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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. 90shilling

    90shilling Senior member

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    Hi gents, I'll be in SF next week and plan to visit Alden SF for the first time. Any tips on sales associates, models to ask for, etc...?

    Also, any other stores I should try and hit in SF that would align with the man who calls himself an Alden shoe connoisseur?
     
  2. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Alden 974 Wingtip (Maiden Voyage!)

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    Have a good weekend!

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  3. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    Last time I checked, they had Alden Chukka in Loden for $350.
     
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    Sweeeeet! Maiden voyages are the best. Enjoy!
     
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    Well played, gentlemen. Well played.
     
  6. Gunner72

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    Thanks. They're Shoemart seconds (with B.Nelson resole). Not sure who they were made for. The closest match I could find were a Tassel's #8 Atom on Tremont. These are Barrie.
     
  7. intensanity

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    How rare/often are the #4 Captoe Boots avails?
     
  8. rydenfan

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    If you find them head straight to a convenience store and buy a lotto ticket
     
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    Call me first.....then get the lotto ticket?
     
  10. intensanity

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    o_O well shit. What's the strategy here? Figure out my size beforehand and just check all the retailers? Why is this so hard!?
     
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    From what I've been told, Alden is not going to be using #4 anymore.
     
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    Strategy is watch ebay and the market place here and be prepared for a bidding war that will end above retail.
     
  13. intensanity

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    Oh. I see. When was the last time they were offered? That's wild.
     
  14. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

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    What you are looking for is almost the rarest model among rare models. Literally every member of this thread who doesn't own a pair would likely be in on it. You put me, ryden, tifosi, bk, and others in a bidding war and the price would go north with the quickness.
     
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    So much hotness here
     
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  16. circleslife

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    Can someone please put pics from the recent Alden SF Cigar LWB batch? Thanks
     
  17. intensanity

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    Man that's wild. And so is it simply a case of Alden getting the right color of leather and deciding to produce these? How does this work economically?
     
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    bespoken pa Senior member

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    Generally speaking lighter shell requires a more perfect hide as blemishes become more visible. However (pure conjecture) I believe there is marketing element to it as well. Most exotics are sold months in advance by most retailers. You need to be proactive most of us have a detailed email address book and contact retailers frequently. Build contacts and relationships with vendors and hope you are in the right place at the right time. I obtained both of my rare shells right of the gate with a week of one another, pure luck.
     
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    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    IMO, There are a few things at work in acquiring rare make-ups and exotic colors:

    1. Luck
    2. An established relationship with certain retailers.
    3. Willingness to pull the trigger immediately if the opportunity presents itself.

    Plenty of guys have stories of missed opportunities due to a lack of no.3.
     
  20. intensanity

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    Sure, makes sense. Thanks for the info. Is there a list of retailers or do these slowly get built over time? What's considered a rare shell? #4? #2? I assume #8 is pretty standard.
     
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