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I picked them up at Harrison Limited in Birmingham, AL about 3 weeks ago but am just now starting to break them in as I wanted to make sure on the fit.....they said they are on the Aberdeen last which has a completely different look than the Barrie PTBs I have tried on....great men's shop with some southern flare....they even offered to ship them for free so I wouldn't have to pay local sales tax!!!

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Great to have you back, Uncle -
Also rocking the #8 captoes (Plaza) today + Epaulet RC's in Plum. Looking very brown today w/ the clouds outside.

nephew,
thank you
i like your cap toe boot on the plaza last
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Whiskey LWB Friday.

nephew,
good looking whiskey gunboat
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I don't think I've seen people post here on the long term performance of a double leather sole vs a "double waterlock" sole on this thread... From what I can tell a broken in double leather sole performs just as well as a double waterlock... Both are at the end of the day leather soles. The single "flex welt" sole is light and feels different on the foot than the single leather sole offered by Alden, but the "double waterlock" seems more like marketing IMO. Just my two cents (I own Indy boots on the double waterlock)
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My recent J Crew sale snags are still just sitting out there. Others have said they honor the mistake, but I won't believe they went through until I get a shipping notice. I'm dubious because I've had them call and renege on items in the past.

My latest purchase was honored at the sale price, and I recieved a shipping notice today.

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It does appear as the good times at J Crew have ended for now.

 

Just tried a test order and the 2 test items (Alden) I tried no longer work no longer work with the Promo code.

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indy boot sizing help. can't decide if i should go with 7.5 or 8. after sizing down.

nike - 8.5
vans/tretorn - 8
allen edmonds dress shoes - 8.5
clarks boot - 8
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It's a good deal, but I don't think the Alden pricing is some wacky mistake. I seriously doubt that they would fuck up every 6 months, while simultaneously strategically removing the newly arrived models (like the natural CXL boot).
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It's a good deal, but I don't think the Alden pricing is not some wacky mistake. I seriously doubt that they would fuck up every 6 months, while simultaneously strategically removing the newly arrived models (like the natural CXL boot).

I don't believe so either. Typically only the very stupid would continue to make the same mistake. I agree that this is something they have decided to do.

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It's marketing. The hype that's generated translates into sales down the line, and the loss, if there's any that Alden or JCrew takes is offset by this following that's cultivated by what's basically a promotional event. It's so short lived, seriously how long did it last, that the sale itself generates this like mythic image in people's minds, and it will get mentioned here in like a year or two, like somebody will post "guys remember the JCrew/Alden sale of 2012 when they knocked off 30% on select models," etc.

But so it's very clever marketing because unless you're fortunate enough to randomly catch the sale the only ones that find out about it are the very people who already own like three pairs, are loyal Aldonites, and actually have enough of a thing for Aldens that they know 30% off is as good as it's going to get, or the people who've been trolling threads like this patiently trying to decide which pair to cop first. How many people who never heard of Alden do you think saw the sale and thought, well if they're on sale now I'll just wait until after christmas and then they'll be like half off. No. No they won't. It's a clever and deliberate customer loyalty ploy and I'm bitter because I missed it.
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Hmm. I think you're looking into it too far. I have a degree in marketing, which by no means makes me an expert but I think it was an accident. They are probably in such a rush to get X sale up at X time to beat competitor X sales that they don't have to time to manually exclude items, so they go in and fix it after the fact. This comes from personal experience in marketing where it's very reactionary and super clutch sometimes with deadlines. If it was on purpose they wouldn't have been excluded shortly. I think you prove a really good point about how everyone who caught the sale are people who are Alden customers already. This also shows that it probably wasn't planned because it's not like they are opening their market or introducing new customers to Alden shoes. Most people were probably like why should I buy this ridiculous $500-$600 shoe when I can just buy J crew house brand shoes that looks just as good (in the pictures).

I'm super glad I caught it though. I got the Indy boot which will be my first indy boot, although I have the Context Roy boots that are sorta fill that gap of casual boot in my wardrobe I feel like the Indy leather sole can be a bit more dressy if needed.
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I thought the double waterlock was just a double leather that had been treated with oil so that it does not absorb water, no?

 

Also, the next person to announce that the promo code no longer works at Jcrew should be banned.  Its been mentioned like 4 times already.

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So bummed to just get an email from Unionmade that the 9.5 Ravello Captoe Boot I ordered online


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It's marketing. The hype that's generated translates into sales down the line, and the loss, if there's any that Alden or JCrew takes is offset by this following that's cultivated by what's basically a promotional event. It's so short lived, seriously how long did it last, that the sale itself generates this like mythic image in people's minds, and it will get mentioned here in like a year or two, like somebody will post "guys remember the JCrew/Alden sale of 2012 when they knocked off 30% on select models," etc.
But so it's very clever marketing because unless you're fortunate enough to randomly catch the sale the only ones that find out about it are the very people who already own like three pairs, are loyal Aldonites, and actually have enough of a thing for Aldens that they know 30% off is as good as it's going to get, or the people who've been trolling threads like this patiently trying to decide which pair to cop first. How many people who never heard of Alden do you think saw the sale and thought, well if they're on sale now I'll just wait until after christmas and then they'll be like half off. No. No they won't. It's a clever and deliberate customer loyalty ploy and I'm bitter because I missed it.

Instinct says its something of a mistake. Why it didn't include all models is hard to say, but I'm not a loyal Jcrew customer and won't become one because of the sale. I don't see how selling a premium item at a discount to people who are really only interested in that item and are also generally willing to pay full retail is a smart move for a business. Particularly when at least some of the models are exclusive to Jcrew.

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Hmm. I think you're looking into it too far. I have a degree in marketing, which by no means makes me an expert but I think it was an accident. They are probably in such a rush to get X sale up at X time to beat competitor X sales that they don't have to time to manually exclude items, so they go in and fix it after the fact. This comes from personal experience in marketing where it's very reactionary and super clutch sometimes with deadlines. If it was on purpose they wouldn't have been excluded shortly. I think you prove a really good point about how everyone who caught the sale are people who are Alden customers already. This also shows that it probably wasn't planned because it's not like they are opening their market or introducing new customers to Alden shoes. Most people were probably like why should I buy this ridiculous $500-$600 shoe when I can just buy J crew house brand shoes that looks just as good (in the pictures).
I'm super glad I caught it though. I got the Indy boot which will be my first indy boot, although I have the Context Roy boots that are sorta fill that gap of casual boot in my wardrobe I feel like the Indy leather sole can be a bit more dressy if needed.
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