So, I was in NYC for just a day, but took the opportunity to do a tour of Alden boots and to see a few that I was interested in from afar. Visited Moulded Shoes, Leffot, and Epaulet. (Also a side trip to see the Vibergs at Sixteen, on the way to Katz's deli, but that's a story for another board...) Rafael at Moulded Shoes, Stephen at Leffot, and Matt at Epaulet were all very friendly and helpful as I tried on boots in various sizes.
At Moulded Shoe I was interested in seeing the Tar Brown plain toe boot on a Modified last, which looked much better in person than it does in the picture here, and which fit really well and had a very comfy sole (if not exactly my speed stylewise):
Then I went to Leffot to check out their calfskin Indy boot with the commando sole. A nice boot, and they also had a very striking plain toe brown CXL boot with contrasting brass eyelets, a look I loved but the Barrie last was not for me. Here is the Indy boot:
Finally, I stopped at Epaulet, kind of on a whim because while I had been coveting the Innsbruck Indy boot, it was listed as unavailable in my size (10 or 10.5 with an insole), but it turns out the online numbers were wrong, and it was available in 10.5! Here tis:
So, a great day of looking at some really cool boots. In the end, I walked away with the Innsbruck boot. I have been looking for a commando sole, and I really like the contrasting eyelets. The CXL seems darker, more burgundy almost, than other brown CXLs I've seen and I like that too.
You guys who live in NY are spoiled with all these great Alden stores with their unusual builds...