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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

Someone posted in here last week that Alden will only resole with the original sole. I took that to mean they wouldn't let you change from a regular sole to a commando sole or a crepe sole, etc. Was that incorrect or are we now talking about going the BNelson route with these Indys?

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

If I understand correctly, your options may be limited: Alden restoration will only do the same same sole as the original.  B Nelson will switch soles, but doesn't do the Alden split-style commando, but does a full lug sole instead.  It sounds like Moulded shoe perhaps does the commando, but will they switch it from another sole?
Good points, guys. I was just assuming the local cobbler or B Nelson route as I knew Alden wouldn't do it.
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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post
 

 

Reading the comments in that link, I found this post by LS interesting:

 

Sorry, Alden no longer allows retailers to post rare shells on their website. Some still do but they are going against Alden’s internet policies. Please follow us on Instagram for more pictures of our offerings. - See more at: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2014/02/20/alden-shoe-unlined-cxl-ptb-lsdt-lbh/#sthash.DzXFP8OJ.dpuf

 

 

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


This is true - Alden SF and NYC pulled their rare offerings from their website sometime last year based on this policy...

From the cynic in me...

How long until the SF Alden community gets cease and desist letters in the mail saying not to post pics of rare shell anymore?

This is so absurd now.

So only the super "in the know" folks will have access to the other shell colors?

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That blows. Why would they not be willing to change the sole it if it's something they readily carry?

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Well, say what you will about Alden....at least they haven't tried to stop people from selling their shoes 2nd hand on eBay like LuLu Lemon did.

 

You know...come to think of it, I'd rather have some Shell shoes than 7 pairs of LuLu shorts (@ $88/each!)

 

Apparently they did an about face...one people started to complain:

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/lululemon-banning-customers-reselling-clothes-article-1.1619020

 

Ok...Thread HiJack over

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

 

 

From the cynic in me...

How long until the SF Alden community gets cease and desist letters in the mail saying not to post pics of rare shell anymore?

This is so absurd now.

So only the super "in the know" folks will have access to the other shell colors?

 

I recently had a retailer 'ask' me to remove a copy/pasted small list of sizes/prices that they supplied me with. I was just trying to help out others that may have been my size and didn't know about the stock at this store (pricing isn't advertised on their website).

 

If I didn't remove the post, the retailer said they would not communicate with me anymore.

 

Seemed odd, but they may have just had a requirement with Alden that pricing not get advertised. I can respect that, but wasn't given that as an answer.

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The sole issue I can kind of understand - why wait for Leather Soul's Ultimate Indy if all you need to do is buy a 403 from anywhere and send the shoe to Alden in for re-crafting to a commando sole? Alden sells retailers on the "exclusivity" of their retailer designed models (which are often only different from each other in sole style and edge color).
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


Good points, guys. I was just assuming the local cobbler or B Nelson route as I knew Alden wouldn't do it.

If B Nelson won't do split commando resole then who does? I'm near SF.
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Originally Posted by gentfarmer View Post

If B Nelson won't do split commando resole then who does? I'm near SF.

You can call Moulded Shoe in NYC. They carry stock models and I believe they can add commando soles as well. Here is their website:

http://www.mouldedshoe.com/aldeno.html
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

The sole issue I can kind of understand - why wait for Leather Soul's Ultimate Indy if all you need to do is buy a 403 from anywhere and send the shoe to Alden in for re-crafting to a commando sole? Alden sells retailers on the "exclusivity" of their retailer designed models (which are often only different from each other in sole style and edge color).

 

But if you buy a 403 and get it sent for recrafting, you're paying an extra $160 or whatever it is they charge at this point. So yes you could match some of the exclusive make ups but at an added cost. I doubt many people would be jumping at that chance. 

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I was at one of the Alden retailers last month. They told me their phone would keep ringing all day long whenever somebody posted their recent rare shell acquisitions here.
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Cigar NST??!!?? Yea please!!!!
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Cigar NST??!!?? Yea please!!!!

Yes, sir. Cigar, that is.

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^^ I would really love to have those.

Where, when, how???
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