Originally Posted by ubiquiti
While I have no personal experience with Indy boots outfitted with the commando sole, I have read that they are considerably lighter than Indy boots with a neoprene cork sole and the rubber foot balance piece. I'd have to say that the majority of the heaviness comes from the foot balance piece. A dense piece of rubber that's meant to assist in keeping your feet grounded.
Originally Posted by Alcibiades
1) Alden shoes and boots are heavy, especially in cordovan and chromexcel. The steel shank, leather soles, and substantial leather make a heavy shoe.
2) The stock Indy is particularly heavy due to cork sole. I have a commando soled Indy which is lighter than the normal version, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is still heavier than you are used to
Thanks guys for your input, much appreciated. Interesting ubiquiti, your comment about the Foot Balance heel. I hadn't thought of that but now that you mention its objective, these boots do make my feet feel well grounded.
Another question --- these were not supposed to be seconds, at least I wasn't told so even though I paid only $380 for them. I do think they are older stock as they have the older cotton duck lining. Anyway, my issue is with the tongue on the left boot. It does not stay centered behind the laces as you can see from the pictures below. Actually, if you look at the eyelets, the left and right side don't appear to be aligned. So it's almost as if the whole vamp is kind of skewed to one side. The right boot is off only slightly.
1. Am I being picky and is this kind of thing to be expected from "hand-made" type boots such as Alden? Or should these have truly been seconds? (and I know I should have noticed this before I left Chicago with them.)
2. What can I do about the left boot? Do you think a good cobbler can detach the tongue from the vamp and sew it back on to make it straighter? I know the eyelets being askew will have to stay that way.