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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. mdubs

    mdubs Senior member

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    Resistant, those really are beautiful boots. I will forewarn you that the list for the Cigar Captoes on the Grant last is huge and DC is vey apprehensive about adding more to the list at this point... But, I would like to wish you the best of luck, as they are awesome boots!

    Thanks for the shout out on my pics, I had a great Alden year last year! Hoping to have a great 2014 year with Alden as I slow down the burn with my acquisitions...

    -Mike
     
  2. MrDV

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    thank you, they are very versatile. these came from alden of carmel. get some.

    thank you sir. that's an awesome picture by the way. I like everything there.
    thanks blue. they are not new, they get lots of wear. when in doubt, wear cigar lwb.

    thank you mike.
    truth be told, these were crafted from recycled shells. they came from an old pair of uncle mac's boots. his shell never creases, so these will never age.
     
  3. MrDV

    MrDV Senior member

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    amazing shoes. the combo is great too.
    ill be buying some socks soon.

    congratulations, I really like the red as well.
     
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    BeSpiffington Senior member

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    I wore my three piece gray flannel suit with my J Crew pct boots and they were perfect for the winter weather up here in Minnesnowta.
     
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    nephew,
    wear your gunboats in only good health. remember to use the break in method
     
  6. mcarthur

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    absolutely gospel! make sure you take good care of them
     
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    amazing shoes. the combo is great too.
    ill be buying some socks soon.

    nephew,
    thank you
     
  8. Papa Doble

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    Great shoes. The flat welt is a nice touch.
     
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    Outstanding Uncle. Enjoy these for the rest of us. Great combo too.
     
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    The red lining from Leffot is pretty great.
    You are about 15 min from me. Small world.
     
  11. tampatravel

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    I'm thinking of sending my Alden for BB Plain Toes in to Alden Restoration. I really like the idea of getting back a "new" shoe, however, I'm hoping they'll refinish them as well? I know it's common for them to do that - the question I have is, is that the default. I know plenty of folks on here want their patina to stay the same, I however - don't.

    I got the restoration bag in the mail - it's $165 and that price is good until March 31st. I can't imagine Alden making that a lower price...
     
  12. Mr Clemson

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    Well, my situation is a little different since I'm always in between sizes. I can go 1/2 size down and wear the 7.5D on Barrie, or I can sometimes go a full size down and wear a 7D on Barrie. For boots with thicker socks, I typically prefer the 7.5D. For dress shoes, I often go with the 7D. It really just depends though. I would say that you should go 1/2 size down as usual.
     
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    That price will never go down. It is up from 159 last year (less 10 if you don't want trees). They will refinish them.
     
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    ^Amen to that. Natural law of 'we can charge more'
     
  15. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Great shoes. The flat welt, which makes them different than the 9751, makes them slightly dressier than the 9751. Of course they have the non-stock red lining too. Enjoy.
     
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    From the consumer's perspective, that's a reasonable price for shell shoes, but Alden also charges the same $165 for non-shell shoes.

    Shell - new at retail ~$700, with 50% retail margin, that's about $350 wholesale.
    Non-shell - new at retail ~$500, with 50% retail margin, that's about $250 wholesale.

    Factory restoration ~ $165 for shell and non-shell. There is no retail markup. So, $165 (minus $10 trees) go to the factory.

    Bottom line: $155 vs $250 vs $350
     
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    Flannel pants from Epaulet with Alden plain toe boot - commando sole - King
     
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    bkotsko Senior member

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    Is it fair to compare wholesale value with the restoration retail value?
    99% of the population is most likely buying at the retail price (when buying new), so the comparison should be apples to apples.


    Additionally, are you sure they are actually getting a 50% gross margin on the shoes, or is that just an assumption?
     
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    Doesn't Alden also pay for shipping both ways for restorations? If yes then they are making less than $155...
     
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    CXL Brixton's

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