I've looked at the Carmina thread a bunch of times, but I haven't placed an order as E widths don't appear to be offered in most lasts and the MTO orders being taken overlap a lot with my Alden collection. I guess I'm lucky in that I can walk into Alden NYC or call up Alden DC/SF and get 9.5E or 10E in most models somehwat easily, and I can preorder those sizes in Leffot runs. I'm going to suggest a balmoral captoe shoe in shell cordovan on that thread now, but I haven't seen much demand for it.
Actually for Carmina, you don't have to do a group buy. You can MTO a single pair, it's just more expensive. Likewise, that's one reason for my interest in Viberg. I can design a shoe and order it. Just one pair. Don't get me wrong, I'm still an Alden fan. I have several pairs of them, but it's tough when you don't fit into "D" width shoes. Even Alden NY and Alden DC have trouble finding in stock shoes to fit me.
Right. I'm not sure I would try to order anything stock from Alden. Either it is ready for me to buy now or there's likely some other source that's going to be more responsive to an order. Now, something special such as a Kudu Indy boot on the Modified last, that's different...
Yes, the Kudu Indy and the Anatomica Ravello PT boot are the last two items on my Alden hit list. Maybe a #8 PTB if it comes up on TheShoeMart seconds list.
Seems even odder that it would happen with something pretty standard such as a black shell balmoral. I suppose Alden doesn't know the retailer has reserved it for someone who will be disappointed, but how hard can it be to make another black shell shoe? It continues to amaze me that Alden can be quite THIS busy.
I was surprised by that too. I figured they would have enough black shell on hand to make another. I imagine they batch out the leather. You know, set it up so they cut the same patterns all at once. If they moved on to something else, it might be disruptive to change the set up to cut leather for just one shoe. Then again maybe not.
Here's the real zinger, I'm wondering if I'll see those cap toes pop up on TheShoeMart seconds list. That would be something.