Originally Posted by bespoken pa
I'm sorry for your loss papa, what's even worse is that they will be resold and someone else will likely share your experience at least until someone decides to keep them.
Yeah, I wonder how many iterations it will take until someone keeps them.
Originally Posted by Ahab
LOL! Are the "flaws" you mention really Alden or is it a characteristic of shell?
I think we should have an Alden Support Group thread for when all of this self pitty starts to go around.
To some extent it is the nature of shell and the shell color. For example, I decided to keep some #8 Tankers that have a coloring imperfection (see this post
). On those, there aren't any straight lines that distinguish the lighter color from the darker color, so it's possible that it's a natural imperfection. There's also a small dark line that could be natural or due to mishandling.
Here's a separate pair of ravello PTBs from Alden NY that had a straight line like the other ravello PTBs I posted. To me, a straight line suggests a human-created defect. I imagine that either of these ravello examples might have been passable if the color was instead cigar, #8, or black.
I previously decided not to post these pictures to this thread, but figured it was appropriate to give an idea of the shoes I've seen pass as first quality. I'm sure all Alden shells have some degree of imperfection, and you kind of have to decide where you draw the line. Like BeSpiffington said, when they get it right, Aldens are awesome.