which would I recommend-#8 NST
2 negatives with the BB version;
1. Although they look cool, the metal eyelet paint wears off over time revealing the bare metal (brass?). You either have to have them replaced, repainted, or stripped clean.
2. Re-sale value is not as high as an Alden branded shoe as some potential buyers don't believe they are actually Aldens. This is more minor if you plan on keeping the shoes forever. I believe I read of someone else in this thread who had a buyer claim on eBay who said something like 'You advertised these are Alden but they don't say Alden anywhere on the shoe, you lied.'
Interesting comment on the eyelets and the resale value. I have not tried to sell any of my Aldens and I doubt I will, but definitely good to know. Congrats on your 9901. I wore mine today with a suit for a speaking engagement and a photo shoot. Was quite pleased.
What for good sir, the color or the last? I'm assuming the cigar is barrie, and that you prefer the aberdeen??
Thank you for your responses, Gentlemen.
Thanks, really liking the 9901s quite a bit so far. They have that distinctive 'Alden' look/shape wheres the BB version does not. I used to think I liked the BB version better but having now owned both, I prefer the Alden version.
photo from Need Supply:
Thanks for the info. The buyer sounds like he must have got educated and decided not to return them after realizing they were in fact Alden.