***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. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Barrie.
     
  2. mcarthur

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    your replacement looks very good from the picture posted
     
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    Mr.K Senior member

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    From My experience the Leydon does fit more narrow. I wear a a 6E in both lasts and the Leydon is a bit snug.
     
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    Actually, here is my thing.... Where ever we buy them from should check the shoes before sending them out..... That would fix the issue. So many places do not do this. They get them from Alden then send them to us without ever looking at the shoes. If they looked prior to sending we would never know of the qaqc issue.... which we shouldn't... We pay almost double if not more than the cost to make.. Example... I called a REDWing store to inquire about some 8111, the guy thought I was another redwing store and said cost was 111.00 to get them I said okay here is my info, then I was asked for a store number, when I didn't have one he said coast was 285.00. Fruit for thought.
     
  5. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    The problem is that the stores know.

    I was at the Alden SF store looking at Ravello chukkas once. They pulled one out for me to look at. The shoe had an undyed spot on the toe the size of a dime. I mentioned to the salesman that in my opinion the shoe should be a second. He said "yeah maybe, but someone will buy it..." Sadly, he's correct.
     
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    They might sell them at a discount and someone will think they are getting a deal, which is bullshit... Alden of SF should be more about customer service instead of, some one will buy it. I have never been to their store, so I cannot judge, but that attitude would be reason enough for me not to buy there.
     
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    I wear a 9D Barrie and I find that the 9.5D Aberdeen fits me well. To me it does not feel narrow through most of the shoe, although the toe shape is different. I would suggest that you start by trying the Aberdeen 0.5 size larger than you Barrie size, keeping the same width.


    I think the Leydon is definitely a narrower last. The Aberdeen and Hampton are comfortable for me in a standard width, but I can't find a way to make the Leydon work for me.
     
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    This video just changed my life. Thank you, cloudshift and Srivats!. :embar:
     
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    Exactly. All the previous complaints about price hikes and nobody seems to realize the retailers also benefit proportionally. The factory QC is important, but the retailers should also improve their own QA.
     
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    Sadly, it looks as though there still may be a missing perforation. Maybe Alden does it to see if anyone will actually ever notice other than the shoe geeks that frequent this thread.
     
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    I don't think it is feasible for the retailers to inspect every shoe that comes into their store. My father was a shoe salesman, and I spent a lot of time in his back room running stock and taking in shipments as a kid. Thinking back, I just can't imagine checking every incoming shoe in detail, even at 3x the price and (for the sake of argument) 1/3 the volume. It is far more efficient for retailers to deal with defects by replacing the defective product when a customer finds one. I have no objection to them choosing to operate in this fashion, as long as they stand behind the product, which as far as I know they generally do.

    As someone suggested above, it is unfair for us to make statistical inferences about defect rates based on complaints on this board. We would need to observe the complete set of defect-free shoes that everyone here purchases as well, and of course we don't.
     
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    greetings,
    would like to know if anyone would like to purchase these at cost before I post for sale anywhere. purchased through pre-order from LeatherSoul, brand new, never worn, in original box with shoe bags. $595, shipped in US.


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    Alden Shoes – #8 Shortwing for Style Forum (LSW & LSBH)
    Posted by Tom

    Our latest Alden model was designed for the members of Style Forum, particularly those who post and read the official Alden thread.

    The combination of Horween color #8 shell cordovan and an antique edgetrim sounded like a great idea and now that we finally see it in the flesh, Style Forum was right.

    A double waterlock leather sole and regular welt round out the details.

    As most of our order was presold, stock is very short.

    (Barrie last, $595.00)

    please PM me if you would like.
    best,
    scott
     
  13. poly800rock

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    I don't know why this would be that hard. Obviously if someone is trying on the shoe, that should be a no brainer. As far as online and mailorder goes, If you can take someone's money without seeing them, it would literally take 30 sec to open the box and make sure there isn't any obvious defects. I'm not saying a 10 point inspection, but obvious blemishes should be easily handled.
     
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    I'm wearing black shell LWB (Grant) today and they are missing the perforation on the right side of both shoes in the same spot. It's likely to position the pieces of the shoe during construction, not a QA/QC mistake. Who knows, it may have some other meaning to it altogether. Alden might have some more info about it if you call them and ask about it.
     
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    6 year old indy boot on honey vibram.

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    the indy boot is such a classic style, I wear it with jeans and to work no problem.
     
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