Originally Posted by wj4
How many of you guys actually buy Alden 2nds on a regular basis? I'm asking because I will see something nice every now and then. But I see the price is only discounted around $150-200 or so, and in my mind, I would rather spend the extra money on a pair that I truly want.
I'd see something like suede Chukkas at $XXX.XX, I'm tempted...but at retail, it wouldn't even cross my mind.
Originally Posted by randomkoreandude
im in the same boat every time ... i cant pull the trigger on a pair
I think it is important to get exactly what you want. I purchased a pair of whiskey wintips and NEVER wore them, because I wanted a whiskey longwing. I finally traded them in for a pair of ravello longwings and was very lucky yo pick up a pair of whiskey longwings from the seconds list. It is kind of interesting because it looks like the whiskey longwings were firsts which someone may have worn a couple of times or just creased. When I got them they had a topy, but I liked that. Here is a picture:
I have a few seconds:
Whiskey Longwings - Wanted, was a great deal and I am very happy
Snuff Suede plain toe boots w/crepe sole - Was not on my list. Noticed some flaws but nothing that effects the overall boot. Wear them and like them. Allowed me to try a crepe sole, which I will probably avoid in the future.
#8 Shell Cap toe boot on modified last without speed laces - Was not on my list. Allowed me to try modified last and a boot without speed laces. There are some leather flaws but I am going to wear the heck out of them and let them get some nice patina anyway. Glad I got them.
White suede PTB as second and White Suede Saddle Shoe at DEEP discount - Not on my list but interest was rising at the time. I am happy I have both of these shoes. I have been wearing the saddle shoes and seeing how they work out. I have tried them sockless. Fun shoe to experiment with. Glad I got a pair. DO NOT NEED TWO!
For seconds and rare shell I am a little more cautious then I used to be. I will not buy something that is not exactly what I want now. Despite the hype the rare shell stuff does come around and there is a fair amount of selection. Price is not an issue but closet space and rotation are. If I get a shoe and never wear it then it is taking up closet space or even worse I will buy the shoe I really wanted and that shoe will get little to no wear.
Do not settle!