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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

This NRO sale reminds me that I'm still waiting on a pair of tan suede chukkas that I bought the last time their sale didn't exclude Aldens.......about 6 months ago. I just tried calling their customer service and they were "unavailable" and I was forwarded to voicemail. Oh yeah, and my card was charged when the order was placed, but I still have no ETA on when I'll get my chukkas.

Generally charges will appear when the initial transaction was made.

 

However did the actual charge process completely without you recieving your merchandise?

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I'm considering a couple of black captoe boot models

Alden DC - Grant, straight tip captoe, commando sole, speed hooks
Alden NYC - Grant, straight tip captoe, double leather sole, all eyelets

I want the boot to be as versatile as possible... My question is do any of you wear your commando soled boots with sleeker lasts (grant, plaza, etc) with suits? I'd like to be able to wear this boot with a suit occasionally.

the commando sole kills it for me, regardless of how sleek the last is. i personally wouldn't wear commando sole with a suit but would be pleasantly surprised to see someone else with that combo
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Natural CXL Indy's-2 Years
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

Generally charges will appear when the initial transaction was made.

However did the actual charge process completely without you recieving your merchandise?

Correct. What actually happened was, I ordered a pair over the phone because it wasn't available on their website (12.5C). I had good luck on my previous order with NRO - got the discount without any issues. But, this time they didn't have the shoe in stock. They charged my card up front and said they would ship the shoes to me once they became available. I think the ETA was about 8-12 weeks, which seemed too good to be true for Alden and their notoriously long and unpredictable wait times.

I probably should have chalked up my first order to having once in a lifetime good luck with NRO, and stopped while I was ahead. I guess if I eventually get my chukkas, it will still be a good deal. I ordered them back when I think chukkas only cost something like $435 (pretty sure they're around $468 now), and I got 25% off, rather than the current 20%. But if I don't get them soon, I can just cancel the order and get my money back.
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What's the name of this NRO store?

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Originally Posted by Joshua Lee View Post

What's the name of this NRO store?

http://www.northriveroutfitter.com/
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post


That is some insanely light whiskey. Great shoe -

Thanks

I think it is the lighting as they do have some light variation but overall pretty dark for whiskey

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Anyone have thoughts on what would be a good Alden loafer for the summer? I'm considering the LHS in either cigar or whiskey. I wear an 11D in the Barrie last. What would be the appropriate size in the van last? Thanks
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Anyone have thoughts on what would be a good Alden loafer for the summer? I'm considering the LHS in either cigar or whiskey.

natural cxl from unionmadegoods.com


http://www.unionmadegoods.com/Alden_Brenham_Leisure_Loafer_in_Natural_Chromexcel_96963_8147.html
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Thanks MrDV.

Was concerned about the width.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Haresh, I wear the plaza true to size, and 1/2 size down for the Barrie. I think the plaza 6d should work for you if you are comfortable with 5.5d Barrie. plaza last Aldens are great looking.
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

Given I have no Plaza-lasted boots (or shoes), and given how much I like the looks of this last, I want my next Alden purchase to be on the Plaza last. I like some of the makeups at J. Gilbert but am hesitant to buy my first Plaza-lasted shoe from them given their strict return policy. I can try the Alden stores in NYC or DC but their websites mostly have just #8 which I already have enough of for now (and black which might be a purchase laster on down the line).  I'd even be interested in buying a Plaza-lasted boot in calf just to try this last.  I'm guessing the NYC and DC stores have good return policies, no?

 

That's my dilemma. The strategy I think is going to be to have to call the retailers with decent return policies regularly as some others have said they do.

 

I know that NYC (Madison) does. When I ordered the Ravello chukka last week I asked about returns because I have some concerns over the Barrie last and my narrow heels, but I'm going to try my best to make them work. Had a hard time hearing him but it was either 10 days or 2 weeks full refund then something else after that for 30 days if i understood him correctly.

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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

I hope everyone's NRO purchases pan out...

But it seems like every 3-month cycle is the same. People get all googly-eyed over "ALDEN DIZCOUNTZ!!!1!" put in orders, and then we quickly get the same anti-NRO posts about poor service, orders falling through, etc. Here's hoping y'all get your pairs -

Yeah, I've been through the ordeal of placing an order, having my credit card charged, getting an email that the shoes weren't in stock, and then emailing and calling them about 5 times before finally getting them to cancel the order (did you notice how in PTO's post about NRO they said they weren't able to confirm something because they couldn't get someone on the phone?). Even if they did have the shoes in stock, I've read multiple reviews saying NRO will only give store credit with returns. So, the sales since have been tempting, but I've decided they aren't worth the stress.
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Anyone have thoughts on what would be a good Alden loafer for the summer? I'm considering the LHS in either cigar or whiskey. I wear an 11D in the Barrie last. What would be the appropriate size in the van last? Thanks

I'm an 11 D in the barrie. An 11 D LHS had way too much heel slip. An 11 C reduces the slip. I'm not sure that that's the right size (I don't own an LHS yet), but I think it is. I really like the LHS in cigar, ravello, and whiskey.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

I know that NYC (Madison) does. When I ordered the Ravello chukka last week I asked about returns because I have some concerns over the Barrie last and my narrow heels, but I'm going to try my best to make them work. Had a hard time hearing him but it was either 10 days or 2 weeks full refund then something else after that for 30 days if i understood him correctly.

 

Thanks for the info.  My targets will be the NYC and DC stores as well as maybe LS.  I just need to be patient as I think I have good breadth in my collection.  Now it's time for chasing unicorns.

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Originally Posted by ElliottPapineau View Post

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Natural CXL Indy's-2 Years

These are fantastic. I appreciate the bar lacing too.

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Thanks
I think it is the lighting as they do have some light variation but overall pretty dark for whiskey

Yes, I see that now. Went back to the image and saw how almost-red it becomes at the heel vs. the buttery color along the instep. Great pair either way. nod[1].gif
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