I'm branching out a little into Aldens after accumulating what I thought was a lifetime's worth of AEs (thanks but no thanks, SF!). I rushed through Alden of Carmel's ordering process and didn't realize until they were en route that the calf captoe boots I had ordered were non-returnable. So, I now have a good-sized credit with Adam and am trying to figure out how best to use it.
My obsession these days is with shell and both the AF111 (black PTB) and 1340 (black chukka) would fill holes in my collection. Any reason why I wouldn't want to pull the trigger on one or the other of these? Also, can anyone compare and contrast Alden and AE shell chukkas (what AE calls the Dundee)? I know the former is two-eyelet and the latter is three . . . anything else I should know?
Fit-wise, I'm a perfect 9.5 E in the AE Dundees and the 1 last is probably my favorite last of theirs. On the Alden side, I'm a comfy 9.5 D in the Trubalance, which is what the PTBs are on. The chukkas are on the Barrie, but I gather that if I'm a 9.5 D on the Trubalance I should be on the Barrie as well.
Thanks in advance for any wisdom anyone cares to share!