Thanks I think....
after years of longing after and months of reading this forum I am now the owner of a pair of alden chromexcel indy's and the j crew cap toe cordovan no 8. Thank you all for the information I have gathered here and the opinion on these fantastic shoes... Now if they could just stop being so fantastic so my bank account can take a breather.
Next the arduous task of sifting thru the posts to find proper care instructions on caring for the cordovan (clearly a lot of opinions). Unless anyone wants to send this newb a link or tip.
Thank you all again for this beautiful and strange addiction!