I think its important to give proper credit to certain goods when we are particularly pleased with them. I own 3 pair of Alden cordovan leather boots now. I really cant tell you how great they have held up over the years. My oldest pair is 4 years old now (color 8, chukka), and my newest are a week old (black, high lace cap toe boot), and they have never let me down. I wear them with everything from heavy tweed and flannel suits to old levis. They are so comfortable, and I wouldnt trade them for anything. They shine up like mirrors, but they look equally as good all scuffed up. No other reason for the post, i just love my Alden cordovan leather boots.