Alden factory seconds

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  1. FCS

    FCS Senior member

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    G'day, is there anyone here who has had an experience buying Alden factory seconds? There's one pair of dress shell cordovans I could mail-order and they said it has a 2.5" wrinkle around the top of ankle bone area, I believe it's on the left shoe. My guess is that the defect should be hidden when I'm wearing a trouser. The quoted price is USD $240 before shipping. Do you think it's something worthwhile or should I wait for better deals? There is no Alden in where I live and their shell cordovans rarely go on sale (from my observation anyways). One more thing, anyone familiar with their Aberdeen last? They have my E size but I'd like to check how narrow it is. These shoes here for example: http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=107
     


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    I don't think it is a good idea to buy seconds (whether they are clothes, tableware or whatever) without having seen them. It is possible the wrinkle might be very tolerable and after a while will disappear when other creases show up, but it is also possible it is a nasty big thing and will always spoil your enjoyment of the shoes.

    I think you must be able to see a "reject", hold it in your hand and decide whether or not you can live with the items imperfections.

    That said Alden's "Aberdeen" last is rather narrow.
     


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    Thanks for the info. Does anyone know how much a typical Alden's shell cordovan oxford could go on sale?

    Btw, I was told by the guy who sell the seconds that Alden is going to raise the prices of their shell cordovan oxfords by $20 this February.
     


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    The other day, I saw that the Alden-made shell cordovan shoes at Brooks Brothers were on sale for $298/pair. Other than that (and closeouts at Alden of Carmel), I don't think that I've ever seen them on sale.
     


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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'll echo what bengal-stripe has posted: shoe made on the Aberdeen last tend to run a bit narrow. Not Edward Green narrow, but narrower than other Alden lasts.
     


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    jcusey, do you know how much the original retail price for that one was ? Which model was it btw?
     


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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The other day, I saw that the Alden-made shell cordovan shoes at Brooks Brothers were on sale for $298/pair.
    jcusey, do you know how much the original retail price for that one was ? Which model was it btw?
    It was on all the shell cordovan models that Brooks Brothers carries -- the ones that you see most are a cap-toe blucher and a plain-to blucher, but there are others from time to time. I think that the original retail price was around $400 for each.
     


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    There's a sale on the Brooks Brothers' website. Too bad their shoe sizes start at 8 D, and I wear a 7.5 E, and that's with plenty of wriggle room.
     


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    Anyone know which BB stores have deeper discount for shell cordovan shoes? I just called they NYC stores and they only have $50 off full retail prices.
     


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