Alden Men's Plain Toe Blucher Shell Cordovan vs. AE Leeds Shell Cordovan

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  1. LRMD

    LRMD Well-Known Member

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    Which is the best value, best looking, everyday durable burgundy shoe?

    What are the advantages of each?
     


  2. Grayland

    Grayland Senior member

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    Of the two, I'd pick the AE Leeds. I just find the Alden Barrie last unattractive. You can probably find the AE Leeds cheaper too. I don't think they've been made for a while, but Ralph Lauren offered some Shell Cordovan PTB made by Crockett & Jones. They are dark brown in color, but are really nice.
     


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    rebel222 Senior member

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    They are practically the same shoe. The color is slightly darker on the Aldens. You can get the Alden model for Brooks Brothers with metal eyelets.
     


  4. nurktwin

    nurktwin Senior member

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    The darker Alden is a more versatile color. The AE is a bit lighter and redder. Alden has a steel shank. AE is fiberglass. Alden wins.
     


  5. LRMD

    LRMD Well-Known Member

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    Now I just have to find out how to get a pair of Aldens for less than 600 bucks.
     


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    grimslade Senior member

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    Just get the AEs. The Aldens aren't worth the premium.
     


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    Just picked up a pair of lightly used Leeds in black shell on ebay. My first horseshoes should arrive in the next week or so. I hope they are as nice as everyone claims.
     


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    Don't the AE's list for 525? If you wait and get the Alden's on sale at Sherman Brothers you are sub $500.
     


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    sammy Senior member

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    Does AE also use Horween Shell Cordovan?
     


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    makewayhomer Senior member

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    Does AE also use Horween Shell Cordovan?

    the shell is the same, just a slightly different color

    if you wait you can probably find the AE's on sale for $350 or so from some source. the retail prices are similar, but AE's are more frequently discounted and on ebay/B&S they will sell for much cheaper. they also depreciate MUCH faster if slightly used.
     


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