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On a related note - When I was talking to a sales associate at one of the official Alden stores about a year ago or so and I mentioned how hard of a time I have finding certain shoes in my size (7.5 for many of their lasts), they noted that the stores have a list of a few people they unofficially refuse to sell to anymore because they would come in and buy up every piece of inventory around a size 8.5 and smaller and were suspected of reselling them in Japan, Korea, and Singapore at a significant markup.

Well then, Alden must be run by lunatics and will go out of business.  This practice is absurd, self-defeating and un-enforcable.

 

If the resellers were successful at reselling the shoes abroad, then the mark-ups were by definition not "significant".  If people paid the prices the that resellers were asking, they did so happily and not begrudgingly.

 

:stirpot:

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well played. i have the same boot. one of my cheaper pairs, but ironically, one of my most complimented. a great substitute for whiskey
Thanks Doc!
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Light colored wingtip shoes and boots are great compliment getters. One of my most complimented pairs was my natural CXL longwings.

macjedi, I have those boots arriving next week, your fit pic is very very encouraging. Both the J Gilbert wingtip boots and the standard tan wingtip blucher are great options
Alcibiades! Congrats on the new boots! I got these from Yenni in 2012 and have worn them at least once a week since. I'm amazed at how well they've held up. They still look new to me! Crazyness!!! Makes me wanna try Alden's other calf offerings … maybe 901 or 908 … but shell is always tempting me away.

Cheers!
post #73533 of 93961
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I dunno... seems a bit hypocritical for a company that espouses the writings of Ayn Rand and with such a libertarian founder and board chairman to want to stand in the way of somebody else's capitalistic endeavor. If the reseller is offering a product that somebody else is willing to purchase, at a price they are willing to pay, and Lululemon is failing to offer said product, I'd say society has been bettered. Well, bettered as much as a pair of yoga pants can better something, so maybe bettering my view when I am at the gym? mwink[1].gif

On a related note - When I was talking to a sales associate at one of the official Alden stores about a year ago or so and I mentioned how hard of a time I have finding certain shoes in my size (7.5 for many of their lasts), they noted that the stores have a list of a few people they unofficially refuse to sell to anymore because they would come in and buy up every piece of inventory around a size 8.5 and smaller and were suspected of reselling them in Japan, Korea, and Singapore at a significant markup.

Entrepreneurship that is. Take a L@@K at these gray market Alden resellers.

http://shose-salon.com/?mode=grp&gid=357294&page=3

http://premium-pair.com/?mode=grp&gid=517663

http://alden-pro.com/?mode=cate&cbid=1356111&csid=0

Even with the current "manipulated" weak Japanese yen, the profit is still significant.

I have also seen a Japanese web site that sells Alden seconds.
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post


Entrepreneurship that is. Take a L@@K at these gray market Alden resellers.

http://shose-salon.com/?mode=grp&gid=357294&page=3

http://premium-pair.com/?mode=grp&gid=517663

http://alden-pro.com/?mode=cate&cbid=1356111&csid=0

Even with the current "manipulated" weak Japanese yen, the profit is still significant.

I have also seen a Japanese web site that sells Alden seconds.

The second and third links you offered are basically a Japanese version of ShoeMart, replete with sold out models of rare shell. :rotflmao:

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The second and third links you offered are basically a Japanese version of ShoeMart, replete with sold out models of rare shell. rotflmao.gif

I think they just lifted the pictures and info off from TSM to beef up their own websites. Pretty low.
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On a related note - When I was talking to a sales associate at one of the official Alden stores about a year ago or so and I mentioned how hard of a time I have finding certain shoes in my size (7.5 for many of their lasts), they noted that the stores have a list of a few people they unofficially refuse to sell to anymore because they would come in and buy up every piece of inventory around a size 8.5 and smaller and were suspected of reselling them in Japan, Korea, and Singapore at a significant markup.

Well then, Alden must be run by lunatics and will go out of business.  This practice is absurd, self-defeating and un-enforcable.

 

If the resellers were successful at reselling the shoes abroad, then the mark-ups were by definition not "significant".  If people paid the prices the that resellers were asking, they did so happily and not begrudgingly.

 

:stirpot:

 

ISWYDT

 

Seriously, though, Alden does seem like something of a mess as a company.  We all complain about it, right?  They've created a situation where people (like us) get all cult-y over their products, then they get mad when said situation blows up in their faces.  Does not augur well.

 

I know AE doesn't get much love in this thread, but at least that company seems to be run by businesspeople.

 

P.S. If anyone from any Alden retailer reads this comment, please disregard.

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That's interesting. Sounds like they are managing well following that whole scandal where they apparently sold see through yoga pants after skimping out on the material. Then there was the scandal where the CEO was accused of not caring to make sizes for fuller figured women. Of course, I see nothing but a packed store at the Lululemon in my downtown. What's their stock at today? Maybe this would be a better investment than the plaza lasted king indys...

 

My wife told me that those see through pants became super coveted after that story. Apparently women wanted them after knowing they were being discontinued. Seems people always want what they can't have.

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PSA that I may come to regret: I just checked in with Kathy at Alden of DC and she tells me there is at least one 8.5D Ravello PTB in stock. Happy spending and post pics, please! Btw, she said there might be other sizes, but I didn't ask which ones.

 

Also, let's try to see if we can persuade her to do a plaza color 8 nst boot makeup with antique edge. She tells me she's thinking about it...

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My wife told me that those see through pants became super coveted after that story. Apparently women wanted them after knowing they were being discontinued. Seems people always want what they can't have.

Cannot imagine such a thing.

post #73540 of 93961
Everyone's always screaming about the free market until it no longer benefits them. I wore my last pair of Aldens for the first time in a while yesterday.
post #73541 of 93961
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

 

 

Seriously, though, Alden does seem like something of a mess as a company.  We all complain about it, right?  They've created a situation where people (like us) get all cult-y over their products, then they get mad when said situation blows up in their faces.  Does not augur well.

 

I know AE doesn't get much love in this thread, but at least that company seems to be run by businesspeople.

 

 

Agree on both points.

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snuff roy boot from context.

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snuff roy boot from context.
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Look'n good!
post #73544 of 93961
Good afternoon Gentlemen:

For those interested, I posted some comparison pics of my new Viberg 2030 last boots and Alden Trubalance, Barrie & Plaza last boots: http://www.styleforum.net/t/224463/viberg-boots/3000#post_6935532
post #73545 of 93961
Just heard from Context. They were informed by Alden today that the Tanker order due this month has been delayed until May. They (Alden) blamed it on a shortage of #8 which sounds like crap, considering other makers (AE and C&J) both seem to have limitless amounts to play around with.
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