They're well below 50% of EG cordovan, no?
However, CJ and Vass are definitely compelling alternatives at similar price points.
I apologize for the anticlimactic answer here guys but I contact EG directly and order through them. The wait time is ~3-4 months and the prices are always better direct than anywhere else.
Congratulations on your first pair of Aldens! A fine pair to pick, especially given your historical purchases. I hope that you enjoy your new Indy boots. And yes, Alden's boots definitely have a more substantial presence to them, in a good way!
IC, those pants are just awesome. They look A LOT like my Epaulet Navy Barberis Flannels that I got made by Southwick. Looks great with Black Shell. I probably would do a simpler sock with that pant though.
Looking good MrV. Nice Wingtip boot and nice Selvedge pairing.
That is an absolutely strong foundation to a great summer rotation!
@Mghart, my vote in order of preference would be as follows:
1. Black Shell NST Boot on Plaza
2. Black Shell Naval Boots
3. Black Shell WT Boot on Plaza
4. Black Shell NST Boot on Barrie
5. Black Shell Indy Boot
6. Black Shell CT Boots
If you tend to favor denim or casual, I would go with 1, 2, 4, or 5.
If you tend to favor suits or slacks, I would go with 1, 3, or 6.
Frankly, any of those boots are going to be rad and should be able to go up or down in terms of formality. Yenni does the WT Boot on Plaza and I just got a pair and it is glorious. I haven't had time to photograph it yet, but its in the not-so-distant future... :-) I love the Plaza NST Boot. I think Yenni will be doing that as well, but not 100% sure there.