• STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Alden shoes for men in their 20s?

NMW1982

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2005
Messages
204
Reaction score
1
What is the general consensus on fairly young people wearing Alden shoes? Do Alden shoes on the feet of a guy in his 20s seem out of place? What about the classic Alden Tassel loafer?
 

johnnynorman3

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 3, 2004
Messages
2,700
Reaction score
20
No to the first, yes to the second (I just don't like tassled loafers period, though).
 

bryce330

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2003
Messages
805
Reaction score
3
I prefer something with a little more modern look, but there's certainly nothing wrong with a guy in his twenties wearing Alden. I definitely agree with johnny about the second point though - I don't like tasseled loafers on anybody but on younger guys they are especially jarring.
 

slaavwmr

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Messages
101
Reaction score
0
I have actually been thinking about this same question. What I decided was it depends on the shoe. A more conservative style will be conservative whether its Alden, Allen Edmonds or some European brand. If you want a more stylish shoe then you might need to look at the brands. For me, I'm more conservative so I guess it comes to comfort. But, style is personal and you need to decide on a shoe style not a brand.
 

zjpj83

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 25, 2004
Messages
9,464
Reaction score
27
Good, classic fashion is not limited to any age bracket.
I wish everyone in his 20s wore Alden and its ilk.
 

norcaltransplant

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2003
Messages
2,513
Reaction score
139
What is the general consensus on fairly young people wearing Alden shoes? Do Alden shoes on the feet of a guy in his 20s seem out of place? What about the classic Alden Tassel loafer?
I fit the demographic you're describing and see nothing wrong with a younger gentleman wearing Alden shoes. All of their designs are very conservative, timeless pieces that will never look dated or completely out of style. That being said, the tassel loafers are a definite no go for most twenty-somethings.
 

NoVaguy

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 15, 2004
Messages
6,555
Reaction score
138
What is the general consensus on fairly young people wearing Alden shoes? Do Alden shoes on the feet of a guy in his 20s seem out of place? What about the classic Alden Tassel loafer?
The Alden Fan shoes would look fine on the 20-something set - especially the chukkas or the square toed blucher.

A generic cap-toe or plain-toe looks acceptable on everybody.  I think the bulky double sole blucher plaintoe would be a good shoe for the younger set in burgundy or black.  

Tassel loafers, on the other hand, don't look too good on the 20-something set.  I think high vamp plain loafer would be better.

On the other hand, I wore a tassled wing-tip loafer (by Dexter) throughout college as my black "dress" shoe.  this was back when i had 5 shoes - and 3 of them were sports shoes or sneakers. (My brown dress shoe was a timberland boat shoe - a dress shoe only in my mind.)
 

Pressfan

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 6, 2004
Messages
81
Reaction score
0
I recommend the split toe Norwegians.  I was in on Saturday to be fitted for Aldens (first time) and had thought I would purchase a cap toe or medallion toe, but after trying on the Norwegians, I was struck by their pleasing design.  I hadn't really even considered that model before seeing it.

That said, I also tried on the tassel loafers, which I had previously considered a shoe for elderly gentlemen.  I was surprised to find that it too is quite a beautiful shoe, which I will definitely pick up if all goes well with my first order.  Either that, or the explanation is that I am getting older myself.  I can see, though, that it really would be suitable for someone with a traditional wardrobe, whereas the oxfords would be more versatile.
 

AlanC

Minister of Trad
Joined
Nov 7, 2003
Messages
7,805
Reaction score
83
Keep in mind the traditional Alden penny loafer gained currency as a campus shoe worn by the younger set. Alden classic dress shoes are, well, classic dress shoes, suitable for all ages.

I do quite like their Norwegians, and want to get a pair. I particularly admire the Alden Fan Shoe version.
 

slaavwmr

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Messages
101
Reaction score
0
Alden classic dress shoes are, well, classic dress shoes, suitable for all ages.
Some people here might disagree but the classic shoes are basically the same no matter were you get them, from a design. The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue, which I am wearing right now, is no different from thw C&J Whitehall or whatever the equivelant Alden shoe is from an asthetic point of view. Obviously, quality is another story.
 

norcaltransplant

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2003
Messages
2,513
Reaction score
139
Some people here might disagree but the classic shoes are basically the same no matter were you get them, from a design. The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue, which I am wearing right now, is no different from thw C&J Whitehall or whatever the equivelant Alden shoe is from an asthetic point of view. Obviously, quality is another story
As a shoe aficionado, I strongly disagree. Ironically, I find that the characteristics in build quality that separate Aldens or the Allen Edmonds Park Ave. from a Lobb or Green is less bothersome than the difference in aesthetics. For example, let's examine captoe oxfords--a quinessential staple in a man's wardrobe. The first example I recalled was the John Lobb Phillip II from the Classics collections, but I can't find a pictures. So here is a close approximation from an A Harris auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....27&rd=1 Note the bootmaker sole and toe shape among other details. Now compare the previous shoe with a similar model from Alden: http://www.aldenshoe.com/cat_ane2_c906.htm I had the opportunity not long ago to buy the black version of this shoe, brand new, for just a tad under $100 + tax. Although the Aldens were really comfortable, I'd rather pay a tad more for an English shoe that's leagues ahead of the Alden in terms of aesthetics.
 

LA Guy

Opposite Santa
Admin
Moderator
Joined
Mar 8, 2002
Messages
50,189
Reaction score
26,532

norcaltransplant

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2003
Messages
2,513
Reaction score
139
Phoey, the monkstrap and chukka boot aren't necessarily staid. Not as cool as a pair of Ludwig Reiter trainers or Berluti wholecuts, but they can still look cool with jeans and a distressed cord blazer.
 

LA Guy

Opposite Santa
Admin
Moderator
Joined
Mar 8, 2002
Messages
50,189
Reaction score
26,532

STYLESTUDENT

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2004
Messages
1,143
Reaction score
3
Alden shoes, while undoubtedly well made, are never, have never been, stylish.
Tassel shoes were stylish as part of the full Brooks Brothers natural shoulder "uniform" of the '50s and '60s for college-aged men. Almost universal in some circles (see Ken Pollock's posts on "Ask Andy" and look at Cary Grant's cordovan tassel shoes in "To Catch a Thief"). But I agree that this is history. I don't see these shoes ever worn by men in their 20's and, if it's not worn at all, it's not stylish. Not to offend the entire American Trad wing of these forums, I was sitting at an outdoor restaurant this September on the east side of New York and saw a young man in his '20's walk right by in white bucks, blue seersucker suit, white buttondown shirt, bow tie, and  straw boater hat with grosgrain ribbon. He stood out. My wife asked me if men still wore these clothes. I had to say no (I thought it would have been stylish 40 years ago, before the hippies). P.S. All you guys complain about "American Trad" on "Ask Andy"-but everyone's posting on Alden on this forum too.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

Favorite Shorts Length

  • Above the knee

  • Knee length

  • Below the knee

  • None of the above

  • Mid-thigh ("short shorts")


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
461,492
Messages
10,013,918
Members
208,318
Latest member
bbobbler
Top