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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Well-Known Member

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    +1 pookie was from New Jack City, can't believe chris rock didn't get a best supporting actor nod for that one. Perhaps if he was wearing Indy boots, although conversely if he were wearing Indy boots he likely would have sold them. What a deal that would ve been.
     
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    It was just that one day last week.
    I think they usually do it more than once a year though.
     
  4. zippyh

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    So you did file the protest form, right?
    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/de...-imported-goods-if-exporting-or-returning-the
     
  5. sqroot3

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    when does lobb have 40% off sales at south coast?
     
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    i am pretty sure it is twice a year, but i haven't had my corporate card that long--i seem to remember reading from years back that it is usually one day in march and one day in october
    speaking of which, i called them the day after the corporate sale and they honored the sale price :)
     
  7. sqroot3

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    hmm, fresh #8 already looks pretty eggplanty to me--dark, dark purple--sorta like the italian eggplants you get at the supermarket, and maybe slightly darker than the average japanese eggplant. what color are you expecting it to mature into?
     
  8. easy_golfing

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    I like the eggplant look and hope it stays that way. It does look blackish to me at times in pictures though
     
  9. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone ever had any "loose stitching" repaired by Alden Restoration or B. Nelson? What exactly do they do and how does it look? like can you tell it has been repaired or does it look exactly like it did before it became loose. Have some loose stitching on several pairs, would it be bad to cut the loose ends?
     
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    I did what I could which didn't get me anywhere. The charge came from the shipper (UPS) and was for a "brokerage fee". I argued the brokerage fee with UPS and sat on the phone with them forever, ultimately they said that $121 was their brokerage fee for this package and that was all there is to it. They make it pretty difficult IMO. Note the * and ** comment at the very bottom.


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  11. Bakes11771

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    Can always have them refinished if they fade too much. My Dad has some old #8 pairs that have gotten darker, but I'm sure it is from the polish he uses on them. They won't fade that quickly if they don't spend a lot of time in direct sunlight. (like if you work in an office and store them in a closet) Also, the color varies depending on lighting conditions. They look pretty dark (almost black) in low light, but you can see that they are burgundy (lighter than eggplant) in sunlight.

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    it was 2 years ago
    alden stock them online about 2 months ago i think
    needa try hard when you are looking for rare shell
     
  13. david3558

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    What about purchasing from The Bureau Belfast, is it a comparable experience to ordering from Fransboone? As far as shipping to US goes...
     
  14. MoneyWellSpent

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    I am assuming that the Lobbs being referenced are JL Paris, and not the bespoke JL on St. James's street (which are in a completely untouchable league compared to either Alden or JL Paris). I agree that it goes without saying that there isn't much of a comparison between JL quality shoes (similar to EG, G&G, etc.) and Alden from an attention to detail and quality control perspective. However, from the construction quality standpoint, I have to say that people need to make sure they aren't letting these companies pull the wool over their eyes. That is, I interpret construction quality to be equitable to durability. From a durability standpoint, the law of diminishing returns pretty much kicks in at Allen Edmonds. Assuming you have a shoe that isn't structurally defective with faulty stitching, or leather defects that may surface after a few years of wear, then all of these shoes should last a similar period of time given equal wear and care. After all, we are talking about Goodyear-welted shoes constructed with gemming. To get above the durability threshold that a Goodyear-welted shoe with gemming offers, you have to move into hand-welted and bespoke shoes. These are the objective facts of the matter.

    From a finishing perspective (QC and attention to detail), price moves into the subjective realm. As it was said, they are worth what people will pay for them. If you think that a JL shoe looks twice as nice as an Alden, then feel free to pay twice the price. Just don't expect it to last twice as long. If you are simply concerned about how many miles you will walk in your shoes, and if beauty of the shoe is secondary, then you shouldn't be spending more than what Allen Edmonds charges on a pair of shoes as long as you are stuck in the gemmed shoe game. Trying to compare shoes and justifying their prices using analogies like car makers is common in the forum, but problems with the analogies abound. If you are going to use cars as an analogy it probably makes more sense to compare makers that are more likely to compete. Ford isn't a competitor with Bentley. They are completely different markets, purposes, uses, etc. Perhaps calling JL a Bentley and Alden a Mercedes would make more sense. Then you can start nit-picking why one is more comfortable, better looking, smells better, feels better, whatever.

    Whatever you do, don't buy into the belief that paying twice the price for a pair of Goodyear-welted gemmed JL's will get you twice the mileage than a pair of Goodyear-welted gemmed Aldens. Using the car analogy again.... there are probably alot more Honda's with a million miles on them driving around than Bentley's. To escape the law of diminishing returns, you have to go up in construction quality and look beyond the beauty of the shoe. Luckily, going up in quality of construction always retains beauty when it comes to shoes, so you get the best of both worlds there.
     
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    Those really are great looking shoes. [​IMG]
     
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    Any expert able to identify the brand of these shoes??
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    Crockett and jones I think, looks like some black fleece models too.

    Sample sale?
     
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    Yeah, UPS and FedEx are not great options for international orders. If I can't have my parcel shipped through the Postal service I either find a proxy or pass. It's a pain in the neck.
     
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    I was on shoemarts site yesterday they had them up but you will have to select size to see if they are in stock
     
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    For those interested in the J Crew cap toe, the personal stylist I chatted with on jcrew.com said they have no plans restock that boot.

    I'm undecided about keeping a pair of ravello chukkas from the shoe mart, or returning them and picking up the #8 chukka from unionmade with antique edging. Unfortunately, I can't have both. Any opinions on which would be better for casual wear (mostly raw denim)? I'm leaning towards ravello because they may never be available again in my price range. Plus, I could always have a pair of #8 chukkas modified...
     
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