I'm looking to buy a pair of Alden Indy(s) - not sure of the preferred plural form ("Indies" looked odd) - and would prefer a commando sole. First choice would be cigar cordovan (pipe dream, I reckon); second choice would be #8 cordovan (also not likely to happen). Since my first two choices likely aren't available without getting on a waiting list, do you guys know of any Alden retailers who carry an Indy with a commando sole?
I promise I've done a bit of legwork myself, but I am definitely not as knowledgeable as many here who know of more retailers and have a better idea what models they might/might not have.
I see the Alden Shop of San Francisco has #8 Indy(s) with the double waterlock sole (definitely a possibility). I also called Leather Soul and they are ordering more of their Ultimate Indy(s) in brown Chromexel with an expected arrival in May (but I'd rather not wait that long).
I saw Epaulet has two styles, but the style/size I like isn't available. I've tried on a pair and need an 8.5M in the Trubalance last. If you'd prefer to not gum up the works of this thread responding to me here, you are welcome to PM me.
While I'm at it (I rarely post on SF and even more rarely post in this thread), I'd like to say I really enjoy seeing everyone's Alden pics. So, even if your pics don't have 35 "Likes", there are probably dozens more people like me who do enjoy them and don't take the time/make the effort to recognize you for taking the time/making the effort to take pics and posting them here.
I believe The Shoe Mart has what you are looking for as well.