Originally Posted by mg428
Thank you. These were what I thought I would hear. I find regular stock Alden shoes' calfskin not decent in comparison to my other Alden shoes and C&J and AS Premiere line shoes. In particular, they show creases most. I must note that I am not necessarily saying that calfskin sourced from Horween are better.
One thing though: Why, in general, brand new photos of lady calfskin shoes seem to show creases or as if they will be more susceptible to show more creases? Perhaps it is only me thinking like that? Or the grainy look and the fact of "more texture to it" you described give such impression to me?
I think they look more susceptible since they are more textured...almost like they have some natural crease lines in them. However, their creases seem less deep than standard alden calf - with a good bit of leather conditioner worked into them the creases seem to lighten up a lot. Here are some pictures of mine, they have not been polished or conditioned since last wear this week (sunday is shoe polish night!):
Alden calf on left, soft calfskin on right
Closeup of soft calfskin:
I like the soft calfskin and they are very comfortable. However, I wouldn't pay any extra for it. I like the better shine I get on standard calf, plus they feel more durable. Sorry for the crappy phone pictures...these shoes deserve better, but I spend all my money on shoes and not cameras