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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. totalair1

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    I think El Argentino's point is the photo and the description don't match. I don't have an issue saying I am slamming this auction, and it is an issue to claim lightly worn.

    eBay has become a joke in many cases for allowing auctions to be mis-represented, and not holding sellers accountable. While not this auction, eBay allows thousand of fake items to be sold and only does something about it after the fact if at all. The internet in general is clogged with fake items being sold, and little is done about it. My opinion being "a pig with lipstick is still a pig", and it does matter if the seller calls something a potato and it's not one.

    It seems like the world wants to operate through rose colored glasses these days and avoid the issues. It's kinda like Obama saying if you have health care you can keep it. He's a liar and so is the seller. But Obama's not alone...every single politician who's on a different health care plan...than that being pushed to the public is guilty. I'm not trying to get off subject, but to slam someone for speaking the truth, and defending someone who's not is simply wrong. I'm just using comparisons to bring out my point...a pig is a pig regardless of what you want to call it . Lightly worn is total BS.

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    Quick question.. when getting yourself added to a waiting list for Alden boots, do you normally have to put down a deposit? Does this vary from retailer to retailer?
     
  3. totalair1

    totalair1 Senior member

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    As good as it gets in the world of cordovan boots!

    See Ya,
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    It does vary by retailer, and it can vary if the order is confirmed or not. Most retailers want some type of deposit, or full payment for confirmed orders, unless you've done business with them in the past and have a track record. In more cases than not...you will need to put some skin in the game. You also run the risk of not getting what you want if your name is simply on a list without any type of deposit.

    See Ya,
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    Thanks for the response Steve
     
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    Right... Deposits range from a percentage of the final price 20% to a fixed amount ($100 or $200) to full payment. Some retailers will waive these requirements for regular customers. I used to hate full prepayment, but more retailers are going that way now. As of right now I have 1 unpaid reservation, two partial payment reservations and 1 full prepay reservation.
     
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    Don-Both are very nice make ups!

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    Second round of breaking in my Leffot Tankers. Man do I love these!!

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    I think we're taking this all a bit too seriously.
     
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    Very nice.
    If you can snap them in the sunlight later, that would be great.
     
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    Tighten those laces, Tif... Kidding
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    I'm afraid to rip the speedhooks off!!!!! haha
     
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    Not all of us. Only one got so excited to call Obama a liar and use the description of BS.
     
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    I've been in on (and also gotten out of) lots of pre-orders and this is all true. For me, in the future I'm only going to put down a deposit or full payment on orders that have already been confirmed by Alden. Otherwise, you may wait years for an order to be confirmed. I wouldn't mind adding my name to a list like that, but I won't pay on it until the order is confirmed. Only possible exception is a $100 deposit with Leather Soul, with the reasons being that A) they have nice unique makeups, B) they will get the shoe made by Alden, even if it takes a while, and C) $100 deposit is not a huge amount of money.
     
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    "Lightly worn" can mean a lot of things. The photo clearly shows the wear. Shoe photos should show the front of the sole, the entire sole, both sides, etc. Let buyers determine if something is lightly worn or not. One man's lightly worn shoe is another man's heavily worn shoe.
     
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    Has anyone even been in the Alden factory? I'm just curious. I travel some for work...and when I do, I always try to get some shopping in or visit a factory that makes awesome things. From Louisville Slugger to Jack Daniels to Filson to Allen Edmonds - I usually end up buying something cool and it's made here in America. For Alden, I drove past it, but I didn't even try to stop in. That place is a lot like the Wonka Factory I have a feeling. Pretty nuts considering even Ferrari, if you own one, lets you get inside the factory in Maranello.

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    That is probably exactly what it looks like! I don't see why they wouldn't let you visit. I don't think there are any trade secrets going on there. I mean, they let video cameras in there. I've seen a video or two online.
     
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    My understanding is that tours are no longer allowed.
     
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    Supposedly if you peal up the heel pad on recrafted shoes, there is sometimes a golden ticket under there - that in fact, can be used to arrange a tour of the factory.
     
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