She's too smart for me.
The Ravello's gotta go for an actual price.
Anybody have a new 8.5. Whiskey LWB Barrie w/ leather soul?
Like somebody who posted yesterday, I've found that all of my Barrie Boots fit me perfectly in a 9, but my LWB in Barrie fit much better in an 8.5.. I've made some adjustments to many, but am just going straight 8.5 in Barrie going forward.
Alden, as a company, is just getting arrogant and dictatorial. Cordovan shortage has somehow made them able to adjust the threshold on what becomes a second as opposed to a first quality shoe.
While I'm venting, I ordered a Whiskey LWB in 9D from Alden SF. They would have completed the so called LWB rainbow. Anyway, I took them out of the box and they had the deepest scratch in the right vamp and I could tell that I was the first person who had received this pair and I pride myself iin my ability to take out even deep scratched this wasn't going anywhere.
I called Alden Massachussetts and spoke to them and they said that they'd get a new pair out to the San Fran store. A promise which seemed illusory. The Alden (MA) people, or probably better to say person, said that it must have slipped by their QC. Anyway, I call Alden San Fran to tell them this and they tell me, to make it simple, "NO." They then told me that those shoes are going back into inventory and will be sold to another consumer. This, after they admitted to having dried to take the scratch out with no luck. The shoes with tax were around $795. I called them and asked them if they could call me if an 8.5 got returned in light of this. I had been on the wait list for the scratched shoe, blah, blah, yadda, yadda. They told me that I would get the first 8.5 returned.
So yesterday, I look on the website and an 8.5 has been returned. I call the store to inquire only to be told, we're so sorry, but we sold it. I didn't give them a hard time, because it would have served no purpose. The damage was done.
anyway, the same week I received a #8 Brixton Boot from Epaulet with one of those upper bubbles where the lining isn't flush to the shell on the upper and so they get a bubble, which in time becomes either awful creasing or torn seams.
i hate to start too many sentences with "anyway",
Anyway, Alden's quality, as a collector with 21 pairs of shell, has gone to shit. What used to be seconds get sent to retailers and even resold by Aldem themselves after a clear defect is pointed out. Epaulet excused it as Alden being Alden and Alden SF said, "those shells are so rare that people will still pay full retail for them, so they're going back on the shelves."
It appears that these days, defects need to be real botched shoes, shells are much darker with imperfections now appearing in black and # 8. It's disheartening. I find that I've probably paid an extra $500 this year just on returned shipping.
At the same time, the Wolverine 744 that I alerted the thread to because they were on sale on ebay in all sizes for $532 from $750 arrived and they were so beautiful and well crafted. Nowadays, most Alden boots have that place with the tongue connects to the boot and it looks like it's either unfinished or poorly made ( you can see it on all the J. Crew #8 PCT Boot as the as the Black PCT shell boot from the Molded Shoe in NYC).
I thought that I'd vent. On a different note, I do have a Ravello Chukka an the J. Crew Ravello LWB in 9D and I got caught so, unless these super bids materialize, they'll be a couple great shoes in the market place.
if you have any 8.5 Barrie LWB in Whiskey or Ravello or at boots in 9D, I'd be open for a trade if they're new like mine. Mine haven't even been tried on as you guys pointed out.
we might have to take action. Maybe a salt march to the Alden factory:)