Originally Posted by upnorth
What are some of the English shoes you have? Were the Alden's you own shell cordovan? The last I heard, those were using JR soles.
Church's mostly, a pair of Cheaney, Loake and C&J. The English soles sand down and are "spongy" whereas the Aldens (shell) become very hard and resistant with use. Of course they'll wear down, too, but not nearly as fast. Pure observation, not bias.