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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. bdeuce22

    bdeuce22 Senior member

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    am i in the minority that doesn't like NSTs?

    also i didn't realize there was such backlash when recrafting Aldens. that's crazy. what is more ridiculous is that there are so many variations of models due to store special orders is that you wouldn't think this is a big fucking deal. say Leffot stocked the 1339, but with a commando sole. does this mean when it comes time to recraft they will only put a commando sole even though they make the same shoe with a double leather sole?
     
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    Well said. This is insane. What does Alden care what sole you are putting on your shoes if you are paying for the recrafting anyways? The Alden craftsman is just pulling a commando sole off the shelf rather than a double leather sole. I hate unreasonable restrictions such as this that have no reasonable rationale underlying them.

    Does B.Nelson have the same low profile commando sole Alden uses (or even cooler soles like cats paw, etc.) and can they do the natural or antique or any other edge finish that you could previously get through Alden? If so, then there really is no reason to go through Alden.
     
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    Did the #8 lwb with a #8 belt.

    Suit: Saks Made in USA blue pinstripe, Loro Piana fabric
    Shirt: white BB slim fit ainsley collar]
    Tie: Thomas Pink yellow tie with small navy flowers (similar to the Hermes or Ferragamo look)
    Pocket square: white, straight fold

    Overall, very conservative and clean. I had a red Valentino stripe tie for back-up, but I went with what I wanted.

    Oh, and I think the interview went well, too.
     
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  5. stucco

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    Quick newb question, can anyone tell me what they put on their Alden Indy Boots?
     
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    I'm a 9D in AE Lombards, does this mean I should buy an 8.5D for some Alden bluchers?

    thanks guize!
     
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    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Well, Alden does have the original last. That's about the only reason someone might choose to stick with Alden.
     
  8. jasonfoote303

    jasonfoote303 Senior member

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    Another option for resoling your Aldens is Moulded Shoe in NYC. From what I understand, they have access to the Alden soles and can put them on in-house. I don't know all the details, but it's worth finding out.
     
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    FYI: these are Reverse Tobacco Chamois
     
  10. bdeuce22

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    dung
     
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    Not trying to be an Alden apologist and not saying it's right, but I'm wondering if the new restoration policy is due to the increased popularity of their products. Since they seem to be having a hard time meeting demand, are the profit margins so much higher for a pair of new shoes/boots that it's not worthwhile for Alden to divert resources to do special restoration jobs?

    As imatlas points out, after factoring in all the costs for restoring (trees, shipping, materials, wages, etc), how much do they actually make on it? I have no clue about shoe manufacturing and I'm not saying it's the right business decision regarding customer loyalty, satisfaction, etc but just wanted to throw it out there.

    FWIW, I hope their policy changes when I need my shoes/boots restored :)
     
  12. bdeuce22

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    but they aren't even special jobs. when a restoration order comes in, it takes the same effort for the person processing to recognize that Shoe X receives Original Sole Y as the same person seeing Shoe X and reading the customer wants Different Sole Z. if a company runs that inefficient to take simple requests, then god have mercy on them.
     
  13. ghdvfddzgzdzg

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    I realized my cordovan chukkas are...not all the same color. In direct sunlight, it's clear that my right foot's front half/toe/tongue leather is a different color than the back half of the shoe--a purpler color. It also seems to be creasing really differently than the rest of the shoe. I guess I have to get in touch with where I got them from, but I was wondering if anybody's had this sort of trouble before and how it went.
     
  14. bdeuce22

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    #8 i assume? post pics
     
  15. ghdvfddzgzdzg

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    yeah, #8. camera broke last month. gotta see if i can borrow a camera or something.
     
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    I have no clue on the shoe biz. My primary assumption is since they make a lot more $$ producing new shoes than doing restoration jobs they would rather not deal with restoration requests at all. I wonder what % of their revenue and profit are restoration jobs. Single digits?

    And if they are really that inefficient then it seems to make even more business sense for them to just focus on making new shoes, which is a whole other issue :)
     
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    So what's the consensus on defective Aldens lately. My cigar shell boots just blew their stitching out after wearing them maybe a dozen times. -_- Terrible quality control imho.
     
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    Not to switch the topic from the always interesting issue of Alden quality, but saw this post in Hyperbeast about a new collaboration between Alden and Obscura magazine, sold through Tassels in Hong Kong I assume. Both models are based on old prototypes that never made it into production and use a new leather that supposedly we'll be seeing more of in the future. Interesting Q&A that provides some perspective of Alden's Asian market.

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    I've heard that AE makes a good deal of their profit from their restorations. Someone "in the know" posted that on AAAC last year some time.
     
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    cyc wid it Senior member

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    One would think that being able to have your shoes restored the way you like at a "reduced" profit margin is built into the higher initial price.
     
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