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Originally Posted by Briar Snob View Post

Beautiful boots!  Mine were part of that pre-order, but unfortunately, they didn't make it out of Alden's QC.  Steven was a complete gentleman in handling the situation, so kudos to Leffot on their customer service.

Out of all of the Alden QC issues, these stories anger me the most. Alden couldn't take a hide destined for a color 8 longwing or something and remake your pair?
post #43922 of 98893
Wore this combo today. Notice the lighter color on the edge trim on the toe, this is from abrasion. What is the usual fix for this?

post #43923 of 98893
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Originally Posted by borderline View Post

Wore this combo today. Notice the lighter color on the edge trim on the toe, this is from abrasion. What is the usual fix for this?
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Edge dressing.
post #43924 of 98893
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Out of all of the Alden QC issues, these stories anger me the most. Alden couldn't take a hide destined for a color 8 longwing or something and remake your pair?

Agreed, this sort of thing baffles me.
post #43925 of 98893

Glad to stumble upon this forum, Mac method revived my LWB. Time for some more cordovan. 

post #43926 of 98893
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


Out of all of the Alden QC issues, these stories anger me the most. Alden couldn't take a hide destined for a color 8 longwing or something and remake your pair?

 

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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


Agreed, this sort of thing baffles me.

 

I hear you.  As much as I love their products, the quality of their customer service drives me crazy.  Just don't understand why they couldn't do what Alcibiades is suggesting.

post #43927 of 98893
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Thanks Bakes11771, I tried to take some reasonably good pictures.

Yeah, it is unfortunate, especially since the fit seems to be excellent, and I am otherwise smitten with them. I know it's been said before that if you are going to get into shell, you need to let go of some imperfections. I'd be curious to hear others' thoughts (thank you for yours) on whether this crosses that line in their experience.

Hi PD,

First: Those are a magnificent pair of Tankers, wear them in good health. Please don't let that small imperfection get to you. I bought the same pair of shoes from Leffot several years ago, and like your pair, mine also had very similar flaws in the finish. Honestly, after a few months of wearing and using the Mac Method you'll love them even more. I am the proud owner of nine pair of Alden shell boots and my #8 Leffot Tankers remain the most versatile pair I own..
Enjoy!

tmw

p.s. this does NOT let Alden off the hook for their increasingly sloppy QC. I've been wearing Alden shell since the 70's, and the defects and sloppy manufacturing I've seen over the last 2 years are infuriating.
post #43928 of 98893
Gentlemen,

My new Leather Soul 4 eyelet PTB in color 8. Single leather sole feels amazing.

Please excuse my poor iPhone shots, will retake some more soon.






Edited by Steel28 - 2/22/13 at 6:21pm
post #43929 of 98893
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Originally Posted by what whale View Post

Hey all.  First time poster.

 

I'm finally ready to do the deed and get my first pair of Aldens.  Some variation of the Indy boot.

 

Thing is, I live in the Northeast, and am really learning toward the commando sole.  Leffot has the 405C, which features the commando sole and is available in my size, but I'm really learning toward the darker CXE leather.  So I've emailed Leather Soul to inquire about the Ultimate Indy in my size (10.5 D, I believe).

 

The best boot I've seen yet though is Epaulet's Innsbruck Indy, which seem unavailable at the moment.  Would anyone more familiar with this than myself be willing to comment on their availability a) for sale here, on eBay, etc. or b) being re-run by Alden.  Love the brass with the CXE leather.

 

The third option I guess would be to order the standard Indy 403 and have them resoled?  Would it be possible through Alden (or a similar avenue) to have the brass added?

 

Thanks very much in advance -- I appreciate any help anyone's will to lend!

 

ww

 

May noy be the look you are going for, but I own a few pair of Indy's and my favorite by far are the Tobacco Chamois I picked up from ShoeMart. Has a commando sole and is perfect for NE weather. Does not have contrast stitching, and is darker than the CXL, wouldn't work w brass eyelets etc. but I figured I'd put in a plug.  

 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-indy-boot-high-top-blucher-workboot-tobacco-chamois/pvc-ald-mxsbc-40513hc_ald_m_indy_boot_high_top_blucher_workboot.htmlhttp://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-indy-boot-high-top-blucher-workboot-tobacco-chamois/pvc-ald-mxsbc-40513hc_ald_m_indy_boot_high_top_blucher_workboot.html

post #43930 of 98893
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Originally Posted by what whale View Post

The best boot I've seen yet though is Epaulet's Innsbruck Indy, which seem unavailable at the moment.  Would anyone more familiar with this than myself be willing to comment on their availability a) for sale here, on eBay, etc. or b) being re-run by Alden.  Love the brass with the CXE leather.

This was a really great boot - they flew off the shelves; in one day and gone almost the very next. I wouldn't plan on a restock of them anytime super soon, inasmuch as Alden's production is usually slower, and Epaulet only recently got the debut line of Innsbruks. I'd anticipate 6-months to next year, if at all. They pretty much run a unique Indy every year, but they AFAIK they don't frequently restock. One run, and gone on most custom makeups.
post #43931 of 98893
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Originally Posted by what whale View Post

Hey all.  First time poster.

 

I'm finally ready to do the deed and get my first pair of Aldens.  Some variation of the Indy boot.

 

Thing is, I live in the Northeast, and am really learning toward the commando sole.  Leffot has the 405C, which features the commando sole and is available in my size, but I'm really learning toward the darker CXE leather.  So I've emailed Leather Soul to inquire about the Ultimate Indy in my size (10.5 D, I believe).

 

The best boot I've seen yet though is Epaulet's Innsbruck Indy, which seem unavailable at the moment.  Would anyone more familiar with this than myself be willing to comment on their availability a) for sale here, on eBay, etc. or b) being re-run by Alden.  Love the brass with the CXE leather.

 

The third option I guess would be to order the standard Indy 403 and have them resoled?  Would it be possible through Alden (or a similar avenue) to have the brass added?

 

Thanks very much in advance -- I appreciate any help anyone's will to lend!

 

ww

 

I have not seen any calf Indys in commando recently but, this is one of my favorite Alden boots in a commando sole and seems they have 10.5D, not sure if it is something in your interest.

 

http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/footwear/products/alden-for-epaulet-taunton-captoe-boot-burnished-calfskin


Edited by Organika - 2/22/13 at 7:15pm
post #43932 of 98893

whiskey shortwings

 

 

post #43933 of 98893
^^Looking fantastic, sir.
post #43934 of 98893
Thanks guys! Y'all have been super helpful and I really appreciate the feedback.

Ended up hearing back from Bryan at LS; I got the last pair of Ultimate Indys in Chromexcel in my size! They shipped them out today so I'll be a proud owner (in the flesh) sometime next week. Beyond chuffed.

I'll post some pictures once I have them. Bryan included a complimentary container of Aldens neutral polish -- which was super kind of him. Can't wait!

ww
post #43935 of 98893
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

whiskey shortwings

 

 


How are you liking the Tremont last? They look great.  I have the same pair but mine look much lighter.  I'm liking your patina.  Enjoy them!

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