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Suede chukkas on the Leydon last today.

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I've been interested in this combination; however, I don't like how the welt's upper is dyed purple (I assume from the #8 coating) instead of having a similar natural color as the soles. Only reason why I chose the stock 975 with black soles over this make-up.
Thanks! Sunny cold days are perfect for shell boots.

For this make-up, I think the top of the welt being dyed dark is a plus, not a minus. Just my 2 cents ....
post #38748 of 91700
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With the help of Reddit, I finally identified this pair of shoes I got at a thrift store for $4 in poor condition years ago:

Alden for Brooks Brothers Plain Toe Cordovan Bluchers

I'm wondering if anyone here can help me figure out how old they might be?

I plan to get them fixed up, but I have some questions you guys might be able to help me with.  Alden is sending me a mailer to send to their factory to be restored, which costs $160.  They say they'll send them back if they're beyond repair.  What I really need is a new sole and heel, and hopefully the heel counters fixed.  I think they're beyond cosmetic repair with some deep scratches in the cordovan, and I really like the patina and worn away dye anyway.  My question is: would a local cobbler be able to handle the resole/heel without messing them up?  How about the heel counter?  Or would it be worth it to have Alden do the work.  I'm in Southern Michigan and I make it to Chicago frequently so if anyone knows of a cobbler that would be up to the task around here, I'd appreciate it.

I would take them to the Cobblers Corner in Northville, MI. I've been there and he seems to do a good job, he is also one of the few Alden dealers in MI.
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I got some shoes delivered recently. Can't decide which ones to keep. Both were on sale.

Allen Edmond Strands on the left and some Alden Longwing's from J.Crew on the right. The Longwings cost me about $175 more than the Strands even though both were on sale ($225 and about $400 respectively after taxes). Both fit and look great. The first picture has a more accurate color for the Longwings.

Any suggestions?
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Given the Alden-nature of the thread, I think most of your answers will lean that way.

I personally though think the Strands look fantastic. What purpose are you buying for? Longwing will definitely be more suited to "casual" wear than the short.
post #38751 of 91700
Choosing just between these two, I'd keep the Strand. Admittedly that's probably the one AE shoe I covet. And there are other Alden LWBs out there that I prefer. Maybe get on the Shoemart seconds list in your size and look for a pair in classic #8 shell.

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I got some shoes delivered recently. Can't decide which ones to keep. Both were on sale.
Allen Edmond Strands on the left and some Alden Longwing's from J.Crew on the right. The Longwings cost me about $175 more than the Strands even though both were on sale ($225 and about $400 respectively after taxes). Both fit and look great. The first picture has a more accurate color for the Longwings.
Any suggestions?

Comes down to your primary uses. The Strand is mostly a dress shoe, but can be business casual. I personally don't wear them for anything more casual than business casual.

Alden LWBs, depending on color, can be worn with anything from suits to Jeans. The color you purchased - with light edging to boot - IMO, is definitely on the casual end of the LWB spectrum, but, depending on outfit, could also be worn business casual.

Keep them both. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #38753 of 91700
Those Aldens are going to age much nicer
post #38754 of 91700
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I got some shoes delivered recently. Can't decide which ones to keep. Both were on sale.
Allen Edmond Strands on the left and some Alden Longwing's from J.Crew on the right. The Longwings cost me about $175 more than the Strands even though both were on sale ($225 and about $400 respectively after taxes). Both fit and look great. The first picture has a more accurate color for the Longwings.
Any suggestions?

 

Seeing those side by side like that really shows the heft of the Alden gunboat next to a balmoral.  Both look great.  I would keep the Alden's, especially given the price you paid.  Alden's at that price are harder to come by, whereas the Strands can be found even cheaper than the price you paid during certain sales.  Pick up the Strands next time. 

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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Given the Alden-nature of the thread, I think most of your answers will lean that way.
I personally though think the Strands look fantastic. What purpose are you buying for? Longwing will definitely be more suited to "casual" wear than the short.

agree with this...if you want a more casual shoe, keep the LWB. I know some people wear Strands with jeans but I think that's an awful look IMHO. I don't think I would ever wear a balmoral with jeans, even if the other details on the shoe were more casual. Having said that, I do own a pair of Strands and I really like them, but only wear them with business casual outfits.
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

Seeing those side by side like that really shows the heft of the Alden gunboat next to a balmoral.  Both look great.  I would keep the Alden's, especially given the price you paid.  Alden's at that price are harder to come by, whereas the Strands can be found even cheaper than the price you paid during certain sales.  Pick up the Strands next time. 

And the Aldens are probably twice as heavy, literallly.

The gent makes a very accurate comment regarding getting Aldens on sale.
post #38757 of 91700
^^ Yeah, given the price and that AE's can almost always be kopped for less, I'd say the longwings for now. Econ-win.

Doesn't negate the fact that I think the Strand genuinely looks more attractive, but all depends on what OP is needing them for.
post #38758 of 91700
those strands are so front heavy i want to die
post #38759 of 91700
You're front heavy. smile.gif
post #38760 of 91700
haha so true ; ;
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