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Gents,
I’m going to be in NYC this weekend. And, I have a hankering for some shell on discount (!). I understand that Leffot has a sale and, if the website sale stuff is the same as the in-store , it’s a little underwhelming. Any, other Alden retailers have some discount stuff going on? Prefer Alden, but can also branch out to other makers.

I told my wife (and myself) that I would only pick up shoes if they were on sale shog[1].gif . Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

You're right, it probably won't, but I encourage him to employ it none-the-less.

I personally don't care for heel protectors, however, I don't object if others decide to use them.  The rubber dovetail can be replaced for less than $10 IME, and that is worth it to me to not have to put a heel protector on my shoe.  To me, $10 every once and a while is a drop in the bucket compared to the initial cost of the shoe. 
I don't think you can get just the dovetail replaced, as least not here in NYC. Prices range from $20 - $40 to replace heel lifts (rubber to JR) in NYC from my experience.
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Brooks Bros. has a few different belts available in burgundy.  Might not be your cheapest option, but it's at least an option worth considering.

Rancourt is another option.

patrick_b uses an Equus dark brown belt with his #8. Not a match, but close enough for him. Personally I bought a Polo Ralph Lauren in a burgundy calf to go with mine. Think it was less than $30 on sale.
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Iron Heart 301s

Thank you. Good taste.

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Originally Posted by Shiny View Post

Gents,
I’m going to be in NYC this weekend. And, I have a hankering for some shell on discount (!). I understand that Leffot has a sale and, if the website sale stuff is the same as the in-store , it’s a little underwhelming. Any, other Alden retailers have some discount stuff going on? Prefer Alden, but can also branch out to other makers.

I told my wife (and myself) that I would only pick up shoes if they were on sale shog[1].gif . Thanks in advance.

In general, I think it's going to be tough to find Alden discounted..
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Originally Posted by Shiny View Post

Gents,
I’m going to be in NYC this weekend. And, I have a hankering for some shell on discount (!). I understand that Leffot has a sale and, if the website sale stuff is the same as the in-store , it’s a little underwhelming. Any, other Alden retailers have some discount stuff going on? Prefer Alden, but can also branch out to other makers.

I told my wife (and myself) that I would only pick up shoes if they were on sale shog[1].gif . Thanks in advance.

Do you have corporate card for BB? Otherwise Paul Stuart has some Carmina Shell on sale 2~3 weeks ago, good price in quite a lot size, though on the dressy side (only one model in two colors, austerity brogue balmoral). In general shell cordovan don't go on sale..., maybe you can call up the Mansion on Madison for Ralph Lauren to see if Marlow is on sale, but again I would be doubtful on that.
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Alden controls what their retail partners are able to do regarding sales. Quite frankly there isn't a need to discount Alden's sans a few obscure models. The product is in low supply and high demand. I'm afraid you may have to bite the bullet on this one. RL usually has a couple of sales per year where marlows can he had in the mid $500 range.
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Alden Madison occasionally has various models (like the calfskin cape cod) on sale, but it is unlikely you'll find a blanket sale on Alden shoes.
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All,

I was wondering if anyone had some good recommendations for dress belt to match my Cordovan Color #8 SWBs.  I have seen some folks going with Allen Edmonds belts and was wondering if there any other recommendations.  The belt does NOT have to be shell.... in fact, I don't mind saving a few $$$ and going with calf.  I am just trying to find a nice one that matches.  I will most likely be ordering on-line if that matters.

Thx!

I purchased my dress belts from Epaulet. They have a good variety of colors and I am very happy with the quality.
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Originally Posted by Shiny View Post

Gents,
I’m going to be in NYC this weekend. And, I have a hankering for some shell on discount (!). I understand that Leffot has a sale and, if the website sale stuff is the same as the in-store , it’s a little underwhelming. Any, other Alden retailers have some discount stuff going on? Prefer Alden, but can also branch out to other makers.

I told my wife (and myself) that I would only pick up shoes if they were on sale shog[1].gif . Thanks in advance.

Are you going to have a car in NYC?

The Shoe Mart is about an hour drive from the city. 3 Berkeley St, Norwalk, CT 06850

I haven't been there yet but I'm told there are deals be found in person...unless you are a 12D then please don't go.
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Are you going to have a car in NYC?

The Shoe Mart is about an hour drive from the city. 3 Berkeley St, Norwalk, CT 06850

I haven't been there yet but I'm told there are deals be found in person...unless you are a 12D then please don't go.

well if he is going to do that, might as well just get onto the "Seconds" list for shoemart
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

I don't think you can get just the dovetail replaced, as least not here in NYC. Prices range from $20 - $40 to replace heel lifts (rubber to JR) in NYC from my experience.
patrick_b uses an Equus dark brown belt with his #8. Not a match, but close enough for him. Personally I bought a Polo Ralph Lauren in a burgundy calf to go with mine. Think it was less than $30 on sale.
(not to seem argumentative) I think what they do is replace the rubber dove tail and the bottom layer of leather that it matches up to. Since it is sucha simple repair, I'm not too particular about which cobbler does it, or what brand materials that they use. I'm not an expert on shoe repair, I just know what they look like when I bring them in, what looks like has been done to them when I get them back, and about what it cost me. To be honest, I don't get it done very often because it takes a while to wear them down to the point of replacement. If you prefer to use plastic heel protectors and have your heels replaced completely and with more expensive materials, then I can certainly respect that. To me, the whole idea behind rubber dove tail heels is that they are cheaply and easily replaced, so you can wear them out, replace them, and not have to worry about it.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

(not to seem argumentative) I think what they do is replace the rubber dove tail and the bottom layer of leather that it matches up to. Since it is sucha simple repair, I'm not too particular about which cobbler does it, or what brand materials that they use. I'm not an expert on shoe repair, I just know what they look like when I bring them in, what looks like has been done to them when I get them back, and about what it cost me. To be honest, I don't get it done very often because it takes a while to wear them down to the point of replacement. If you prefer to use plastic heel protectors and have your heels replaced completely and with more expensive materials, then I can certainly respect that. To me, the whole idea behind rubber dove tail heels is that they are cheaply and easily replaced, so you can wear them out, replace them, and not have to worry about it.
That's right, that is the process I am referring to and in NYC it can go from $20 - $40 depending on what material you ask for. I think a rubber/leather combo, not JR, is $30, so not exactly cheap, when I can get rubber taps put on 10 times for that cost.
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post

well if he is going to do that, might as well just get onto the "Seconds" list for shoemart
I was actually pretty close to the Shoe Mart (20 minute drive) last weekend at a family gathering, but couldn't pull myself away. I think there is something to be said about seeing seconds in person.
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I definitely would...here is an example from an older Alden-of-Carmel model






Yes! Love that makeup in a boot!
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Since joining this forum about a month ago I have been like a teenage girl (or boy) looking for an outfit to wear to the prom. My level of indecisiveness has been stunning. It's not just that I've returned (exchanged) two pair of shoes, its how many times I've seen shoes that I had to have on this site only to check back later and see another pair that were better than the first. The problem was that the idea of spending over $600 for a pair of shoes was not something I could easily wrap my head around. So, rather than spend $600+ on one pair, I spent $1,300 hundred on two, and I am completely at peace with my decision. In addition to a pair of color 8 shell Chucka's with commando soles from Alden of Carmel, I just got these cuties from epaulet of New York



I will continue to scour ebay for a rare deal on shell's but I am done with new shoe purchases for now (unless I can steal some LWB's in either whiskey or ravello). All of this does come with a question. My first instinct is to put plastic heel protectors on my shoes but I thought I read in this forum a few days ago that this can somehow compromise the integrity if the heel. I would appreciate the community's thoughts and advice on this issue.

Again, thanks to all. This really is a great community.


Shawn: Welcome.

But don't fool yourself...you are just getting started.biggrin.gif
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