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I visited the alden san Francisco store last week. Larry provided excellent customer service, you can tell he loves aldens as much as we do. I bought a cigar belt, the wider 35 mm. They have a couple bigger sizes left. They have whiskey size 40 and 42, and cigar 42. I wear size 36 belts, and bought the last size 38 they had. its a little longer, but fits nicely. I considered getting a whiskey as well and having it sized down, but didn't. is it bad that I enjoyed the alden store as much or more than the other touristy attractions?


Ha! I'm the same way. I've been pushing to go to Hawaii with my other half...mostly to visit Leather Soul patch[1].gifpeepwall[1].gif

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Whiskey LWB


It takes a certain amount of confidence to pull this off. Not sure that I'm there yet but this sure looks good on you. Very nice.
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Uncle, great looking welt/edge trim. Question, is your gyw deck stitch black thread? It really looks dark, lot of character. 

nephew,
thank you
it is dark
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SevenFoldTieGuy: RTP makes some good points above.

I was using the word accommodating in the sense of "willing to please."

In terms of ordering, trying on to ascertain proper fit, and having to return if necessary, there is no retailer more accommodating. There is also no retailer more accommodating when it comes to returning a shoe. For example, I had a shell model that developed an annoying squeak. I brought it to BB's attention. I had had the shoe for probably 18 months. They actually encouraged me to return it for a full refund - no questions asked. A great majority of my experiences with BB have been online. However, I have dealt directly with two stores in particular - one in CA and one in MA - where the staff was great (inspected the shoes for me; gave me free overnight shipping, etc).

My comment did not go to the issue of knowledgeable staff as it relates to Aldens. That BB does not have. But that isn't something I need them to have at this stage in my Alden career, but I can see where it might be important to some.

As for shoes beat up or scuffed or otherwise in curious condition, yes - I have experienced that with BB, but I have also experienced it with other retailers. Perhaps most notably a color 8 model that arrived at my door with a right shoe and a left shoe in such different shades of burgundy that it was nearly comical (and this from a factory store).

There are a few other retailers I would put on a par with BB as regards the issues above, but no retailer, in my experience, surpasses them.

 

RTP: I agree with everything SFTG posted here. I realized after reading Seven's original post, my definition of customer service and accommodation was much more broad than I intended. I really like that BB wingtip oxford, but tough to pull the trigger when already having three other color 8 wingtip/brogue variations. Tough to find this one also.
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Whiskey LWB

 

Very cool Frank! Love the Whiskey and the combination... wear in great health my friend!
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Found a pair of cigar shell LWB on eBay in my size, they've been relisted a few times so I think the price ($400) is too high. What should I offer? The uppers looks to be in a good shape, but I'm not sure about the sole. Are these so worn down that they need to be replaced?

 

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I think he will decline your lowball 100%
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Frank: Superb look with the whiskeys!
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I think he will decline your lowball 100%

 

Yup, most likely, they've been listed for several weeks. I think they started at around 480 or something. It's still too much for a pair of used shoes.

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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.
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^^^ shawnc, you've definitely made a couple of nice scores recently. I particularly like the Alt Wiens from Epaulet. Good hunting in the future. Most importantly have some fun while your at it.
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Found a pair of cigar shell LWB on eBay in my size, they've been relisted a few times so I think the price ($400) is too high. What should I offer? The uppers looks to be in a good shape, but I'm not sure about the sole. Are these so worn down that they need to be replaced?

 

 

That's really not possible to say from those photos.  You really need to feel them in person and see if there is a "sponginess" in the center of the soles to see if it is getting thin.  However, the stitches around the edges all seem to be intact, which may be a good sign, since often the thread will be worn through in portions on heavily worn soles.  The area and degree of thread wear depends on a person's gait though, so it can't be the only deciding factor.   

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Whiskey LWB


Stunning, I've always told myself I don't need a whiskey LWB. Currently changing my tune. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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#4 - black saddles x j.gilbert

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#4 - black saddles x j.gilbert

MrDV, you can't show these shoes enough sir. Very classy!
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