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Hey folks,
I just got back from NYC and was fortunate to have long conversations with some of the higher-ups at both Alden and Allen Edmonds. I had a great time chatting with both companies, but I think that a Massdrop listing with either of them is not feasible at this time. Here's what I learned.
1. First off, Alden extremely selective about letting companies list anything online, and only if they have an established relationship with them as a brick and mortar store first. Moreover, they already have more orders than they can fulfill, so it just doesn't make sense for them to open an account with us, even if it means reaching new customers. They are already behind schedule so it just doesn't work for them.
2. Allen Edmonds is in a similar position, in that they require a brick and mortar store to carry their products. This makes sense, as shoes are hard to fit correctly and both companies want to make sure that customers have the positive experience of going into one of their shops and getting sized by a professional. On top of that, AE already runs sales frequently and has highly discounted factory seconds, so it would be hard to match their lowest prices.
So my recommendations to you are this - if you want discounted shoes from either of these brands, check out their factory seconds.
Allen Edmonds: Alden (mailing list):
Thanks for voting, everyone!
I completely understand. Thanks for the reply.
Any updates?
I can't argue with the quality of AE and Alden, but it takes a lot of time and effort to get companies of this caliber on board. We will continue to work on it but don't expect a quick turnaround on this poll. Thanks for your understanding!
Hey guys,
We'll reach out to Allen Edmond and Alden and update you with our progress! Cheers!
Strand and Park Avenue are great choices.
Quick question: do you get to chose the color of the Park Avenue shoes? I'd like black..