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Not too many. I called about 2 weeks ago. One 7.5E PTB and one 9.5 NST.

The Cigar NST is a 9.5E...tempted, but I'd probably slip out of a Barrie E. I'm considering a Cap Toe Bal, but I'd prefer my Cigar to be something else.

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post #59822 of 90162
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All the talk about JCrew and its return policy reminded me that I've been meaning to ask our thread about the following situation I've been having with my JCrew suede LWBs:

 

I bought the suede LWBs back in Feb (with the help of my favorite JCrew stylist's clandestine 25% "price reduction":) and, shortly after beginning to wear them in the spring, noticed--first on the right shoe and then later on the left--that horizontal lines would develop where the shoes would crease due to walking. My initial thought was, "Hey, shoes crease. They're shoes, not Rembrandts after all." However, these "creases" are extensive enough that it comes to appear as though there is no suede material in those sections.

 

I can sometimes use my suede brush and eraser to try to minimize the horizontal lines forming, but they always come back. What further leads me to believe I should look into this is that the pics you other JCrew suede lwb owners post always feature pristine looking suede on the vamp. Do I have a defective shoe and, if so, would it be worth it to talk to JCrew about a replacement?

 

 

^^^I've seen this before.  It is the result of bad karma by getting an extra discount that was not meant to apply to Alden shoes by means of an underhanded tactic.:uhoh:

 

...J/K, I've sneakily employed a discount when it should not have applied to buy Alden shoes from BB.

 

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UPS stopped into my waiting room to deliver my grail Ravello LWBs today...

 
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Congrats! On to the next grail!!!

 

Which begs the question... What is your next grail, Doc?

 

What's your current Alden Line-up?  It has to have gotten pretty big by now.  (Don't include your AE make-ups, they don't count)

 

...and of course, wear your grail LWB in good health.

post #59823 of 90162
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

All the talk about JCrew and its return policy reminded me that I've been meaning to ask our thread about the following situation I've been having with my JCrew suede LWBs:

I bought the suede LWBs back in Feb (with the help of my favorite JCrew stylist's clandestine 25% "price reduction"smile.gif and, shortly after beginning to wear them in the spring, noticed--first on the right shoe and then later on the left--that horizontal lines would develop where the shoes would crease due to walking. My initial thought was, "Hey, shoes crease. They're shoes, not Rembrandts after all." However, these "creases" are extensive enough that it comes to appear as though there is no suede material in those sections.

I can sometimes use my suede brush and eraser to try to minimize the horizontal lines forming, but they always come back. What further leads me to believe I should look into this is that the pics you other JCrew suede lwb owners post always feature pristine looking suede on the vamp. Do I have a defective shoe and, if so, would it be worth it to talk to JCrew about a replacement? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I have the lines on some Cleverleys too, not sure what the reason is but don't think it's a major issue?

Also lot's of Navy CXL ptbs in seconds for the person who was looking for them
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The Cigar NST is a 9.5E...tempted, but I'd probably slip out of a Barrie E. I'm considering a Cap Toe Bal, but I'd prefer my Cigar to be something else.

 

Be patient, and don't compromise on what you really want.  That's how you end up with too many shoes that you practically never wear. 

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

UPS stopped into my waiting room to deliver my grail Ravello LWBs today while I was with a patient. Sure was difficult to keep listening to what the poor patient had to say as I held back my tears of joy and relief
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Btw, please let me add another hearty +1 for Kathy and Joe at DC. They sent me yet another Alden shoehorn, as well as not one, but two extra pairs of Alden laces. Please let me know if anyone needs an extra pair of Alden laces. I'd be glad to send them along your way!
Congratulations Doc on receiving what is my favourite Alden shoe. Wear them in the best of health by friend. Are you happy now?
post #59826 of 90162
I need to get on that list for ravello LWB. It's settled.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Be patient, and don't compromise on what you really want.  That's how you end up with too many shoes that you practically never wear. 
Sound advice there, bakes!
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Alcibiades: Ravello LWB may be Alden's best single model (especially with these dark brown edged soles Alden DC orders)

It may be Alden's best looking model. Wore mine last night.

For those of you getting in on this run, do they have waterloc soles?
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The shoemart seconds email is like the fantasy football waiver wire on Tuesday morning.
I had to wake up at 5:50 am on Tuesday to pick up a surging bronco TE.

Nice pickup. I was too low on the wire for him but grabbed Cook in one league and Cameron in the other. Both upgrades at TE for me.

Sounds like we need an Alden fan FF league smile.gif
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What does it take to get on the list at DC? Just a phone call? Do you have to be a previous customer?
post #59831 of 90162
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Do I have a defective shoe and, if so, would it be worth it to talk to JCrew about a replacement?



I have the same issue with my tan suede LWBs from LeatherSoul. It happened immediately, and the lines were set by the third wear. I decided it was patina and moved on.
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What does it take to get on the list at DC? Just a phone call? Do you have to be a previous customer?

Just give them a ring. It helps to have purchased but they are a great group. Everyone starts as a new customer
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Just give them a ring. It helps to have purchased but they are a great group. Everyone starts as a new customer
Thanks, Ryden. Maybe I'll see what they have in stock and become a customer and get put on the list the same day...haha. Gotta wait a bit to buy anything else at the moment ;-)
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Be patient, and don't compromise on what you really want.  That's how you end up with too many shoes that you practically never wear.

 

True...thanks. Something a little less formal than a $700 balmoral cap would probably get more use. Still, I'm sure I'll dream of ordering them tonight...hide the phone tomorrow.

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Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post
 

 

True...thanks. Something a little less formal than a $700 balmoral cap would probably get more use. Still, I'm sure I'll dream of ordering them tonight...hide the phone tomorrow.

Full and fair disclosure: I own the Cigar Strait Tip Balmoral from Citi.  I haven't worn it yet, but not for lack of wanting to.  I haven't had a chance to implement the Mac Break-in Method on them.  I think a big question you should ask yourself when considering this shoe is: How often do I wear a suit?

 

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A bit darker than most cigar, but perhaps appropriately so given the formal nature of this shoe, as JermynStreet has pointed out in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

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What does it take to get on the list at DC? Just a phone call? Do you have to be a previous customer?

Not to defame any reputations, but rather to share my experience...

 

I was on a list for their Grant Cigar Cap Toe Boot on Commando and they never called me about them.  This was about 2 or 3 restocking cycles ago [for that model].  A blessing in disguise really, because I think it was an emotional, Alden Frenzy motivated decision, and that make-up wouldn't have fit my style very well.  However, the lesson is: don't rely on them calling you.  Sounds as though they may have become more organized with these size reservations since then, but that's my story pertaining to their "lists".

 

Hopefully they don't sell my Thor Boot to someone else, should they ever come in.

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