Re: Straight Tip Blucher with unusual sole
I am an Italian fan of Alden shoes and I wonder if someone can answer this.
The most common and "official" Straight Tip Blucher model looks like this. ( http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=107&ParentID=94&PageID=&Action )
As you can see, the sole which "exceeds" the upper (where the stitches are visible) starting from the tip at a certain point starts becoming "aligned" with the upper, until it is completely under the upper where the heel is. As a consequence, for instance, it becomes not visible if you look at the shoe from above. The feel is of a somehow formal shoe.
But there are a few shops that sells the following model (http://www.endclothing.co.uk/alden-straight-tip-blucher.html )
Here the "exceeding-the-upper" part of the sole is all around the shoe, including the heel part. Consequently such part is visible from above. The feel here is less formal. Those shops do not advise on this difference.
Does anyone know what happened here?
Truth is that a tried and loved at first sight the second model at a shop where I live (Italy), but then ordered them online from a shop in NY and when they arrived I realized they were the first "official" model, which I like very much anyway, but still I think I would have preferred the second "unusual" one.
FWIW, I like the first one much better, and I think you were sent the better one.