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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. blues4life

    blues4life Active Member

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    I was just about ready to by an Indy boot in #8 and saw your pic. Completely changed my mind. Thanks for the beautiful pic of your shoes.
     
  2. crosswound

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    yea that scratch is nothing i've gotten more scratches than that on my aldens on only a few wears. i also don't do anything crazy in them just walk in them. i always get a kick out of anytime someone posts a tiny scratch or another tiny flaw that you couldn't even notice unless you stared at them.

    i also agree that the price hikes are starting to not match the quality i mean i thought they where raising prices for a reason maybe its because they see that they should now when they are getting popular.
     
  3. blues4life

    blues4life Active Member

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    And this is the pic I was talking about. ;)
     
  4. Roggie Rog

    Roggie Rog Well-Known Member

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    Brother, you are awesome! I feel you on that. Although, I have to say that I don't think even a single malt would help me, LOL. I'm a perfectionist: when I'm buying a plaid shirt, I always carefully inspect to see that the patterns line up. That can be sickening sometimes and not worth the energy of worry, however.

    Anyhow, I agree with the others: wear the shoe and enjoy it. It will most likely be taken care of via the recommended paste wax method; but either way, it will still develop scuffs. You won't notice it after a month of wearing.
     
  5. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    as others have said a bit differently, you should either

    - be ok with with Alden sends you
    - stop buying Aldens

    if you are ok waiting 12 months (!) for a custom makeup, you can find something pretty sweet in the same price range from someone else. at the end of the day, not much difference between $730 and $900 or w/e. or $600.

    vote with your wallet
     
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  6. interlockingny

    interlockingny Senior member

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    Let's be honest, Aldens are quirky. You are just not going to find a perfect pairs of Aldens. What I am most interested in is how they discern what is a factory second and first quality. I have several pairs of seconds that vary in imperfections, however, a few pairs of seconds that I do have, the flaws are so negligible, you would swear they are "first quality" or at a minimum, better than the first quality pairs that I do have. Go figure.
     
  7. fredmull

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    Picked these LS's up from a SuFu-er. So nice. The laces were his idea.
     
  8. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    The funny thing is, I do have a few pair of perfect Aldens. Purely chance...
     
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    I think this is a really unfair post to Tom and Leather Soul. I know both Tom and Steven, I think they both try very hard to run good shops providing product to a very quirky crowd. I cannot imaginve how frustrating some days must be for them. Look, both are at the mercy of Alden which can be (my comments not Steven's or Tom's) be more than a little deaf at times. I became so frustrated this year with the company (not going to get into it) that I canceled an order with Tom. He was a perfect gentlemen and was very understanding. Tom's site is primarily a pictorial blog--for some reason this is extremely difficult for people on this site to comprehend. He does not take orders online and he does not encourage people who are unfamiliar with the products or their sizing to order from his company over the phone. Tom sells a products which is extremely personal. My shoe size ranges from 8E (UK) to 9.5E U.S. Most of the products are handmade and all have substantially less value after the first wear. The depreciation is worse than a Bentley after the first drive. I believe Tom really wants, and behaves as if he wants, every possible customer. That said, if you cannot understand why he has certainly policies and acts in certain ways then you are either a fool or have no appreciation for the fact that he is not running a charity.
     
  11. crosswound

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    you guys keep talking like leathersoul is the only place to get aldens. aldens have many makeup's with other retailers now. its only a matter time before you get your hands on what you want just the wait. i don't even go to leathersouls page anymore. i mostly just go here or check out other blogs.
     
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    Perhaps you should re-read my post before calling me out as a fool. My perspective stands as fact. I did not post about it at the time online and my response was rather matter-of-fact. I just took my business elsewhere where getting someone to respond to a simple question like "what do you have in size 9.5e" could be answered directly. If you would like to characterize me as a fool for doing so, perhaps you ought to examine your own intentions. Notice I have said nothing about Tom - I didn't speak to him when I called LS in LA. All you say may be true of Tom's intentions but that really has nothing to do with my business interactions with the LS shop.

    Also, let's not lump Steven from Leffot into this - as I mentioned in my post, he did not have anything in my size but was perfectly cordial and responsive over the phone to my inquiries. Enough that I felt comfortable buying a few other items from him. His process and those of other shops seem a bit more democratic or straight forward with regards to shoes and sizes than what I experienced with LS in LA.

    Let me make this crystal clear for you - I wish LS the best and I would be happy to buy a shoe from them. They have wonderful and unique makeups. But in the meanwhile, while I wait around, my money goes to other shops who for whatever reason do not have issues supplying me with shoes I love. It seems my perspective is not so unique on this forum.
     
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  13. Burton

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    Right. The record stands as written--let others decide.
     
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    Well said, Kippy. Your experience has been similar to mine with LS and although I have purchased a couple of Aldens from LS, my experience with them has always been as if they were doing me a favor by selling me $700 shoes. That's why I HAVE voted with my wallet and prefer to deal with Mike at Epaulet and Steven at Leffot for my Alden needs. Neither of those shops are 'web' stores, but they still seem happy to serve customers outside a limited 'local' reach with superior customer service.
     
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    i agree with this, mike and steve will help you if they can leathersoul at times do seem like they are doing you a big favor. j.crew was doing people favors before with the 25-30% off thing on aldens :).
     
  16. blue collar

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    If you are referring to the Cordovan that Alden purchases from Horween, the raw hides come from Canada. Only the calf comes from overseas (france etc.)
     
  17. makewayhomer

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    that's the only part I disagree with. the deprecation of Aldens - particularly in any sought after/rare model - is stunningly low in the second hand market. even after 1 wear they can be worth 90% of retail, and after a few wears 80%. Allen Edmonds aren't even worth that % of their retail price new.

    if you are talking about his other brands, like Lobbs/EG, you might be right, I don't know
     
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  18. blue collar

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    There has been a lot of Leather Soul basing lately. Even though i'm not a coke snortin', bespoke rockin', oil tycoon I have had nothing but positive things to say about my transactions with Tom and the LS crew. I know the make-ups are rare and few and far between, but that (to me) is the joy in 'collecting' Aldens. Searching and finding that holy grail shoe. if they were easy to come by they wouldn't be as desirable... imo.
     
  19. Pastor

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    My vote and my wallet agree with these post.
     
  20. Pastor

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    I don't know Tom so I can't and won't speak about him personally. I can only speak about their business model. The way they do business is their choice and I'm fine with that but don't expect me to try to buy from them. I choose to use other stores that sell Alden's. If LS is good for others then that's great. They do have some nice make-ups.
     
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