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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. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Gcbrown3 Well-Known Member

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    The shoes that were returned to Alden of Carmel were pristine. No crease, no nothing,
     
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    I would agree with you two if what he wanted was a refund he just wants a different size and if does that now he has to pay by money order .
     
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    I just checked shoemart they have some left in some sizes might just luck out
     
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    only explanation is that adam of AoC doesn't want the dude to have his shoes for his trip [​IMG]
     
  6. Gcbrown3

    Gcbrown3 Well-Known Member

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    ---From: Adam Knott

    OK

    -----Original To: Adam Knott Subject: On their way
    The LWB CIGAR 9D are on their way.

    Should be there in a couple days.
    Please hold the 8.5.

    Thank you.




    it was clear that they wouldn't be here in time. I just wanted an exchange period. Not an exchange in a timely fashion.
     
  7. Numbernine

    Numbernine Senior member

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    After the first pair that point of view shifts a bit
     
  8. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    When you start looking at high-end shoes, you will realize that Aldens are a bargain compared to many. Example - some John Lobb (not even shell cordovan) shoes go for $1,500.
     
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    the higher end john lobbs like the phillip start at $1,500. normal lobbs are $1,100.
     
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    I always get confused about these "family photos" when people have the money to afford all the shoes pictured, but not $12 shoe-trees for every pair.
     
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    Got these Alden 403s from The Shoe Mart about 3-4 weeks ago and the heel is half broken off when a door slammed into the back of the heel. I believe I can send them back to the Shoe Mart for free repair or replacement, but I don't mind paying some cash if I can just take it to a local cobbler to fix and not have these out of the rotation for 2-4 weeks. Are Alden heels specialized in any way where it would be best to send back to the Shoe Mart or any local cobbler can fix? Any idea how much I might be charged at a local cobbler? Thanks!


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    Forgive me, but I fail to understand what you're trying to say.
     
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    He does not purchase shoes for less than $750.
     
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    I have dealt with Adam from AoC before. He was one of the least accommodating retailers I have dealt with. I chose to spend my money elsewhere. YMMV.
     
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    Thats the most flawed logic ever.

    "My $400 dinner last night was a bargain since it would have cost me $1200 at a michellin star restaurant"
     
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    I was at an Alden retailer this weekend and was told: in the coming months, Alden will not allow any web sales of its shoes. Apparently Alden has told retailers that they must remove Alden shoes from online shops. I was told this is due to the lack of shell available for production at the moment. I did not ask any questions, just listened. I would have asked: all Alden or just cordovan, how can they do that, why does it matter how retailers are selling the shoes? I can see that public sentiment would be lowered if no shoes are ever available (always being 'sold out' online); therefore, removing them from online shopping would not make the public think the company has a lack of production capacity or ability. Anyway, I am not verifying his statement as accurate, simply reporting what he told me. Anyone hear anything similar lately?
     
  17. phototristan

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    I tend to agree.

    I once inquired about a pair of Alden's and he made this very clear to me in his email (quoting):


    "Please note that these shoes are sold on an "exchange only" basis. The shoes may be exchanged as long as they are kept in perfectly new, "un-creased" condition, with no signs of try-on. (no creases in the shoes from bending the shoes, no creases in the shoes from walking in the shoes) No refunds or store credits.

    If you have any questions please e-mail.

    Adam, Alden of Carmel"


    I decided to forego purchasing.


    That said, I've also had a less than positive experience with Yenni at J Gilbert in Seattle, but at least she was a bit polite. This is what she emailed to me after I inquired about time-frame for a special makeup wait period:

    "We do pre-orders daily. Some pre-orders can take 1-2 years to arrive. There
    is no guarantee with delivery dates. If you feel uneasy about doing a
    pre-order please don't feel obligated.

    Thank you,


    Yenni"

    In other words, sorta like 'don't order from us if you don't like it.'. She had a point though. I wasn't willing to wait 1-2 years for a MTO shoe. Some may be.
     
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    If this is true, I may move away from Alden altogether. Their policies for American consumers are ludicrously stringent as-is. First MTO died. Then their production times tripled (if not more at this point).

    Oh well.
     
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    I love the "no signs of try on." OK, no problem, Adam - I'll just eyeball the shoes to see if they fit properly or not. :uhoh:
     
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