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post #46261 of 87473
It's really amazing that we've gotten to the point where the exotic shell colors can't be advertised on line. This game is getting crazy.

I was so tempted by the Bureau's #8PTB with the light edge trim - until I realized the price was in Pounds Sterling and not €. Steep!

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post #46262 of 87473
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What's the consensus on extra holes and choppy welts?  Par for the course?

 

 

 

 

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I've returned two pair that had the extra holes (and another that had a 1 inch puncture all the way through the vamp). I honestly can't understand how Alden ships these out.

 

People have varying tolerances for defects. I once received a pair of 975s also with a 1/2 inch crease/line right down the top of the shoe. Also notice the irregular dye on the tongue.

 

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Some probably would not even notice it or wouldn't care but I did and returned them. 

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People have varying tolerances for defects. I once received a pair of 975s also with a 1/2 inch crease/line right down the top of the shoe. Also notice the irregular dye on the tongue.

Pictures:


 





Some probably would not even notice it or wouldn't care but I did and returned them. 

Interesting - I've had so many run ins with bad quality I'm surprised I still like em. shog[1].gif

@medihound - I just realized you're 'phototristan' on YT. Nice to see you here.
post #46264 of 87473
At this point it's probably some sort of masochistic fetish.
post #46265 of 87473
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May I ask what are the advantages and disadvantages of crepe sole? 

In case no one answered, some think that it grips better on wet surfaces. Cons include the section at the toe getting wet and being affected negatively, and I think that overall these soles make the shoe too heavy.
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Interesting - I've had so many run ins with bad quality I'm surprised I still like em. shog[1].gif

@medihound - I just realized you're 'phototristan' on YT. Nice to see you here.

 

Yes, I should probably change my username on here. Anyone know if I could?

post #46267 of 87473
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

 

 

People have varying tolerances for defects. I once received a pair of 975s also with a 1/2 inch crease/line right down the top of the shoe. Also notice the irregular dye on the tongue.

 

Pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some probably would not even notice it or wouldn't care but I did and returned them. 

 

I've got more variation in color than that on a single piece of leather... on each shoe of one pair of my 990s.  They look good inside, but step into the sun and BAM!!1 looks like they were finished by a toddler... not sure why it doesn't bother me so much.  There's a part where you can see drips going horizontally across the back.

 

I guess I just think of them as exotic.  Like a 95 Ford Ranger Splash.

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What's the consensus on extra holes and choppy welts?  Par for the course?







The classic catch-22: they are not perfect and you consider returning them; however, they have no other pairs in your size and you may not get another pair for a year or more. Decisions, decisions. Ugh .....
post #46269 of 87473
First ever family portrait. Sitting tight with eight pairs, with a mix of shell, calf, and suede. No boots (yet), other than the suede chukkas. And no repetition of colors!

Back row (L to R):
Ravello LWB (Alden DC); Alpine Grain LWB (Unionmade); #8 LWB (stock); Dark Brown leather (J. Crew)

Front row (L to R)
Calf V-tips (LeatherSoul); Snuff Suede PTB (LeatherSoul); Unlined Tan Suede Chukka (used, from SF); Cigar PTB (used, from SF)

post #46270 of 87473
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post


People have varying tolerances for defects. I once received a pair of 975s also with a 1/2 inch crease/line right down the top of the shoe. Also notice the irregular dye on the tongue.

Pictures:


 





Some probably would not even notice it or wouldn't care but I did and returned them. 

It should be easy to get a replacement 975. Did you get one?
post #46271 of 87473
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Yes, I should probably change my username on here. Anyone know if I could?
Yes you can change your username. For me it was just a matter of making a request to one of this threads administrators. It was your YouTube video mediahound, and the encouragment of others here, that greatly influenced my decision to get a pair of J Crew cap toe boots. They're marvelously simple and elegantly crafted. Welcome to the jungle!
post #46272 of 87473
Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.
post #46273 of 87473
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Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.

 

I personally would not wear a wingtip to a job interview.

 

I'd probably wear a PTB or cap toe. 

post #46274 of 87473
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Yes you can change your username. For me it was just a matter of making a request to one of this threads administrators.

Ah thank you! Been regretting my tacky Sun Tzu pun username since the day I joined this board.
post #46275 of 87473
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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.

Cap toe blucher seems like a good idea here. I think something from Alden without the 360 degree reverse welt makes for a more slightly more formal shoe. Blucher keeps it from being too formal. Of course a bal on the Hampton is super sharp. Thinking here of Bakes' recent photos of his #8 bal. Great looking shoes.
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