Originally Posted by Shanil
A lot of experienced Alden owners here and I thought this would be an appropriate place to ask my question. I'm interested in purchasing a pair of suede Alden's, maybe boots or a chukka or a PTB, still undecided... any thoughts or reviews on the material and comfort level? how about upkeep over time? Any model that stands out best in suede?
I already own a pair of cigar shell captoe boots and black calfskin NST's and I want to diversify a bit. Would appreciate any feedback.
Alden suede quality is first rate and their suede shoes look great.
What model to get depends on your use. The chukkas and PTB suedes are great for casual wear -- jeans, cords, chinos, etc. My favorite Alden suede model is the chocolate suede NST. I know you have the black calf NST - a wonderful shoe - and want to diversify. But if you wear sport coats and slacks, nothing looks better with darker grey pants, or kakhi or olive-colored dress pants than the chocolate suede NSTs. They always get compliments.
Leathersoul now has navy suede and medium brown suede NST's that are distinctive and great-looking for more casual wear up to business casual.
And another great suede shoe that is really for business casual wear is a snuff suede semi-brogue. The snuff suede is very versatile, and the design is tremendously elegant and great-looking. The Shoe Mart has this shoe, and Ben Silver has it in snuff suede and tan suede.
The truth of the matter is you need two suede shoes: say a chukka for casual wear and then the NST or semi-brogue for more dressy occasions.