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Originally Posted by Resistant View Post
 

JCrew should cover that shipping - someone dumped a return or stollen goods on JCrew which became mixed in. Someone else is or will soon experience the same issue as you have.

Makes me real nervous ordering from J Crew.  There is always a fair chance for such thing to happen when the retailer has a liberal return policy.   

post #75827 of 98885
To complicate maters,
Which color did u like better? Left or right?
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Speaking of J. Crew, I wanted to provide an update regarding a recent posting of mine.  It involved a pair of navy CXL PTBs that I bought during the recent sale.

 

One shoe was scratched up on the side and I intended to return them because of this.  However, inspired by the recent story from another member about getting a 50% discount on a pair of "new" (but clearly worn) shell captoe boots, I went to my local store and argued my case that the PTBs should have been sold as seconds.  Long story short, I ended up kopping the PTBs for $250, and one VSC session later the scratches are much fainter and the shoes don't really look that much different than they probably would have after a few wearings.

 

J. Crew:  making it right.

post #75829 of 98885
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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

Ok, I'll try again: I got a pair of 975s in Color 8 from J. Crew. The shoes were two completely different colors from each other; left was 4-5 shades lighter than right. Has anyone experienced this kind of quality-control issue with Alden before? I'm obviously sending them back but I'm more than a bit surprised that they managed to get out of the factory.

I had a pair of Ravello chukkas (which were quickly returned) that were a pretty serious mismatch, especially when seen in natural light. I'd uploaded some photos here that should still be available.

There's at least one other photo of a pretty serious mismatch on here too, but I can't remember the specifics. Unlike your pair, however, both mine and the other were not obviously marked as parts of different pairs.
post #75830 of 98885
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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

Ok, I'll try again: I got a pair of 975s in Color 8 from J. Crew. The shoes were two completely different colors from each other; left was 4-5 shades lighter than right. Has anyone experienced this kind of quality-control issue with Alden before? I'm obviously sending them back but I'm more than a bit surprised that they managed to get out of the factory.

 
My guess is that the left shoe was the display model and naturally lightened from exposure to the store lighting.
post #75831 of 98885
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Most of the people on the thread don't seem like they wear dress balmorals all that often. I own the 9016 in black, and they have quickly become one of my favorite pair.

You're likely correct. I've been trying to sell my 9015s for weeks, and no one has even attempted to buy them. I figured a #8 pair in 9D and really good condition would have gone like hotcakes.
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post


I had a pair of Ravello chukkas (which were quickly returned) that were a pretty serious mismatch, especially when seen in natural light. I'd uploaded some photos here that should still be available.

There's at least one other photo of a pretty serious mismatch on here too, but I can't remember the specifics. Unlike your pair, however, both mine and the other were not obviously marked as parts of different pairs.

Could it be this pair.   Pretty serious mismatch.

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/230413/alden-qc-would-you-be-happy-with-receiving-this-pair-of-shoes

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post #75833 of 98885
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Most of the people on the thread don't seem like they wear dress balmorals all that often. I own the 9016 in black, and they have quickly become one of my favorite pair.

Agreed … not much love here for balmorals, especially black cap toe bals … even less for black calf cap toe bals.

Nonetheless, I recently placed an order for a pair of the 907s icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif. I'm sure most here would scoff, but I'm really excited to add this classic to my rotation.
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Originally Posted by GooseG View Post

You're likely correct. I've been trying to sell my 9015s for weeks, and no one has even attempted to buy them. I figured a #8 pair in 9D and really good condition would have gone like hotcakes.
Is that the pair I've been watching on eBay? I really love those and have been tempted. It's a great shoe and I'm sure you'll find a buyer soon. Good luck!!

Today…
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Today I received my Brooks Brothers PTBs in #8. They were a find off eBay and although you can't see it in the before pics, they had a HUGE stain on the side od them. These were sent in on Jan 16th. Received them today March 11. They're basically taking 7 weeks door to door. I'm very pleased with the job done.

























Before:


FYI: The cost to do a refurb with Alden is $165 as of now (going up after March 2014)

Alden will send you a bag for you to send your shoes in, just request a bag @ general@aldenshoe.com

Directly off the Alden Website:

The Goodyear-Welt construction of Alden shoes provides the best in comfort, support, and wearability. This construction is designed to allow rebuilding, but the process requires the utmost in skillful craftsmanship and shoemaking experience.

We are proud to offer our factory Restoration Service Kit, including a convenient, prepaid mailer. Your Alden shoes will receive an expert rebuilding including all necessary repairs, using original materials carefully handworked on the original lasts. We will refinish them by hand, and return them with Alden cedar shoe trees and cloth bags.

Edited by tampatravel - 3/12/14 at 5:20am
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Ravello PTB
post #75836 of 98885
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Originally Posted by razl View Post

Leffot was carrying this City Moc in Chromexcel last year but I missed my size and, as of now, they don't plan on restocking. I'm wondering, has anyone seen it pop up anywhere else? It still strikes me as the perfect casual shoe.

You can get the CXL NST from ShoeMart. 

 

Edit: Looks like someone else beat me to the punch, ha

post #75837 of 98885
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

I had a pair of Ravello chukkas (which were quickly returned) that were a pretty serious mismatch, especially when seen in natural light. I'd uploaded some photos here that should still be available.

There's at least one other photo of a pretty serious mismatch on here too, but I can't remember the specifics. Unlike your pair, however, both mine and the other were not obviously marked as parts of different pairs.

Were they 10Ds from Alden DC? I tried them on and noticed the color difference right away. They didn't know what to say about them, but was also surprised by the color difference. The right shoe also felt quite a bit larger, more like a 10.5D than a 10D to me. Makes sense why she still had them...

-Mike
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Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

Agreed … not much love here for balmorals, especially black cap toe bals … even less for black calf cap toe bals.

Nonetheless, I recently placed an order for a pair of the 907s icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif. I'm sure most here would scoff, but I'm really excited to add this classic to my rotation.
Is that the pair I've been watching on eBay? I really love those and have been tempted. It's a great shoe and I'm sure you'll find a buyer soon. Good luck!!

Today…

Yes sir, if the location matches my own.

You don't think my asking price is unfair, do you?
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Ravello PTB

Nice PTBs. Looking good. I need to get my Ravello PTBs more air time.
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Yup.  That's exactly what I was thinking of.

 

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


Were they 10Ds from Alden DC? I tried them on and noticed the color difference right away. They didn't know what to say about them, but was also surprised by the color difference. The right shoe also felt quite a bit larger, more like a 10.5D than a 10D to me. Makes sense why she still had them...

-Mike

 

And yes, that's the pair.  Quite a shame.

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