Originally Posted by mdubs
Yeah, that thought terrifies me. $1000 is beyond my sanity check for a pair of shoes.
I was thinking about that the other day, if rare shells are $730 in 2013. If they raise the price $25/year, in 11 years (2024), the price of a rare shell will exceed $1000. If it increases at a rate greater than $25/year, it will obviously be sooner. Ouch.
I agree that a $25/year increase makes it seem like in a few years, aldens will be very expensive. I am not sure how other brands are increasing (or not) their prices in respect to this, but if you consider inflation to average around 4%, and that the average shell boot/shoe costs around $650, you get $26 annually for inflation. It seems hard to swallow that in 2024, shell will cost > $1000, but everything in 2024 will cost more.
Edit: I do also agree though, if the price of Alden starts to creep up towards Carmina, and other name brands producing nice shells, then there are fewer and fewer Aldens that would be attractive at that price. I would however, choose a lot of Alden boot make ups over other companies; Alden makes the best boots (in terms of looks, not quality control) in the world, in my opinion.