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post #35971 of 91731
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

I got cancelled for both the #4 Wingtip and Captoe boots. And I paid in full for both in advance. To their credit, they did refund me promptly once I was told the bad news (after sitting on my payment for the past seven months).

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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

That's great they gave you your money back but to sit on that money (and that of everyone else who put down on a pair) for half a year is kind of ridiculous.
How can they ask for all that money upfront, and with no guarantee to deliver the goods. Does anyone know if alden asks for cash upfront form retailers like shoemart prior to their placing a big order?
i feel Like everyone who participated in the preorder effectively gave the shoemart a short-term loan with no interest.

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I think he offered? I didn't pay upfront for my #4 boots and they charged my card when it shipped

this. i was the same. charge when shipped. strange i didnt get an email from TSM on this yet. those that were lucky to get their size shipped in the #4 wingtip boot really lucked out

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post #35972 of 91731
While the latest LS offering reminds me of the slippers the pope wears, I give them credit for resurrecting something out of the archives. I love seeing something other than LWBs for a change.

I'm sure I speak for more than just myself when I say I have more pairs of shoes than I know what to do with and now only buy when I see something unique. That being the case, I say dig deeper into Alden's closet and pull out some relics that'll really shake things up!
post #35973 of 91731
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

While the latest LS offering reminds me of the slippers the pope wears, I give them credit for resurrecting something out of the archives. I love seeing something other than LWBs for a change.

Ditto. I don't think they're so bad. Not everyone's cup of tea, and especially not for this particular audience which is much more into boots and chunky shoes, but that doesn't mean they're inherently awful. Sort of like Alden's wholecut loafers - I have never seen one on a human foot, in real life or on the internet, but they're kind of cool in their way and always draw my attention at Alden Madison.
post #35974 of 91731
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

While the latest LS offering reminds me of the slippers the pope wears, I give them credit for resurrecting something out of the archives.

on one hand, sure, otoh, this is a style of shoe that every crap shoe maker currently has - it's not exactly an Indiana Jones type find
post #35975 of 91731
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

on one hand, sure, otoh, this is a style of shoe that every crap shoe maker currently has - it's not exactly an Indiana Jones type find

Every crap shoemaker also makes black laceups - doesn't mean the same style can't be done better. fing02[1].gif
post #35976 of 91731
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post


I figured I would follow up on this as a precautionary warning to others that are interested in alden makeups that are only available from international retailers. THis was my first time buying aldens from a non US retailer and it will definitely be my last. I will say that Frans Boone customer service was very good and I think that with the exception of shipping through UPS, they did try to keep shipping and customs costs down. Unfortunately I wasn't home when the package was delivered and my wife stroked a check to the UPS delivery driver for the required $117.20 USD. The check was made out to "UPS Brokerage". I suffered through some long phone calls with UPS as I tried to substantiate the $117.20 charge but they really wouldn't explain anything and simply stated that the charge was from US customs and that they were required to charge me for it. Had I known I would have never made this purchase so I figure I will try to let others learn from my experience.
cheers!

Frankly, it is my opinion that the UPS rep you spoke with is full of shit. Canadians are well aware of UPS' extortionist brokerage charges. In Canada, most of the fees charged in a case such as yours would be going straight into the UPS coffer, with only the absolute required amount remitted to the government. For example, a Timbuktu messenger back I ordered several years ago got charged with an extra $80 in fees (for a $180 item). I told them the to send it back. A few days later, the local UPS people phoned me to say that I can broker it myself. I did so, at a cost of an hour of my time and $20 in tax. All I had to do was go to UPS, pick up some paperwork, go to the Customs office (not very far from UPS) and clear my parcel, then go back to UPS to get the goods. I realize geography may not make this viable for many of you, but it is for me. Over the years, I've cleared many of my UPS deliveries myself. Even so, I try to avoid using the company as much as possible.
post #35977 of 91731
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Ditto. I don't think they're so bad. Not everyone's cup of tea, and especially not for this particular audience which is much more into boots and chunky shoes, but that doesn't mean they're inherently awful. Sort of like Alden's wholecut loafers - I have never seen one on a human foot, in real life or on the internet, but they're kind of cool in their way and always draw my attention at Alden Madison.

While this is not me, this is an absolutely true statement. Alden's dressier offerings get very little play on this thread. But oh well, it is what it is. And, in truth, I like some (but not all) Alden boots and I like many Barrie lasted shoes.
post #35978 of 91731
wanted to show some excellent craftmanship from 'the Shoehealer' who repaired my Indy's in less than a week. Neoprene sole changed for a single leather midsole and dainite outersole

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IMG_3616 by SLAB13, on Flickr

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IMG_3617 by SLAB13, on Flickr

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IMG_3618 by SLAB13, on Flickr
post #35979 of 91731
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Originally Posted by rennavate View Post


Any updates on the Leffot Day Trippers?

 

Not that I can offer.  I emailed this to Leffot but have not gotten reply yet. Alas, I'm thinking about starting a horse ranch.

 

Hey Guys,

 

I was poking around for information about a supposed Ravello shell shortage, and came across this post by the guys over at Epaulet.  Are you getting the same intel they are—that there is basically none on the horizon?  If you sense this order will be well into 2013, I will almost be relieved, as I could then try to forget about it and have it be a nice surprise when it arrives.

post #35980 of 91731
I recently purchased the dark brown shell RL Marlow SWB from RL online (made by C&J). I took advantage of the 25% off promo they were running ($850 less 25%). They will serve as a very nice brother to my ravello SWB. My Marlows are quite a bit darker than even my cigar models (which I was expecting).

For those on here that want the elusive ravello SWB, but can't seem to get lucky enough to track them down, I would highly recommend giving the Marlow a shot (if, in fact, you are willing to go to a darker brown).

I went TTS. The fit is somewhat similar to the Tremont.

A good weekend to one and all.
post #35981 of 91731
SLAB, those are beautiful. Props to the cobblers. Also, the darkening of the leather looks awesome. What color of polish do you use?
post #35982 of 91731
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Originally Posted by SLAB View Post

wanted to show some excellent craftmanship from 'the Shoehealer' who repaired my Indy's in less than a week. Neoprene sole changed for a single leather midsole and dainite outersole
8080541297_d8a4a76421.jpg
IMG_3616 by SLAB13, on Flickr
8080534866_17e1182ff7.jpg
IMG_3617 by SLAB13, on Flickr
8080534564_e32ed70a16.jpg
IMG_3618 by SLAB13, on Flickr

well done
post #35983 of 91731
Cigar chukkas from Alden Madison Avenue (fourth wear)





Chukkas don't a lot of love on this thread, but these and my whiskey chukkas are my most complimented Alden shoes. Chukkas really highlight the appeal of cordovan
post #35984 of 91731
Nothing special, but found these today on my girlfrien's computer from a wedding back in August.

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Maybe not the best sock/suit combo (stripes on stripes) shog[1].gif
post #35985 of 91731
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I recently purchased the dark brown shell RL Marlow SWB from RL online (made by C&J). I took advantage of the 25% off promo they were running ($850 less 25%). They will serve as a very nice brother to my ravello SWB. My Marlows are quite a bit darker than even my cigar models (which I was expecting).
For those on here that want the elusive ravello SWB, but can't seem to get lucky enough to track them down, I would highly recommend giving the Marlow a shot (if, in fact, you are willing to go to a darker brown).
I went TTS. The fit is somewhat similar to the Tremont.
A good weekend to one and all.

The Darlton is an incredible shoe - I'd recommend it even over most Alden longwings/shortwings
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