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Originally Posted by tylernim View Post
 

Story time....

 

2 weeks ago during the CARDSONLY promotion at JCrew I was one of the lucky people to grab the a pair of LWB at the 20% discount price.  It was an impulse purchase because I thought the price was too good to pass up.  I have been searching for boots...not shoes.  Unfortunately as you all know the cap toe boots at JCrew never qualify for promotions.

 

I decided to return them.  Today I contacted customer service through chat to see if my returned had been received...it got there yesterday.  The service rep asked if I would like to try a different size and I simply said no thank you they were not the styling I was looking for in the end.  She asked what exactly I was looking for.  I told her that I have been interested in the cap toe boots for some time but wasn't interested in paying full price, and they did not qualify for the promotion that the LWBs did.  She asked me to hold a minute and came back to let me know she could send me a pair of the cap toe boots at the 20% off price.  

 

So now I have a pair of cap toe boots on there way to me for $570...

 

Someone talked numerous times about how it pays to be very polite to the JCrew stylists and service reps.  I firmly believe I got this discount because I always do little things like ask how their day is going when they offer me their obligatory "This is (Name) I hope your day is going well how may I be of service".

 

The only problem is that I have Viberg service boots being delivered this afternoon.  I may have to make a choice...

Luck you! I actually want to do the opposite. I took advantage of a 25% promo code last year for a pair of captoe boots. But if they offered me the same thing, I would love to exchange my captoes for the LWB's.

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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post


Beautiful! Are those the same as what Leather Soul calls their Vintage Indys?

BK,

Yes, but from this batch.

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/07/01/alden-shoe-vintage-indy-restock-lsw/

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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

Here's something I don't understand:  I get that there's a shortage of Whiskey, Ravello, and Cigar shell, but why can't Alden offer at least "brown"?  AE doesn't seem to have any trouble getting "brown" shell.

Here's something I don't understand--why Alden spends their factory resources on models such as this.  Perhaps they don't and and the market has yet to deplete the last run of these from 1988.  When I hear that a chromexcel boot has been pre-ordered for over a year (where material supply isn't the holdup) I wonder how they prioritize production at the factory.  It's a friggin' mystery, and creates this game we all love to play.

 

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I'm in on a pre-order of these. Plunked down my deposit in Jan 2013. No word yet.

I asked them about this today and I got back from them saying that it's in the works but not estimate yet...plaza boot is a beauty
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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
 

Here's something I don't understand--why Alden spends their factory resources on models such as this.  Perhaps they don't and and the market has yet to deplete the last run of these from 1988.  When I hear that a chromexcel boot has been pre-ordered for over a year (where material supply isn't the holdup) I wonder how they prioritize production at the factory.  It's a friggin' mystery, and creates this game we all love to play.

 

Different markets. I would bet you would be surprised how well this sells. I know personally my grandfather used to have 3 or 4 pairs 

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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

I emailed this morning and had been debating for a while, something told me I needed to pick up the phone. Like my spidey senses were tingling.




Oh man, for sure you do, it's pretty unreal but so many great fragrances out there. My wife and I made a trip out to Vegas last year and I ended up buying her a bottle of Guerlain Gourmand Coquin, $260 for 75ml. Our Wedding day fragrances set us back $300 a bottle each lol

All I can think of now is now is how many pairs of shoes I could have got wow.gif  . my interests shift like every few years as I grow bored haha

Green Irish Tweed and Musc Ravageur, all the way!
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Originally Posted by Bonggoy View Post

Are LWBs in rare colors more difficult to find than other make ups?  

If you mean other rare color shell makeups, the answer is no.

LWB, PTB, Chukka and LHS in rare color shells are produced regularly in small numbers, and available from time to time at a few Alden retailers (e.g. SF, DC, NYC, TSM). Though, demand has grown exponentially over the past couple of years. I think out of the four styles, the LWB is in fact the most common (relatively speaking, of course), but the demand is probably also the highest.

Other models such as NST, whiskey Bal wingtip, cigar captoe Bal, cigar Indy, are available once in a long while. Other boot styles are getting very rare nowadays.
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

Different markets. I would bet you would be surprised how well this sells. I know personally my grandfather used to have 3 or 4 pairs 

 

That makes sense.  Looking through the range of styles on a big stockist like TSM, it's clear there are many other Alden niches/markets that are well outside what is generally of interest to this forum. 

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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post


If you mean other rare color shell makeups, the answer is no.

LWB, PTB, Chukka and LHS in rare color shells are produced regularly in small numbers, and available from time to time at a few Alden retailers (e.g. SF, DC, NYC, TSM). Though, demand has grown exponentially over the past couple of years. I think out of the four styles, the LWB is in fact the most common (relatively speaking, of course), but the demand is probably also the highest.

Other models such as NST, whiskey Bal wingtip, cigar captoe Bal, cigar Indy, are available once in a long while. Other boot styles are getting very rare nowadays.

 

I agree 100% with MTC. The LWB is probably the most readily available design of all in rare colors, but they are also extremely popular and thus hard to get, but small quantities are typically made relatively frequently...

 

-Mike

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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post
 

What does "Bootmaker Edition" mean?

 

Most probably it means from The Shoe Mart.

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

 

I agree 100% with MTC. The LWB is probably the most readily available design of all in rare colors, but they are also extremely popular and thus hard to get, but small quantities are typically made relatively frequently...

 

-Mike

How frequently are we talking? I think I'm committed to tracking down a pair of ravello LWB. I've been reading that DC is one place to look. Where else should I check?

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Originally Posted by movoblast View Post
 

How frequently are we talking? I think I'm committed to tracking down a pair of ravello LWB. I've been reading that DC is one place to look. Where else should I check?

 

any of the alden direct stores will be your best bet imo. When DC got the LWB in ravello last yr, NYC got the PTB around the same time.. Seems your best shot of a rarer shell will be DC, NYC, or SF

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Originally Posted by Alpina View Post

 
Here's something I don't understand--why Alden spends their factory resources on models such as this.  Perhaps they don't and and the market has yet to deplete the last run of these from 1988.  When I hear that a chromexcel boot has been pre-ordered for over a year (where material supply isn't the holdup) I wonder how they prioritize production at the factory.  It's a friggin' mystery, and creates this game we all love to play.


Different markets. I would bet you would be surprised how well this sells. I know personally my grandfather used to have 3 or 4 pairs 

Aren't those made at a different factory anyway?
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