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Looking for a decent Alden Blucher alternative

dsoren

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Alright, I know that Alden's are amazing. I know that they are super high quality, and will last forever. But I just can't swing the cost right now. So, I am looking for a less expensive alternative to these exact shoes:



Note that I am looking for a wingtip blucher, not just a regular wingtip. I already have a pair of those. The bluchers seem slightly more casual to me; that's what I'm looking for.

Thanks!
 

vm1336

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If you haven't done it already, get on the email list for Alden seconds by calling The Shoe Mart. You can save a couple hundred bucks and get exactly the shoes you're looking for with a little luck. That's how I got my cordovan #8 plain toe bluchers.

Otherwise, many English companies make similar shoes (check Herring Shoes UK website, country styles) but the price will be quite high.

I heard that English fathers used to tell their sons, "Spend your money on your bed mattress and your shoes, because when you aren't in one you'll be in the other." Sound advice.

In my opinion, if you find these shoes in the same style from a cheaper brand they probably won't last 2-3 years. Get the Aldens (even in seconds) and they'll last 10-20 years if you take care of them. A bargain.

Sorry I didn't exactly answer your question, but I think deep down you're looking for help justifying the purchase of the Aldens. I would be.
 

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