They have rare shell colors on the Modified Last. No US retailer has this.
I purchased two pair from Charles, and he was excellent to deal with. But I knew my size, and sizing in shop is important with any shoe.
Yes, the overseas retailers can offer something we can't get in the US. Odd as Alden is a US company. You'd think they would honor a MTO.
I was thinking the same when they wear out Alcibiades.
Look at Tom's for an example:
Thanks BC I just wear them and Mac Method them.
I had the hooks removed in favor of eyelets and I think it makes the boot looks cleaner.
I realized I never replied to your "what to wear with whiskey monks" question. I typically wear mine w/ jeans as well as lighter colored business casual fare (spring/summer tones). I have also, on occasion, worn them with a light gray or medium blue suit, but never with dark tones. I find that dark, formal wear with these makes the shoes "pop" too much, and I can rarely leave the house not thinking that my shoes are saying "hey, look at me!"