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I couldn't disagree more... Black shell is certainly worth the purchase. Not sure there are many here who have posted otherwise. Maybe they're the silent majority??
My friend, I think your argument and preference is significantly different than "black shell is just meh..." For those who do actually wear black shoes, black shell is worth one's time. For those who choose not to wear black shoes in general, I wouldn't recommend it.
I really love Alden's snuff suede. Would love to acquire a snuff boot, but my most recent purchase (and my wife) may prevent that from happening.
Wear often and in great health my friend!
Agree with RTP. If you are going to get a black shoe, black shell is an excellent choice. If you can't see yourself wearing a black shoe, don't bother.
Just received a pair of Alden Natural Chromexcel Longwing Bluchers # 97873 from the Shoe Marts seconds list. The leather on the left shoe between the laces and wingtip is somewhat darker than that of the right, also the right shoe shows some wrinkling but I can live with this. Other than these two factors these shoes are impeccable and actually very nice. Is there a way to slightly darken the right shoe to get it to match the other? - Thanks
There are things that can be done to make it darker, but it still won't match. It will just be darker than before, but still a different shade.