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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


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.

 

 

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post


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... nod[1].gif

 

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.

 

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post


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.

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

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.

Do you do single pair MTOs through a retailer or these manufacturers directly?
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^Also in Alden's favor is that a one-off Carmina MTO is rather expensive. I think something like their list price +50%. You'd really have to want the shoe and it wouldn't make much sense for a staple item. You could order directly I think or through certain retailers.

And I suppose if they do have batches of shoes running through the production process it may be more of a matter of the trouble of going back to a previous makeup than the supply of materials.

Maybe they will show up as seconds. Then you'll get a discount!
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Can anyone give me some info on BB peal and co cordovan boots thanks
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Originally Posted by jvc44 View Post

Can anyone give me some info on BB peal and co cordovan boots thanks

the $9xx one has dainite sole? Made by crockett & jones

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

^Also in Alden's favor is that a one-off Carmina MTO is rather expensive. I think something like their list price +50%. You'd really have to want the shoe and it wouldn't make much sense for a staple item. You could order directly I think or through certain retailers.
And I suppose if they do have batches of shoes running through the production process it may be more of a matter of the trouble of going back to a previous makeup than the supply of materials.
Maybe they will show up as seconds. Then you'll get a discount!


True, but I do place a strong value on being able to order what I want whenever I want with a more predictable delivery time frame.

 

If they do come up on the seconds list, I'll never forgive the man who cops them before I do!

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The one I have has leather souls , pretty sure it is c&j how's the boot compare to others out there my first shell thanks
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The one I have has leather souls , pretty sure it is c&j how's the boot compare to others out there my first shell thanks
post #40719 of 87740
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

My 2 cents:
I have these 3 models, all in color 8 (tassels and LHS (unlined) from BB). I agree that the order of formality is tassels, then full strap, then LHS - but the level of formality of tassels and full strap is close.
I wear none with suits. I wear tassels and full strap with business casual. I wear the LHS strictly casual, even without socks (in summer), and sometimes with shorts.
If I could only keep one, it would be the LHS.
All of them are nice options. biggrin.gif

I agree with all of this.

I probably would not wear any loafers with a dark, conservative suit, but I might wear a pair of LHS with a khaki cotton suit in the spring or summer (I happen to own neither of these items, which I should perhaps rectify).
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Originally Posted by jvc44 View Post

The one I have has leather souls , pretty sure it is c&j how's the boot compare to others out there my first shell thanks

ye there're two versions out there, leather sole and dainite sole. According to the sales in store, CJ made a mistake by making some with leather sole instead of dainite sole, which BB wanted. So after getting my order, which was with leather sole, I did an exchange to dainite sole. Can be less careful ha!

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An outdoor photo of what is becoming one of my favorite Alden pairs:

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Originally Posted by Organika View Post

Would like to hear opinions before a purchase. Out of these three shoes, LHS, Full strap, Tassel, which do you prefer for casual/work, yet everyday use. If the tassel is the most formal of the three, ordinarily it would still be worn with denim/casual clothing? 

 

 

 

 

IMHO, I would go with the Tassel Moc.  It is Alden's original creation from back in the 40's(?).  For me, the sizing was the best of the three.  The LHS is classic prepster, but a little too wide for a slip-on (I can still make it work).  The full strap was very difficult to find a proper fitting size.  Last summer at Alden DC, I had found a ravello full strap on sale for $500 (score!!), in a 10.5D which is my TTS.  But due to the low vamp, I couldn't walk with it not falling off my foot.  We tried different sizes in the full strap and couldn't narrow it down (no pun intended).  The Tassel moc in 10.5D fits perfectly even though they are on the same last.

 

I really like the Tassel Moc, esp. the BB version.

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Got my Alden's back from repair.

 

I shipped them back in the original/box + packaging.

 

Here is what I received:

- Boots dirtier than I remember

- Plain white box (not original green Alden box)

- No cloth shoebags

- Enamel chipped on some of the speedhooks

 

This was after:

- Receiving the boots +1 month after originally told

- +1 month to repair

 

Suffice to say, Alden will never get my business again.

 

I cannot believe they shipped me back dirty boots without so much as a quick clean-up/buffing while they were supposedly at the Factory. They also robbed me out of the original packaging and bags.

 

I've had better customer service from Zappo's on $50 sneakers, and these are +$700 shoes. Alden clearly does not value their customers.

 

I am going to contact Alden directly, as this is not an issue with the dealer (J. Gilbert/Yenni), as things have gone smoothly on that end.

 

Very disappointed.

 

 

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Ah, I got hit with the plain white box too.  I don't think I ever posted about that though.  All I sent in were the boots in the box (I kept the shoe bags and the laces).  Otherwise Alden did a great job for me (on two different pair).  I suggest calling the factory.

 

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

 

Got my Alden's back from repair.

 

I shipped them back in the original/box + packaging.

 

Here is what I received:

- Boots dirtier than I remember

- Plain white box (not original green Alden box)

- No cloth shoebags

- Enamel chipped on some of the speedhooks

 

This was after:

- Receiving the boots +1 month after originally told

- +1 month to repair

 

Suffice to say, Alden will never get my business again.

 

I cannot believe they shipped me back dirty boots without so much as a quick clean-up/buffing while they were supposedly at the Factory. They also robbed me out of the original packaging and bags.

 

I've had better customer service from Zappo's on $50 sneakers, and these are +$700 shoes. Alden clearly does not value their customers.

 

I am going to contact Alden directly, as this is not an issue with the dealer (J. Gilbert/Yenni), as things have gone smoothly on that end.

 

Very disappointed.

 

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I'm kicking myself for missing out on the Unionmade Indy boots.

 

Anyone know where/how I could get a similar pair with the Goodyear wedge sole? I've been waiting for a similar look since last year's NeedSupply version.

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