Alden on Madison claims to sell more Aldens than anyone in the world - I'd imagine that gives them juice. They always have rare shell colors. They are good guys, too.
This is what I was trying to say earlier - the Alden branded (whether independent or owned) stores stock a lot of rare shells, filling those orders alone could limit the amount of shell available for special makeups
Alden Semi-Brogues on the Plaza last in color #8 from Leather Soul Beverly Hills. I tried these on last December but couldn't pull the trigger. Amazingly, they still had a pair in my size when I stopped by yesterday. Bryan wanted them out of the shop, and I wanted them on my feet. I almost forgot how good that rich eggplant color looks when new. I didn't realize how brown my old pair of 974 wingtips (on the Tremont last) had become until I laid them side-by-side.
I was thinking about maybe replacing the top row of eyelets on each shoe with brass eyelets. Frans boone has a cigar ptb with all brass and it's a bit much for me, but maybe doing just the top would add a nice accent without overpowering it...
satisfying or sacrilege?