Great pics over the past few days. Hope everyone is wearing their Alden's in good health.
Question about alpine grain as I contemplate the LS alpine grain boot with the brass eyelets: what makes for your reservations about Alpine grain? Is it the texture that makes it difficult to pair with stuff? Is there difficulty in care and maintenance? Comfort issues?
Re the eyelets: any reservations there? Is it a mortal or simply venial sin if a watch or belt buckle is not the same color?
I think I like the boot and am ready to pull the trigger (amazing how the $500 range comes to seem like a relief after catching the shell fever). However I've never seen alpine grain in person. I do feel like the LS guys know their stuff, so can I really go wrong? Obviously, I know we're all biased towards there being room for one more shoe, but I would really welcome earnest feedback about reasons to hold off (especially as I might just be tiding myself over with a boot while waiting for the Leffot naval). For now, I have the LS ultimate Indy and the DC grant last #8 caps for boots and an AE Haight with a comfy dainite sole for boots. Is there any way to wear the Alpine with a suit? Or is it simply a casual affair?
Thanks in advance for your help, guys!