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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. Shawnc

    Shawnc Senior member

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    This is why I love this site. RTP/rydenfan, appreciate the information.
     
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    Wow. Based on the exchange rate I see for the Korean Won, these are $1,162.
     
  3. McPryon

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    Yeah, that's a good question about dealing directly with Alden. Oh, well. My size varies in the Barrie last. With my two Barrie shell boots I wear a 12, but the 12 in the snuff LWB was slightly big, but not unwearable. Probably from not having the ankle support that a boot has. I'd probably try an 11 1/2 next time. My foot is 11 1/2 D on the Brannock, but 13 C by arch length. My 12 D Barrie boots fit really nicely, I think. I wouldn't change those.

    I've learned to become more patient with buying shoes and clothes since joining SF, so I'm sure another LWB will present itself.

    EDIT: Oh, dear. I just checked the J Crew site and they have restocked a couple of sizes...including my 12. Crap!
     
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    A great looking shoe sir. The #8 PTB was my first shell cordovan and I still wear them all the time. Congratulations and wear yours in the best of health.
     
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    PM Unipair Guy and get the price. In my experience, his price quotes always come in lower than the exchange rate.

    I have bought two pairs of EGs from Unipair Guy and he has been very decent to work with.
     
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    Re: the conversation about trying on Aldens. Why don't stores just reserve a few pairs in every size and last for try ons? It seems like it would cure a lot of discord among retailers. I'm surprised some of the more progressive stores like Leffot and Epaulet haven't thought of something like this.
     
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    That would be awesome. I'd love to try tons of different sizes and widths in every last. But with all the different size and width options for every last, the store would need to have a massive stock on hand.
     
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    Yeah, that's too many shoes to have in stock. 6-12, C-E, many lasts, etc. And people are accustomed to buying the actual pair they try on.
     
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    I mean not really. How many returns have they had that they have had to turn into seconds because they were creased? Alden lasts don't really change. Plus I don't think they'd need every size. I am just talking like 8-12 in most of the major lasts (barrie, hampton, aberdeen). Just an idea.
     
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    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Congrats on your new PTB; one of Alden's best! Wear often and in great health my friend...
     
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    These are really great
     
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    I was thinking bigger...every last with widths AAA-EEE. If you were just going to have sizes 8-12 in most of the major lasts, it doesn't sound like it would even be useful, since the bigger stores like Alden DC and Alden SF (maybe even LS and Leffot) would already have those in stock anyway.
     
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    My friend, think of what exactly it is you're saying. Sizes 8-12 (including half sizes) in C,D, and E widths would mean 27 pairs of shoes per last. If you stocked them in barrie, hampton, aberdeen, and trubalance. That equates to 108 pairs of shoes to stock so that a bunch of us here could "try on" so we could buy on line and avoid tax and other mark ups. What retailer wants to sign up for that? If retailers pay half of msrp for Alden shoes, in effect they would have to stock $32,000+ in Aldens for customers to try on. Not even close to being a wise investment unless you primarily sell Alden and even then it's a terrible deal.

    Go to Alden on Madison and ask to try several sizes for several different lasts and see how long they will pay attention to you. If you're not buying, they'll be ticked off, and I don't blame them. Why would any retailer want ot provide that service knowing that the vast majority would simply buy online for a better deal?

    As for returns and creasing, I don't really know much about that but I seriously doubt Alden DC, Madison, and SanFran are moving large #s of tried-on shoes to seconds. These retailers are paying much greater attention to how customers wear the shoes when they try them on... instructing people not to flex and crease when trying.
     
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    I've been waiting for my pre-order of the LS plaza captoe boots in #8 with blind eyelets and THE GREEN ALDEN box already in transit according to FedEx tracking :satisfied:
     
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    Unipair's rack rate includes 20% VAT which, depending on where you live, you may not have to pay. Unipair is a little higher to very close to U.S. pricing.
     
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    Rtp is spot on, zero reason to stock try on pairs if they are all sellable. And slight creasing probably doesn't make them seconds, just go to Barneys sale time and take a look at the shoes that are selling new




    Another issue here is that all the A and even B lasts are super old wooden lasts and almost not in working condition. Not sure how much longer lasts will last but don't think alden would want to use them on test shoes
     
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    My experience supports this, in that I have received severely creased shoes from Alden DC as first quality, and I am not exaggerating when I say severely.
     
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    No. Cornstarch first. Perhaps two applications. Then the suede cleaner.

    Next time, get the tarrago spray. It is unreal.
     
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    That saphir suede shampoo didn't do jack on an olive oil stain I had.
     
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