A PSA of sorts:
Stopping in Albany, NY on my way to visit relatives in NJ a little over a week ago, I dropped by Joe and Robert Amore's shop to check out their selection of Aldens. Unfortunately, they didn't have what I wanted in stock, but Robert gladly placed a special order for me and everything arrived at his shop a few days later. I picked up my purchases on my drive back through town about a week later...
Amore Clothing has more Aldens in store than what's displayed online and Robert can order any stock Alden from the catalog (no special makeups afaik), provided they are in stock at Alden.
Here's the good great part: #8 LHS are $499 and LWB are $525. In fact, they offer all their Alden shoes at very competitive prices. Robert explains that thanks to lower operating costs, they're able to pass along some savings to their customers. Awesome.
I encourage everyone to support this local business and recommend you e-mail Robert to check stock/availability before placing an order. Don't hesitate to mention that you read about them here; I promised Robert that I'd spread the word about their great customer service. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
You picked up a pair of classics there. Enjoy wearing those. And I like that card case as well.
I think the Messrs Amore may get a few emails after seeing the prices. Tempted to check on a pair of 974s after the recent discussions here. Anyone want to facilitate by offering thoughts on whether I should go 10.5E or 11D in Tremont if 10.5E Barrie is my size?