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

LRMD

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

What are the advantages of each?
 

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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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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.
 

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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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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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Does AE also use Horween Shell Cordovan?
 

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Originally Posted by sammy
Does AE also use Horween Shell Cordovan?

the shell is the same, just a slightly different color

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.
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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