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Hello Gents - color 4 captoes

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Broke out the whiskey this morning:

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Tif, those are some beautiful Whiskeys. The color in those are extremely rich.

 

-Mike

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Hello Gents - color 4 captoes

 

I hate you. Those are ridiculous.

 

Sorry, I had to get that out. Sazon, those are some amazing boots. The shine on those are insane.

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

People gloss over Alden's issues or brush them under the rug going on about beautiful shell. It does new readers a disservice when they read this thread or post about issues that other manufacturers would not let reach the customer (or not nearly as frequently) and are told that it's "normal" or that they're being "too picky". Don't pretend like Aldens make a very high quality shoe. They make a quirky shoe. You may have some sort of emotional attachment or forgiveness for these quirks, but don't try and kid yourself that you're paying for quality. Yes, everybody likes different things... it's OK to like fast food and acknowledge it isn't "good" food.
 

I have a couple of dozen pairs of Aldens and have had ZERO problems with quality control.  Obviously there are examples out there as documented on this thread.  But as far as my experience goes, I have had nothing but great quality shoes delivered my way.  To liken Alden to fast food sure seems to me like you have your own personal/emotional issues with the brand.  Maybe you were using hyperbole to make your point, I don't know. Whatever the case may be, it seems as though you are guilty of your own personal judgment of people you do not even know.

 

Personally, when I find a brand of just about any type of clothing that fits comfortably and looks good, I usually go all in with it not because of an emotional attachment, but one of comfort/fit and aesthetic.  Please don't judge me or others here with your condescension; it's pretty lame.  It's as if you are a more enlightened person for having come to grips with how mediocre a brand of shoe, Alden is.  Thank you for helping us to see how dishonest we have been to ourselves.

 

Long crappy day... didn't mean to be confrontational.

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

 

RTP, those are looking superb for 3 years with frequent use. You are making me regret the Color 8 LWB hole in my closet. It will get filled someday soon. After I get off of my Ravello, Cigar, and Whiskey purge, which Alden seems to be doing for me... :-)

 

-Mike

Hard to believe a man with your LWB collection lacks the 975.  That J Crew sale could have made your collection complete for a really nice price.

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Hello Gents - color 4 captoes Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Awesome Saz!

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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post


People gloss over Alden's issues or brush them under the rug going on about beautiful shell...Don't pretend like Aldens make a very high quality shoe. They make a quirky shoe. You may have some sort of emotional attachment or forgiveness for these quirks, but don't try and kid yourself that you're paying for quality.

 

LOL. Preach!

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

 

I hate you. Those are ridiculous.

 

Sorry, I had to get that out. Sazon, those are some amazing boots. The shine on those are insane.

 

-Mike

 

Don't hate the player; hate the game.  It's not Sazon's fault Alden is weird and (*allegedly*) refuses to produce more shoes in Color 4.  I am just waiting for the day when Ravello and/or Whiskey shell become virtually non-existent as well.  

 

I honestly believe this whole rare shell phenomenon is complete B.S.  I think they are just trying to maintain a pent up demand and cult status for their goods.  

Cheers. 

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Originally Posted by Briar Snob View Post

I sent Will an email yesterday and just heard back from him.  He said that it was too late for the current order, but put me down for a 12.5D for the next run of these -- whenever that is.  

I hope this means these will be made sooner rather than later.
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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

LOL. Preach!


Don't hate the player; hate the game.  It's not Sazon's fault Alden is weird and (*allegedly*) refuses to produce more shoes in Color 4.  I am just waiting for the day when Ravello and/or Whiskey shell become virtually non-existent as well.  

I honestly believe this whole rare shell phenomenon is complete B.S.  I think they are just trying to maintain a pent up demand and cult status for their goods.  
Cheers. 

LoL. I don't hate Sazon at all. I was just joking. I do wish that I was in the Alden world before Color 4 disappeared.

I will also state that I have no clue why Cigar is a rare shell color. It doesn't look particularly light to me that would cause only 1% of shells being candidates for the color due to its inability to hide imperfections. I guess they know more than I do.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Hard to believe a man with your LWB collection lacks the 975.  That J Crew sale could have made your collection complete for a really nice price.

Thank you RTP, however I have been in no rush really due to the current ease of getting #8. I thought the JCrew sale was just for people with JCrew credit cards or something. I must have missed a coupon code.

I was also thinking of getting a narrow size in these for a perfect fit. I go for a great fit on the rare colors due to availability.

I also plan to get a Black as well someday.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


LoL. I don't hate Sazon at all. I was just joking. I do wish that I was in the Alden world before Color 4 disappeared.

 

I was just busting your chops a little in jest. I bet if you stick around long enough, Color 4 will re-emerge at some point.  That is not to say Color 4 will be easy to get under such circumstances. I recall LeatherSoul getting some nasty-grams from at least one person who was unable to get hold of one of LS's Color 4 makeups. Also, if Color 4 comes back, expect a 950 USD handle or something, better yet it will only be available in Japan for more.

 

Lastly, I bet Whiskey and Ravello will get several more price increases in the next two years. 

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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

I was just busting your chops a little in jest. I bet if you stick around long enough, Color 4 will re-emerge at some point.  That is not to say Color 4 will be easy to get under such circumstances. I recall LeatherSoul getting some nasty-grams from at least one person who was unable to get hold of one of LS's Color 4 makeups. Also, if Color 4 comes back, expect a 950 USD handle or something, better yet it will only be available in Japan for more.

Lastly, I bet Whiskey and Ravello will get several more price increases in the next two years. 

Ugh $950.

Sadly, I think there would still be a tough fight to get our hands on them.
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Thank you RTP, however I have been in no rush really due to the current ease of getting #8. I thought the JCrew sale was just for people with JCrew credit cards or something. I must have missed a coupon code.

I was also thinking of getting a narrow size in these for a perfect fit. I go for a great fit on the rare colors due to availability.

I also plan to get a Black as well someday.

-Mike


There is no rush.  Or is there?  :nest:

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Kathy and the gentleman from Alden of SF have both told me outright that Alden is done making color 4. IIRC it's the most complicated to brew, so they will continue to focus on #8 and black. So for now, the only way we're getting #4 is if Saz suffers some sort of freak psychogenic fugue and decides to sell his entire herd. Sadly for me, he's not an 8.5d barrie.

 

Can't we all just get along? There is so much debate about practicality and qc and the proper valuation of Aldens. They're going to suit many of us and they're going to wrankle others. As a very wise poster noted earlier, to each his own. Each person has their particular reasons for purchasing or passing. For me, Alden is the go-to both for emotional reasons and familiarity: I know the brand so well now that, even though I might find better quality and/or cheaper prices, I know what I'm getting with my $ and don't need to work too hard to find interesting, versatile shoes and boots. Let's get back to reveling in shine, patina and mother-daughter porn jokes.

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^^^ +1, thank you for helping us to refocus.  Good night gentlemen...

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