- Nov 14, 2017
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They definitely fit a niche, as @jischwar mentioned, and the Indy boot, specifically, is an Icon. I'd have to think their longevity, and their dedicated fan base should elevate them to great status.I wouldn’t call Alden “great.” I wouldn’t call Alden “good”, either. They’re serviceable, at best. Nothing more.
I've had my Indys for going on 18 years and they have been nothing short of fantastic. Of course, their newer offerings may not be up to snuff but the older stuff is great.
As mentioned above, I mostly speak on my experience with owning Alden's older models. Aside from the Chromexcel Indys, I own their shell LWBs, SWBs, straight tip captoe derbies. They have been durable, versatile, and I have been pleased with the QC.I wish they made great boots. My success rate with Alden QC has been about 10-15%. The others, in my worthless opinion, should have all been factory seconds or scrapped entirely. In contrast my experience with Tricker's qc has been about 90% good. I think I would consider C&J above Tricker's, but since I am not in the business of collecting more boots than I need anymore I don't have enough personal experience to say with certainty.
To note, none of my Aldens are less than 15 years old.