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I think they are worth it @ 64$.  I have one belt in bourbon, full retail.  It's held up well, but they use calfskin and not corrected grain, so the leather will show fine wrinkles like shoes.  Be prepared for this as many complain about it, but I've just learned to accept it and wear.  

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thanks wiredandtired.

i think im gonna bite for my walnut strands. and maybe wait for a black one later.
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Walnut McAllisters today:

 

similar color combo/sock combo, but you got me beat both ways, better shoes and socks lol

 

dusted these off last week for a baptism

 

 

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Eric your budget should be able to help you acquire whatever you would like from AE. Consider going the mto route.

Thanks for the responses, all.

I don't think MTO is the way to go for me at this point because I really don't think I know if I want anything specialized enough to go MTO. It's really a question of, for the budget, go for Daltons + Strands or step up to one pair of shell.
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I think they are worth it @ 64$.  I have one belt in bourbon, full retail.  It's held up well, but they use calfskin and not corrected grain, so the leather will show fine wrinkles like shoes.  Be prepared for this as many complain about it, but I've just learned to accept it and wear.  

narragansett leather belt good to match?

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I remember someone on here posting about his obsession with Steve Buscemi's shoes from the opening credits of Boardwalk Empire. Well this is AMERICA, and you, too, can now buy the same pair!

 

 

 

http://www.forzieri.com/mens-shoes/forzieri/fz43114-010-00

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Thanks for the responses, all.

I don't think MTO is the way to go for me at this point because I really don't think I know if I want anything specialized enough to go MTO. It's really a question of, for the budget, go for Daltons + Strands or step up to one pair of shell.

Dalton's + strands.
Your current shoe rotation doesn't warrant the price of 600$ for 1 shoe. Of course this is my prerogative, but at this point, I'd recommend acquiring a total of 4 versatile shoes.

Once u are comfortable with your staple workhorse shoes, branch off and start ordering fillers.
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Can't believe it. Placed an order by fone yesterday to the Shoebank for some black BB Fifth Avenues, and they're on the truck for delivery today. Gotta love living in Chicago!

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Enjoy those BB 5th Aves! I love the Poron insole

 

I have feeling you'll be putting a nice shine on them tonight.
 

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I'd go with Alden Color 8 if you really want a burgundy cordovan and your budget is $600. AE's new burgundy cordovan is the least attractive cordovan, in my opinion. 
I agree that Alden's #8 is special, but the QC for Alden shows does not seem as good and I don't think the customer service with them is as good as AE, i.e., Alden may not remake your shoe if there is a manufacturer's defect if it is within their QC standards, which from what I have seen is not as stringent as AE.

His opinion on the new burgundy cordovan is his own and some people do like the new AE burgundy cordovan.
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I agree that Alden's #8 is special, but the QC for Alden shows does not seem as good and I don't think the customer service with them is as good as AE, i.e., Alden may not remake your shoe if there is a manufacturer's defect if it is within their QC standards, which from what I have seen is not as stringent as AE.

His opinion on the new burgundy cordovan is his own and some people do like the new AE burgundy cordovan.

 

I would think it something of a glass house scenario to be chucking stones at Alden QC.
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I'm currently having a bit of an internal debate, if anyone wants to chime in. I'm working on building out my "big boy" shoe wardrobe and currently have black 5th Avenues and walnut McAllisters. I just turned 25 and work for a consulting firm that is business casual 95% of the time.

The two options I'm going over:

1. Picking up walnut Daltons in the Nordstrom sale (more for casual wear) and brown Strands to round out a 3-shoe work rotation.
2. Diving into cordovan and going for burgundy MacNeils. I love the burgundy color and am also really tempted by Aldens, though my experience so far with AE has me leaning more towards staying with AE.

Both ways, the budget would be ~$600... Any opinions would be great!

- E

 

I don't think there is a bad choice to be made between shell AE and Alden. I do have a preference for Alden color 8, but like the AE burgundy well enough. Shell is quite seductive - that's the path I would recommend given your budget.
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I have a question Gentlemen. If I were to place my AE's in a storage for a year and half, will they be dried out? Is it better to sell and buy them when I need? Thanks much.

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Don't get me wrong I love Alden shoes but their qc & cs are lacking in comparison to AE
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I have a question Gentlemen. If I were to place my AE's in a storage for a year and half, will they be dried out? Is it better to sell and buy them when I need? Thanks much.
Im sure they will be fine . Shoe trees of course and bags will help. No plastic
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