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Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post


Yep..: that's what I did... I just thought someone may have had a similar experience to share...

I bought the same size in both.  Agreed the the Hampton is a little wider in terms of fit in the forefoot than the Aberdeen.  Not sure if a C would have been better.  I raised the idea to the salesman who measured my foot before bringing me the D, and he offered to get me a C to try on but was confident that I was a D.  I didn't want to make him get the other pair because I was just there for sizing and was already planning on ordering two pairs online to avoid sales tax.  (Don't worry, I didn't take any steps in the shoes so I didn't crease them)

 

I have no fit issues with the D, but understand where you are coming from, as I often wonder "would I have a better fit if I bought ___ size instead?"

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Originally Posted by fiestaplatypus View Post

Just for the record, I have not made any further comments regarding my situation to anyone. I'm sure Leffot is a fantastic retailer and a pleasure to do business with. That said, this was my first interaction with them and his has left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I wouldn't have thought anything other than what they stated, had I not seen my size available for sale on the site two days ago. If it was indeed a defective pair of shoes, I appreciate them looking out for their customers, I just wish they would have inspected all the pre-order pairs prior to putting any leftovers up for sale.

It is entirely possible they knew how many pairs they were receiving and put them up for sale. Then when they went to ship yours there was an issue. I guess I typically assume positive intent as opposed to negative
post #47793 of 89604
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

I bought the same size in both.  Agreed the the Hampton is a little wider in terms of fit in the forefoot than the Aberdeen.  Not sure if a C would have been better.  I raised the idea to the salesman who measured my foot before bringing me the D, and he offered to get me a C to try on but was confident that I was a D.  I didn't want to make him get the other pair because I was just there for sizing and was already planning on ordering two pairs online to avoid sales tax.  (Don't worry, I didn't take any steps in the shoes so I didn't crease them)

I have no fit issues with the D, but understand where you are coming from, as I often wonder "would I have a better fit if I bought ___ size instead?"

LOL... You crease them, you buy them....LOL... Well, I'll let you know how I make out... I'm trying both widths...
post #47794 of 89604
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

While the President/CEO of Alden may not post in forums, he does do internet interviews from time to time:





I would imagine that Paul Grangaard from Allen Edmonds is less of a factory hands on CEO than Arthur Tarlow is. After all, Grangaard came to Allen Edmonds from an investment banking job and probably knows little about the manufacture of shoes (unlike Arthur Tarlow who seems to oversee the factory floor and has it in his blood ever since birth). 

I seem to even recall reading an interview with Grangaard about a year ago where he said he chooses to focus his role on PR a lot since he is not an expert in shoe making. This is probably why he posts in forums, he's got the time and mandate to do so. Whereas Arthur Tarlow is too busy actually making shoes to spend time reading and posting on online forums. 

Good point, but I would consider Nick Horween to be a hands on CEO, with the business bread in his blood and he finds the time to post on many of the site blogs...? It just builds good will and doesn't take much effort...
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Originally Posted by fiestaplatypus View Post

 I wouldn't have thought anything other than what they stated, had I not seen my size available for sale on the site two days ago.

 

That does seem suspect. If you ordered shoes in your size and then were told they came in defective, why couldn't they have just supplied you with the other ones (that they had advertised for sale and available on their site)?

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i'm really glad to see the overwhelming majority of people in this thread coming to leffot's defense. i think every speciality alden retailer (leffot, leather soul) is very openly aware of alden's QC issues and does everything within their power as a vendor to rectify these instances. i've had defective pairs come from both retailers, and both without hesitation offer me well beyond what i would have expected to rectify the situation. buying aldens is similar to riding a motorcycle" "it's not if you drop your bike, it's when." same with aldens: it's not if you receive a defective pair, it's when.
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Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post


Good point, but I would consider Nick Horween to be a hands on CEO, with the business bread in his blood and he finds the time to post on many of the site blogs...? It just builds good will and doesn't take much effort...

 

 

Nick Horween is not the CEO - http://horween.com/about/the-horween-name/

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Originally Posted by imolazhp_ci View Post

i'm really glad to see the overwhelming majority of people in this thread coming to leffot's defense. i think every speciality alden retailer (leffot, leather soul) is very openly aware of alden's QC issues and does everything within their power as a

vendor to rectify these instances. i've had defective pairs come from both retailers, and both without hesitation offer me well beyond what i would have expected to rectify the situation. buying aldens is similar to riding a motorcycle" "it's not if you drop your bike, it's when." same


with aldens: it's not if you receive a defective pair, it's when.


Agreed in regards to Alden QC. It's a sad state of affairs when one expects their 740$ shoes to potentially have a defect. I've heard
anecdotally that Edward Green's seconds rate is around 2%, it should be reasonable for Alden to attain a number close to this.
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post


Nick Horween is not the CEO - http://horween.com/about/the-horween-name/

He still runs his family business hands on... Bottom line, whether these CEO's are hands on or not, they have full calendars and lots to keep them busy, but some find or make the time to reach out on client forums... Just good sense to do so and builds good will for the product line...
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No representation on patina Sunday today?

Let's see 'em gents! (the shoes...just the shoes)
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This is a weird one chaps, but some advice if anyone shares a similar difficulty.

With my new Alden Indys, they are really comfy but I noticed a slight disparity in the fit for each foot.

Upon measuring my feet, I found that my left foot is 2cm longer than my right foot (i.e. almost an inch!).

So whilst my right foot is a good fit, comfortably loose, my left foot is a bit tight.

Not uncomfortably so, but I can feel my toes bunching up a bit and the bottom of my toes hurt slightly.

Any obvious solutions I'm missing? Will the left boot stretch to accommodate over a few weeks?

They're natural CXL if that helps; I hear they can stretch more than the cordovan?
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Originally Posted by Arizor View Post

This is a weird one chaps, but some advice if anyone shares a similar difficulty.

With my new Alden Indys, they are really comfy but I noticed a slight disparity in the fit for each foot.

Upon measuring my feet, I found that my left foot is 2cm longer than my right foot (i.e. almost an inch!).

So whilst my right foot is a good fit, comfortably loose, my left foot is a bit tight.

Not uncomfortably so, but I can feel my toes bunching up a bit and the bottom of my toes hurt slightly.

Any obvious solutions I'm missing? Will the left boot stretch to accommodate over a few weeks?

They're natural CXL if that helps; I hear they can stretch more than the cordovan?
I am of the camp that believes shoes do not stretch that much. I am really doubtful they will stretch in length at all. YMMV
post #47803 of 89604
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Originally Posted by imolazhp_ci View Post

i'm really glad to see the overwhelming majority of people in this thread coming to leffot's defense. i think every speciality alden retailer (leffot, leather soul) is very openly aware of alden's QC issues and does everything within their power as a vendor to rectify these instances. i've had defective pairs come from both retailers, and both without hesitation offer me well beyond what i would have expected to rectify the situation. buying aldens is similar to riding a motorcycle" "it's not if you drop your bike, it's when." same with aldens: it's not if you receive a defective pair, it's when.

Also want to come to the defense of Leffot: he shipped me a shoe with a subtle yet critical defect. He not only gave me a refund but remembered the issue and emailed me back 6-8 months later to give me first crack at a replacement pair.
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

If you are familiar with my videos on YouTube...

The video of the dude on the train and the guy "enjoying" his shoes were real gems smile.gif.
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post


The video of the dude on the train and the guy "enjoying" his shoes were real gems smile.gif.

Both of which are not my videos. 

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