And so is mine.
Originally Posted by NAMOR
shocking. my statement is based on personal experiences with all of the boots i listed
so I dont make the statement lightly. I love Alden but C&J is just hands down a superior product, even if Alden does make a handful of more attractive and care-friendly shell shoes.
To your point, Alden Plaza is damn attractive. in a C&J-free I world id be perfectly happy with Alden, thinking it was the greatest boot on earth. And all my opinions would reflect this.
edit - Hell ive been after the plaza wingtip boot forever and even tried to organize a similar model through Carmina. Its still at the bottom of the list though
No need for sarcasm.
I own or have owned all the boots you listed, with the exception of the Gianni, which I ordered, considered, and returned. The boot's size was too large, but I would not have ordered a size smaller even if they had it. Still a bit too Indy-like for what I was looking for. While it is more streamlined than the Indy, it is still a relatively wide boot on a relatively wide last. But of course that is what some are after, and I have no problem with that.
I like C&J shell and have plenty of it. My post went to the issue of versatility - not quality - and nowhere did I claim Alden made a superior product to C&J. However, speaking of quality, I have had to return 4 C&J shell models - shoes and boots - for QC issues. Alden, without doubt, has its own QC issues.
But back to versatility. I stand by my original post. If you disagree, I have no problem with that.