Originally Posted by cbtaylor
Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy
What's in your current collection? The answer to that will go a long way in allowing an objective assessment of what Aldens you have a need for (err ... a want for).
Currently in AE i have:
Shell Burgundy Dalton, Brown Malvern, Tan Amok, Grey McTavish, Black Westchester, Black Hale, Black Park Ave,
Tan RL Singleton, Blue Neumok, Red Neumok, Navy Sueded Players, Brown Patriot, Brown Fifth Ave, Dark Brown Williams,
Tan RL Sanderson, Bourbon Neumora, Walnut Grain Park Ave, Chili Lasalle, Tan Elgin, Walnut McAllister, Walnut Strand
So definitely need more shell I think
That's quite a collection cbt. If you are trying to go with a model/style that you do not already have, I'd go with a color 8 cap toe boot (J Crew version or the 4060 - grant last) and maybe an NST in any of the shell colors (the LaSalle is similar but there is enough of a difference). Most of them are available at TSM.
It looks as though you have several slip-on styles, cap toe shoes, and suede bluchers. If you're looking for Alden versions of your favorite style of shoes, I'd suggest the tan suede LWB from Leffot, any of the shell colors in LHS or tassel mocs (I'm not a fan of the full strap but maybe you are), and the perforated cap toe in color 8 (Alden or BB versions).
However, if you ask me for my favorite Aldens, I would go with the LWB. While you have two very nice LWBs in the dark brown Williams and tan Sanderson, I would recommend the Ravello, color 8, or Cigar (in that order). They are different enough than the two you already have. The color 8 would be the easiest to find. There are Cigar LWBs out there (Alden Carmel, DC, San Francisco, and Madison-NYC). the ravello will be harder to find but try calling Alden DC.
Good luck and post some pics when you acquire a pair or more as many of us do...
If you ask me however,