Originally Posted by Burton
I would second everything here except to say I believe the quality surpasses Alden and is in a more elite range.
I think you're right. As an American, I may have been practicing a bit of affirmative action for Alden. But still, by "compare favorably," I meant the scale tips slightly in favor of AS, due to its finishing being a bit better, or certainly more consistent, than Alden. As usual, my vote for US shoes are Aldens, AS for English shoes, and Martegani/Rider for Italian.
Originally Posted by Slewfoot
Another vote for Alfred Sargent. Their Premier line offers fantastic value (can now be ordered directly through them in addition to Pediwear I believe) and the new Handgrade line competes admirably with the other big boys.
A pair of Handgrade mtos arrived at my office the day after I left for a 6 week trip. Arg. I will get them in 4.5 weeks. If Chay is reading this, maybe he could post a picture of them, if pictures were taken before they were sent!