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

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  1. Gcbrown3

    Gcbrown3 Well-Known Member

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    Bummer. I got a call about a month ago that they got a Whiskey LWB in my size and immediately ordered it. It arrived with a long deep scratch in the vamp. Cordovan is a tough material and if it's not treated delicately, it's get roughed up. I don't know if it's Alden's QC or how they were shipped, but I do know that it's not the stores fault. I think that they would send them back of they could. AoC is the biggest pain in the ass in the World, but you do have to hand it to him for doing his own quality control. He probably eats a lot of money doing it.
     


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    Cigar day in the park
     


  3. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Really doesn't speak well for American manufacturing especially at this price point. I wonder if I just pay less attention when I am spending less.

    Personally, doesn't matter how much time has passed I will still care about the imperfections.
     
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  4. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

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    I think everyone who has dealt with alden has experienced QC issues at some point. I agree the fact that it has become accepted and almost acceptable is discouraging. However I don't think all American manufacturing is as shotty. Ultimately Alden knows the masses will continue to buy their shoes, so why would they relegate any irregulars to seconds status? This is why it is important to choose the retailers you do business with wisely. Some like AOC have a sterling reputation for conducting their own QC to protect consumers.
     


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    Finaly bit the bullet and orderd my first cordovan boots (J Crew Cap Toe). I get home today and see the UPS box on the steps..siked! Open them up, not only are they the wrong size (11.5 not 11) but there color 8 gunboats w/crepe sole! These things happen, understood, and really no big deal accept I was hoping to atleast nail down my barrie size. Gues I will be waiting until August, sizing aside, these are not for me. I can easily put them on without the aid of a shoe horn. If jam my foot to the front to where its snug I cannot quite fit a finger behind the heal on eather shoe. Should I half size down or full size. For reference I also received some 11D Clarks Jinx in blue nutbuck today and they fit perfect, snug but not tight. Any advise would be appreciated.
     


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    Fantastic!

    Does anyone have a cigar PTB available right now?
     


  7. Eleganza

    Eleganza Active Member

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    [​IMG] I guess you cats in here are having sex with your Alden shoes on, pulling a Spike Lee in "She's Gotta Have It".
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  8. terradilavoro

    terradilavoro Senior member

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    Mates, may i tease you with my new MTO Shell Cordovan No. 4 Belt made by SKYLAR
    No one-piece of course, but hand-stitched (Sattlerstich) and very nice art of "Rembordée" Edges.
    Matchy matchy to my No. 4/black Shell Saddles from J. Gilbert.


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    cheerio
    Joachim
     


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    Hello teddy lovely belt and will go nicely with your unlined ptbs. Would you provide Alden DC email? I can't seem to find their address
     


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    Unless they are your own......
     


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    Here's one example of a "first" that I find hard to believe anyone would purchase as a first. I received the below ravello PTBs from Alden DC. This is a shitty iPhone 3 picture in low indoor light. Take my word that the line was significantly more pronounced in person (I didn't take the time to take a great picture because I wasn't exactly thrilled), and there was an identical line on the other side of the same shoe. I didn't bother putting them on my feet, immediately shipped them back, and was out $25 total in shipping. Either no one looked at this shoe at the factory or retailer, or they really do think someone will buy them.

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  12. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

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    I definitely echo this sentiment having had to exchange some shoes for obvious construction defects. I've had great luck in dealing personally with Kathy from Alden DC. I order over the phone and she gets the shoes and inspects them as we speak. Can't ask for much better service.
     


  14. terradilavoro

    terradilavoro Senior member

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    Teddy?

    [email protected]
    phone 202 347 2308

    cheerio
    Joachim
     


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    I'm sorry for your loss papa, what's even worse is that they will be resold and someone else will likely share your experience at least until someone decides to keep them.
     


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