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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Ha! Even your list of 3 things is generous! Contrary to popular belief, fortune cookies are not Chinese. They originated in the United States, and most Chinese people arent' even familiar with them. Hello Kitty is Japanese... Yes I have a 3 year old daughter.

    EDIT: Apparently they originated in Japan but were popularized in the United States by Japanese immigrants. Either way, they are far more American than Chinese.
     
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    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    [​IMG] Not much else needs to be said.
     


  3. phototristan

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    I'm convinced this song is about acquiring, polishing and wearing Whiskey Shell Cordovan -


    He even gets caught wearing them out in the rain and worries about it.

    What? You don't see the world through Alden-colored glasses like me?
     
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    Natty CXL Brixtons today

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    You make me want to walk over to Citishoes on my lunch break. It's been done before, but I must resist.
     


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    I recently got some #8 shell Indy boots with commando sole from the shoe mart.

    The commando sole is separating from the leather portion between the stitching and the edge.

    Is this expected? Should I be concerned? Should I get some adhesive to attach them?
     


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    Not expected. I think the commando sole is largely glued on, which is a negative with it. I'd probably take it to a local good cobbler, who should be able to glue it back for you nicely.
     


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    Ok, Phew. That makes me a little bit more hopeful about our future.

    The fortune cookies was what really what scared me. You have to be pretty insightful to know not only what the fortune of someone you never met will be, but also what cookie you need to put it in for them to get it.
    Thank you, Sir
    There IS a chance.

    I'm 9C Barrie, 9D Aberdeen/Hampton

    So the fact that the 8.5D Hampton is a little sloppy leaves hope that 8D Aberdeen will work for you.

    Many say same size for Aberdeen and Hampton, which is true for me, however, I find the Aberdeen to be less roomy all around. (So 8.5 Aberdeen might be right for you if 8.5D Hampton fits, but is a little sloppy)

    From what I understand, Aberdeen is very hit or miss for people, but probably my best fitting last. (At least that I've tried)

    The real question is: Are you sick enough to roll the dice on this pair and hope for the best?



    If you're lucky, they won't have your size, and you shall be spared.
     
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    It certainly shouldn't be expected. I would likely return them on principal, like mediahound stated it should be easily remedied. However, the fact that someone would have to put money into a brand new pair of $700 shoes/boots is ridiculous.
     


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    Maybe if he contacts Alden they will repair?

    Since it is a manufacturing defect?

    ...or maybe they will just 'spit in his face'?
     


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    Alden will repair it for free if they are new and you have proof of purchase, but you have to pay to ship it to them and it can take like 14 days. The reason I mentioned that I'd just take it to a local cobbler is that it would be quicker and more convenient for something simple like that. Probably he/she would charge you under $10 and do it in a few minutes on the spot.
     
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    Agreed.

    But if he wants it to be a matter of principle like someone suggested.
     


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    I called Alden and left a message. I have never received an email reply from them, so hopefully voice mail is more effective.

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    That was fast! Karen with Alden called me back and said that she would like me to contact The Shoe Mart to see how they would like to handle the repair. The shoe mart has excellent customer service, so I have no doubt that it would go smoothly.

    However, this seems like a relatively minor, simple repair that any cobbler can do. I think I will call TSM and discuss the matter and bring up using a local shop.

    I would hate to be without my beloved boots for any amount of time.
     
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    Not a huge fan of Chinese IP practices, but I would advise you to look at this week's Economist, discussing the power of Alibaba.
     


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    Great article

    And not to digress from this thread but there is some heavy American media bias with some comments made here, part of the reason why I usually only read FT and economist these days

    Edit: and economist talked about huawei and the other competitors and risks Maybe 6 months ago or so, was a pretty good read as well
     
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