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Skoak just restocked their Cognac cordovan bluchers.

And honestly, I agree with the pricing sentiment. Only thing to cushion the blow is a 20% deposit, time to save small increments, and a work bonus. Otherwise I wouldn't even try to buy these boots.

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Right, let's take Carmina as an alternative then. They make shell shoes, they have an MTO program, their shoes are now priced competitively with Alden. I haven't bought a Carmina shoe yet but I am now taking a serious look at them, especially since the rarer colours of shell are now very difficult to find.

Carmina is an attractive option, but

1) Styling is very different than Alden
2) Their scale is much smaller than Alden (I think Epaulet has sold a couple hundred pairs of Carmina so far, where Alden moves many more)

Carmina also has not yet penetrated GQ, the blogs, eBay, etc yet. If they did, who knows if Carmina would be able to meet demand or if they wouldn't raise prices as well.

I see more young finance bros swapping out their Ferragamo loafers for black and color 8 Alden full straps nowadays (I know because I qualify as one of them). Honestly demand could keep rising for Alden for a long time.
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The fact remains no ones does cordovan like Alden. While this has be discussed ad nauseam it seems to get dredged up every year around January hmmmm. This thread is as popular today as it ever has been. My thought is that while most would state they would not pay xyz, they would cave if the right model became available.If Alden can get 1k for shell boots, they will. Would I drop that for the right model....Absolutely. I plan on having my cigar indys for 20 to 30 years the increase in price does not out weigh the ability to have bada$$ boots for 30 years.
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A little cigar LWB action today...

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Those look so much like ravello!

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Did you placed your order Ryden?

No, I actually passed. I have the Leffot Naval boot in #8 and there are too similar. Plus I have way too many pre-orders going on. These are an incredible boot though so congrats to all that got in. 

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For those interested in Carmina.

There is a GMTO going on now for the tanker boots based on the designs below in Navy shell cordovan.

 

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this is your 3rd post for the Carmina pre-order you are trying to put together. Plenty of threads geared specifically for Carmina and GMTO's

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How much is Alden SF asking for the Whiskey LHS?
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I called Alden SF about the whiskey LHS. No E widths available...

With recent acquisitions and some preorders coming, I need to sell shoes in order to maintain my goal of limited shoes... But it is harder and harder to let go of models nowadays. I still may yet add a few stock, J Gilbert and AoC orders...

A question for those that own color 8 NST - do you wear them with suits? I want a blucher that can do double duty with with suits occasionally. The captoe bluchers would fit the bill, but I like the NST more. I occasionally wear 990 with suits, though, so that may be all I need...
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At what price point do people start saying "enough is enough"?

Clearly demand is still super high at $755 US for a shell boot. I wonder how quick they would go at $1k?

As the price creeps up other options start becoming way more attractive (I understand the "Made in America" angle might have a role to play) but there has got to be a price ceiling before we move into Vass, G&G and EG $ ranges!

FWIW, I recently paid $750 for the C&J Islay boot in Paris (hope to get the VAT refund of $100+ at some point but this is the Barney's price point too). The Islay is dark brown scotch grain calf. Not even shell so prices are high elsewhere too. However, I liked the style and fit so I was willing to pay.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Carmina is an attractive option, but

1) Styling is very different than Alden
2) Their scale is much smaller than Alden (I think Epaulet has sold a couple hundred pairs of Carmina so far, where Alden moves many more)

Carmina also has not yet penetrated GQ, the blogs, eBay, etc yet. If they did, who knows if Carmina would be able to meet demand or if they wouldn't raise prices as well.

I see more young finance bros swapping out their Ferragamo loafers for black and color 8 Alden full straps nowadays (I know because I qualify as one of them). Honestly demand could keep rising for Alden for a long time.

Another nice thing about Alden is there seems to be a healthy secondary market for their shoes and boots. You have the TSM seconds list, B&S and eBay just to name a few. Of my current rotation, I've only paid full retail on my Cigar Indys and #8 Captoe boots. My Ravello LWB, #8 LWB, Snuff LWB, Cigar Captoe boot, Snuff Dover PTB, Chamois Ranger Moc and #8 PTB were all purchased either new or slightly used for less than retail. So we got that going for us smile.gif
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The shoes speak for themselves, don't they...
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I called Alden SF about the whiskey LHS. No E widths available...
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With recent acquisitions and some preorders coming, I need to sell shoes in order to maintain my goal of limited shoes... But it is harder and harder to let go of models nowadays. I still may yet add a few stock, J Gilbert and AoC orders...

A question for those that own color 8 NST - do you wear them with suits? I want a blucher that can do double duty with with suits occasionally. The captoe bluchers would fit the bill, but I like the NST more. I occasionally wear 990 with suits, though, so that may be all I need...

I can't speak from experience, but if you already wear the 990 with suits, I think the 2210 is arguably a dressier shoe. Yes, it's a split toe, but the flat welt, closed heel, and significantly sleeker last dress it up quite a bit IMO.
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