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 both the Alden #8 PTB and the Marlow plain toe blucher. They're both very nice shoes. Each is Goodyear welted and they have cork under the leather lined insoles which makes them very comfortable. The Alden's are meant for walking, they're an all-American classic built like a big four-door Chrysler from the 50's and 60's. Alden has really perfected the use of the Horween #8 shell. If a guy needed just one pair of hard sole shoes he wouldn't go wrong with the Alden's. Furthermore, if your buying shoes for yourself why in the world would you want somebody else's, no matter what the cost? The Marlows are an exceedingly well constructed shoe, in my opinion, which is reflected in their higher price point. I really like mine a lot. More European in styling, and very British for sure. Try them on if you can and let your feet decide. Your only wardrobe restriction is that some people would say not to wear brown shoes with a black suit, but that's just some people.