the barrie?  I don't live near any retailers and I'd really like to buy a pair that only Alden of Carmel has available, but their return policy is store credit, so I really cannot get the size wrong. I have a pair of shell LWB in an 11.5 that measure 12.2" on the insole with about 0.4" to spare in the toe box, but I'm getting significant heel slippage, even after a month of wear so I wonder if a half size down to 11 might not be of benefit.

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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

I can imagine this is very rare. Not that Alden as a company is all that rare, but i dont think that would ever happen to me in Ontario, Canada...
Toronto is still very much in love with Designer brands. Prada, Gucci, LV etc facepalm.gifconfused.gif

FWIW, you can count me in as another Bay Area denizen with a pair of Ravello WT boots. I imagine there must be others biggrin.gif

I have seen a few Aldens in the wild downtown in the Financial District and it's always fun to spot them and see how people dress them up/down.
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I called the Alden Madison shop today and apparently Whiskey is now in extremely short supply - more so then before. Some outstanding orders are being cancelled due to lack of raw material.

I am going to head to Costco right now and buy a 10-year supply of Cordovan shoes to prepare for the nuclear winter that is exotic cordovan supply for the next 6-12 months.
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FWIW, you can count me in as another Bay Area denizen with a pair of Ravello WT boots. I imagine there must be others biggrin.gif
I have seen a few Aldens in the wild downtown in the Financial District and it's always fun to spot them and see how people dress them up/down.

 

I almost never see Aldens in Ohio...  but did see a well-dressed gentleman in a sub shop about a year ago, wearing whiskey shell PTBs.  I do frequently see them in airports.   

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Originally Posted by Junebug9122 View Post

Can someone give me an idea of the heel to toe length of size 11 on the barrie?  I don't live near any retailers and I'd really like to buy a pair that only Alden of Carmel has available, but their return policy is store credit, so I really cannot get the size wrong. I have a pair of shell LWB in an 11.5 that measure 12.2" on the insole with about 0.4" to spare in the toe box, but I'm getting significant heel slippage, even after a month of wear so I wonder if a half size down to 11 might not be of benefit.

Personally, I find that Alden of Carmel's return policy is purchase-prohibitive.
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Personally, I find that Alden of Carmel's return policy is purchase-prohibitive.

Isn't it though?  You would think they'd understand one of the basic tenets of retail: making the transaction easier by offering a *real* return policy.  Even an exceptionally onerous one that returns your cash is preferable to store credit.  I'm almost to the point of ordering some LWBs from jcrew in an 11 just to verify the fit, and then returning them.  I'd feel bad, but its jcrew, and my twenties were a blur of serially overpaying both them and BR for clothing of middling quality, so I feel like I have some sucker credits, so to speak.

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you can do that if you have high volume (jcrew, shoe mart), but smaller retailers with high end goods will get killed offering those types of return policies.  

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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

FWIW, you can count me in as another Bay Area denizen with a pair of Ravello WT boots. I imagine there must be others biggrin.gif
I have seen a few Aldens in the wild downtown in the Financial District and it's always fun to spot them and see how people dress them up/down.

i wore my navy suede lwbs last weekend and took my brother to alden sf since he was in town to visit. nice store with a decent selection of alden staples. not much shell selection except black and #8. they did have a nice cigar captoe (i think it was on the aberdeen last), but very limited sizes remaining. the sales guys were really helpful and comped my brother a brush with the #8 lwbs he bought.

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these are perfect to wear sockless on warm summer days. i even wear them with shorts on the weekend. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

most engineers in silicon valley dress poorly, like they are still in college. it's pretty rare to see anyone wearing aldens around here.

i'm still waiting it out for my epaulet ravello brixton boots. totally gonna be worth it though.
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you can do that if you have high volume (jcrew, shoe mart), but smaller retailers with high end goods will get killed offering those types of return policies.  

I disagree.  Anyone who would pay close to $700 for shoes is going to be meticulous in habit and deliberate in action.  Its unlikely that a large proportion of such buyers would return items in a non-resellable state.  And if they do so, it would then be reasonable to either refuse the return, charge them a return fee or simply return store credit.  

 

We have all likely done the carpet shuffle in careful attempt to verify the fit and not break the last for fear of drawing shoemart's ire.

 

In fact, its quite possible that the reason shoe mart has such volume and far outpaces retailers like alden of carmel, is their (relatively) reasonable return policy.

 

I would further add that Alden seems to be doing their very loyal customers a disservice by not facilitating a more reasonable return policy from their authorized resellers.  If you sell a product in only major cities, and then in very limited supply where it is sold, it would behoove you provide better service.

 

But I suppose you can afford to be aloof when your (high-end) product is flying off shelves in one of the worst economic climates in several generations.  It almost makes me want to go down to allen edmonds and buy a pair of macneils out of spite.

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Originally Posted by runningfrog View Post

i wore my navy suede lwbs last weekend and took my brother to alden sf since he was in town to visit. nice store with a decent selection of alden staples. not much shell selection except black and #8. they did have a nice cigar captoe (i think it was on the aberdeen last), but very limited sizes remaining. the sales guys were really helpful and comped my brother a brush with the #8 lwbs he bought.

I was there last week and they had the Cigar Indy boot out. I asked if they had any Ravello shoes and they brought out a LWB to show me.
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has anyone ever seen an unlined LHS in Navy Suede?
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Originally Posted by runningfrog View Post

i wore my navy suede lwbs last weekend and took my brother to alden sf since he was in town to visit. nice store with a decent selection of alden staples. not much shell selection except black and #8. they did have a nice cigar captoe (i think it was on the aberdeen last), but very limited sizes remaining. the sales guys were really helpful and comped my brother a brush with the #8 lwbs he bought.
526
these are perfect to wear sockless on warm summer days. i even wear them with shorts on the weekend. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
most engineers in silicon valley dress poorly, like they are still in college. it's pretty rare to see anyone wearing aldens around here.
i'm still waiting it out for my epaulet ravello brixton boots. totally gonna be worth it though.

Nice shoes. Looking good. I am one of those "engineers from Silicon Valley" who is halfway through a style reformation. smile.gif
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+1 on silicon valley style. 99% of guys wear solid blue shirt, grey pants, and square toe'd slip on shoes (aka kenneth coles).
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Originally Posted by Junebug9122 View Post

I disagree.  Anyone who would pay close to $700 for shoes is going to be meticulous in habit and deliberate in action.  Its unlikely that a large proportion of such buyers would return items in a non-resellable state.  And if they do so, it would then be reasonable to either refuse the return, charge them a return fee or simply return store credit.  

We have all likely done the carpet shuffle in careful attempt to verify the fit and not break the last for fear of drawing shoemart's ire.

In fact, its quite possible that the reason shoe mart has such volume and far outpaces retailers like alden of carmel, is their (relatively) reasonable return policy.

I would further add that Alden seems to be doing their very loyal customers a disservice by not facilitating a more reasonable return policy from their authorized resellers.  If you sell a product in only major cities, and then in very limited supply where it is sold, it would behoove you provide better service.



 



But I suppose you can afford to be aloof when your (high-end) product is flying off shelves in one of the worst economic climates in several generations. It almost makes me want to go down to allen edmonds and buy a pair of macneils out of spite.



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Lots of pointy-toed fake crocodile shoes?

Those and super square toe Aldo shoes (that look like a duck's bill).
Edited by blue collar - 6/23/12 at 4:04am
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