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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

The Japanese shops always have interesting make-ups. They're not for me, but here's a LWB in olive and brown.

http://store.silver-and-gold.com/?pid=44420717

Very nice.

I always think Alden sells more shoes in Japan than in the US. Someone should probe that question with the international sales rep. (Mr. Nate Humble).... not that he is going to say anything.

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post #75197 of 87400
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

really glad i decided to keep these. brown suede 6-eyelet chukka from j. gilbert



Really cool, lots of great aspects to this make up
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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

Very nice.

I always think Alden sells more shoes in Japan than in the US. Someone should probe that question with the international sales rep. (Mr. Nate Humble).... not that he is going to say anything.

I was talking to one of the guys at LS and they confirmed this.

Unfortunately there is no demand for bigger sizes in the Japanese market so even if I (12D) wanted a pair I'd be out of luck!
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^ why isnt there demand for bigger sizes in the Asian shoe market? ^_^
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

The Japanese shops always have interesting make-ups. They're not for me, but here's a LWB in olive and brown.

http://store.silver-and-gold.com/?pid=44420717


I'm with you REguy, very interesting but not sure I would wear them.  (... and I'm a longwing guy!)

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ why isnt there demand for bigger sizes in the Asian shoe market? ^_^

In that same conversation at LS the sales associate commented that the Asian demand for shoes tends to fall into roughly a size smaller than the American market.

I am not sure if Japanese retailers stock 12D and up to be honest as I have never enquired, but I know LS tends to have a tougher time selling their big sizes (they have a huge Japanese clientele)
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^ why isnt there demand for bigger sizes in the Asian shoe market? ^_^


What are you trying to say about me and my Asian brothers, NAMOR!?! :fence:

 

I think my 10D barries and my 6 foot frame make me a bit of an outlier. (no offense taken here...)

post #75203 of 87400
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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post
 

Hi guys, this thread is an incredible resource and a true danger to my wallet! I'm hunting hard for a pair of 11D 975's in Color 8 below retail. I've come up short on eBay and missed the J. Crew discount recently. If anyone has a pair they're looking to get rid of or has any leads, please do let me know. Thanks!

 

I have only paid full price for 3 of my Aldens (cigar covers, leffot #8 unlined dovers and CXL LHS from Leathersoul).

 

Patience, consistent monitoring of this thread and retailer sites have helped me land several make-ups in the last year at 30% to 40% off including ravello NSTs, #8 chukkas on commando, tobacco chamois boots and brown CXL dovers (all brand new, 1st quality from retailers)....not to mention several other like-new models on ebay......including a pair of barely worn #8 LHS for $280 this afternoon....can't wait to get these guys in for the spring/summer!!!

 

kKeep looking, but if you see something you like.....BUY IT!

 

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Welcome to the thread! Yes, you need to be careful in joining this thread! It can be rather expensive... I think that your best bet would be either the MarketPlace on SF or eBay.

 

Alden shoes essentially never go on sale. The two sales this past week have been flukes.

 

-Mike

 

 

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Originally Posted by 90shilling View Post


11D is still available on the JCrew website, and the 20% discount is still working...

 

 

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Crap, there you go!

 

 

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


Welcome to the forum.

Aldens seldom go on sale. Your best bet would be to buy them at regular price and establish a relationship with an Alden retailer. IMO, the time and energy you spend looking for that "deal" is not worth the $100-ish you might save should you find them on sale. And the shoes will be on your feet in the next few days. biggrin.gif

 

Thanks to all of you for the welcome! This thread has shredded my good judgment; I used the J. Crew discount and have a pair of burgundy shell LWB on the way. Once I got over the gut-churning total ($557 including tax) and realized that the cost-per-wear will be quite low if I keep them for 10 years, I'm starting to get excited. My first pair of shell and definitely the nicest shoes in my small-but-growing collection. 

 

Important question: should I have a cobbler add rubber topy to the soles? I'd like to get the most wear out of them as possible and plan to have them on my feet quite frequently, and if some rubber will help them last longer I'll gladly have it done. I've done my reading on the Mac method and think I have a pretty good sense of how to care for these shoes other than the soles. Thanks for the kick in the pants to get these. I'll post pics when they arrive. 

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Thanks to all of you for the welcome! This thread has shredded my good judgment; I used the J. Crew discount and have a pair of burgundy shell LWB on the way. Once I got over the gut-churning total ($557 including tax) and realized that the cost-per-wear will be quite low if I keep them for 10 years, I'm starting to get excited. My first pair of shell and definitely the nicest shoes in my small-but-growing collection. 

Important question: should I have a cobbler add rubber topy to the soles? I'd like to get the most wear out of them as possible and plan to have them on my feet quite frequently, and if some rubber will help them last longer I'll gladly have it done. I've done my reading on the Mac method and think I have a pretty good sense of how to care for these shoes other than the soles. Thanks for the kick in the pants to get these. I'll post pics when they arrive. 

Congrats! I'm not sure on what other shoes you have but you should give the shoes some time to rest. Even rotating them with one other pair of shoes will make a difference in their longevity. I have not had any topy added to my soles so unfortunately I cannot comment on how they might increase the life of the soles. You made a good choice with the 975's. I'm sure you'll be on the hunt for many more in the coming days!
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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

 

Thanks to all of you for the welcome! This thread has shredded my good judgment; I used the J. Crew discount and have a pair of burgundy shell LWB on the way. Once I got over the gut-churning total ($557 including tax) and realized that the cost-per-wear will be quite low if I keep them for 10 years, I'm starting to get excited. My first pair of shell and definitely the nicest shoes in my small-but-growing collection. 

(A) The gut-churning total of $557 is as cheap as you will find the 975.  You may become desensitized to the sums of $ you will spend on shell cordovan in the future, especially if you continue to frequent this thread.

(B) You have already taken the first steps in mastering the art of rationalizing the spending of these gut-churning totals!  (cost per wear, that's pretty good; I haven't used that one yet)

 

Welcome friend, and enjoy your fabulous new pair of shoes!

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What are you trying to say about me and my Asian brothers, NAMOR!?! fight%5B1%5D.gif

I think my 10D barries and my 6 foot frame make me a bit of an outlier. (no offense taken here...)

we have about just about the same shoe size and height.
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Congrats!  There's no right answer on the topy issue, its how you'll use the shoes.  For example, I added topys to my 975 because I like wearing shell in the rain and snow (easier to clean and it can take the beating flawlessly) So I wanted the extra traction.  For the tan calf jcrew high lace Alden's I own, I didn't go topy because I don't like to wear those if the weather is bad anyway.

 

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Important question: should I have a cobbler add rubber topy to the soles? I'd like to get the most wear out of them as possible and plan to have them on my feet quite frequently, and if some rubber will help them last longer I'll gladly have it done. I've done my reading on the Mac method and think I have a pretty good sense of how to care for these shoes other than the soles. Thanks for the kick in the pants to get these. I'll post pics when they arrive. 

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Originally Posted by irishcafe View Post

we have about just about the same shoe size and height.

Gah! Same here. No more!!! :-)
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alden-4-and-black-shell-cordovan-saddle-oxford-/321340369374?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item4ad160e9de

Color #4 BIN for $640 shipped. Tempted but it's gonna be a little too big for me. If it's here when I wake up no promises
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