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AE or Alden shoe types

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by yanks2182, May 10, 2005.

  1. yanks2182

    yanks2182 Well-Known Member

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    Does Alden have any sleek/professional shoes?
     
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    NoVaguy Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what you think sleek should be.  Most people wouldn't use sleek in conjunction with either Alden or Allen Edmonds, although they're certainly a lot sleeker than the clunky square toed shoes favored by the 20-something set. In any event, you can check them out yourself. Alden's home site is www.aldenshoe.com and Allen Edmonds is www.allenedmonds.com. You can also see specially made Alden shoes at www.alden-of-carmel.com.
     
  3. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    I'd say the Alden of Carmel fan shoes linked above would be the closest to 'sleek'.
     
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    Teacher Well-Known Member

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    "Sleek" and "professional" can be two very different things. Neither company has Italian-style sleek shoes (except, of course, for AE's Italian slip-ons, but they're not terribly dressy). Both companies' offerings are, however, very professional looking. Check them out and see what you like.
     
  5. yanks2182

    yanks2182 Well-Known Member

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    I know Alden and AE certainly measure up to high standards as far as professionalism, which is what I'm looking for. By sleek I mean something that isn't as clunky as a square toe shoe.
     
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    Notwithstanding my problem with the small cap, based on my limited experience, the Park Avenue is the default choice for American, no-nonsense, professional/executive dress shoe. To wit: my uncle, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and his cronies wear nothing but. So you can never get in trouble for sporting it.
     
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    thankfully, neither really have much in the way of square-toed shoes.
     
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    For a "sleek" choice from Alden, check out the top row of boots on this page from The Shoe Mart website. Much more of a chiseled toe than I'm used to seeing from Alden (at least based on this picture). It appears that these boots have been made exclusively for The Shoe Mart - probably not the best choice for conservative business attire, however. As an aside, I recently purchased a pair of shell cordovan "irregulars" from The Shoe Mart. As far as I know, this is the only retailer that deals in Alden "irregulars" (I guess there is some sort of minute defect with regard to the shoes I purchased, but I can't find it). Great service and a great price. Highly recommended.
     
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    No generally you get a soft, rounded toe. Of course that means nothing like the more stylish chiseled toe of many of the English makers. Some of the Alden of Carmel Shoes are a bit more chiseled, but no square end Kenneth Cole styles in the bunch. If by clunky you mean KC clunky, you don't need to worry about Alden or Allen Edmonds.
     

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