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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    That 'chip' is NOTHING. That's where the 360* welt meets. There will obviously be a seam of some sort. If that's the only issue with the boots, you made out pretty good. As Tom from Leather Soul has said in the past; these are hand made none will be 100% perfect, so don't expect them to be.


    Edit : To be honest thats a pretty clean connection (on the welt) as far as Alden built quality goes.
     
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    SuitedDx Senior member

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    The welt connection is normal and 'issue' is purely cosmetic. Any slight discoloration will also even out after a few wears. Once you're ready to re-sole, addressing the welt (or even dyeing) is a minor job.
     
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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    All 360 welts have this. Thats why they make the two ends meet on the inside heel of the shoe, as its least noticable.

    Edit: BTW that is a fine specimin you have there.

    Also, I agree that a shoe of that price should be flaweless, unfortuntately it's not always the case.
     
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    While not loving the wedge sole, the color and patina developed on these boots is very appealing to me. So I guess to each his own.
     
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    Wow, gorgeous! Is that on the modified last?
     
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    Yup. It has the Commando sole, too.
     
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    Never got a 10 percent off email and I've been on their mailing forever :mad:
     
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    I've stuggled with that shoe - the natural CXL on that particular pair looks good (better than some other natural CXL I've seen), but I think I would prefer a dark brown leather or commando sole with that model istead of the wedge sole. Not sure the sole contrasts enough with the leather.
     
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    Here's some traditional saddle love from Shoemart. Pebble brown w/color 8 cordo saddle. JT

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  11. mcarthur

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    So I have a quick question to ask all you Alden experts on my cordovan Barrie Wingtip boots. I am super excited as I just purchased my very first pair of Aldens and received them today in the mail. As I was checking the quality/symmetry of both shoes, I noticed a small chip on the side of the barrie sole of the left foot shoe only. Since these are my first pair, I am unsure as to whether this is a defect/poor workmanship or something that is very common on Aldens. Is this something that i should worry about and return to the store? I have the option of returning the shoe within 30 days. I'm usually not this picky, but TBH, I kind of expected a little better quality control for a $740 shoe :( Let me know your thoughts on this.
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    i would keep! use the break in method! enjoy wearing in good health
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    whiskey indy
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  14. closerlook

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    This is just a curiosity, but does anyone have any insights into how on earth it is that ebay shops like "distinctive footwear" or "hitchnpost" are listing numerous pairs of used shell cordovan shoes, rare ravello models and the like at that, pretty much every week.
     
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    anyone know if Tom Austin is done unloading their Aldens?
     
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