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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Agreed we will see how long the AE shell supply lasts.
Their "exotic" shell colors are all but gone already. I placed my MTO last week and they stated they only had about 25 pairs left. No plan of restocking.

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Their "exotic" shell colors are all but gone already. I placed my MTO last week and they stated they only had about 25 pairs left. No plan of restocking.

Tifolsi-any chance you can share how you inquired about MTO's. Their website is not very instructive.
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Originally Posted by crosswound View Post

the postal delivery man when he rolled up and saw me had the look on his face. why is this man taking a photo of his shoes. my neighbor had the same expression.



Ah yes, the bemused and quizzical looks one gets from family, friends, and perfect strangers as we take selfies of our feet. It's one of the added bonuses of going over the top with the horses arse dress shoe buying collecting thingy. Nice shoes by the way crosswound.
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Tifolsi-any chance you can share how you inquired about MTO's. Their website is not very instructive.

email allison debbie or paul I can pm you with details.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I think the deposit was only $100 or something. Honestly I cant remember at this point. But I would gladly pay in full and have them in 6 months or something. I understand from a business perspective why LS does this, they could conceivably get many more orders than just ordering stock and waiting for it to come in, but I will likely not participate again. I so prefer the Leffot method of waiting for a confirmation and then knowing there is likely a 6-9 month horizon. My real issue though is with Alden, not LS. I cannot fathom how it could take 2+ years to build a simple suede longwings. I have spent my career working in various manufacturing facilities and there is a serious issue with this. They should either reduce the number of retails or increase production. There is a lot of competition in the market place and Alden is currently missing out on a lot of revenue as well as running the risk of alienating their consumer base. While there may be no short term effect from this, there will certainly likely be a long-term one. Whenever a business loses sight of what is important and thinks demand will always simply be there because of who they are, things change...Just ask Tim Cook about their landscape compared to 5 years ago

The fact that Alden is making shoes for J.Crew is not a really good for the smaller volume retailers. I would assume J.Crew has some stringent delivery requirements on their suppliers. Guess who's orders would have to be pushed back when production falls behind.

Leffot's "pre-sale deposit" system is great for those with normal size/width requirements. But not so if someone needs a 6C, 9EEE or a 12C. LS's or Epaulet's "pre-order" system does accommodate those needs.

Considering the retail profit margin is somewhere in the vicinity of 50%, the retailers should be equally frustrated as the pre-order customers. No products, no sales, no profits.
Edited by mtc2000 - 8/24/13 at 9:41am
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

The fact that Alden is making shoes for J.Crew is not a really good for the smaller volume retailers. I would assume J.Crew has some stringent delivery requirements on their suppliers. Guess who's orders would have to be pushed back when production falls behind.

Leffot's "pre-sale deposit" system is great for those with normal size/width requirements. But not so if someone needs a 6C, 9EEE or a 12C. LS's or Epaulet's "pre-order" system does accommodate those needs.

Considering the retail profit margin is somewhere in the vicinity of 50%, the retailers should be equally frustrated as the pre-order customers. No products, no sales, no profits.

I believe you can e-mail Leffot during the pre-sale window for non-common sizes

The J Crew impact continues to be a bit overstated here, IMO. J Crew sells Aldens in a limited amount of urban stores, online and in the catalogue... What Alden shoes they do sell appear to be widely available (CXL Indy boots) or exclusives (Tobacco and Brown Calf Longwings). I guess they do sell some other suede and cordovan models, but it is not like J Crew is getting a bunch of rare cordovan orders while smaller retailers are not. Even when they do get rarer shoes (like the ravello longwings with brass eyelets), they aren't even widely sold. Brooks Brothers has been selling Aldens for years. I think it is just pure supply and demand.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I believe you can e-mail Leffot during the pre-sale window for non-common sizes

The J Crew impact continues to be a bit overstated here, IMO. J Crew sells Aldens in a limited amount of urban stores, online and in the catalogue... What Alden shoes they do sell appear to be widely available (CXL Indy boots) or exclusives (Tobacco and Brown Calf Longwings). I guess they do sell some other suede and cordovan models, but it is not like J Crew is getting a bunch of rare cordovan orders while smaller retailers are not. Even when they do get rarer shoes (like the ravello longwings with brass eyelets), they aren't even widely sold. Brooks Brothers has been selling Aldens for years. I think it is just pure supply and demand.

This reminds me of the time I returned a pair of Alden plain toe boots at the King of Prussia mall outside Philly. I don't think anyone working there had ever seen Aldens in person just by the way the store's sales associates had the boots out of the box in no time and passed them around like something sacred.

But yeah, very rarely does it ever seem like J.Crew has any of their shell collection in stock minus the unusual sizes. It's not uncommon for them to extend their backordered ship dates, either, in my experience.
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Just because...
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

^^^

getting any big boy sizes in yet? paypal is itching..

UNIPAIR!

Please get some shoes for the guys in the West!! 11,12,13s... I know you'd sell them too!!
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

email allison debbie or paul I can pm you with details.

Got it. Thanks bespoken pa. Much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by gosheik View Post

Just because...

I heard that. When it looks that good, you don't need a reason. Nicely done.
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

sorry for the threadjack gentlemen, but I rarely venture out of this thread..

Awhile back, I came across a pair of camouflage shoe bags.. now I can't find them in my bookmarks. my OCD keeps me trying to differentiate my various manufacturers, and my singular pair of wolverines I just grabbed would work best for these me thinks.

anyone got a line of a pair? I'm almost confident they were USA made, so even better.

thanks in advance brethren!

Didn't see anyone answer this yet. Try this:

http://msandco.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/camo-canvas-duck-cloth-shoe-bag
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I believe you can e-mail Leffot during the pre-sale window for non-common sizes

The J Crew impact continues to be a bit overstated here, IMO. J Crew sells Aldens in a limited amount of urban stores, online and in the catalogue... What Alden shoes they do sell appear to be widely available (CXL Indy boots) or exclusives (Tobacco and Brown Calf Longwings). I guess they do sell some other suede and cordovan models, but it is not like J Crew is getting a bunch of rare cordovan orders while smaller retailers are not. Even when they do get rarer shoes (like the ravello longwings with brass eyelets), they aren't even widely sold. Brooks Brothers has been selling Aldens for years. I think it is just pure supply and demand.

Good points, indeed supply and demand.

Yes, Leffot does take "pre-orders" for non-common sizes, but those do not fall in the "confirmed" allocations. There might not be any lead time advantage.

We, the consumers may want to believe otherwise, but in reality, I don't think shell shoes take absolute priority in the production queue. Shell or non-shell, exotic or not, if production is backlogged, even if they have the material, they can't catch up. I think there is already indication that it is happening even for non-shell models.
Edited by mtc2000 - 8/24/13 at 12:51pm
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