or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread ***
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

***The official Alden thread *** - Page 4791

post #71851 of 87835
Already there, the prices on the bay are just south of 1k for some of the exotic models.

Styles mentioned in this thread:

post #71852 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

ouch.

for as much flak as the calif alden dealer gets for his return policy (adam?) atleast I think I've read he's fairly thorough with his quality control.

at the end of the day, we're talking about shoes that very well will get scuffed/scraped/beat 5 minutes out the house.. but these are $500+ shoes.. not $50 DSWs..

I cannot speak to UnionMade's quality control, but I can say that UnionMade is responsive and take steps to remedy issues.
Edited by blackboard_knowledge - 1/29/14 at 10:11am
post #71853 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

I tried my hardest to not waste too much time on these guys... I took them out on their maiden voyage today. My new Color 8 Plaza "Indy"... :-)

-Mike
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)







Great shoes and great pics Mike.
post #71854 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post


There has to be a tipping point, I just don't know what that point would be. I remember having this conversation when Alden cordovans were in the $500s, yet here we are doing the same thing (with perhaps more quality issues) +$200 later.

My unfortunate guess is that we are still below the threshold for many people on here. In fact, I am sort of surprised that there are not more people manipulating the system and trying to resell rare pairs at a major premium. Please no one get any ideas:D

 

imo, there are no shortage, atleast on ebay.

 

im not sure what styleforum rules are, but someone posting on here (either in this thread, or in their sig) an 'inflated' amount for a rare pair of shoes deserves any response other members feel appropriate. let the market establish value, but also let the market 'dictate' discussion of said value.

 

just my .02c, sent from a far corner of the web where I typically wait for sales for my aldens lol

post #71855 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post


I cannot speak to UnionMade's quality control --I have had problems with my orders, but as someone accurately stated, Alden is culpable as well-- but I can say that Adam and UnionMade are responsive and take steps to remedy issues.

My comment before was merely identifying a trend regarding these type of posts seeming to reference UnionMade --I am a statistician-- and was not meant to stir the pot.

 

my apologies. my post was not intended to stir the pot. I have not had the pleasure of doing business with Adam, mainly as he admitted to rarely ordering above sz11 IIRC

 

I have also no skin in the game concerning Unionmade. They are another vendor I've yet to purchase from (mainly as their shell options dont appeal to me typically).

post #71856 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nakedsnake View Post
 


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.

 

feeling the same way, I grabbed the C&J McCallum (brown shell chukka) from RL last month. much sleeker than the alden chukka (barrie or plaza), but with my *only* foray into C&J, im plenty disappointed in the finishing. i might just be skewed by aldens finishing, but for a shoe that RL listed on their website for $1300 (IIRC), I anticipated them being fairly flawless

 

price wise, I was in for $570ish with the discounts offered by RL at the time, so slightly cheaper than cigar chukkas from a typical vendor (my cigar barrie chukkas came from O'Connells for $600 IIRC a yr or so ago)

post #71857 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sombrero View Post

All the recent color 8 cap toe posts forced my hand.  Picked these up from
Alden Madison. Haven't been brave enough to expose them to the Midwest
winter yet.  Will just settle for scuffing up the floor in the safety of the indoors.

AppleMark

great looking boots! Congrats!
post #71858 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Already there, the prices on the bay are just south of 1k for some of the exotic models.

While I have seen some "exotics" go for surprising levels I am hopeful this will not become a trend.  It is a lot of effort to get your hands on certain models in the first place, then when you factor in taxes, shipping and seller fees most people would be lucky to clear a Benjamin. That seems like a tough way to make $100 not to mention the time spent answering bidder questions on Barrie sizing lol.

post #71859 of 87835
Given the scarcity of cordovan I have to believe that Horween has an annual increase. Not to mention consumables like glue, eyelets, etc. Also there are likely labor and insurance increases on a regular basis. To see a price increase annually is not a surprise to me.
post #71860 of 87835
Long time since I stopped by here gents,

Looks like my Alden medallion captoe Ravello arrived at the retailer smile.gif. Anyone owns these beauties?
post #71861 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Long time since I stopped by here gents,

Looks like my Alden medallion captoe Ravello arrived at the retailer smile.gif. Anyone owns these beauties?

Nice...January as projected. I'm a couple down on the list so my chances are slim. Some photos from the previous run have been posted if you search. I imagine these will be much darker.
post #71862 of 87835

I was debating getting in on the Leffot pre order Dover shoe which I really like but ultimately decided to go with the 990ptb.

 

I think the commando sole would be really cool with it and was gonna go with that. J gilbert has that make but they want $695. I can find the stock 990 on double leather for $645.. debating if its worth the extra price. 

 

From peoples personal experience will the commando soled 990 look chunkier or any different from a stock 990 from a top or side view? I think the commando would be cool if it was a small aesthetic difference but didnt affect the overall look of the shoe. I wear my Aldens with pretty much only jeans and chinos so not too concerned with them being formal enough.

 

I never owned a commando but I have a Alden cordovan boot on crepe sole and it seems like that could be replaced cheaper and more easily before it hits the wooden sole portion (sorry not familiar with the correct names). Any truth to this or replacing a leather sole and commando is pretty much equal.

 

thanks for any feedback guy. A lot to learn

post #71863 of 87835
Is anyone aware of where I can pick up the laces that come with Alden color 8 boots (flat, waxed, kind of neutral color, around 53") in a longer version? Something around 60" or longer would be preferred.

I seem to keep buying laces that look like the Alden ones on the web but when I receive them they are all different to the point that I keep going back to the Alden's. Rather than looking for imitations, it would be great if I could the same lace Ina longer version.
post #71864 of 87835
Email Alden and they will send you a few pairs
post #71865 of 87835
Quote:
Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Adam may be a little different, however I appreciate his dedication to ensure the customer gets what he pays for. I appreciate his efforts for one, his irregulars look better than many of the firsts some allow to leave their establishments.

As a newbie, I was really anxious to purchase the AF18 chukka from Adam/AoC. It was almost as if he was trying to dissuade me from purchasing the shoes, which I found odd and a little annoying. Turns out he was simply trying to ensure that I would be 100% satisfied with my purchase. Looking back on it, I appreciate the fact that he was as concerned with me as a customer as he was in making a sale. Since then, I have made close to a half dozen new Alden purchases and the AoC chukka's were the only pair that were blemish-free. It was obvious that Adam inspected my shoes before sending them and I would not hesitate to purchase from him again.

The really interesting thing is that he was trying to ensure that I understood how Barrie sizing works (which I admitingly did not). I loved the shoes but after about 10-15 wears, became dissatisfied with the fit. They are now on the bay.

Turns out that Adam was right after all.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Streetwear and Denim

Styles mentioned in this thread:

Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread ***