***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. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    Uncle, great looking whiskey ptbs.

    nephew,
    thank you
     


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    Good comments here.

    Persistence, regularly checking this thread and with the various Alden retailers, and a willingness to pull the trigger on a moment's notice - and even at a price higher than you might like - are keys to getting the shell models you seek after.
     


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    totalair1 Senior member

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    I have 2 shell, 1 cxl belts from Rancourt. Very well made and very satisfied, band reasonably priced. They offer shell in -#8, however it could differ from Alden's

    Good Luck!
    See Ya,
    Steve
     


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    takashi78 Senior member

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    Thanks so much guys!
    Seems my email client blocked the pics thats why i was not seeing any.
     


  6. unipair guy

    unipair guy Affiliate Vendor

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    #99522 Leydon E Old tan Calf and Cigar Cordovan Saddle 6.5, 7, 9.5
    #8993 Leydon E #8 cordovan and black alpine grain Saddle 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5
    #2937 Barrie E Unlined Black cordovan 6, 9
    #2938 Barrie E Unlined #8 cordovan 6


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    #63082 Vtip Black with Burgundy vamp Barrie D size 7
    #43510 Leydon E cap toe blucher Old tan calf size 6, 6.5, 8, 8.5
    #61901 Truflare E Whiskey cordovan size 6. 6.5, 7

    These are our Alden models on sale. Please pm me for prices. All sales will be final.
     


  7. shaunw

    shaunw Senior member

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    Buying into the buzz and taking "the bait".....hook, line and sinker

    With a little patience I think we can all get the cordovan shoes and boots and other leather goods that we so desire. Look at theshoemart seconds lists, these are an indication of current orders at Alden and what either is in the pipeline or has already been delivered to retailers. The lists I received included whiskey, ravello, cigar, and #8 cordovan shoes. I believe that they are a little light on supply from Horween but the whole buy it now because it will never be seen again thing is not something I believe.
     


  8. shaunw

    shaunw Senior member

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    I agree
     


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    Ravello PTB today
     


  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    looking good in your ptb
     


  11. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Check out Rancourt. They not only have a shell Color 8 belt for cheaper than Horween, but they also have a Chromexcel Color 8 belt for even cheaper still:

    http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/leather-goods.html?limit=all
     


  12. Michigan Planner

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    I am wearing my Color 8 shell cordovan belt from Rancourt today (as I do most days). It's a great belt but I found it to be significantly lighter than Alden's Color 8.
     


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    I have a Color 8 belt form Alden that doesn't match well. I have at times wondered if B. Nelson would be able to refinish it to make it a closer match.
     


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    No question there's a buzz on shell shortage. I would also agree I went way deep on my purchases of shell shoes, mainly because I wanted them and those who feel I took the bait that's cool too. I'm a relative newbie to this forum, so I'm sure many of the long time members may not be drinking the cool aide I've been saying. Setting all opinions aside, my 13D or larger foot size dictates a shortage regardless of...if a real shortage exists. Very few Alden retailers stock above size 12, specially in shell and the rare colors. There's still a lot of choices in my size in black and #8. I'm certain that the majority of the shell shoes I've scored lately in cigar, and whiskey are mainly models that have not been produced in a few years, or older inventory. I'm at a stage in my life I have the ability to spend big for a while and then sit back. Not 1 pair of the cigar shoes I've bought were advertised anywhere, all were scored by digging, most of the whiskey were the same way except for 1 pair from TSM. I've tried like hell to score anything in Ravello and with the exception of the 1 pair I found at TSM, otherwise none to be found in my size new or used. If anybody has a lead on some please PM me!

    I truly hope I'm wrong and we can discuss all day long, but at this point nothing I've seen indicates otherwise. The recent list of irregulars from TSM is "all" of the irregulars from Alden. Most of those are from Retailers inventory that discovered a defect when a pair were pulled from inventory to be sold and "oops". A prime example is my Whiskey NST on Barrie from TSM. They had a minor defect where the welt met the heel area and it was a sloppy transition. Ed at TSM gave me an option of the $399 defect price of he would get Alden to fix them. I choose to get them fixed. My point is there were in existing inventory, and not recent production.

    Let's be real honest...is there any reason that Horween would not crank out rare shell colors if they could? All shell starts as the same color, then dyed. I've seen even small guys who make wallets complaining they can't get black or #8 scraps! Worldwide demand for shell cordovan is far exceeding supply. Horween and Alden do what they do to make money, and you can't make money if you don't have product to sell. Let's also cover 1 other thing...craftsmen. It is my opinion that true artists who work with leather are a dying breed. I'm talking custom shoe and boot makers...let's face it many things of that nature are dying off in America, and worldwide.

    Like all forums these are my opinions, and I expect many to not agree. None of the opinions on what I've said have given any logic as to why it's not true, only it's a short term problem. Is Horween hoarding shell cordovan in a secret warehouse?

    Have an awesome Thursday!

    See Ya,
    Steve
     


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    Rancourt and Alden both dye their shells to color #8. I wonder if you were to use some Alden #8 polish if that would make it a closer match?

    See Ya,
    Steve
     


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