Originally Posted by Pinhas
I am about to purchase my first pair of Alden's; Indy's 403 Chromexel and I have 2 questions:
1) Is it possible to find them anywhere for lower then the retail $435?
2) How will they last in a NYC winter? I wont be wearing them on bad snow days or during days when salt is on the streets, but on a regular cold windy rainy day? Also, I will be weather-proofing them with SnoSeal. Any special recommendations on the best way to WP them?
I'd cruise eBay or B&S for a deal on them.
Chromexcel is a very durable leather which doesn't need to be babied. It's understandable that you don't want to abuse a $400 pair of shoes, but they're work boots after all. I have a pair of CXL shoes that I've absolutely put through the ringer over the years. When they start looking rough, I wipe them down, use some Renovateur and brown polish, and they glow like new.