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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. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Just FYI. In my experience, The Shoemart - particularly one of the owners, Ed - has been nothing but first-class to deal with. :nodding:
     
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    I have also only had good experiences with them.
     
  3. jjr4884

    jjr4884 Senior member

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    So if I were to contact Ed, or anyone for that matter, and tell them that I'm desperately waiting for the ravello wing tip 9 eyelet boots to become available, realistically, how far out am I looking? Can they put orders in like that and give it a 6-8 week turn around? Or do I need to keep my eyes open and my fingers crossed and get in on it asap?
     
  4. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    They had jumpers 2 weeks ago in store, not sure about sizing as I was just getting Saphir




    I had a little on my color 4 wt boots, just brushed it away
     
  5. closerlook

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    this happens, on cigar models especially.
    basically its the finish flaking of at stress points.
    i learned to live with it.
    it has happened on every pair of cigar I have ever had and quite a few other colors as well.
     
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  6. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Senior member

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    Try calling about these, they are great guys at LS and if they still have some stock, you may get lucky.

    Saw these on eBay, too big for me...but any size 10 guys out there (9.5 Trubalance) these look a cool boot at a decent price:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alden-405-I...6286218?pt=UK_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item4169b41e8a

    Although shipping from the UK is steep.
     
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  7. Reds & Tops

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    Figured I'd join the party...Alden for BB unlined LHS
     
  8. sevenfoldtieguy

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    I have experienced this on one cigar model and one ravello model. As Closerlook points out, it was/is at stress points. It is frustrating, but the models I speak of would have been unavailable in terms of a replacement pair. My "flaking" was not something that showed up right away, and I had worn the shoes off of carpet. It has stayed contained (fingers crossed). The flaking I have experienced is not something that brushes out. Indeed, I would be careful about brushing the affected area (at least not excessively) - as this will tend to exascerbate the problem.

    If the flaking appears in non stress points, or if it becomes in any way widespread, it seems to me the shoes are defective. Indeed, I had a different model in ravello that had flaking in non stress points and it was widespread. I sent them back. The retailer deemed them defective.

    As for the original poster, if a replacement pair is available, I would consider an exchange.
     
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  9. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    Classic Americana. I usually wear bals but do sport my bluchers occasionally. The last pair of LWB to fill the rainbow...

    Great shade of ravello uncle. Been busy getting ready to switch rotations and also moving; hope all with well with you.


    Who has 10+ pairs? :thumbs-up:
     
  10. lagsun

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    Just counted and currently have 7 pairs (3 #8s, 1 Cigar, 1 Ravello, 1 brown calf, 1 snuff suede). I've sold off another 4-5 pairs and looking to add a few more.

    BTW, does anyone have this Shoemart chamois boot or seen it in the wild? Any thoughts?

    [​IMG]
     
  11. blue collar

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    A staple classic. LHS in #8 is one of the top 3 must have shell Aldens IMO
     
  12. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    What others would round out your list?
     
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  13. ThArtOfWardrobe

    ThArtOfWardrobe Senior member

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    Thanks guys, very helpful as always.
     
  14. stanford88

    stanford88 Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious for others to chime in to. What are the top 3 essential pairs?
    #8 LWB
    #8 LHS
    Cigar/Ravello Chukka?
     
  15. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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  16. Dbear

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    I think one of the things we can agree on is the LWB being one of the three.
     
  17. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    welcome to the forum
     
  18. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  19. Reds & Tops

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    My personal top 3:

    #8 LHS
    #8 Tassel Moc
    #8 SWB

    I might take some flak for putting the SWB over the LWB, but I find it a bit more versatile in my wardrobe.
     
  20. speekez

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    far out make-up
     
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