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Hi-I'm a rookie on this forum, but a long term addict of high end footwear. Including cowboy boots (I'm from Texas) along with shoe too. I'm posting a photo of my Alden 864 full strap slip on's in Color #8 shell cordovan that I'm wearing today. I also own 22241 Ravello Shell Norwegian split toes, 1045 black shell slips on split toes, and a pair of 24061 Whiskey Shell Norwegian split toes which i've not worn yet. A picture of them is also attached. There is an issue where the sole, welt, and heel meet that is sloppy. I'm told Alden is fast track fixing this and they will look perfect when finished. I went with option over a discount since the special color shells are hard to find and I prefer appearance over lower cost. Should have those back shortly. I defininately like to get some other shells in other styles, but many ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN MY SIZE.
When you talk "boats" on this forum my feet take offense since I wear a 14D, and I've been teased all my life about my feet...that I should just wear the boxes, it takes 2 cows to make a pair for me, blah, blah, blah. However...I'm fine tease away, I would look stupid with little feet.
I've searched pretty hard online for anything special from Alden in the most desired shell colors with very little luck outside of those listed above. I could wear size 13.5 D too in an Alden. If for some reason any of you stumble across a pre-order, or even used size in something rare from Alden, or anyone else if you feel it's of comparable quality...please let me know.
I also own a few pair of Allen Edmonds and while they are great shoes I don't think they are as good as Alden. The main difference for me is in the details. In particular if you look at the crimp of the welt and sole of the Aldens...it's finished a lot nicer than the AE's which are only sewn, no edge crimping of the welt. In addition you see stitching around the top of the heels on the AE vs. a nice finish out on the Alden's. The construction of the Alden's is similar to my high end cowboy boots that cost $2k-$5k so my hats off to Alden on a higher grade of construction.
I see ya'll talking about rare shell colors and it gets me thinking about rare hides in cowboy boots such as anteater, hornback lizard, hippo, rhino, and more! I can tell you anteater is one of the most awesome hides I've ever owned, just as soft as ostrich, durable, and overall a fantastic product. I've got anteater boots made by Lucchese when they were based in San Antonio and considered one of the best boots ever made back then. Lucchese still makes a great boot, but nothing like those San Antonio, Texas ones! If you could get them, a new pair of Anteater hide boots in a San Antonio version would easily go in excess of $5k. So don't get me talking about your Shell addiction!
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I've enjoyed reading the posts on this forum and look forward to many years of sharing Alden acquisitions! I'm new at uploading photos, so I'm not sure if this is working correctly?