***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. cyc wid it

    cyc wid it Senior member

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    :fu: minimum of $100?
     
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    CharlesT44 Well-Known Member

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    Steven is a very dangerous man. http://leffot.com/2011/12/10/alden-x-leffot-color-8-tanker-re-issue/ I just sent off an email order for a pair of these. Right now the only 2 shoes I'm wearing are the whiskey tankers I picked up from him a few weeks back and a pair of cigar indy's I picked up used. The commando sole is heaven sent for Canadian winters. I actually just put my #8 indy boots in there bags today. It just seems like such a pain in the butt to have to use my overshoes with the leather sole. I could understand if I was working inside for most of the day, the leather sole is great, but for my life at the moment, it just doesn't make sense.

    I'm excited to have a third pair of boots to add into my regular rotation!
     
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    thats incredible, but not unjustified. I hear some people will stop at nothing to purchase a pair of Alden's :satisfied:
     
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    i knew it i said $100+ earlier.
     
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    Ya agreed. That'll be a little too rich for my blood...

    Does anyone know if thats just on shell? Or Aldens full line (calf,cxl etc.)?
     
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    $100? Isn't that what Netflix raised it's monthly subscription by earlier in the year? Or do I misremember? :D

    If it is in fact $100 plus, it sounds like a response to demand, which is clearly strong for Alden. I don't believe you ever saw these shoes at J Crew two or three years ago, though I can't say I ever spent much time checking J Crew's shoe selection. And players like Leffot, Epaulet, Unionmade, etc. with all of their great custom shoes that create such an aura around the brand seem to have come into being in 2008 or later. Leather Soul looks like it goes back to 2005, but still. And as an aside, compliments to the post 2008 entries for building businesses and creating jobs while the economy has been in the tank. Well done, sirs. But back to my point, with at least one mass marketer jumping on board and these specialist driving the brand, must be pleasant days for the boys in accounting at Alden. Let the black in flow on like a river, one would imagine.

    And then I suppose even at $100 more the right Alden shoe will be worth it. It does seem to make your stock shoe a little dear, though, assuming they really do slap $100 on a #8 Barrie or such. All we can hope for is that such a price increase tides Alden over for a while. In a few years, we'll hardly even notice. Or maybe we'll all own practically every shoe and boot they make, as seems to our guiding light, Mac.
     
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    Thank you for insinuating that I haven't "actually looked at shell." I own 12 pairs of shell shoes, mostly from Alden but also a few from C&J. That doesn't make me a big-timer by SF standards, nor do I aspire to be. But I have seen, held, worn and cared for my fair share of them. And of course I see plenty of imperfections in my shoes. They are all of the charming sort - natural grain from the hide, inconsistencies of color, marks from wear, etc. However there is not a single dimple on any of my shoes that I did not put there myself through use. Nor have I ever seen one on photos posted here, or on display at brick and mortar stores including Alden Madison, Leffot, Brooks Brothers and Allen Edmonds. It's just not as common as you seem to imply.

    And you're missing my point: even if the hide came with that dimple, that portion of the hide could easily have been used for something less visible than the vamp. It *is* shoddy (or cheap, or lazy) selection of materials to use it for that purpose. Instead of going onto a vamp, that piece could have been cut and used for tongues or other miscellaneous smaller scraps of shell that make their way onto these shoes. Or if they were being creative the dimple could have been hidden under a stitch, at the expense of possibly having to waste a square inch or two of material (horror of horrors).

    Your statement regarding the Jaguar is off base. It is more like claiming that just because a 60's Jag is mechanically unreliable I should happily pay full price for one with a major dent on the hood "since it's supposed to be imperfect." Just silly reasoning.

    But by all means, if you like the shoe this way, show the current owner a bid. I'm sure for a small premium over retail he'd be happy to make it yours.
     
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    I recently purchased my first pair of Aldens, the chamois wingtips from Unionmade. There is a bit of a gash in the right heel. Is this just a typical imperfection that was alluded to last page, or is it something that I should send back? If that latter, do I contact Unionmade or go straight to Alden? Thanks!


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  9. superfuzz

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    $100+ price increase seems totally ridiculous to me, especially for non-shell (which is already close to $500), given the quality control issues that Alden seems to have lately. And now they act like total dicks about changing soles, and recrafting takes over 10 weeks! Just doesn't seem worth it for that kind of service. I'm going to try to grab another pair before the increase, but that price I would maybe buy a pair or two a year if it was the perfect make-up that I couldn't live without. But such an increase without better service doesn't seem worth it IMO. Just my two cents...
     
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    That scratch is nothing. Just wear them and enjoy!
     
  11. ambivalence

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    Hey guys... does shell shoes stretch abit or...??
     
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  12. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    So calf will now be ~$600 and shell now ~$800? :crazy:
     
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    Shell does not stretch. Waterlock means the leather sole has been oiled to repel water.
     
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    I had these Officer Indys from Epaulet resoled to commando soles at Moulded Shoe in NYC, since Alden can't be bothered to put on a different sole now--but they will raise their prices $100!

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