***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. MiniW

    MiniW Senior member

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    In looking for black friday deals, I found these in my size at shoemart and could not resist getting them, even though they were full price. They are Ravello shell, bootmaker edition on Barrie Last. I am sad to hear of the steep price increase in Aldens even though I own enough already. I only hope that everyone involved in making the shoes are reaping the rewards of their popularity at this time and not just the head honchos. Anyways enjoy the pics.

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  2. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    Ya wow...no thanks. Allen Edmonds is looking a little tastier these days. I'll gladly pay $550 for an AE shell Leeds than $700-$800 for an Alden shell 990

    I know everything has inflation and it has a lot to do with the demand...but man, there is some serious greed going on.
     


  3. Mr.K

    Mr.K Senior member

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    That is a beautiful boot. I guess if the price increase is that much for shell and calf I will not be getting too many more Aldens. With those prices it is not a far cry from some other well known makers that are on the market.
     


  4. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    LOL @ annual price increase
     


  5. Mr.K

    Mr.K Senior member

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    That is exactly what it sounds like blue collar, I just hope with a price increase we might see more quality. I have yet to get a pair of Aldens that have not needed sent back for rework or have imperfections I just live with.
     


  6. REguy

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    I find that kind of price increase hard to believe. However, if they do go that route, it's so long Alden...hello Carmina for me. With both shoes at the same price point, it's a no brainer.
     


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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    LOL @ alden being trendy.
     


  8. LeatherSOUL

    LeatherSOUL Senior member

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    I think there was miscommunication. Aldens are not going up $100+. They are going up about 8%. Still a big increase but necessary due to increased costs of materials and labor.
     


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    Oh Alden, there was time when I couldn't wait to see what was next, when I needed to know what was next, and perhaps even have you. Late at night sometimes I'd open up a box and stare at the wave of your shell or run my finger over your brogue lines. What happened? I feel like I'm not a priority anymore, that your attentions are elsewhere, on other people and new collaborations. All things must come to an end and I feel like our relationship has come to that. If only I knew what those Jumpers felt like under me. That is my only regret. Oh well, change is inevitable and I must now embrace that change. I wish you well, Alden.
     


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    If this is the increase, then we're looking at around $650-750 for shell and $480-520 for calf, right?
     


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    Probably best - you describe a relationship that could be characterized as, ahem, "unhealthy". :eek:
     


  12. mtc2000

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    The retailers will have an increase of their profit margin proportionally, I suppose. The 8% does not all go to Middleborough. More like 4~5%, I think.

    Stopped by the San Francisco Alden Shop the other day. They got some nice #8 wingtip boots and Ravello LWBs. Nothing super special, but still quite desirable.

    BTW, those AE MTO limited edition walnut shells are NICE. Got to see the floor samples at the AE shop, which is just a couple of blocks from the Alden shop. The color is somewhere between Whiskey and Ravello, but leaning on the lighter side. The best thing is that they are taking orders at a discount (actually cheaper than the equivalent AE in Burgundy/#8).
     


  13. phototristan

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    Are those online anywhere? I'd like to check 'em out.


    EDIT - You must mean these?:

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF0131_1_40000000001_-1

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  14. mtc2000

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    Yes. AE site. You can order those online. I was told by the sales associate that orders are taken till the 13th. No sure if that means they are on sale till the 13th or they will close the order by then.
     


  15. phototristan

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    I guess they are by special order only.

    I think I'm going to order those! That's a good price for Cordovan.

    I notice if you add it to your cart, they are including a free scarf with it currently too.
     
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