I guess I mean it in both ways. They may be inter-related to a degree. A large overlap between what is "cool" and what is "fashionable". Maybe you are a hipster since you don't want to believe that Aldens have become "cool"?
Yes, people start following the Alden thread on styleforum because Alden's are cool and they want to learn more about them and where they can find them. They are not independent of one other. (According to my theory) So you are suggesting that they are not any "cooler" than they were 5 years ago, people are just more aware them because of styleforum? Not sure those are independent of each other either. As alcebiades points out, they have been getting PR from GQ and...
Was gunna say this, but you beat me too it. Basically, BB Tassels have it, alden standard tassels don't, and special tassel makeups may or may not. I never noticed the square vs curved, so good observation.
Thanks for that! Sorry to hear that the fit didn't work out. I have a pair of the Navys on order. Can't wait after seeing these pics. Thumbs up for proper spoiler usage. People in the alden threak can't seem to figure them out!
I recall someone posting a while back that Rancourt suggested using contact cement for this purpose, and revealed that it is what they use to glue them down at the factory. (available at any hardware store.)