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post #44986 of 87421
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

If anyone's interested, eBay/PayPal ruled in the buyer's favor, despite the following evidence. Note that the listing was titled "Alden for Brooks Brothers", claimed only that Alden manufactured the shoes, and the pictures clearly showed only "Brooks Brothers" on the insole.
  1. An email from Alden SF confirming that they make the shoe.
  2. An email from the Alden factory confirming that they make the shoe.
  3. This video of Kathy from Alden DC, where at 44 seconds she explains that BB sells Alden shoes without Alden branding.
  4. The Q&A section for this Alden for BB shoe, where someone asks "Who makes these shoes?" and BB answers "The manufacturer is Alden for Brooks Brothers."

Perhaps I should've put a disclaimer such as "While Alden makes these shoes, there is no Alden branding on them." But, it took PayPal less than 2 hours to make a ruling, and they never followed up with me, so I'm not convinced that it would have made a difference.

In legal speak, it sounds as if the ruling was arbitrary and capricious. Unfortunate ....

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post #44987 of 87421
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

This is something that most any capable cobbler should be able to do. I imagine somebody here will know of somebody in Chicagoland to refer you to. But, judging by the reasonable prices I've seen posted for B. Nelson's work, and the fact that we are pretty confident in that shops capabilities, the peace of mind might worth the added cost of postage to send them to NYC.

Postage is paid for various options one can select. Check their website.
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3000 pages! Woot! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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^ wrong setting bruh

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Thanks MI planner and sevenfold. I think I may pony up and send them off to B Nelson. I've had minor work done in Chicago but I haven't had anything major done nor read rave reviews of anyone here in particular.
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^ wrong setting bruh

Agreed, I recommend setting your preferences to 100 posts per page.
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post


i called before ordering these from TSM the other day (did not have a description yet). the fellow on the phone told me they had the double waterloc sole (picture seems to confirm). so i believe the description up there now is in error, probably copied and pasted from another chukka model. i think the double oak leather sole is the normal double leather sole. i'll confirm friday when the shoes arrive.

waterloc vs. oak

vs.

i'm actually surprised TSM was able to produce this model, it always seemed like alden was pretty good about letting retailers have claims to a particular custom make-up (i.e. non stock shoe), and as you mentioned leather soul had previously done this one. although i'm even more surprised a brown cxl chukka isn't a standard model.

 

I own this model from TSM. I can confirm it is a double waterloc. And it's a great shoe.  Was beating myself up for not getting in on the LS version however long ago and then the same thing popped up on TSM. 

 

The double waterloc is getting a lot of play lately. And people like to tell you you can't topy it, but you absolutely can. 

post #44993 of 87421
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


Sign me up... 11 pairs in a year and a half!cloud.gif

You guys make me feet better about my 7 in a year in a half.
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Originally Posted by DCRoyal View Post

 

 

 

The double waterloc is getting a lot of play lately. And people like to tell you you can't topy it, but you absolutely can. 

 

I imagine it is very similar to the sole used on Wolverine 1k boots.  The fact it is oil filled does make it difficult to topy.  It took me three attempts, only on the last attempt did the cobbler say he used "double the glue" (whatever that meant).  Luckily the topys were of a "lifetime guarantee" variety (which as far as I could tell was a way to get £5 extra for it) turned out to be worthwhile as they started to peel off twice in the space of a month - and each time were replaced with as new.  I don't know if it made a difference but there were applied to the sole when brand new.  Perhaps if the sole has been allowed to get more scuffed up it might have been different (although the cobbler did sand the surface).

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Originally Posted by dusttruffle View Post

 

I imagine it is very similar to the sole used on Wolverine 1k boots.  The fact it is oil filled does make it difficult to topy.  It took me three attempts, only on the last attempt did the cobbler say he used "double the glue" (whatever that meant).  Luckily the topys were of a "lifetime guarantee" variety (which as far as I could tell was a way to get £5 extra for it) turned out to be worthwhile as they started to peel off twice in the space of a month - and each time were replaced with as new.  I don't know if it made a difference but there were applied to the sole when brand new.  Perhaps if the sole has been allowed to get more scuffed up it might have been different (although the cobbler did sand the surface).

 

interesting.  I have had three pairs done and not one word from the cobbler.  And he would have absolutely let me know. 

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Originally Posted by stanford88 View Post

You guys make me feet better about my 7 in a year in a half.

If I wasn't relegated to waiting years for pre-orders, I think I would have clocked in at around 8 pair in 2 years (only currently have two of them in my closet, waiting on 5 other pre-orders, plus the Thor boot if that ever gets confirmed by Alden)
post #44997 of 87421
QUESTION: has anyone used RenoMat to clean their shell? I know Ron Rider used it to clean a pair of black boots; however, Alden does use some special coat for the sheen and I am wondering if RenoMat takes that layer away.
post #44998 of 87421
I have been looking for a brown lwb and have narrowed it down to the brown calf from AoC AF104 or the Brown CXL from leffot. I kind of wish the CXL had blind eyelets. Work is business casual so khakis and such. I have never owned a CXL shoe before does it require extra maintenance?
post #44999 of 87421
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Originally Posted by turkey_sandwich View Post

Thanks MI planner and sevenfold. I think I may pony up and send them off to B Nelson. I've had minor work done in Chicago but I haven't had anything major done nor read rave reviews of anyone here in particular.

 

Not sure where you had your "minor work" done, but try giving Marcelo at Gus' Shoe Repair a call (Belmont location).  I had him convert a pair of Ravello cap toe boots the opposite way, commando to leather sole.  Turnaround time was fast and they did a great job.

post #45000 of 87421
Thanks dslonghorn... I've only ever gone to the Shoe Hospital. They have done well for the most part but one pair of boots I brought to be resoled came back with some kind of uncomfortable lump under the ball of the foot and they refused to do anything about it.
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