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I have mentioned them before, now I can endorse them whole-heartedly: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/ I did receive my first order today, one of the Alden Fan shoes (AF 21, whiskey-color shell cordovan). The shoes are gorgeous and the service is absolutely first-class: fast and efficient. The nice thing is, that the boss Adam Knott (and not some mail-order clerk) deals with the enquiries; this man really knows his stuff. Highly recommended. P.S. I am a bit on the dim-witted side, I am unable to post a picture.
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Hear.  Hear.   Adam is great and the shoe line unique.  Haven't found cordovan in shades of tan, whiskey and brown anywhere else.
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I did receive my first order today, one of the Alden Fan shoes (AF 21, whiskey-color shell cordovan). The shoes are gorgeous and the service is absolutely first-class: fast and efficient.
I've been intrigued by that shoe and the mahogany shell cordovan wingtips that Adam used to have for some time now, but I've never gotten around to ordering either of them. What do you think of the shoes? I whole-heartedly second your endorsement of Alden of Carmel. The shoes are interesting, and Adam is a pleasure to work with.
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I've been intrigued by that shoe and the mahogany shell cordovan wingtips that Adam used to have for some time now, but I've never gotten around to ordering either of them. What do you think of the shoes?
I've got a pair of Alden's "Leisure Handsewn Moccasins" in whiskey (tan) shell cordovan which I had bought six or seven years ago (reduced in a sale) in Germany. Now the color has darkened, the leather has acquired the soft folds of Walther Matthau's face and the shoes are absolutely gorgeous. The new longwings, (which so far I have worn only for an hour to the local supermarket) are, somewhat inevitable, rather new. To say it brutally, new shell cordovan shoes can look very similar to "corrected grain" calfskin (high gloss, somewhat plastic and rubbery looking leather, so beloved by the makers of cheap shoes). With wear corrected grain and cordovan will part company and one cannot mistake a pair of well-worn cordovans with a pair of well-worn corrected grains. I suppose, I did not buy the shoes for their look today but in a year's time. All shoes need wear to look really good. Some makers will give you that instant antique look (Green, Berluti and some Italians). But they can't give you instant creases across the instep. You have to acquire those yourself. At IKEA furniture shop they have a demonstration about the quality of their merchandise. There a machine opens and closes drawers and doors many times every minute, going on ad infinitum. That is an invention the shoe industry could do with, a machine bending new shoes and giving that well-worn look not only on the surface, but right all over the shoe.
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I LOVE Alden of Carmel. Adam Knott is the perfect Gentleman, their shoes are amazing, and the service is impeccable. You can get things from Alden of Carmel's "fan" line that aren't available anywhere else, particularly shell cordovan shoes that are in colors other than black and burgandy. I've got a pair of dark brown cordovan chukka boots on reserve (can't wait until October, when they are due to arrive) I was initially skeptical about ordering shoes by mail, and my first order from them required a couple of returns to get the size right, but once I found a pair that fit, Adam has sent me shoes that fit correctly the first time ever since. He keeps my sizing information on file, and so I just tell him the model number and he sends me the size that will fit my foot (which can vary quite a bit depending on the last and model shape.) I have purchased the following shoes from them: AF21 Whiskey Cordovan long wing Bluchers AF26 Burgandy Cordovan Norwegian Front Square toe Blucher AF41 Black Cordovan Norwegian Front Square toe Blucher AF1 Whiskey and Mahogany Shell Cordovan Saddle Blucher Discontinued Brown Bison leather Norwegian Front Square toe Blucher Discontinued Black Cordovan plain toe Bal Oxford
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