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post #31 of 32
Well, AE makes a point advertising that their dress shoes do not have any shank steel or wood (except for some of their rubber soled shoes which do have steel shanks). It's my understanding, AEs were deisgned to do without this older form of technoloy basically used to maintain sole strength/spring. Steel shanks are common on work boots as well. Again, I haven't notice that affecting longetivity or liiting their ability to be recrafted. I don't see one bit of handstcihing on my Aldens. I'll bet AE uses the same amoung of handork for they same kind of shoes, e.g. moccasin style loafers, norwegian styled toes, etc.
post #32 of 32
I have owned many pairs of both AE and Aldens over the course of the last 20 years. I believe the Aldens are superior for several reasons. First, they have a combination leather/rubber heel, vs. the all-rubber top-lift of the AE's. I greatly prefer the former over the latter, in terms of appearance and, it seems to me, durability. Second, I believe the Alden upper leather is better than that of AE. In my experience, the Alden uppers both look better and last longer than those of AE; in black, the Alden has a nice, muted finish, whereas the AE's have far too shiny a finish for my taste.. Finally, I have found that the soles of Aldens seem to last much longer than those of AE. The Alden soles seem to wear like iron, whereas the AE's do not.
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