Regarding Leffot vs Leather Soul... Looking at Leather Soul, they appears to have had the widest range of Alden makeups. They were a couple of years early in this Alden game, which was to their benefit. It seems that Alden has forced retailers to consolidate models a bit. That said, some of the favorite models I have owned are from LS in CXL or suede. I would love to buy their attorney shoe if it is ever available again in black and color 8 cordovan. LS gets a bad rap for some of their lists but I haven't found them too different from other retailers when it comes to favoring repeat customers. I feel like I am a mid-tier customer with them at best (I've never set foot in store and have bought maybe five models from rben) and I get treated decently well.
The lists kinda suck for most of us but if you were to look at it from a business perspective it makes sense. My guess is that LS has probably experienced too many issues with people who pull the trigger on expensive Alden make ups not knowing what they're doing (ie. Wrong sizing). So if LS chooses to favor certain customers over others, especially those with a familiarity with Alden lasts, then maybe it's to their benefit. I'm sure it's not uncommon for LS to get contacted frequently about sizing recommendations on shoes, which I could see as frustrating.
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