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You're my favorite stalker.
I was responding to a post where you were responding to me.

Not sure why you think that is stalking but by all means when someone comes into your place of employment and responds "no" to your question of "Would you like fries with that?" feel free to think they are stalking you.

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I knew you would show up for your favorite topic.

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So who has some Aldens on? Let's see some pics!
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I was responding to a post where you were responding to me.

Not sure why you think that is stalking but by all means when someone comes into your place of employment and responds "no" to your question of "Would you like fries with that?" feel free to think they are stalking you.

You work for the "The official Alden thread - supported by Leather Soul?"
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So who has some Aldens on? Let's see some pics!


Alden of Carmel AF64 Kudu Indies. Great boots and a great shop!


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Alden does have a QC problem. Debate the size of it, but there's been too many examples of shoddy shoes shown here- problems that are easily noticeable to the untrained eye, nevermind someone whose job it is.

As for people that buy other shoes having different social groups, I don't know about that. I have as many CJ as I do Aldens, haven't experienced and quality control issues with CJ however.

People are more than 10 times likely to complain about something than to extol its virtues, though, so complaints always look overblown on forums, etc. I would say this is the most likely reason.

My prediction: The QC issues are a slow leak- a) the person doing the job possibly stopped giving a shit and b) given the popularity of Alden in more mainstream stores they're probably under pressure to deliver a larger quantity than they're used to. If you have a quota and you need to ship that shoddy shoe to make it, you ship it. As it seems to be a very "community oriented" factory I think the QC guy probably knows the assembly people and would feel bad for rejecting their craftsmanship, particularly if they're going to grab a beer after work. Just a guess though.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias

I will say though that 100% of the shoes I've returned due to defects have been Alden.
Of course that's just one pair.
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Alden of Carmel AF64 Kudu Indies. Great boots and a great shop!


I'm not picking on you, but do you think the extremely closed lacing on that boot indicates they're too large for you? I often see shoes laced this tightly and I always wonder. A number of my shoes are at least one width too large and none of them come close to lacing all the way closed like that.
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I'm not picking on you, but do you think the extremely closed lacing on that boot indicates they're too large for you? I often see shoes laced this tightly and I always wonder. A number of my shoes are at least one width too large and none of them come close to lacing all the way closed like that.


These are definitely the right size for me. I have fairly wide, flat feet that don't have a lot of....height? I find that on a lot of my shoes and boots that when I get the proper width for the base of my foot, the uppers will be large enough that the lacing is fairly closed.
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I guess that makes sense. I have narrow feet with a lot of asymmetric height, so my shoes always tend to be too wide while still lacing fairly far apart.
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These just in at Leffot, and they look mighty tasty to me!
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Is there a difference from the ones sold at Shoe Mart (other than the laces)?
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Never noticed how similar the natural chromexcel looks to Whiskey until now......
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Is there a difference from the ones sold at Shoe Mart (other than the laces)?

360 degree flat welt on the Leffot's. It might not seem like much, but the little things can make all the difference sometimes. Also, I might be wrong but I'd guess that the laces are the same color and just appear to be different in the pictures. I don't think Alden has a slightly different lace color that it ships. Like I said, I could be wrong about that.

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Never noticed how similar the natural chromexcel looks to Whiskey until now......

I still haven't seen an entire shoe or boot in person in the natural Chromexcel, but from the swatch I don't think it's that close to whiskey. To me, the Chromexcel is a bit "cooler" in tone to the "warmer" Whiskey. But hey, what do I know???
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My first pair of Aldens just arrived today from Tom... and they are gorgeous (no QC issues that I can discern ). Kudu Ultimate Indy. Quick iPhone shot...
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Kudus to these pics, naturally!
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