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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. jet

    jet Senior member

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    Wow that's crazy, seems not many others are doing the same thing to survive so to speak. Ironically this will probably affect their bottom line in a few years as the demand for this sort of stuff isn't inelastic and once this americana trend declines they won't be enjoying the surge in popularity as they have been. Very interesting to see how it all pans out. Makes me want to order some trickers instead [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah pretty much. It is justified though-inflation, increased cost of production-wage increases (employees are in a union), increased cost of materials-especially leather, etc.

    Back in 2000 when I was selling Alden at a part time job, shell cordovan was $375.


    But, but why aren't Toyota Corollas pushing $40k then?
     
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    But, but why aren't Toyota Corollas pushing $40k then?
    Mass produced for Toyota? And the exclusivity of cordovan leathers for Alden? No one will do a 9 month pre-order for a Toyota (except if you really want to count the LFA [​IMG] , but with Alden, you betcha.

    Cars, in general, are getting more expensive though. A fully loaded Honda Accord V6 will be over $30k now.
     
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    But, but why aren't Toyota Corollas pushing $40k then?

    I have no idea. But weren't they about $2000 back in the 70's?
     
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    jet Senior member

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    But, but why aren't Toyota Corollas pushing $40k then?

    I think a more appropriate question would be why aren't all other shoemakers increasing 5% every year like clockwork. I don't like companies that think they are impervious to the market.
     
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    I think a more appropriate question would be why aren't all other shoemakers increasing 5% every year like clockwork. I don't like companies that think they are impervious to the market.

    Edward Green just increased prices too fwiw.

    I'm sure other main stream brands do it on a yearly basis too. Back when I worked with more main stream brands such as Mephisto and J&M, yearly price increases were normal.
     
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    I actually had this conversation with the local Alden guy a month ago. Basically he said Alden is in the luxury goods category, and when I said, "Yeah but how many people are gonna spend $700 on some shoes?", he said, "How many guys will spend $200 on a pair of shoes? Alden knows their buyer."
     
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    yuketen raised prices too

    its the economy plus all the commodities like cotton corn oil blablabla are all more expensive
     
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    Edward Green just increased prices too fwiw. I'm sure other main stream brands do it on a yearly basis too. Back when I worked with more main stream brands such as Mephisto and J&M, yearly price increases were normal.
    The point I'm arguing is that it's not a planned occurrence integrated in their model within a short cycle like alden.
    I actually had this conversation with the local Alden guy a month ago. Basically he said Alden is in the luxury goods category, and when I said, "Yeah but how many people are gonna spend $700 on some shoes?", he said, "How many guys will spend $200 on a pair of shoes? Alden knows their buyer."
    I think they need to re-evaluate their stance. Their core customer is not really the rich ass dudes who can afford anything.
    yuketen raised prices too its the economy plus all the commodities like cotton corn oil blablabla are all more expensive
    Have you worked a day in your life rkd? [​IMG]
     
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    Have you worked a day in your life rkd? [​IMG]
    lol yes retail through college at a local indie/streetwear gig biglaw firm this past summer (summer associate) and currently working at the SEC since sept (unpaid though) edit: essentially fortunate to have family with deep pockets ... but ur point being?
     
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    lol yes retail through college at a local indie/streetwear gig biglaw firm this past summer (summer associate) and currently working at the SEC since sept (unpaid though) edit: essentially fortunate to have family with deep pockets ... but ur point being?
    This was my point so it's easy for you to be an alden apologist. Your parents are baller as fuck so it doesn't matter if the prices keep going up indefinitely as you will still be able to afford them. *edit- all good homie
     
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    oh well, i wasnt defending their price increases ... believe it or not im actually upset about it too

    lol but my parents might have money but they dont share the wealth all that much ... just support me. the rest of my spending comes from saving up [​IMG]
     
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    Looking great Mac, as usual. Do you really only use paste wax for polish every 15 wears? That is some shine and luster you got there.

    thank you
    minimum of 18 wearings before applying wax
     
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    Don't see many of these around here from what I can recall. Cigar shell WT Boots. Pics taken in different light conditions. Love the colour tonality.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Oh, and since I'm wearing these most of the time, I've got some Indy 405s for sale. Check my sig/PM me if you are interested.


    good looking boots
     
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    thank you
    minimum of 18 wearings before applying wax


    how do you keep track of wearings? lol i never remember
     
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    brand new #8 WT Boots today. First shots, in 3 different lightings:

    [​IMG]

    Thanks to the good people at ShoeMart !


    enjoy wearing!
     
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    whats the sole on that sazon?
     
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    [​IMG]
    ravello wt boots

    Mac, can you please post up a pair of whiskey boots next to these? I want to see how much the colors differ. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
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