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Step up from Alden - where to go?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Super traditional long time wearer of Alden shoes id now like to upgrade to something with a bit more style-yet still within business realm. Can anyone suggest a next step. CJ Greene Cleverly Grenson Masterpiece Sargents? Vass Would also appreicate general info on the fit of these brands and where to source them from in the States. Im an average fit-closer to narrow in the back, no arch and square front foot with longer second toe. How do these shoes fit ? are there varied lasts within the manufactuer's line? PS i kinda consider AE a lateral move from the aldens
post #2 of 6
You might also want to investigate JM Weston and John Lobb Paris. The demi-chasse (Weston) and classics collection for Lobb are both great. I would pick a particular style, then try on different models from the various companies and find a last that works best, and only then consider making a purchase. BTW, how do you manage to wear Aldens? I have a narrow ankle and Alden has never worked for me. Green fits like a glove, but I can't afford more than a pair (or two).
post #3 of 6
My $.02: I don't think Sargents or CJ Benchgrade are any step up from Alden, maybe even a step down. CJ Handgrades, maybe. Cleverly & Grenson Masterpiece, no experience. Ditto Vass, although I am inclined to believe it is definitely a step up. Green, definitely yes.
post #4 of 6
That's a pretty broad question.... As for where to source them, where are you located? As for fit, all except Vass come in varied widths, so unless your feet are very narrow, very wide or very long, you should be able to fit shoes from any of those makers. Vass RTW shoes fit different widths by fitting different lasts. Vass isn't available in the US right now anyhow, other than some leftover shoes at Sky Valet in Washington, DC and occasionally on EBay.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
thanks for the replies. To narrow it down a bit. Before a few months ago I had not bought a new pair of dress shoes for close to 5-6 years. Prior to that only aldens I picked up a pair of dress lace ups and they dont fit as well as my older pairs -seems my feet have changed a bit. Since i dont neccessaryily need the aldens for fit -i thought id try something different. However i have tried some other brands in the past with miserable results, cole hann, and "cable & co." for example Im in nyc- and i dislike barneys so cant in good faith trust thier shoe dept. So suggestions about where to try on the other makers would be appreciated. I dont know who carries green here ....
post #6 of 6
I would suggest Vass. Go to Budapest. Get measured. Order a single pair. When you confirm that the fit is correct, order 4 more pairs. Vass are the best value for money there is. They are equivalent in quality to bespoke John Lobb St. James at a fraction of the price.
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