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Nice looking chukka.  As you said, won't last long.  Would like to see more scans, esp since he's an ebay rookie.  Why is he selling?  Makes you wonder a bit.

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#8 Indy Boot

nephew,
good looking indy
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whiskey lhs
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^^^ I still prefer the milkshake Indy with commando sole.

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I wonder if there is some sort of explanation behind the scarcity of quality shells that has led to the shortage of whiskey and ravello.

Is Horween the new De Beers - propping up the shell cordovan market artificially? Will we start reading about "conflict shell"? uhoh.gif
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Their service is shameful. They can't help the customers decently. It seems that you disturb them when you walk in...

My first reaction was - THEY'RE FRENCH, but maybe there's more to the story. Maybe they are the European partners of NRO?


worship.gif lol...

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Please don't take this the wrong way, but who cares what's causing the light color shell shortage? There aren't a lot of ravello, whiskey and cigar Aldens in the immediate future - if that information will somehow inform how you approach the upcoming week, great. Otherwise, does it make any difference if it's part of a grand conspiracy or it's due to fat horses with stretch marks on their asses?

Since Rob got to rant earlier I figure it's ok for me too...


rotflmao.gif I was thinking the same thing too, but interesting story/hypothesis nevertheless.

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Alden is the pre-2009 GM. Heaven forbid people lose interest in clunky, overpriced, and poorly constructed shoes in favor of competitively priced, forward looking shoe companies that offer twice as much for your money.

"In shell cordovan we trust"
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Alden is the pre-2009 GM. Heaven forbid people lose interest in clunky, overpriced, and poorly constructed shoes in favor of competitively priced, forward looking shoe companies that offer twice as much for your money.
"In shell cordovan we trust"

This is great.

I'd been monitoring Meermin for a while, but PTO's favorable review has put them up on my "next-to-try" list. Also Andrew Lock shoes could be something competitive in a few years.
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

Please don't take this the wrong way, but who cares what's causing the light color shell shortage? There aren't a lot of ravello, whiskey and cigar Aldens in the immediate future - if that information will somehow inform how you approach the upcoming week, great. Otherwise, does it make any difference if it's part of a grand conspiracy or it's due to fat horses with stretch marks on their asses?
Since Rob got to rant earlier I figure it's ok for me too...

 

No offense taken.  Just thought it was an appropriate post since it directly pertains to the subject of this thread and the shortage of those colors had been discussed previously, so I presumed it was fair game for discussion.  I guess differe't things are interesting to different people.

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This is great.
I'd been monitoring Meermin for a while, but PTO's favorable review has put them up on my "next-to-try" list. Also Andrew Lock shoes could be something competitive in a few years.

Don't be so quick to jump on Meermin, they're basically assembled in China and finished in Spain...Carmina on the other hand...
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It seems that peopel have been able to grab stock rare cordovan models from a variety of retailers (Alden of DC, Alden NYC, Alden SF, Alden Carmel, etc) over the past few months. I know Alden Madison is getting whiskey every now and then. If you want a stock model, just contact one of these stores and get on a list. Custom makeups seem to be harder to come by.
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Alden is the pre-2009 GM. Heaven forbid people lose interest in clunky, overpriced, and poorly constructed shoes in favor of competitively priced, forward looking shoe companies that offer twice as much for your money.
"In shell cordovan we trust"

Eh, I think I'll do some Alden defending here

1) Carmina is doing some great work with Epaulet, but on a smaller scale. Plus, the styling is frankly different, which gets me to #2

2) The clunkiness of Alden shoes are a feature, not a bug... The styling doesn't work for everyone, but for the customers it does work for, it is pretty unique and desired

3) Stock cordovan shoes seem to be going for $750-$800 for full retail these days. Marlows are hard to come by now on sale anymore, and are priced at $850. I think Marlows are worth every penny at $850, and if that is so, Alden rare cordovan at $710 and color 8/black at $650 seems fairly priced

4) No one is really doing chromexcel/suede makeups as well as Alden right now, as far as I can tell
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Eh, I think I'll do some Alden defending here
1) Carmina is doing some great work with Epaulet, but on a smaller scale. Plus, the styling is frankly different, which gets me to #2
2) The clunkiness of Alden shoes are a feature, not a bug... The styling doesn't work for everyone, but for the customers it does work for, it is pretty unique and desired
3) Stock cordovan shoes seem to be going for $750-$800 for full retail these days. Marlows are hard to come by now on sale anymore, and are priced at $850. I think Marlows are worth every penny at $850, and if that is so, Alden rare cordovan at $710 and color 8/black at $650 seems fairly priced
4) No one is really doing chromexcel/suede makeups as well as Alden right now, as far as I can tell

To add to that ...

Alden makes numerous models in shell that no one else in the world makes.
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Alden is the pre-2009 GM. Heaven forbid people lose interest in clunky, overpriced, and poorly constructed shoes in favor of competitively priced, forward looking shoe companies that offer twice as much for your money.
"In shell cordovan we trust"

 

[sources needed]

 

Examples, please.

 

Not made in America? Not interested.

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