Originally Posted by reedobandito
So I know I've been dancing around buying a pair of Alden's for months now, but I think I'm returning to my point of origin. I'll be going to London to study abroad for 4 months (Feb to June) and I need a pair of comfortable but stylish shoes to explore in. I think I want to buy a pair of the suede chukkas in snuff, on whatever last Blackbird was selling (plaza?). When will Alden release this model again? When will stockists be getting it in? Do you guys think it'd be a solid shoe for 5 mile hikes around a city?
I think the suede chukkas that Blackbird has been selling are just the standard unlined flex welt ones on the Leydon last.
They're pretty easily available from most Alden retailers. Try the usual sources.
J Gilbert has been selling a sand suede Plaza last chukka on crepe sole.
I personally think the unlined flex welt chukka would be a terrible shoe for what you intend.
It's a very comfortable shoe but I wouldn't want to be walking long distances in it. The sole is really thin, offers no support and you'll be feeling every bump in the pavement.
Plus it's unlined and suede, two things I wouldn't want in a winter shoe even somewhere as mild as London.
I'd consider a brown cxl Indy. They're pretty easily available from the usual sources. It costs about the same as the unlined chukka too.