Yeah the buyers I know in industry tell me that the Chinese want to do their own version of Horween materials as they hoard all their hides. Being Chinese, I don't know how I feel about this.
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BTW, my thoughts on Adam/AoC: he's boundaried about the returns, but he is a thorough guy and a gentleman. I was a bit put off by the printed card stock announcing his return policy, as well as his several e-mails reminding me to not leave signs of a try-on. However, in the end, he answered all of my questions and sent me a pristine pair, which was followed up by a very inquisitive and thankful e-mail about a week after the purchase. I concur with others on the forum: I would buy from him again, but only if I had established my size from a purchase or try-on elsewhere. NB: He apparently stocks shoes not listed on his website; I think it's worth it to ask him specifically about pairs you're looking for. I had no way of knowing he had cigar LWBs a couple weeks ago. In fact, he said to me that he still has some on hand, so go for it!
Same experience and feelings about Adam. All positive on my end.
I would buy that boot, and I'm not even a huge fan of whiskey.
I believe from some of his posts that he is an accountant (or maybe a CFO or controller or something). I remember he sort of disappeared back around the end of the fiscal year and he's probably a bit busy again right now too.
Is it really $900 to the US? Are you sure 900 doesn't include VAT that you would not be subject to? I think you might actually be at $716 before shipping and potential duties.
My boots from them were approximately $821 USD with shipping to US (customs fees not included)
How am I supposed to sleep tonight?!!
Plus, my wife is already sick of the Alden obsession, rolling her eyes that the first thing I wanted to do tonight was to get the alpine grains off so i could vigorously brush the heck out of them after getting caught in this ice storm tonight.