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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. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Distinguished Member

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    Does anyone have a clue as to why Alden's horse hair brushes are so expensive? They are even more expensive than shoe trees. Am I missing something about them that makes them worth the cost?
     


  2. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew,
    thank you for posting
     


  3. mr chorizo

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    those cap toes look great. was wearing my #4 WTB today. looking forward to seeing those break in! they really have a great reddish tone to them.
     


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    A selection I've put together:

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...4~15~all~mode+matchallany~~~~~alden/10592.jsp
    http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/accessories/brazilian-horsehair-shoe-brush
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF587_1_40000000001_-1

    AE's is also made in the USA, and retails for for $7.00. Oak Street's is made in Brazil, and is $10. It would take a lot to earn the premium that the Alden commands.
     


  5. imolazhp_ci

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    i just buy wal*mart ones. i think they're $3.95. genuine horsehair, made in israel.
     


  6. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Distinguished Member

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    Agreed. I have a couple of Allen Edmonds brushes, and haven't had any trouble with them. I know Alden charges a premium for exclusivity, but lets be honest here, these brushes are like six times the price of good quality competitors. When compared to products of their competitors, they are the most expensive thing Alden sells (proportionally speaking). That's why I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.
     


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  8. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    [​IMG]
    #8 cap toe boot
    argyles otc
     


  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    [​IMG]
    #8 cap toe boot
    argyles otc
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    Last edited: Nov 25, 2012


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    There are much worse things in life, this I know for sure.
     


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    uncle, this boot on the plaza is gorgeous
     


  12. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     


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    Neatsfoot oil
     


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    You first must convince yourself they are not nearly identical. :D

    To my wife my color 8 captoe bals are nearly identical to my color 8 captoe bluchers. I find they are not nearly identical. :)
     


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