I think I might be making my first shell purchase and this thread has a lot to do with that. Thinking of getting the AF18 from alden of Carmel which is the chukka with #8 cordovan with their commando sole. I wear chukkas more than anything else and I figure these should be as versatile as they come.
I've never ordered from them before and I don't see a phone number listed anywhere on their site. Is the best way to order from them by email? Also, I'm guessing they don't run any type of sales and discounts? Just wanted to make sure so I don't order it and then a week later they're running a 15% discount code.
Welcome to the thread. Adam used to run a brick and mortar store in La Jolla and then moved to Carmel. He is now online only orders and is near Seattle. He doesn't have a phone number, so you will need to order online and contact him via E-mail. He is fairly responsive if you E-mail him.
As others have stated, he will look out to make sure that you get what you need. He also meticulously inspects shoes before shipping them. Good luck!