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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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    Means nothing. Maybe normally they would have thousands.

    I can't recall where but I read an article/interview with Nick Horween recently where he stated that they are not operating near to capacity with shell cordovan like they used to.
     
  2. Alcibiades

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    Stores like Leffot and Leather Soul may have thousands of Alden shoes on preorder at any given moment... This of course ignores J Crew, Brooks Brothers, the Alden shops, the international market, Allen Edmonds, etc. A few hundred shells isn't that much compared to total demand.
     
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    There are two aspects to your questions: (1) how long does it take Alden to create the shoes and get them to Leffot; and (2) once Leffot receives the shoes, how timely are they in letting you know they have them, collecting the balance due and getting them to you.

    The first aspect of your questions vexes every Alden retailer because, apparently, Alden cannot or does not hew to a schedule in getting product to its retailers. We have all heard of the difficulty in getting shoes in exotic cordovan. A number of retailers have told me that even color 8 and black cordovan and non-cordovan product is difficult to get in timely or expected fashion from Alden. Retailers will give you estimated production times, but they are only estimates that, in my experience, have been met sometimes, sometimes they have not. But, all of the preorders in which I have participated, which have involved the non-exotic cordovans and other leathers, have not been inordinately long.

    As to the second aspect of your question, Leffot's service has been superb.

    If you like the shoes,, and can live with 4-6 months, I would do it.
     
  4. venividivicibj

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    Lots of the waits are for ravello and cigar and whiskey (where the shell has to be perfect for those colors to be produced) color 8 and black weren't really in shortage
     
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    Another example why anecdotal evidence has to be considered with a pillar of salt in drawing broader conclusions.
     
  6. ReppTiePrepster

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    Should have pulled the trigger on these when I had the chance. Beautiful straight tip Uncle... wear them in great health!
     
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    uncle
    great shoes
     
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    True...I don't doubt that someone saw some shells stacked up at Horween, but I also can't take that same story and assume that Horween and/or Alden are just sitting on shells and purposely not fulfilling orders that are between 2 and 3 years old. And were these stacks of shells filled with tons of exotic colors, or were they mostly black and #8?
     
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    Very nice cigars Uncle.
     
  10. BeSpiffington

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    Great looking whiskeys Don L. Love the colors.
     
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    Great looking combo donl.
     
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    Very nice shoes. I'll add them to my wish list.
     
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    The stacks o' shell could have been already spoken for by other manufactures as well. Perhaps the shell was of the less quality. Alden will sell shell make ups regardless. There is no need to sit on them as they will almost always sell their stock. Even if it was 1000 hides that's only 1000 pairs of shoes minus any errors.
     
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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  15. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  16. Rishi Kakar

    Rishi Kakar Senior member

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    Thats a really fine shoe uncle. Wear in good health.
     
  17. mcarthur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  18. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  19. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
  20. Don L

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    Love these so much more than a standard PTB. Fantastic!
     
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