Originally Posted by Nerkg
i've owned 1 pair Aldens and they were super comfortable and very well made, but is that the main draw? There are plenty of well made shoes produced, i dont get why so many are Alden nerds on here.. most of the shoes are not the easiest to look at? why the intense love and obsession for the brand.? enlighten my ignorance pleaseee..
1) Versatility. Many Alden shoes (particularly longwings, PTBs, tassel loafers) can be worn both with a suit and with jeans credibily. Certain other high end shoe models (Edward Green double monks, for example) can also do this credibly, but for the most part, other high end shoes look stranger with jeans than Alden shoes look with suits.
2) Unique leathers. I only own Alden shoes in cordovan (which is hard to get from other makers), suede (which Alden does an awesome job with) and special cow leathers (chromexel, Indy cowhide, etc). These leathers offer unique qualities not readily found in other shoes/boots. For "normal calfskin," I go with other brands.
3) Unique makeups from retailers. I can mosey on down to Leffot and find a unique, head turning makeup every couple of weeks. Other brands are just offering stock shoes or MTOs.