Alden is ran ass backwards and their operations are as old as shoe making is a profession. All this about not wanting to grow and sacrifice quality argument is horseshit. They can't even make a decent shoe as it is. their UK counterparts- C&J, Trickers, and even AS benchgrade - make a much better built shoe in similar styles. C&J would mark their shoes as defective if their workers began producing Alden 1st quality work. It's that bad. Alden as business hasn't done anything to justify charging $700 for shoes.
The problem is that demand has risen to such a high level, and their customers so focused on these "rare" shells, for example, that they have turned a blind eye to the fact that other better quality shoemakers are making shell for the same price in any color cordovan in just months. Carmina pumps out ANY color shell (horween) in just months. Every three months you could have a new rare shell.
If Alden was made in china no one here would give them the light of day.
Alden is great but all this noisy drama and waiting for an imperfect $700-$750 shoe, has me feeling like I'm in high school again
I have both the C&J Ralph Lauren Lindrick and Marlow Penny. I believe they are a better quality shoe. Aside from the LIndrick the Marlow family can be had for less than the Alden counterparts.
Yea, I have the C&J for RL Marlow PTB. It's definitely a superior shoe to Alden and has quickly become my favorite (and most comfortable) shell cordovan shoe......sorry Alden