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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Not sure I agree with this. It would be fine, and I'm sure Beatlegeuse wouldn't be (as) upset, if they focused on in-store business and were upfront with the fact that they couldn't accommodate such requests. Instead, it seems that they over promised, and didn't follow through with sufficient organization.

Yeah, that's fair too.
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All very good points. I wasn't really trying to bash Leffot here, just giving a detailed review of my experience. Like Papa Doble said, this would have been a non-issue if they responded to my first e-mail and said "sorry, we can't accommodate special sizing requests." That would have been the end of it for me, and I would have continued buying elsewhere without ever bothering to mention my experience. But the fact that they responded to me on two separate occasions to say that they would let me know about pre-order details if they did in fact re-order the shoe. And then when they actually did re-order the style (which they explicitly told me twice that they had no plans of doing), they respond and say they can't order any special sizes, even if they offer a pre-order. They seem to be a pretty big Alden retailer, so I'm confused why they can't offer special sizes while many other Alden retailers can.

Next time in in NYC I would love to take a look around the shop and talk shoes with the guys there, and hopefully get a better understanding of how their operation works with some answers to my questions. Not expecting them to give me a rundown of their whole business model, but maybe I could get some better insight as to how things work for them regarding pre-orders.
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

RE: Alden pre-orders from Leffot.....
I had written to Colin in May of this year and asked about their navy suede LWB makeup, and if they were going to offer pre-orders for this style in the future. I made it very clear in my e-mail that I needed an odd size (12B for Barrie), and Colin said that they had no plans on re-ordering this shoe (which I was dubious of, because they had offered this style 2 years in a row and it was a very quick sell-out both times). But, he said if that changed and they were going to re-order the shoe, that he would file my e-mail and let me know so that I could order my size.
About a month later, in the middle of June, I sent a follow-up e-mail just to see if anything changed. Again, he said they had not re-ordered the shoe but they would let me know if they did, so I could pre-order my size 12B.
Since then, I heard nothing back from them regarding this make-up. It wasn't until a few days ago when I got a PM from neutrino (thanks for the heads up!) about the pre-order for their navy suede LWB. I checked their website and saw that you could only pre-order D widths for this style. So, I sent an e-mail back to Colin and asked if I could pre-order a narrow width for these, and I attached my previous e-mails from the past couple months where he stated that he would let me know before this was re-ordered so I could get my size. I got an e-mail back the next day from Steven, which said that "once an order is confirmed by Alden we cannot make additions or changes," and "we are not able to take special size requests at the moment for various reasons."
Ummmm...so what happened to me getting in on a pre-order before Alden confirmed the order, so that I could get my size? Seems like they were just blowing smoke up my ass, knowing that they were going to order only D widths. Or, they just completely forgot about me, which is a possibility.
TL;DR - I guess Leffot isn't interested in gaining any new customers if it's too much of a hassle for them. I can't really fault them for that, because I'm sure the shoe will sell out anyway, so from their perspective, it won't affect them at all to lose my business. I guess I will just stick with retailers that actually let me pre-order my size (Epaulet, Leather Soul, Alden DC, etc).

If a business says they will let you know when something comes in or becomes available to order, and they don't follow through-the only reasonable assumption one could make is they don't want your business. That's what I would assume if it were me...

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Wore these today for the first time

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

Wore these today for the first time





Nice pant and shoe combo
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Calling all natural chromexcel longwing owners - how do you like em? What do you wear them with? I've been on the fence regarding that shoe for over a year, thinking about preordering
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I own it in Epaulet version. These are my first Alden shoes and I love 'em. Obviously a perfect fit for raw denim - and you could find pics of that easily. I've worn them also with some Epaulet chinos, like grey oxford cloth and leaf ducks. This is the only pic I have of them with the leaf duck chinos in natural lighting:

 

 

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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post

I own it in Epaulet version. These are my first Alden shoes and I love 'em. Obviously a perfect fit for raw denim - and you could find pics of that easily. I've worn them also with some Epaulet chinos, like grey oxford cloth and leaf ducks. This is the only pic I have of them with the leaf duck chinos in natural lighting:

 

 

 

I like the pant + shoe combo!

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i own the brown CXL barrie boot version from leathersoul. definitely a dressy-casual shoe. too dressy for jeans and a ratty t shirt, too casual for worsted wool trousers and a blazer. sweet spot is dark denim or nicer chinos with a button down shirt, like wigglr's picture above.
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I live in the Desert so Whiskey is King here, 24/7 year round.  Quit hating on Whiskey.  I own Whiskey in LWB and LHS; next up Chukka.

 

1.  Whiskey

2.  Cigar

3.  Ravello

4.  #8

5.  Black

post #35351 of 94006
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Originally Posted by chipshot View Post

I live in the Desert so Whiskey is King here, 24/7 year round.  Quit hating on Whiskey.  I own Whiskey in LWB and LHS; next up Chukka.

1.  Whiskey
2.  Cigar
3.  Ravello
4.  #8
5.  Black

I have these three whiskey models. Can't go wrong with any of them. Having said that, and given my style of dress (professional business attire during the week), I find whiskey to be the least versatile, by a long shot. But having said that, I can see why some love whiskey. It is very unique.
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Originally Posted by wigglr View Post

I like the pant + shoe combo!

i only have natural cxl in the indy boot, but yearn for more.

would love: LHS (shoemart has one, but with horrible sole)

a cap toe, medallion punched blucher, or something a little more ornate. I think this leather takes broguing really well and it would be interesting to see a dandier make up in this rugged leather...possibly even with a crepe sole.

http://www.freemanbrand.com/journal/alden-medallion-toe-spectator-for-unionmade.html

a saddle make up could be cool too...
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Alden LHS lined Color 8:
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Originally Posted by Morgan View Post

I own the LWB in cigar and whiskey, and I prefer the cigar right now. It's far more versatile. I bought the whiskey version first, though, and wore it hard for years.
amftx, what exactly is a "dover" PTB? Is it the stitching attaching the vamp to the rear quarters? That's the only difference I can discern between the standard PTB and the one described as "dover" sold by Unionmade.

Correct. It's the pattern on the side where the leather is sewn together. Most suede ptbs, union made's officer shoe, and Leather Soul's ptb make ups have it. LSW also has what they call a "Nassau" which is similar to what you see on a chukka.

I am not a fan of Alden's default floppy ear over a whole cut ptb.
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Seeing the pic of the #8 LHS a couple of posts back, reminded me of Uncle Mac and his frequent posts of what he was wearing that day.  Hope he's okay as we haven't heard from him in awhile.

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