Looking for a bit of advice, i want to start expanding my business casual wardrobe. Currently i have a black captoe, brown wingtip and a chili loafer.
In the upcoming months ill be looking to purchase 2-3 pairs of alden shoes/ boots. (I will also be picking up a pair of epaulet jumper boots for the winter) I would like some recommendations as to which shoes would be the best to get and in what order i should get them. I live in nyc and would rather by the shoes in a brick and mortar location, as far as locations go i know that epaulet has a small collection of aldens and leffot does as well, any other stores i should check out?
What interest me most are the unlined chukka boots, the longwings and the alden x leffot coolney. I like the indy boot in 403 but i think it might be too casual to wear with trousers and a ocbd.
(THIS IS THE BOOT I LOVE)
There is an Alden store on Madison, it will have by far the most Alden models in NYC. They have tons of stock offerings and special make-ups. They won't have something quite like that UnionMade boot though. That style of boot is fantastic but IMO the single leather sole doesn't fit it, that boot on crepe or commando is at the top of my casual boot want list. Brick & Mortar, a store in Seattle with a web presence, has a similar boot available now, but it's on the TruBalance last and has a commando sole.
Epaulet and Leffot are easily 2 of the best Alden resellers, along with AoM you are fortunate to have those 3 stores available to you. All will be very helpful in finding what fits you best.
I am not a chukka boot fan but many are and they go well with trousers/OCBD. LWBs and the Leffot Cooney boot would work great. Living in NYC I would personally look at models with crepe & commando soles unless you don't plan on doing a lot of walking.