***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. tmw

    tmw Senior member

    Messages:
    171
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2010
    

    Thanks BeSpiff,

    Fooling with the edging a bit gives a different look to casually worn black shell. And can open the options up for more of us on this site who lament the scarcity of the exotic colors and feel that black is too "business" looking.

    cheers
    Todd
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013


  2. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,346
    Likes Received:
    402
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    Alden Dilema,

    During the recent BB corporate sale I snagged my Dad a pair of Unlined LHS in Color 8. There were some complications with billing, in that they could not get authorization on my regular credit card. After numerous phone calls to the bank and BB customer service, I just gave them a different card that I have with a much lower limit. In the meantime, my order had been cancelled and the original pair that I ordered in the right size was not longer available, so I got the next size up in hopes to exchange them at a local store.

    Finally got the shoes (half size too big) and brought them to my local BB. The sales assoc. took them as a return and located a pair in the right size from another store. He had them bill my card with the discounted price that I received and send me their pair.

    They actually ended up charging my card twice and sending me two pairs, however, I received the second pair the week after I had received the first pair. The first pair had a few imperfections, but my Dad already wore them by the time the second pair (pristine) arrived.

    I already have a pair of the lined LHS in color 8, but would prefer the unlined.

    Should I try to sell my lined pair, which are in pretty good shape, a few imperfections, but Alden would sell them as first quality if the soles were unworn, and keep the Unlined BB LHS?

    Should I just return the pristine pair of BB LHS? I paid $500 for them, so I couldn't really sell them for enough of a profit to make it worth the trouble.

    I would think I could get $450 for my used pair of lined LHS, so i could upgrade for a new pair of unlined for ~$50 and some inconvenience (best case scenario)

    the other problem is that since they charged me for 2 pairs, it exceeded the limit on my credit card, so I either have to return them immediately, or pay it down to get it back under my limit (which isn't a problem)

    What should I do, return the pristine pair of BB unlined LHS?

    Or keep them and try to sell my Lined LHS?
     


  3. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior member

    Messages:
    575
    Likes Received:
    97
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2012
    Location:
    Saint Louis, MO
    

    True, but I love the heft of black shell lwbs. They just look more solid than calf.
     


  4. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

    Messages:
    1,856
    Likes Received:
    38
    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    
    This sounds like a lot of trouble and you are over thinking something that you wear on your feet. You could sell the used ones at a loss but I really doubt that it would be worth it in the end.
     


  5. Hill

    Hill Senior member

    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    116
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2013
    
    Those are one of the nicest pairs of Aldens I've seen.
    Personally I would deal with the hassle to keep the unlined for the warm months. Great dilemma to have.
     


  6. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,346
    Likes Received:
    402
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    Welcome to ***The Official Alden Thread***

    Seriously though, thank you for your response, and you are probably right that its not worth the trouble. I was leaning towards just returning them, but wanted to see what others would do if they were in my shoes (pun intended).

    I just hate to let go of a perfect pair, in my size, at a discount.




    Quote: Thank you for your response. That certainly is an idea. I had thought of keeping both, but not sure I can justify the overlap. Probably wouldn't really wear them much in the summer anyway. ( already have a bunch of summer only shoes that I need to wear while they are in season)
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013


  7. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior member

    Messages:
    575
    Likes Received:
    97
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2012
    Location:
    Saint Louis, MO
    

    +1. It's a small issue in the end. You'll wear them and enjoy them if you keep them, you really won't care too much if you choose not to. To add a little perspective, right now we are worried whether N Korea is going to launch a missile, possibly setting of a chain of reactions for World War III. Without the U.S., no more Alden shoes.
     


  8. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

    Messages:
    6,454
    Likes Received:
    2,957
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Location:
    Seattle-ish
    

    Embrace the philosophy of MOAR and exchange for a pair in black.
     


  9. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

    Messages:
    3,317
    Likes Received:
    391
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Varies
    

    Anyone know if shell is nuc proof? Maybe a little leather defender just in case?
     


  10. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,346
    Likes Received:
    402
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    You have a good point, but I can't control N. Korea. I can, however, control what I do with this pair of LHS
    Already have the Unlined LHS in black, otherwise that would be the best possible solution



    I think I'll just return them. Thank you everyone for your perspectives.
     


  11. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior member

    Messages:
    575
    Likes Received:
    97
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2012
    Location:
    Saint Louis, MO
    

    Saphir glaçage, actually. Got to ward off those UV + x rays with a Mac method/mirror spit shine.
     


  12. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Senior member

    Messages:
    1,753
    Likes Received:
    225
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    Location:
    Minnesota
    This might be a first for this thread. I just received one of Nick Horweens #4 cordovan belts. Here's a pic with my Ravello LWB's for colour comparison. [​IMG] Of course now I must have a pair of #4 shell shoes. Did someone say something about chasing unicorns?
     


  13. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

    Messages:
    1,856
    Likes Received:
    38
    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    
    Despite what is stated here there are a lot of perfect pairs of Alden's out there. If the issues are some small coloration issues it will most likely work it self out over time with wear and brushing. If this were calf you have additional options in the small amount of dye in the wax and leather conditioner. A lot of the problems posted on this board are enlarged, closeup, pictures in optimal lighting. I even see people say things like, I really cannot take a good picture of it. So if you have to hold it in your hand a 10 inches from your face to see it and be in the right lighting conditions to capture it on film, what chance does someone have seeing it over 3 feet away and moving, even if they know what they are looking for? [​IMG]
     


  14. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

    Messages:
    1,856
    Likes Received:
    38
    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    
    Unicorn shell is the grail of shell. It is the lightest colored of all the shells, never has marks and attracts virgins.

    [​IMG]
     


  15. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Senior member

    Messages:
    1,753
    Likes Received:
    225
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    Location:
    Minnesota
    ^ Oh God, I can't stop laughing!
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by