Originally Posted by NAMOR
Originally Posted by mcbrown
Disagree on this. I can only comment on the Darlton/Marlow wintip and the Lindrick boot, as I don't own any other C&J shoes, but both pairs have their minor "issues". If the finish is better, it's certainly not "a lot" better. Maybe "a little" better. Maybe.
But either way the Darlton/Marlow is a great shoe. I wear mine probably more than any other individual pair I own. Can't recommend it enough (on sale, not at full price).
C&J quality is better and much more consistent than Alden
Stitching on welt
Stitching of uppers
Thickness of leather (C&J shaves theirs for a closer finish)
Alden misses punches on their brogues
Alden ships shoes with obvious imperfections
What I like about Alden is their treatment of shell. The #8 is painted as is the cigar which prevents it from drying out. C&J is notorious for this
On the other hand, I have the following on my two pairs: leather coming unglued down around the lip of the heel, heel pads peeling off on all four shoes, some of that fine upper stitching getting frayed, plus the constant drying out of the cordovan as you said. These were issues that only emerged with time, but they are real.
Don't get me wrong, I love them. But there are wear issues I have never had with Aldens. There may be fewer visible imperfections that come out of the C&J factory, but that doesn't mean they are higher quality in every way.