While I am not the Alden fanboy you are, I do own 5 pairs of Aldens with two on the way in the coming months. For the price, yes I expect better QC.
But I am also not the type who gets sucked into hype. Unlike some in this thread, when I walk down the street wearing on my Aldens, I don't think about how I have Aldens on my feet every other second while simultaneously trying to hold in my joy and smile due to me knowing I am a person of greater caliber than Isaac Newton for the simple fact my feet are enclosed by glorious Alden shoes.
I am done in this thread. I am taking my ball and going home.
Then I'd say you're fanboy that spent $3500 on shoes that you don't like. Edited by tifosi - 5/17/14 at 11:58am
i know shell buffs out well, how does cxl compare with scratches buffing out?
CXL is a great leather and as Tifosi said - it buffs easily - I own two pairs of CXL boots, and love them.
My approach to scratches ( at first, now I don't really care...) was to use Saphir Dubbin Grasse applied by hand, and then hit with a brush, and then a microfiber cloth - you would be surprised at the shine you can generate this way.
I also use Saphir Greasy Leather Cream (in brown) on the occasional deep scratch to fill in color.
But in any case, in my experience with brown and natural CXL: it's pretty easy to keep them looking nice if you so choose.