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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. phantomx48

    phantomx48 Senior member

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    Just an FYI, I put up a bunch of my Alden shoes/boots (including #8 Plaza Indy, and Reverse Chamois Indy) for sale along with some other pairs. Just making room in my closet for some new shoes coming in. All size 11D - 12D.

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=228313
     
  2. .field

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    Bummer, man.. After weeks in customs, my brand new 403's are missing two inches of stitching (non existent) leaving the leather flap that meets the bright white toe stitching wide open.
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  3. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Bummer, man.. After weeks in customs, my brand new 403's are missing two inches of stitching (non existent) leaving the leather flap that meets the bright white toe stitching wide open.

    Strange. Did you buy those new? Not sure what happened, there clearly was stitching there at one point because I don't believe they make the holes first. In other words, the holes are created as they sew the stitching in.
     
  4. WhoKnewI

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    ...fucking unbelievable.
     
  5. NAMOR

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    Bummer, man.. After weeks in customs, my brand new 403's are missing two inches of stitching (non existent) leaving the leather flap that meets the bright white toe stitching wide open.

    Dear Lord, Alden has some serious QC issues. This has happened to me several times and many other members have had this problem. I keep defending them because I love their stuff but come on! I would be willing to bet that at least 1 in 10 Indys has this problem. If this was any other company..
     
  6. phantomx48

    phantomx48 Senior member

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    I have to agree, Alden has some QC issues to fix. . .many can be dismissed as normal for a large company putting out hundreds of pairs a year, but a lot of the issues are just inexcusable. They even seem to be making huge errors with special makeup orders for some of the well known retailers that we all to buy from. Things like making shoes in the wrong last, or using the wrong edge finish/welting.

    Never seen a defect as bad as the one above though. . .makes me wonder if things are getting worse.
     
  7. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    Alden should start including thread and needle with their products..
     
  8. .field

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    Strange. Did you buy those new? Not sure what happened, there clearly was stitching there at one point because I don't believe they make the holes first. In other words, the holes are created as they sew the stitching in.

    Yes, brand new
     
  9. interlockingny

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    Yes, brand new

    Hope the situation works out for you. You mentioned they were in customs for weeks. Where were they shipped to and did you get them from a retailer? If so, I'm sure they will be able to help you.

    Good luck
     
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    Austerlitz brogues after a few wears: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  11. .field

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    Hope the situation works out for you. You mentioned they were in customs for weeks. Where were they shipped to and did you get them from a retailer? If so, I'm sure they will be able to help you.

    Good luck


    Shipped to Ontario, Canada from a US retailer.

    Yea, I'm pretty sure everything will get figured out..

    Thanks interlockingny
     
  12. Mikeg1

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    Hey Alden Lovers,

    This is my first time posting on the Forum. I've been monitoring the site for a weeks in anticipation of joining the team. Last week I received my first two pairs of Aldens. The J.Crew Alden Long Wing in Whiskey and the Tassel Loafer in Calf. I know cordovan is the preferred upper of the site, but still being in college makes my wardrobe extremely casual cool, it seemed a little to dressy for me.

    Anyway here is my first of many troubleshooting questions: Thanks in Advance

    I was out the other night with my Longwings on. When some goof spilled wine on my shoes. Bummer I know. The next day I used a damp towel to wipe off the stain and now one shoes is a lighter color than the other. My OCD is flaring and I need this fixed. Please HELP.

    Troubled Alden Lover in Missouri
     
  13. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    post pics. I am interested to see this
     
  14. ChrisGold

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    7118s in natural sunlight on their first day out. Shows the color variation in the leather much better.
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  15. Jorge

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    7118s in natural sunlight on their first day out. Shows the color variation in the leather much better.
    I'd call that another quality control issue.
     
  16. ChrisGold

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    I'd call that another quality control issue.

    Only by someone who doesn't understand "pull-up" analine leathers.
     
  17. HarryFlashman

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    Chris - the pull-up leather looks great! Those shoes never crossed my mind, but now may be creeping onto my wish list - especially for something to wear in less-than-ideal weather.
     
  18. ChrisGold

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    Chris - the pull-up leather looks great! Those shoes never crossed my mind, but now may be creeping onto my wish list - especially for something to wear in less-than-ideal weather.

    They don't look like much in pictures, as they need to flex a bit for the color to flow. I saw them at a trunk show when looking for a bad weather shoe. (And, they were a little over $300 with the trunk show discount.)
     
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    Finally some nice, dry weather... a good day for 911's.
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  20. ChrisGold

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    Finally some nice, dry weather... a good day for 911's.

    Great looking shoes. Nice to see a little love for stock models on the forum.
     
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