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The boot itself is fantastic, the batch of ravello came out amazing.  I will take pictures tomorrow in sunlight and indoors and put them up.

Very excited to see your pics.

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

ill be in the SF Alden store tomorrow. fingers crossed they have the unlined #8 ptb in my size.. if they do, i might need to have my cobbler put some brass eyelets on them

Hi Namor, could you please also snap some pics of their color 8 Indy boots?

 

Thanks.

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On the Fran Boone makeup, what do you guys think about the cigar shell PTB on a crepe sole? I like the cigar but I'm holding back because of the crepe sole. I would prefer a leather sole because it'll be more durable & lasting, I think. Any comment / advice?

It's a deal breaker for me personally. I wouldn't buy it. Some seem to really like the crepe sole though ......
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I like the crepe sole.  Got em on cigar shell beales.  I wouldn't have chose it myself, but really wanted a pair of cigar shell.  Turns out, it's more comfortable than the leather soles on my LWBs.  

 

It's variety.  Some people get the same shell color, some people like the same sole on everything.  It's all good.  Personally, I'm getting 1 shell in each color before doubling up and none of my shoes so far have the same sole.  They each serve a different purpose.  

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Anyone out there own the 2211 (black shell NST on the Aberdeen)? If so, what do you find yourself wearing them with mostly (e.g., gabardines, twills, jeans; dress or casual or both; etc.)? To not clog up the thread, a PM would be fine. Thanks fellas.
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UPS and FedEx will add a broker fee (for handling the paperwork) even when there is no duty owed on the imported goods.  Whenever possible, I have the goods shipped by the postal service (Royal Mail etc.).  The US Postal Service handles the delivery on our side, and they have never charged me a broker fee only the actual duties owed. Hope this helps.

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Returning to the topic of possible duty fees on Aldens shipped from the EU (Frans Boone) to the US by UPS: I did end up getting an invoice for duty and brokerage fees, though as far as I can tell this is in error (https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/375/~/duty-on-u.s.-made-goods-returning-to-the-u.s.). What's unfortunate is that I have now had to call and leave a message to discuss this with someone at UPS, which is a waste of my time.
It looks as if Frans Boone did not mark USA made goods on the invoice and actually has language saying that the items are of EU origin unless otherwise noted. So that is likely the problem. I suppose anyone ordering Aldens from them should emphasize that the invoice needs to be clearly marked: USA made goods.
Addendum: It looks as if there's also a form that's supposed to be filled out by the importer: http://forms.cbp.gov/pdf/CBP_Form_3311.pdf. Not sure if that means me, or if UPS might have filled this out (and I'm sure charged me $6.50 to do it, which may well be fair enough).

 

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Keep us posted. How did you get hit with a $100 foreign transaction fee? That's rediculous
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Originally Posted by Dino19 View Post

On the Fran Boone makeup, what do you guys think about the cigar shell PTB on a crepe sole? I like the cigar but I'm holding back because of the crepe sole. I would prefer a leather sole because it'll be more durable & lasting, I think. Any comment / advice?

Crepe is a good option for those particular shoes, especially if you wear Aldens casually or have a wide collection of Aldens... I find my cigar PTBs on crepe are my go to cordovan shoes in bad weather. They work in any weather with denim. I dont think Aldens crepe is less "durable" than leather, it is just a different look and feel. As far of the feel of them, they are comfortable, though I think double leather soled shoes are comfortable as well. Honestly it is just a different look and more wet weather traction
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Thanks for all the inputs.

 

I do dress casually all the time & pretty often go sockless with rolled up chino / denim. So, I guess the look of the shell on the crepe sole fits the bill.

 

One more question - will the crepe goes sticky in hot weather because it's rubber? I have a pair (non Alden) with crepe sole & it's a little sticky after awhile. Maybe it's the quality of the material used as well.

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Sorry for bad photos but trying to show the cracking between the welt and sole. Seems to happen on each pair of my Aldens. Anyone else experience this? Is this a defect and can it be fixed? (I know . . . . shoes need the method).
out of curiosity, what do the soles look like? is the stitching worn through-and-through on the sole side of things?

Not sure what you mean but soles are fine. Shoes are only four months old.
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Sorry for bad photos but trying to show the cracking between the welt and sole. Seems to happen on each pair of my Aldens. Anyone else experience this? Is this a defect and can it be fixed? (I know . . . . shoes need the method).

That happened to my Natural Chromexcel Wingtip Boots and Mike of Epaulet helped me send them back to Alden, where they resoled for free. Apparently, Alden must have considered them a defect. It happened to mine after 5 months of ownership. Probably 10 - 15 wears.

Thank you for response. These are also only about four months old with 8-10 wears. Will contact seller.
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Good Afternoon SFers,

 

I'm Che, the newest associate at Alden of Washington DC. We are starting an email list that will showcase the special make-ups for our store. If you would like to recieve these emails, please send me a pm with your first and last name and email address.

 

 

Enjoy your weekend! cool.gif 

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Good Afternoon SFers,

I'm Che, the newest associate at Alden of Washington DC. We are starting an email list that will showcase the special make-ups for our store. If you would like to recieve these emails, please send me a pm with your first and last name and email address.


Enjoy your weekend! cool.gif  


Thanks Che,

PM sent
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Originally Posted by cfm8 View Post

Good Afternoon SFers,

I'm Che, the newest associate at Alden of Washington DC. We are starting an email list that will showcase the special make-ups for our store. If you would like to recieve these emails, please send me a pm with your first and last name and email address.


Enjoy your weekend! cool.gif  

PM sent as well. I think you are going to collect quite a few emails, Che. Welcome to the Alden thread.
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Originally Posted by ubiquiti View Post

Hi Namor, could you please also snap some pics of their color 8 Indy boots?

Thanks.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Double leather flex. Looks like the single flex leather but twice the thickness tongue.gif
360 Goodyear welt
Barrie last
$676ish

They had the unlined #8 ptb on sale for $529 but 10.5 was the biggest size they had. Need 11.5 :/
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Sadly coupling my camera phone and piss-poor photography skills resulted in pics that could use a little work...but still you should be able to see how great this leather is.   Sadly, the pics just don't do it justice.

 

Cloudy outside shot

 

 

Inside shot, Dog included

 

 

 

Sunny Outside shot

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