Originally Posted by sw20
Suspect it's much like new, $200K+ performance cars: most who buy them don't commute daily in them and only drive them occasionally on sunny, warm wkends...so have no real idea how they would hold up in daily use vs dry/wet weather/bumpy urban rds, etc Most of the famed UK/EU brands are some 2x cost of Alden shells; doubt UK/EU stuff lasts any longer in similar daily use (even with rotation for use every 2-3 days) in NYC weather and in extensive business travel (where rotation is often less possible)
Hhhmmm. There are at least a few of us that don't
fit in to this category. I almost only
own C&Js, EGs, Chruchs & Alfred Sargents. I also have a pair of RM Williams and Marteganis. My EGs and C&Js see the most use. I wear them every day in a rotation of perhaps 8-12 pairs of shoes - rain, snow, or shine (sometimes all 3 in the UK!) - and find that they definitely have held up much better than any of my previous Italian made shoes (Ferragamos, etc.), the only exception being my pair of Marteganis. I don't have any Aldens or AEs to compare against, but I've found that the uppers on my English-made shoes to be much more water-proof and salt-resistant than any of my other shoes, RM Williams included.