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THE OFFICIAL ALDEN THREAD FOR 2020 - SHARE REVIEWS, SIZING, ADVICE, AND PHOTOS.

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It's been years since the last time I purchased a pair of alden cordovan shoes. I am looking to acquire a few more pairs. Any recommendations on quality on line retailers I should consider?
I would think any of the Alden online dealers are quite good, and pleasant to deal with. I could name some, but don't want to leave anyone out, so if interested PM me.
 

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What brush and spray do you guys recommend for suede?

Also can someone explain the difference between scotch grain and alpine grain? I see a few models in each that I really like.

Thanks!
I believe the difference is in the size and pattern of the embossed grain. Scotch grain is much larger, such as this one.

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Alpine grain is much finer.

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#8 plain toe boots for some Sunday errands.

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I believe the difference is in the size and pattern of the embossed grain. Scotch grain is much larger, such as this one.

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Alpine grain is much finer.

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Other than the grain difference there is nothing else in terms of the leather? Are these just stamped with a different pattern basically?

Sorry if question seem dumb lol. Just don't really know much about either.
 

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Alpine grain seems to have a plasticier shinier sheen than scotch grain. However I base this upon a sample size of one pair of alpine grain.
 

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Other than the grain difference there is nothing else in terms of the leather? Are these just stamped with a different pattern basically?

Sorry if question seem dumb lol. Just don't really know much about either.
They are embossed differently for sure. The practical difference is less certain. I think one would have to get in a great deal of wear with both to appreciate a difference if there is one.
 

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Full Strap for late afternoon/early evening relaxing, still looking for no show socks that will NOT bunch up under my heel, if anyone knows of a really, really good brand....View attachment 1401869
Thirty48 work fine, though they sit very low on the heel and their band leaves marks on my feet. These were recommended by @Misterg12 a few summers ago
I personally prefer my Sheec pair, as they don't dig into the top of my foot. That said, I do position then higher on my heel and further down my foot so that they stay better. As long as it's not a pair with heel slip, they stay on well.
... Certainly the few hours before you would change shoes. ;p

I also have a rando pair from a bow tie place (came with an order) that work fine.

Also of note, my no shows are the only "dress" socks I put in dryer; the heat seems to help keep the heel grips tacky.

I believe ALL no show socks are a compromise, and occasionally having to pull them up if worn all day is just going to happen.
 

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