This is the first time I've heard of this. Interesting...
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Some of my cordovan shoes have gotten the "welts" after rain, but I've worn plenty of Alden shoes in rain without much of an issue. I don't think you can really predict it. What you can do is use Leather Defender. Kathy at Alden DC sent me a bottle with my Whiskey Indy boots. I wear them in a lot of weather conditions, no welts yet.
Having said that, I should disclose 2 things:
1. I live in LA, so it's not like we are exposed to the elements frequently - thought it is raining as we speak.
2. I don't wear shell when the weather calls for rain, but instead opt for calfskin. But I do get caught in the occasional downpour, or men's room faucet backsplash, and my shoes escape without incident.
That's strange. I ordered the #8 captoe back in August and the estimated delivery was stated as November. I didn't get charged till the boots were shipped about 10 days ago. Have they changed their policy?
Different chromexcel batches may have variations, but fundamentally the J Crew chromexcel Indy is the same as the regular chromexcel indy, with the exception of the stitching pattern on the sides and back of the boot
^Yes, looking online my J Crew purchase from earlier today is pending on my credit card. Means it should go through now.
On another note, I wonder that J Crew doesn't have some analytics that show them where there's an unusual spike in activity in their inventory. One might think they'd want to know if Alden sales have increased dramatically all of a sudden. Maybe they are doing something right, or maybe there's something funny going on such as this sale code that maybe shouldn't work. Of course, they may figure this out this evening, I suppose. In the meantime it seems like a lot of people here got that rare thing, Aldens on sale.
Thanks for the heads up.
Always nice to get a new pair of nice shoes, even better when yoiu can get them for less..