That's all I needed to hear. I'm a patient man. If I think about this as an alden pre order, I'll likely get them long before the average wait time haha
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Now I'm waiting for boot preorders to hit the marketplace on here: "Alden cigar shell plain-toed boot on Barrie last (size 9D). Will be ready to sell my pair in six months. GET YOUR MONEY IN NOW BEORE IT IS TOO LATE."
I think you are better off getting it repaired rather than waiting for complete failure or for a resole (whichever comes first). If nothing else, due to the reasons you mentioned about potential water damage, etc. The good news is, the stitches you are looking at can be repaired without replacing the welt. Those are simply the stitches holding the outsole on. The number of welt replacements is limited to how many times a new welt is machine stitched to the inseam. I would contact Alden to see if they will repair these stitches without replacing the welt. If they won't, I'd send them to B. Nelson, as they almost certainly would. Or, you could just bypass Alden altogether and have B. Nelson fix it from the start. If simply replacing the stitches, while leaving all the other factory components in place can be done by B. Nelson, I'd bet it wouldn't cause issues with sending them back to Alden down the road if you so desired.
Also, B. Nelson will hand-stitch on a new welt, when the time for welt replacement comes. Because of this, having your boots resoled there should make them last much longer than having the factory do it (because the factory will use machines). Hand-stitching allows the original holes to be reused, while machine stitching will inevitably punch new holes, which is what decreases the lifespan of the leather. There are benefits to having Alden restore them, but ensuring the maximum lifespan of your boots isn't always one of them.
This is hugely helpful. Thanks very much, MoneyWellSpent!
I'd really like to know how these jcrew seconds keep popping up.. I talked with someone down in Lynchburg and she said they do not get third party merchandise there, but then I read elsewhere that they are being funneled through Jcrews outlet place down there.
if so, It'd almost be worth the hike