Solid and sound advice. I myself only got into the Alden game in 2013 and have been able to acquire rare shells by contacting all the retailers noted (I own 6 total pairs now - 3 exotic cordovan, 2 color 8 and 403 indys - with 2 more on pre-order), but also obtained a pair through this forum as well. Part of the fun is the hunt. The rest is in wearing them.
3/31/15 at 3:19pm