Originally Posted by zippyh
Whoa doc, bordering on TL;DR.
Anyway, to answer the bolded question, you'd be a fool not to. I like Alden because they fairly closely intersect with my personal aesthetic. But so do Tricker's and C&J. And to a lesser degree, Carmina and AS. I've got a couple pairs of Lobbs and EG but the main thing with them is that I just don't wear them that often. I rarely wear suits so I have few balmorals.
Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I even wear Gucci loafers and like them.
Thanks for your reply, zippyh. To paraphrase the sentiment from (I believe) Twain, I didn't have time to write you three clean, concise sentences, so I wrote several paragraphs. Sorry for being so long-winded! I think I'm basically trying to understand how to approach two questions: 1. When are you folks employing Trickers, C&J, Carmina and AS instead of Alden? (do you feel one brand is more suited, for example, to a rugged, slubby selvedge denim? Is a brand like Carmina something you turn to for a more European look?
For the record, my stepfather is fond of wearing Gucci loafers with a suit. I find it endearing and feel myself in no position to judge, as I was sporting a whole closet full of Kenneth Cole shoes just over a couple years ago...
PS, please let me extend a very public thank you to you for all of your help with the Belstaff Roadmaster purchase. The jacket is so handy and versatile; it's made me much more fond of each and every pair of Alden boots!
Originally Posted by bespoken pa
I enjoy Alden in part because they do not try to be anything more than what they are, they stick to what they do well. Aside from dub monks, there isn't much else I would like to see from them beyond what they currently offer. I think Alden offers something to address nearly all style "needs". I also recognize the quality and aesthetics of other manufactures. I enjoy EG among others. Both offer excellent products and fill a need in the market place.
The EG Galway is a tough boot to top by anyone. However the majority of my boots are Alden shell. Different looks for different folks.
Is EG really worth the additional cost over Alden? I'm still having a hard time figuring out how I'd wear a Galway without it looking like an affectation or costume. No offense intended to Galway owners, just not sure if I can rock the English countryside look as a young-looking Asian fella...
Originally Posted by mdubs
I am with you on the double monks and have been eyeing the Epaulet Carmina Salingers for quite a while.
I have mainly Aldens, AEs, and C&J. I have not been willing to go all out on EG or John Lobbs, although they are very appealing as well.
Hi Mike. I was eyeing the Carmina Salingers for over 6 months, but, of course, ended up waiting too long and can now only drool after models for which my size is unavailable :( I'm curious about folks' opinion on the best double monks for the money. Also, is the Alden single monk worth considering or do you find it hard to identify in terms of its intended use?
Originally Posted by Resistant
Great shoes stiffer - leather sole than Alden - all have casual / formal look
G&G's too formal for any suit I could pair them with
Only monks I have are double strap Grenson and never thought I would go there, but the comfort of a monk strap is on a loafer level . Then picked-up Grenson Zero caps in black
Awsome Vass pre-order @ Epaulet also the best double monks are same place
Thanks for the tips on the Vass via Ep. Epaulet is one of the good guys for sure. Great customer service.
Originally Posted by Bakes11771
I tried telling you this in the beginning, but I guess some things you just have to learn for yourself.
I don't think you have to stick to just Alden, the same as I think its dumb when people buy a pair of shoes for the mere fact that "Alden" is stamped on the insole. (or when people buy a rare-make up in the wrong size and stuff tissue paper in the front of the toe and use insoles and heel pads and tongue pads and wear two pairs of thick wool socks to "make it work", just so they can wear an exclusive make-up)
With every additional shoe that you buy, the marginal benefit from that additional pair decreases. (Law of diminishing returns) You're probably beyond the point of a well-rounded and useful collection, but if you enjoy shoes, keep going.
If I see a shoe that I like (regardless of brand), and I think that I would get enough use and enjoyment out of it to justify the cost, then I buy it. The key is to be honest with yourself about whether you will really wear the shoe enough, or want it bad enough to justify the $700 or however much it may be. Conversely, sometimes you have to admit that it is just the shoe of the week that you think about buying while you are bored at work.
I have bought a lot of Aldens because I like shell cordovan, have plain taste, and don't like narrow shoes.
Thanks for being patient with me, Bakes. I'm a slow learner
You're right, once you're beyond 20 Aldens and other nice shoes, it's probably not so much about practicality. I agree that it's important to be real with yourself about exactly why you're buying the shoe. It might be interesting to have us post pics of our collections and discuss "most practical" or "most potentially versatile"-oriented plans for future acquisitions. Anyone interested?
I like shell cordovan and the look of simple classics. I do sometimes wish we talked about calfskin, kudu, tobacco chamois and suede a bit more. Are there closeted calf lovers here?
Originally Posted by Dr. D
When I step back and contemplate my shoe wardrobe, I realize that I could live a very content life with only a pair of color 8 LHS and a pair of color 8 LWB. While I certainly enjoy my other Aldens in various shades of brown, there is just something classically right about these two Alden designs in a deep burgundy. To my eye they are the epitome of classic American shoe design and are the only ones I would not want to be without.
Interesting. After getting my wife and kids to safety, I'm not sure which Aldens I'd attempt to rescue from a fire. I'd say it's a tie between the cigar and color 8 lwbs for a shoe for dressing up (to a certain point) and down, and then perhaps a chromexcel indy for knockabout purposes.