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

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  1. MrDV

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    Great looking shoes uncle. Add another pair to my wish list.
     


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    Not to mention NeedSupply is a much nicer store in terms of service, free shipping, actually shipping the next or same day, instant email replies, staff that can answer questions competently, etc. Unionmade lacks pretty much all of this and more. (Say they don't have stock and they refund you just the item cost, not shipping nor tax)
     


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    ^ +1 about NeedSupply. I exchanged PMs with their staff when I inquired about exactly which color UPLs they stocked. Received replies within minutes. Staff was courteous and knowledgeable. Shoes came in in 2 days :)

    Btw, I've had similar experiences with Epaulet. Email replies from them came in around 730am. Seemingly boundless willingness to answer my many questions about Alden and Carmina.

    Can't say anything either way re Unionmade as I've never ordered from them. Some interesting makeups though.
     


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    NICE.

    1. Further confirmation why many of Alden's stock models in color 8 are their best models, and
    2. Yet another example of why color 8 is king.
     


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    My experience with Need Supply was great. Fast shipping & great prices. I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again
     


  6. gaseousclay

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    I've never ordered from them either. You have to wonder, the competition for business is fierce and with companies like Need Supply, epaulet & TSM offering free postage on orders, how does Unionmade compete?
     


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    ^ probably with unique makeups that you can't find anywhere else.
     


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    +1 for Unionmade and their great customer service - a few years ago, I ordered a size 8 Indy boot but a size 11 was delivered - they shipped the exchange that day via next day air day before I even made it to ship the originals back to them
     


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    Thanks for the feedback on these retailers, but Need Supply, as Beatlegeuse mentioned, doesn't have a makeup that Unionmade has. My brother ordered his first Aldens and went with these:
    http://www.unionmadegoods.com/Alden_Hawes_Plain_Toe_Boot_in_Reverse_Tobacco_Chamois_45193H_8818.html

    He's after this look, but with the crepe sole:
    http://vibergboot.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/20130207-144635.jpg

    As was the case with my first pair, he was a bit hesitant to spend this kind of money on a pair of shoes. Was just trying to save him a few dollars. Hoping he likes them and that addiction will ensue.
     


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    I've ordered from Unionmade and Need Supply numerous times each and never had a bad experience from either. FWIW, Unionmade has always answered my emails promptly and has helped me out with special requests on more than one occasion. I've also never had a problem making returns to them
     


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    Thanks...and yes, the toe box is narrower than the Hampton, IMO.

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    Black shell tassels today
     


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    A lot of dot-com and entertainment types flush with cash live in Venice, Hollywood and Santa Monica.

    Generally, although unionmade is closer to me, I prefer needsupply and epaulet for the service and more reasonable prices.

    Since I'm in CA, with tax and no discount code the difference is over $100 on a pair of $500 Aldens vs. needsupply.
     


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    Unionmade is the bomb. I peppered them endlessly (every 2 weeks for months) about their upcoming ravello kirkwood boot and the guy called me back when it came in and I was able to get it in my size. They took it from the warehouse and held it for me on the day it arrived, and it was the first time I had bought something from the store.
     


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    ****PSA**** IT appears TSM has some NST lace ups in Cigar and Whiskey in stock in multiple sizes on Barrie last.

    Good hunting!


    See Ya,
    Steve
     


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    I would say the Snap's toe box is similar to the Hampton. Both the Snap and Hampton run TTS, but I prefer the Snap. For my feet, the Snap is one of Alden's best, and I have numerous Alden for BB models on it.
     


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