Alden blucher - poor quality or poor foot shape

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  1. Falu_al

    Falu_al Senior member

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    Hi there,

    I picked up a pair of Bluchers from the SF store this summer. I have used them occasionally, yet the right shoe seems to be aging quite rapidly, with a lot wrinkles on the leather. I am not referring to the natural wrinkles that comes from using them, rather the very small ones that seems to indicate broken leather. I have polished them every other time, always using the alden shoe trees.

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    First image of both shoes


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    cloese up on the right shoe. Notice how the leather is behaving


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    For this photo, I have inserted the shoe trees. Notice how the small wrinkles still appear.


    Any ideas? I beleive they are the in the Barrie last, and I have the Indy boot in the same last and they have aged beautifully.


    Best,
     


  2. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Senior member

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    I personally would not stand for it. Those shoes literally look more worn than a pair of AE's I bought in high school (1982). Here is a picture.

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    I would return them with a nice letter stating the facts and asking for guidance. If Alden is a stand up company, they will send you a new pair.
     


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    I believe it's the part of the leather they used which is why there are more prominent creasing. One of the reasons some makers are more expensive is because they only use the better parts of the hide. Although Alden is an expensive brand (I own over 10 myself so I'm not trying to be negative), I do notice that they don't always use the 'prime' pieces. This also is reflected on their shell shoes. There is a really nice thread about leather which is worth checking out.
     


  4. Falu_al

    Falu_al Senior member

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    Hi All,

    Just to keep you updated, Alden is currently looking into the issue. Brenda from the SF shop has already concluded that the creasing is due to a defect pair of shoes. I will let you know how the customer support handles the matter. Of to a promising start though.
     


  5. Master-Classter

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    yeah, I would also say it looks like a bad choice of leather there. The point of buying into a 'brand' is that it's supposed to imply a certain level quality control, but they do make mistakes and i would agree this looks like one of them. How they handle the situation will also be telling of what kind of company they are...
     


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  7. Falu_al

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    They handled it greatly and send a new pair of shoes. The new ones are much better.
     


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