Originally Posted by Hardboiled
Are those Alden, 907, straight-tip bal on the Hampton last in the rear? I have those same exact shoes, I also live in DC, and work in a government facility (Cap Hill) and yes they set off the detectors every day. I'm curious where you work where you have to take your shoes off to pass if they set off the detector. In my experience, even places like Langley, if you are a FT direct employee you don't have to take your shoes off.
I'm the opposite, I have alden's, church's, and c&j's and when it comes to long day comfort and support, the alden's win out precisely due to the quality of the shank. Church's are fiberboard/thin steel strip (nothing like alden's robust offering) and c&j's are wood. After 12 hours, I can tell the difference big time. The Alden steel shank makes a difference, no question about that.
Wow, I'm still on this site 3 years later. I'm not sure how that makes me feel! I can now say that metal toe taps do not set off metal detectors at work or the airport--in the pre-check line.
@Hardboiled, I believe the Aldens pictured are the 907s. I have only ever had to take them off on the hill when they set off the detectors entering some Congressional office building. I haven't made that mistake again. At my office you do not have to take your shoes off if they have metal in them, but you do get a second "wand-ing", which get's annoying every time I enter the building. So I've since rotated away from Aldens.
To be honest, while Aldens are good shoes, in time, I crossed into the realm of the very nice--and needlessly expensive.
I don't doubt your assertions about the comfort of Aldens, I appreciated them for many years. I even tried to give them a new life with my dad but he's addicted to his disposable rubber soled dress shoes. Oh well.
I considered keeping some for myself, but I've only got one set of feet so I'm selling off my last few pairs.