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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

"Shell Rainbow" reminded me of these.
Some say Mahogany == #4

Moar pics at http://centipede.web.fc2.com/alden412.html

FML, my soul for a pair of those. confused.gif

Gone are the glory days of the special order/ special make-ups that don't take 24 months...

...i wonder if the Alden 'trend' will slow and they'll go back to that. Or has the internet changed the way Alden operates forever. puzzled.gif

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post #39137 of 87454
Nothing is forever. They just have the market by the short and curlies right now. Someone will match the quality and price and things will slow down. All you need is to find a skilled worker, buy some reducing, cutting, and sewing machines from a business going out (so many in American right now) and hit the vendors with fresh ideas or copies for less.
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Nothing is forever. They just have the market by the short and curlies right now. Someone will match the quality and price and things will slow down. All you need is to find a skilled worker, buy some reducing, cutting, and sewing machines from a business going out (so many in American right now) and hit the vendors with fresh ideas or copies for less.

There certainly does seen to be an opportunity for a new American shoemaker to enter this segment of the market. I would like to see Rancourt make a move to compete with Alden in welted shoes.
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I'm a measured 11D with a slightly high volume/high instep foot. I size down by 1/2 in Barrie shoes but when I bight the J Crew shell cap toe boots I had to go TTS. The 1/2 size down was too snug.

 

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My PTBs definitely feel a little more snug than my LWB, but not enough to go true to size.

 

Thanks guys.

post #39140 of 87454
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

Nothing is forever. They just have the market by the short and curlies right now. Someone will match the quality and price and things will slow down. All you need is to find a skilled worker, buy some reducing, cutting, and sewing machines from a business going out (so many in American right now) and hit the vendors with fresh ideas or copies for less.

It's tough...

1) Men's luxury footwear (this is Alden's segment, with shoe prices now at $500 for calfskin) continues to increase in price no matter what brand due to the blog/GQ effect.

2) Limited raw materials. Horse hides are in short supply, and even the new brands all seem to use one supplier (Horween) for calf. It's a lot easier to start a new shoe brand than to start a new leather tannery.

3) All these brands are very niche. Demand outstrips supply, especially with global markets. As long as Swedish and German tourists stop by stores like Leffot on a 24 hour layover in NYC and buy two or three pairs of Alden shoes on a whim (I've observed this), prices will continue to rise
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maybe i'm being a needy customer but i'm a bit irked at the lack of service from Alden of SF. I ordered the Ravello LWB on Saturday evening. After somebody suggesting they came with dark trim, I e-mailed them to ask about the trim. I asked if they could send a picture. The response I got was "It's antique trim. I can't send a picture." Okay? You don't have a smartphone? Whatever, fine. I thanked them for verifying and told them no picture was necessary. I informed them I would be leaving for Sweden in 10 days and wanted to know when I could expect them to ship. The response was: "You'll receive a confirmation sometime later today." Later today I received an e-mail from "UPS Quantum View," the automated UPS shipping notification. No e-mail from Alden of SF. No "Thank you for your order." No "Don't worry, we'll take care of it." It must be nice to sell a product that will sell out regardless of how you treat your customers. Would I shop there again? Sure, if they had something I really wanted... but if it came down to purchasing from somewhere else over them, I wouldn't even have to think twice about purchasing somewhere else. I just hope there is nothing wrong with them, I loathe to imagine engaging in any customer service issue with them. /end rant

 

" It must be nice to sell a product that will sell out regardless of how you treat your customers. Would I shop there again? Sure, if they had something I really wanted..... "

 

There you go, probably a good explantion of why, in part, Allen Edmonds does well. 

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cigar ptb
argyles otc
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cigar ptb
argyles otc

 

Wowza. These are beautiful, the whole thing: shoes, socks, pants, color combination.

Well done.

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#8 LWB


Edit: Photos uploaded from the new mobile platform are a bit small, aren't they? Tried resizing.
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#8 LWB
Edit: Photos uploaded from the new mobile platform are a bit small, aren't they? Tried resizing.

Looking good & I resized the pic for you.
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^Thanks. I had already increased the size to 350x700. Evident from the even larger photo that the old iPhone camera needs an upgrade sometime soon. smile.gif
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Alden x Leffot NST
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Alden x Leffot NST
Looking Sharp!!! As Always!!
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Alden x Leffot NST

 

Very nice!  If I were to get a commando sole boot, these would be it.

 

These are not on the Aberdeen, correct?  They look more like the Plaza.

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Alden x Leffot NST

Does this mean that the recent Leffot preorder for these has come in or is this a pair from your stockpile?
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