Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

***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. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

    Messages:
    3,344
    Likes Received:
    406
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Varies
    

    I was advised that Carmina has an exceptional backstock of shell. I also tend to think that not as many people looked Carmina's way until Alden's shell started to dry up.
     


  2. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

    Messages:
    20,579
    Likes Received:
    3,456
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Location:
    Heavenly & Northstar
    

    you have a point
     


  3. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

    Messages:
    8,070
    Likes Received:
    1,788
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Location:
    Where the Truckee waters flow
    

    Amen. Not that I'm complaining about Carmina having relatively better product.
     


  4. takashi78

    takashi78 Senior member

    Messages:
    216
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2012
    Newbie question here, my first time receiving TSM seconds list.

    It only says the last and leather type. But the "code" doesnt tell me what model or how the shoe looks like.

    I tried inputting the code in TSM website but nothing.

    Example: FD-2160, Color 8, Aberdeen Last

    I get the last type and color 8 part. But i have no idea how the shoe looks like.

    Anyone can help?
     


  5. totalair1

    totalair1 Senior member

    Messages:
    974
    Likes Received:
    291
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    Get rid of FD and use only 2160

    See Ya,
    Steve
     


  6. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

    Messages:
    1,843
    Likes Received:
    139
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    The emails most of us get from them come with embedded pictures of the shoes.
     


  7. Roguls

    Roguls Senior member

    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    165
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Location:
    Newburgh
    

    I have not found this to be the case at all.
     


  8. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

    Messages:
    3,344
    Likes Received:
    406
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Varies
    

    the pictures are real too bad the shoes aren't.
     


  9. totalair1

    totalair1 Senior member

    Messages:
    974
    Likes Received:
    291
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    

    I agree with this statement. In my opinion Carmina "currently" makes far fewer pairs of Shell shoes than Alden. Give it a while and they will be short too. If Carmina has what you want...get it while the getting is good.

    I think Horween is in a pickle, they can't get shell right now, and I don't see this getting fixed anytime soon, if ever. The demand exceeds supply for shell, the USA limits horse slaughter. Outside the USA, far fewer regulations on horse slaughter, but I don't know how many horses are available?

    To take this a step further...Alden, and likely Allen Edmonds shortly if not already are in deep poop. You got retailers screaming about shell orders not filled for 2 years, demand far exceeds what Alden can produce...even in regular styles of leather! Alden retailers are screwed, can't make money if you can't get product. Allen Edmonds is now 3 months out on shell, that's for black and burgundy shell. If they have not stopped brown, they will soon. I'm waiting on a brown shell belt and shoes for 10 weeks so far.

    Carmina has very few retailers in the USA and those that do, few if any stock shell. I see Carmina having a great window to capture short term market share, but they will run out of shell too.

    I don't see Horween breaking ties with their main 2 buyers, Alden and AE. It's a storm we have to ride out. However I doubt we will see anything but black and #8 in any large amounts. I think Cigar, Ravello, and Whiskey will be ultra rare, if available at all. What little is available will be pre-sold and pre-paid and the average guy will be out of luck.

    My advice...buy it now if its out there, and there are a few pairs not advertised to be had, but you will have to dig,call, pester, and ask the right questions.

    Sorry for the long post.

    See Ya,
    Steve
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013


  10. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

    Messages:
    9,947
    Likes Received:
    3,304
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2012
    I really do not believe the picture is as bleak as some are painting it and there is a bit of hype going on. Everyone screams from the rafters THERE IS NO SHELL, yet every month we are seeing orders both hit the market and get confirmed. There is always going to be a bit of an ebb and flow to this. One could take it a step further and say that there is no better way for company's to increase profits than to constrain the supply chain and then strategically release product as needed at a premium price. I would just every to exercise patience as makes and models do become available. Yes, you need to be plugged in and act quickly but they are there to be had. Hell, the guy with the long rant I think owned no shell like 90 days ago and now probably has close to 20 pairs...
     


  11. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

    Messages:
    2,332
    Likes Received:
    417
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    other than Alden, has anyone been successful in finding a belt supplier that closely matches #8 in shell? I got one in from AE but returned it as it was a bit too light.
     


  12. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

    Messages:
    4,292
    Likes Received:
    451
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Location:
    ND
    

    The one piece belt in 8 from Horween is a great match.
     


  13. totalair1

    totalair1 Senior member

    Messages:
    974
    Likes Received:
    291
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2013
    

    You are right...all my pairs are in the last 90 days for the most part. Every pair I bought had been in store inventory for 2-3 years, none was recent stock. None were listed on the store website, all had taken them off the website. I have to call, email, dig, dig, dig. Then call back and those last pairs were great, I bet you missed some and they found more. It was time consuming, and it took a lot patience but it was worth it. I still stand by my "rant" on the shortage. I hope I'm wrong but nothing appears to show otherwise.

    See Ya,
    Steve
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013


  14. sazon

    sazon Senior member

    Messages:
    3,141
    Likes Received:
    1,983
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Location:
    NYC/NJ
    

    The one pic on my feet is the before pic.
     


  15. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

    Messages:
    2,332
    Likes Received:
    417
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    haha, I don't have the pockets deep enough for a $400 belt sadly.
     


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by