- Feb 23, 2019
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Welcome to the Alden thread - I'll answer what I can.Hi all-
I am new to SF (long time lurker but newly registered) and this thread. I currently own the following and am looking to expand my casual footwear:
- Alden 971 x Brooks Brothers straight tip bluchers - black calf
- Alden 972 x Brooks Brothers straight tip bluchers - walnut calf
- Alden 9695F x Brooks Brothers penny loafers (not LHS but not flex like current model) - black calf
- Alden 9697F x Brooks Brothers penny loafers (not LHS but not flex like current model) - brown suede
- AE Wilbert NST Brown calf
- AE Wilbert NST Dark Brown CXL
- Carmina 531 Derby/PTB - brown suede
- And Meermin Snuff SuperBuck NST blucher on the way....
I have gone through the first 150 pages in this thread. I did not read every post but rather skimmed ones that seemed interesting and viewed almost all of the shoe and boot pictures. I covered from January through mid-March. I plan to continue on this path until I catch up to the current era. For now, I have a few questions which I hope others would be willing to help answer:
I was surprised that it seemed boots were almost 50% of what was posted. Is that because most people wear boots as often as shoes or was it just the time period (late winter)?
What is a "King Wing"?
Does anyone have any idea what lasts my AldenxBB use (the shoes are circa 2011)? I have read they could be Aberdeen, Copley, Van, or even Snap but no fit information on the last one.
I really like lined PTBs so I am considering both a natural CXL PTB because I understand they may be gone forever very soon. Is there any truth to that or is it just a bad rumor?
I also like lined Chukkas and am considering a Chukka Boot Snuff Suede D4707 and/or Chukka Boot Brown Chromexcel 13781C from Alden Madison.
I will probably not get all 3 at once (my wife would have a nervous breakdown as she is supposed to be the one with the shoe collection in our relationship) so which 2 would round out what I already own that are shown above? My work/personal life is moving more towards casual wear (even pre-pandemic) and less business casual (and suits).
How do you all keep our shoes so clean and in such good shape? I have lived in urban areas and either walked and/or taken public transportation to work most of my life and my shoes simply get beat up no matter how careful I am so what is the secret to all these pictures of shoes in pristine condition (not judgmental, really looking for the magic answer)?
Speaking for myself, I wear boots about as often as shoes year-round. And I know there are other regulars here that do the same (@audog for instance).
A King Wing is a Color 8 Shell Wingtip (because Color 8 is the "King" of shell cordovan colors).
Natty CXL is no longer being made by Alden, according to several reports from reliable sources; grab a pair or two now if they're available in your size.
As far as complements to your current lineup, I'd pick the Chukkas, but since you'll probably want a natty CXL Blucher, I'd suggest that and the suede Chukka.
@Texasmade has a good answer on keeping the shoes in good shape; I've got about 30 pair (which is quite a small collection by many of this thread's regaulrs' standards), so I only wear a given pair about once a month. That may not be the answer for you, though; living in the city and taking public transport is going to be a big factor. Other guys in that situation wear a pair of beaters until they get to the office and then change into their good shoes there. Another alternative is a pair of galoshes.