Would I take a 10.5E or an 11D Hampton?
Thank you both for the warm welcome. My mac method skills need a lot of work to get to the level of shine I see posted here, but I will definitely do my best.
I do like the look of a lot of Alden boots, but assumed they would be too hot to wear in south Florida. I suppose I may have to reconsider.
I recently acquired a pair of cigar PTB's via TSM. It was a makeup that I wanted for some and when I saw my size available, I jumped on them. Upon receipt, I noticed that the finish was streaky and uneven. After careful examination, I decided to keep them. However, over the ensuing weeks, I found that in sunlight the uneven finish was much more noticeable than I originally thought. Note, original examination was indoors at night and the first few times I wore them were in overcast days & evenings.
After owning them for a month, I figured I would contact Alden to inquire about refinishing. I also reached out to Shoemart for advice. I offerred to send TSM pictures and the CS rep passed them along to Ed, the owner. He immediately suggested I return them to shoemart who would work with Alden directly. I was uneasy about sending them back to Alden myself as I'd read about long, long turnaround times.
To my surprise, about 3 weeks passed and my shoes are back in hand. The finish is factory fresh with no unevenness or streaks. I have to give kudos to TSM for their help.
(Note, I boosted the contrast to make the unevenness more noticeable).
And after refinishing:
You may be misunderstanding what has been written. If all that is present is the line making the cap toe, Alden calls them straight tips but still categorizes them under cap toe. If there are perforations/broguing, Alden refers to them as cap toe followed by the description of the perforations/broguing.
You will not find "straight tip" on the name of any of Aldens shoes that have perforations/broguing. If I am wrong, forgive me. We are all friends here, no need for frustration or condescension in tone. Good day gents...
RTP, I am afraid you are mistaken. Alden does not use the term Cap Toe anywhere that I can see on these shoes (please correct me if I am wrong this time). They use the term Straight Tip (or Medallion Tip on the one with a medallion). I don't think I've misunderstood anything, and I'm not meaning to sound frustrated or condescending. I'm simply surprised that there was such a long debate over something that is easily referenced on their website for all to see. All I was really trying to say is that Alden uses their own terminology to describe shoes that have the same traditional patterns as other high quality dress shoe manufacturers. They are the only ones that use their own terminology, in spite of the fact that the other terminology is quite mainstream and recognized. I really don't care if someone chooses to use their own terminology for their product, but apparently it is causing confusion (hence this conversation), and I do find that frustrating.
I went back and read your original post. You seem to have missed in my quote above where I said that other retailers (such as The Shoe Mart) do refer to some of their Alden Shoes as Cap Toes. However, that doesn't change that Alden does not call them Cap Toes, they call them Straight Tips. Insert people's confusion.