Thanks for the clarification. Yes, my question was in regards to the style, not the fit. I feel secure after being fitted at Alden DC that I have the right size, it is the actual style --bal-- that I find marginally off-putting. But, it may be because I have always worn bluchers. Are there people that prefer balmorals over bluchers? If so, what is it about them that you like that you cannot get in a blucher?
I heart Balmorals! I prefer them to Blutchers. To me they are cleaner looking due to the closed nature of the shoe. I also typically wear my Alden's with suits.
Looking back as we hopefully put winter to bed, my most worn boots were:
1. Context black tankers (worn during snowy/wet days when I wore a black sweater or coat)
2. Alden of Carmel Color 8 Wingtips (worn during the work week under the same conditions)
3. Alden NYC black captoe boots (worn on cold days with both "dress wear" and denim).
4. Leffot color 8 tanker boots
5. Viberg service boots
6. Alden DC Cigar captoe boots (I wear these more in the spring and fall)
It's interesting as the Leffot Color 8 tankers and the cigar captoe boots are my favorite, but I reached for other pairs more.
Interesting to see how the J Gilbert Plaza captoes and tan wingtips will fit into this picture next fall/winter
This is an awesome boot collection A! I like the way its both varied in product in practical. Thanks for sharing
Balmorals shoes are generally considered more formal. I wear my Alden balmorals (black captoe bal, brown captoe bal and color 8 wingtip bal) with suits throughout the week. Traditionally, bluchers were not worn with suits, but that rule has gone by the wayside in recent years. Most people in this thread seem to prefer bluchers, but most people in the thread have fairly casual dress codes.
Have you posted your black CT bals here? And, are they model 9071?