***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. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    I don't...

    Have at it... not sure that it's that easy to find the penny, ptb, the chukka, etc... for less than Alden prices. Probably just as hard to locate.

    Enjoy your ruby shell cap toe bals for $850

    @NAMOR-
    I certainly understand frustration with availability and lengthy waiting periods that don't make much sense (i.e. 3 years for tan suede LWBs form LS and no end in sight). I personally have never had an issue with quality control, but I may be the exception rather than the rule. I suppose that if you compare QC with EG, Carmina, C&J, etc... Alden will fall behind, but I can not agree that they are of the same or similar price points. If you have such a problem with Alden and you want to change their practices, buy something else and enjoy them. Otherwise, enjoy what you have and get over the fact that with Alden you can not have what you want, when you want it all the time. I mean no disrespect, you are a well-respected member of this thread and I am among many here that appreciate you and your contributions. But you are correct, it is as if you are a high schooler.

    I hope y'all enjoy your collection of Aldens and the weekend...
     
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    I certainly will -- there should be a pair of Cigar LWBs awaiting me at home.
     
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    I'm on the same boat. I wear C width and it has been hard to get the exact style in the last that fits outside of Alden and AE. Carmina does offer nice make-ups but not necessarily for my fit.

    I think the key here is the retailer. If you as a customer establishes a really good relationship with one, I think you'll be surprised with what can happen. They may not have power over Alden, but they have the relationship.
     
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    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Carmina does call themselves "Specialists in Genuine Shell Cordovan." I don't think it's a niche for them. I think they probably account for a lot of the European market in shell, and I think their presence in the US is only going to increase.
     
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    ^ I agree other manufactures will attempt to fill the void.My contention is that given a choice most would still choose alden, only turning to others when necessary.
     
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    I share many of the sentiments above regarding Alden leaving us at times feeling like they just don't care. They'll take our money and then they'll get our precious shells to us when they can.

    That said, like an abused child, I continue to just sign up for more and can't fathom leaving the mothership. Without having even begun the Mac break in method on my beloved ravello lwbs that arrived only Tuesday, I convinced myself that my boot collection needed more variety and impulsively ordered the navy CXL greenwich boots from Leffot yesterday. As usual, customer service was great and, although I called late in the day, they managed to package my goods in time for the 5pm pickup so that the boots would arrive here by noon. [​IMG]

    I was hesitant on two levels: the crepe sole and the navy color. I'm not sure if my crummy iPhone 5 pics do justice to the boots, but they are a deep color, almost black in indoor lighting, which alleviates some of my worries that they will be too blue and therefore hard to match with the wardrobe. I know the crepe has lots of haters on this thread, but I have to say that I never realized how cushy the soles are. Right out of the box it feels like you're cozily walking on air. These are the kind of boots I could see myself wearing to drive in during a long car trip on a fall weekend. The crepe is definitely not as elegant as some of my stuff with the leather soles and not as rugged looking as the boots with commando soles, but I think the wingtip design keeps them from looking too casual and knockabout. Of course, maybe I am just needing to tell myself all this because--despite the need to financially recover from the recent house purchase--I just can't seem to keep the Alden fever at bay.

    Now how do I sneak these in and wear them this weekend without getting the wifely eye roll? [​IMG]

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    if carmina made more casual styled shoes/boots I would go in that direction. Unfortunately most of their stuff is way too formal looking for my style.
     
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    Agreed. Although they do have a nice LWB and their PCT boot is really nice.
     
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    +1 for the crepe. I thought I would always be a leather sole kinda guy, and never would have thought I would go for the crepe sole, but I really like the feel. Puts a little bounce in my step, and is very comfortable. Probably not formal enough for most work environs, but I am believer.
     
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    Congrats my friend! Enjoy...
     
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    I think my foot shape has a lot to do with the comfort level of C&J for me. The marlow is kind of narrower in the waist like modified last but not so wide of the toe. Oh I like my color 8 too now.......color 8 and cigar are my favs
     
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    And next week I should have a pair of Ravello chukkas waiting. I can't say I'm sure what everyone is complaining about -- both are coming from retailers from whom I've never purchased before.
     
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    Naturally we are both going to butt heads, dad.

    And here is your $850 ruby shell. Just restocked (took a whopping 10 weeks). And if you ask nicely, the granddaughter of the founder, will even throw in an extra pair of laces

    http://www.carmina.telemaco.es/articulo.asp?idarticulo=4334252
     
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    The only retailer I haven't really cracked is J Gilbert (mainly because I haven't been been interested in very many of their styles, and the ones I may be interested in I find out about really late, so my size is already spoken for). For all other retailers, it seems to just take a call.
     
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    Agreed. Alden DC is incredible on the phone. Adam at AoC is incredibly responsive via email, letting me know earlier this week -- when I saw everyone getting their Ravello LWBs from DC -- that he had both Ravello and Cigar LWBs in my size. And, of course, Shig at LS is great to deal with over email too.
     
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