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post #6736 of 92424
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Originally Posted by Newstyle View Post
So correct me but are those used? If so did you find them on the shoemart website? I have looked and can't find anything like that on the website.

factory seconds aren't on the website.

you have to sign up for it through shoemart
post #6737 of 92424
visited the alden store on madison today...

i've been there numerous times and always had great customer service etc. today, it was this older gentleman, kinda stocky. INSANELY RUDE.

called me kid and was mad when I asked to try a different size.

"kid i know your size and that's not your size." (it was my size)

as i left i bought a pair of alden shoe trees for my other aldens. i came home and realized he charged me 40 bucks for the trees?!

i went back and asked to return them he goes "why'd you buy em kid?!"

i nearly snapped but maintained my cool and told them they had always been $30. he then told me the price went up.

"well sir, shoe mart still has them for $30."

"shoe mart isn't on madison ave kid! they're in shit kicker ville"

"wow!" i said

i didn't even want to argue anaymore so i just took my voided receipt and left.

absolute hell...i'm never buying shoes there ever again.

it's leather soul, leffot or bust.
post #6738 of 92424
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Originally Posted by chestercopperpot View Post

i didn't even want to argue anaymore so i just took my voided receipt and left.

absolute hell...i'm never buying shoes there ever again.

They need a better employee training program \t
post #6739 of 92424
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Originally Posted by chestercopperpot View Post
factory seconds aren't on the website.

you have to sign up for it through shoemart

How do you do that?
post #6740 of 92424
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Originally Posted by Newstyle View Post
How do you do that?
I've dealt primarily with Ed. He'll probably be familiar with most things Alden. He's always be incredibly helpful to me. Call, ask for him, and just let him know you want to be on the email/Aldens 2nds list.
post #6741 of 92424
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Originally Posted by chestercopperpot View Post
visited the alden store on madison today...

i've been there numerous times and always had great customer service etc. today, it was this older gentleman, kinda stocky. INSANELY RUDE.

called me kid and was mad when I asked to try a different size.

"kid i know your size and that's not your size." (it was my size)

as i left i bought a pair of alden shoe trees for my other aldens. i came home and realized he charged me 40 bucks for the trees?!

i went back and asked to return them he goes "why'd you buy em kid?!"

i nearly snapped but maintained my cool and told them they had always been $30. he then told me the price went up.

"well sir, shoe mart still has them for $30."

"shoe mart isn't on madison ave kid! they're in shit kicker ville"

"wow!" i said

i didn't even want to argue anaymore so i just took my voided receipt and left.

absolute hell...i'm never buying shoes there ever again.

it's leather soul, leffot or bust.

man, that sucks. I've been there a few times but being a younger customer I've always felt slightly uncomfortable there, especially with the older salesmen. I think they assume that if they bring me something that is 1/2 a size off, but wider or narrower, I'll buy it because it is the "only one left in stock" or that "it fits me well". They are probably much better in dealing with older customers who they know are loaded. I wouldn't necessarily avoid this place but there are other options for trying on Aldens in the city as we all know.
post #6742 of 92424
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Originally Posted by chestercopperpot View Post
"they're in shit kicker ville"

Been there...
post #6743 of 92424
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Originally Posted by MiniW View Post
man, that sucks. I've been there a few times but being a younger customer I've always felt slightly uncomfortable there, especially with the older salesmen. I think they assume that if they bring me something that is 1/2 a size off, but wider or narrower, I'll buy it because it is the "only one left in stock" or that "it fits me well". They are probably much better in dealing with older customers who they know are loaded. I wouldn't necessarily avoid this place but there are other options for trying on Aldens in the city as we all know.

+1 On them trying to get you into the wrong size just to clear their stockroom. I was in there the other day and wanted to try a shoe I liked that was on the Hampton last. The pair he brought out was clearly the Tremont. When I pointed this out, he was adamant that it was the Hampton. Whenever I go there I always feel like I have to have my guard up because they're such hucksters.

They were also treating some old guy in the store like crap. Young or old, I think they're just plain rude. Unfortunately, they're sometimes the only place that might have your size so you have to deal with it.
post #6744 of 92424
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Originally Posted by chestercopperpot View Post

as i left i bought a pair of alden shoe trees for my other aldens. i came home and realized he charged me 40 bucks for the trees?!

"well sir, shoe mart still has them for $30."

"shoe mart isn't on madison ave kid! they're in shit kicker ville"


That's crazy. Even J. Crew sells them for $30
post #6745 of 92424
Take your complaint to Alden. I have to think they wouldn't appreciate a**holes flogging their merchandise. Sounds like Ikey needs to be brought into line there.
post #6746 of 92424
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Originally Posted by chestercopperpot View Post
visited the alden store on madison today...

i've been there numerous times and always had great customer service etc. today, it was this older gentleman, kinda stocky. INSANELY RUDE.

called me kid and was mad when I asked to try a different size.

"kid i know your size and that's not your size." (it was my size)

as i left i bought a pair of alden shoe trees for my other aldens. i came home and realized he charged me 40 bucks for the trees?!

i went back and asked to return them he goes "why'd you buy em kid?!"

i nearly snapped but maintained my cool and told them they had always been $30. he then told me the price went up.

"well sir, shoe mart still has them for $30."

"shoe mart isn't on madison ave kid! they're in shit kicker ville"

"wow!" i said

i didn't even want to argue anaymore so i just took my voided receipt and left.

absolute hell...i'm never buying shoes there ever again.

it's leather soul, leffot or bust.
I am pretty certain they are independent and not owned by Alden. But to bring up the price in another store is rather douche IMHO. I'm not sure what the Alden trees are like but I use the Woodlore Epic's:




I am having problems with the LeatherSoul sites.


I was in Alden DC on Saturday and they have some Cigar, Chukka, PTB and NST's I believe, and Ravello Longwing's. They have Whiskey PTB's and Wing Tips similar to this:



With a similar contrasting heel. Out of the two I much prefer the Ravello. They may have Ravello Chukka's as well. I am not sure of sizes.

They seem to have Cigar and Whiskey PTB's every time I am there.
post #6747 of 92424
Not real sure Alden directly would care, as they aren't involved daily with the goings-on at that particular store? I'm also disheartened by a, well, not POOR exactly but "less than stellar" customer service experience reported on the other forum, not sure if it's been mentioned here. That experience also involved Alden NYC IIRC.

The guy got a reply from Tarlow (or, more likely, his "office") expressing a sentiment kind of akin to "so what do you want me to do?" when the guy initially thought his MTO fee wouldn't be refunded after shoes were returned due to manufacturing defect. That situation worked out okay - the guy ended up losing about 25 bucks on the deal, but he wore the shoes for a little while before the defect became apparent, so call it a wash. Even so, the response left a slightly... off... taste in my mouth - maybe just in comparison to what AE or EG or other companies' stellar service reports, but still.
post #6748 of 92424
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
I was in Alden DC on Saturday and they have some Cigar, Chukka, PTB and NST's I believe, and Ravello Longwing's. They have Whiskey PTB's and Wing Tips similar to this:



With a similar contrasting heel. Out of the two I much prefer the Ravello. They may have Ravello Chukka's as well. I am not sure of sizes.

Just called the DC store and they indicated that the only shell wing tips are Ravello long wings, no short wings in shell (and none with the contrasting heel).
post #6749 of 92424
It seems to me an appropriate response would have been an offer to remake the shoes as soon as practicable with a refunding of any MTO fees. Maybe throw in a coupon for a future purchase ($100 off or something) due to all the problems that ensued.

I had a similar issue with a pair of Aldens that I special ordered through Tom at Leather Soul last year. The shoes were defective, Alden admitted they were. However, as I require a narrow size none of Tom's stock sized shoes from that order would have worked for me as a replacement. I'm sure it's a shoe Tom would never order again. I accepted the fact that I just wasn't going to get those shoes, and ended up getting a pair of snuff suede flex-welt chukkas as replacements. I wear the chukkas far more than I would have worn the ordered shoes. I was disappointed initially, but felt getting another pair settled the issue.

Alden didn't do a stellar job handling the issue with YoungClay, but it was really a Catch-22 due to his unusual size and the use of one of the rare shell colors on his shoe.

Those interested in reading the saga can do so here.

Unrelated to that, Horween/shell cordovan fans will be interested in this 1934 letter from Horween explaining shell cordovan (also originally linked from AAAC).

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Originally Posted by TheWGP View Post
Not real sure Alden directly would care, as they aren't involved daily with the goings-on at that particular store? I'm also disheartened by a, well, not POOR exactly but "less than stellar" customer service experience reported on the other forum, not sure if it's been mentioned here. That experience also involved Alden NYC IIRC.

The guy got a reply from Tarlow (or, more likely, his "office") expressing a sentiment kind of akin to "so what do you want me to do?" when the guy initially thought his MTO fee wouldn't be refunded after shoes were returned due to manufacturing defect. That situation worked out okay - the guy ended up losing about 25 bucks on the deal, but he wore the shoes for a little while before the defect became apparent, so call it a wash. Even so, the response left a slightly... off... taste in my mouth - maybe just in comparison to what AE or EG or other companies' stellar service reports, but still.
post #6750 of 92424
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post
+1 On them trying to get you into the wrong size just to clear their stockroom. I was in there the other day and wanted to try a shoe I liked that was on the Hampton last. The pair he brought out was clearly the Tremont. When I pointed this out, he was adamant that it was the Hampton. Whenever I go there I always feel like I have to have my guard up because they're such hucksters.

That's an old shoe sales trick - women often run into that also - trying to make a sale when they don't have your size by saying a 10E fits like a 10.5D, etc. When I was flogging shoes while in school I was taught that technique and told that it was true - but later found out, of course, that it was pure old bs.

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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
It seems to me an appropriate response would have been an offer to remake the shoes as soon as practicable with a refunding of any MTO fees. Maybe throw in a coupon for a future purchase ($100 off or something) due to all the problems that ensued.

With all respect, Alan, it is not reasonable to expect a company to lose money on a transaction. Maybe they could remake the shoes and throw in a can of polish, but how much would they have to cough up, not just this time, but to other disgruntled customers?
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