Originally Posted by brooklyn
Sadly i did not. I could not wait to wear them. I was planning to install the taps anyway. I have them on most of my shoes to prevent wear.
I can understand your impatience. I have a pair that I haven't had a chance to wear yet just because I haven't had a chance to break them in properly. My point being, when we are busy, it is hard to find time to employ the mac-break in. When we have some free time, we often have other things that we'd rather do than pace around on carpet to break in new shoes.
Also, FWIW, when I break shoes in properly, the toe really doesn't seem to wear any faster than the rest of the sole, (minus the back of the heel.) At least not that I can notice. In other words, I noticed that taps don't seem to be necessary if the method is thoroughly employed.
If you like to put taps on anyway, then I won't try to change your position on the matter.
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.
It depends on personal preference. You most likely prefer one suede model to another, right? So just go by that. (Not sure if you are looking to determine which model will draw the maximum amount of approval of those who frequent this thread or something.)
Comfort will depend on lined vs unlined, sole type, and how much the last agrees with the shape of your foot. Darker colors will show soil/stains less over time, but other than the Mocha Kids, I think that the other suede types are just different color variants on the same type of suede. IOW, tan and snuff are the same type of suede, just dyed different colors (Someone please correct me if you know this to be false.) I guess I have seen a few make-ups on TSM that say Repello Suede, so those would be further exceptions to my statement.
If you really can't figure out which model/color you like the most, consider what will go best with what you typically wear? Would a Balmoral or Tassel be too formal? Maybe a chukka or blucher is more appropriate for your casual style? What colors do you normally wear? That will help decide what color suede would work best. Or are you looking for something that is the most different from what you already have in order to maximize the contrast in your line-up? For what reason are you interested in suede? Provide these details and we will be in a better position to advise you.
Tan or snuff PTB might be a good all-arounder. Unless you are looking for something a little more jazzy, like a blue LWB?