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post #41866 of 79291
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Originally Posted by 1wb View Post

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Sorry, I am going to weigh in on the other side from what's been said above. It's unfortunate that such a beautiful pair of boots arrived with that scratch, but it's really a minor surface scuff. From the photo, it looks like it is just the wax on the surface of the shoe and will be almost gone with five minutes of brushing.

If you don't feel like you want to keep them with the scratch, however, then just return them. Personally, I would not ask the retailer for a price adjustment because of it -- nor do I think the retailer should give you one. It looks like a scratch caused by one of the little brass bobbles that come on the dust bags, and easily could have happened during shipping (and thus could not have been seen by the retailer before shipping).

retailer troll!! smile.gif

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post #41867 of 79291
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Ravello SWBs, Barrie last


Those look great. I'm not brave enough to wear my shell in less than perfect weather.
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Not sure I agree [with the previous post].  That scratch may not be that easy to remove.  Even if one does not expect the retailer to find the scratch, the retailer should accept that a request for a refund or an exchange is certainly reasonable.  Even if the little brass bobble caused the scratch, why should the consumer have to accept the manufacturer's poor planning and packaging?  If you're paying $700+ for a pair of shoes, there's no way you should be expected to bite the bullet.

post #41869 of 79291
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Not sure I agree [with the previous post].  That scratch may not be that easy to remove.  Even if one does not expect the retailer to find the scratch, the retailer should accept that a request for a refund or an exchange is certainly reasonable.  Even if the little brass bobble caused the scratch, why should the consumer have to accept the manufacturer's poor planning and packaging?  If you're paying $700+ for a pair of shoes, there's no way you should be expected to bite the bullet.

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post #41870 of 79291
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

+1
+2. I'm far from being picky. A minor scuff here or there is fine. I don't expect my shoes to come 100% flawless, but even that would bother me. If you're paying good money for shoes and/or boots that should last for years if not decades, you should be happy with the product.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

On this topic, what is the purported benefit of the double waterlock sole? I have a few (CXL chukka, whiskey Indy), but I find they don't seem to offer any advantages on wet pavement. I've seen retailers say that the sole lasts longer because the oil protects them from water, but Alden's regular double leather soles last a long time as well. I understand the advantage of the single flex welt oiled sole (found in suede chukkas, loafers, etc) - the oil makes the sole softer, which makes a more comfortable shoe out of the box (and goes well with styles like suede loafers or chukkas where the user may go sockless). But I haven't been able to find a real advantage of the double waterlock.

The waterloc soles are designed to keep water from getting into the pores of the leather, which (1) extends the life of the leather sole, and (2) keeps your feet dry. They are better suited for wet conditions than regular leather soles. My ravello LWBs from Alden DC have the double waterloc, and, if it would have been possible, I would have probably gotten all my LWBs on double waterloc. Based on my experience, I would also say double waterloc (vs. standard double leather) makes the shoe slightly more comfortable out of the box.
post #41872 of 79291
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Originally Posted by The Deacon View Post



Old picture of my medallion tips. These are soon headed to BNelson for a JR resole with natural edge, I am considering the JR soles and Topys with the recessed metal toe plate. Suggestions regarding JR + Topy?

I already have the brown shell AE Strand, and Alden's Hampton last (this model's last) is not my favorite - so I have opted not to get this model; however, having said that, these shoes are very nice looking. Get the JR soles and nothing else. nod[1].gif
post #41873 of 79291
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Came home to some Cigar captoes sitting on the porch! Initially I like the Grant very much. Certainly more narrow than my Barries or Trubalance but a really nice feel.

The cigar is much darker than the chukka version I tried on recently but going to wait for the sun to be out tomorrow to judge the color.

The boots did come with a bit of a demur. I have attached a pic. Do you guys believe this is something I could buff out? Or no?

Exchange for another pair in your size. If that is not possible, ask the retailer to send them to the factory for buffing and "repair." If that doesn't work, get a refund.
post #41874 of 79291
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Originally Posted by hkpm View Post

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Ravello PTB from Alden SF
Absolutely gorgeous. Were they a special order or a stock item. If a special order how long did you have to wait?
post #41875 of 79291
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Those look great. I'm not brave enough to wear my shell in less than perfect weather.

Exactly, and in the elusive Ravello SWB! Better man than I! Looking real sharp though
post #41876 of 79291
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Originally Posted by bruceposey View Post


Absolutely gorgeous. Were they a special order or a stock item. If a special order how long did you have to wait?

 

I just got them on their website.

Once in a while Alden Sf puts exotic shell on the website for ordering.

Just check regularly and you should be able to get them (if you are lucky....)

You may also call to check if you are in the State.

post #41877 of 79291
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I already have the brown shell AE Strand, and Alden's Hampton last (this model's last) is not my favorite - so I have opted not to get this model; however, having said that, these shoes are very nice looking. Get the JR soles and nothing else. nod[1].gif

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post #41878 of 79291

I like sunset Ravello NST.

 

 

 

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Natural CXL tanker boots w/crepe sole from LSW on a snowy day in Charm City
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In anticipation of the monster snow storm coming to NYC today (well, not really, but the news surely makes it sound that way), it's casual Friday with Nat CXL Tankers and commando soles.
I love these boots, between the Trubalance last and the comfy commando soles.

I'm thinking I need more Alden calf.


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