Originally Posted by clee1982
So what's people's opinion on CJ's plain toe blucher vs. Alden plain toe blucher in #8 (in barrie, not the last I really want), I know it's a bit apple vs. orange, but close enough. I am leaning more towards CJ, but I can get worn Alden for reasonable price, so... I know I should never buy something because it's cheap, but certainly tempting...
I own the C&J and it's on the 341 last. Sleeker toe line and better built, also more $. The C & J Burgandy is beautiful, has more red in it and doesn't look spray painted, you see the cordovan better. Also, they use a wooden shank in their shoes instead of a steal shank, hence more comfortable walking shoe. Be patient and find them on sale for the same price as an Alden. My 2cents.. I guess you can tell I like the C&J line on just about everything they build.