I went for the whiskey this morning too -- preparing for a rough day.
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I called Alden Madison (NYC) and confirmed the price on the Handsewn 4 Eyelet Blucher in #8 (no crepe sole).
$692.00 Not exactly cheap to say the least. But I do want them. I just have to figure out if an 11.5 will fit me - doubtful since all the other Van Lasts I wear 12D in.