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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. gsgleason

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    Returns with store credit or with refund?
     
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    Refund for Style Forum members. I ordered many different size Rivets my first order to figure out sizing and got a full refund
     
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    How many wears do you have on those boots? Look brand new? Really like them though.
     
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    Thanks, rydenfan.

    What is Mike's SF username? I'd like to PM him first to confirm and discuss before ordering.
     
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    Epauletnewyork is him and leftofthedial is Matt who works there
     
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    The conservation boot is still my favorite.
     
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    Hey, not trying to be a jerk here, but this doesn't make sense. If you are between an 8.5 and a 9 you can't be a 9D in the Barrie. Barrie runs large and that would be socks on a rooster. Is the Barrie lasted item you are wearing a boot? I would think your Barrie size would be 8 or 8.5 this may be throwing you off.
     
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    Something I have wondered - I typically think of Suede as a cold weather fabric/material. How did wearing suede shoes become a Summer go to?
     
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    Yeah, I returned the Amoks without any issues.
     
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    Not sure how I feel about NYR's statement about Meermin - what makes you have the hunch that it's Made in China?
     
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    It's for sure made in china

    And given that my classic collection monks have held up just fine to heavy use and abuse from going out, maybe 40 wears and everything is fine. Some aesthetic issues like sole split but nothing major
     
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    Just because something made in China doesn't mean it's necessarily of poor quality. They will manufacture with the materials and methods they decide upon, and it may be good or it may be shit.

    However, companies manufacture in China when production cost is one of their primary concerns, and it all depends on whether or not that same mentality affects the production quality or not.
     
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    Is the modified last going to be very wide for someone who has narrow feet?

    I wear orthotics, and was wondering if my legs will be swimming in the modified last?

    Opinions appreciated.
     
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    This is my first post in this fantastic thread. I am in awe of the pics of the Aldens that you gentlemen have posted here. I am also grateful for the tremendous amount of information contained in this thread. It is extremely helpful. Finally, I hold you all in high regard. :)

    I have a very modest "collection" of Aldens. They are somewhat conservative as I wear them to work most days. I will dip my toe in the shoe porn pool with a pair of Mahogany Cordovan Straight Tip Bluchers which I purchased from Jim at Alden SF many moons ago. Recently, they received the full restoration treatment from Alden.

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    I love the two-tone coloration on the inside of the right shoe. I am not sure if you can distinguish it with my horrible iphone shot.

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    Like many other trades, China will only get better with time in manufacturing goodyear welted shoes. I've been considering meermin shoes, the bang for the buck is there. I think it really does depend on your level of tolerance for defects whether it will work for you.

    There are more variables to deal with if they don't work out for you. There are no local retailers, you are dealing with a company outside of the country, you may or may not deal with customs charges, you incur a fair amount in shipping charges to and from the retailer, and I've read their processing times for orders or returns is hit or miss. It's a personal thing if you'd rather pay a few hundred more to have the convenience of dealing with a relatively local dealer, or to guarantee a higher level of craftsmanship.

    I do like their new single monkstraps though. It's the most accessible price for that style. I'm tempted to take the gamble on them.
     
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    I think a substantial portion of NYI's objection is ethical. I can agree with him on that point.
     
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    Same here. Buying true US made has become important to me. I want desperately to believe in my country and its craftsman
     
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    Yes and that there's a modicum of respect paid to labor. Also important to me are the environmental conditions of manufacture that may contaminate the final peoduct. Probably not critical for shoes, but very important for many other items.
     
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