Who would have thought that at my age I'd be posting to a forum, but I've been an avid follower of this site for about a month. I'm particularly struck by the civility, knowledge, and sense of style exhibited by the overwhelming majority of the members. I was bitten by the Alden bug about 3 months ago and have picked up 3 pairs (used) in that time. I finally decided to take the plunge with a new pair (2 actually) and I can state without shame that I am in love. Based on postings from this site, I picked these up from Alden of Carmel
I am also in like with these I picked up from the defect selection at Shoemart
Sorry for the long post but I do have a few questions for your consideration. First, one of the 3 pair of Aldens I picked up used has shell cordovan stamped in the inside of the shoe. Horween is also stamped inside the leather of one of the shoes. There is no such markings on the Shells from Alden of Carmel. My question is whether genuine shell's typically have some type of marking?
Question 2 relates to the defects from Shoemart. I don't see anything wrong with the shoe but the stitching on the exterior looks much thinner than on any model of Alden Split Toe's that I've seen. I don't mean to sound like a snob, but part of the reason for dropping $1G on 2 pairs of shoes is that I want it to be obvious that I'm wearing Alden's. My concern is that one of the distinguishing characteristics of Alden Split Toe's is the thicker stitching. I would appreciate yor thoughts on this.
Again, my apologies for the long post. I've got many more questions but I will save them for another day. Thanks.