Originally Posted by NAMOR
Alden is the pre-2009 GM. Heaven forbid people lose interest in clunky, overpriced, and poorly constructed shoes in favor of competitively priced, forward looking shoe companies that offer twice as much for your money.
"In shell cordovan we trust"
Eh, I think I'll do some Alden defending here
1) Carmina is doing some great work with Epaulet, but on a smaller scale. Plus, the styling is frankly different, which gets me to #2
2) The clunkiness of Alden shoes are a feature, not a bug... The styling doesn't work for everyone, but for the customers it does work for, it is pretty unique and desired
3) Stock cordovan shoes seem to be going for $750-$800 for full retail these days. Marlows are hard to come by now on sale anymore, and are priced at $850. I think Marlows are worth every penny at $850, and if that is so, Alden rare cordovan at $710 and color 8/black at $650 seems fairly priced
4) No one is really doing chromexcel/suede makeups as well as Alden right now, as far as I can tell