- Apr 12, 2021
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Your question brings up an interesting subject, but I think it's one that is more appropriate for a separate thread rather than this thread about Alden.I guess if you believe the real focus of a company is out-of-the-box comfort than you could apply your reasoning to any of the leathers they're using? But maybe I'm not understanding completely your response, so for clarity... if you believe using CXL or Lux for workbooks is somehow cutting corners or only being used for comfort purposes, then what would you deem as an appropriate additive-free leather for boots that are clearly meant to be worn casually and take a beating?
That said , the transition in consumer demand from dress to casual footwear has caused Alden to change its product line . To your question about Alden boots I think Alden's original Indy boot ,model 405 produced using Mahogany Legacy calf work boot leather, and neocork sole, is ideal for casual wear. The 405's long time within the product line , including relatively large volume sales, is proof that it's a great product. But today's consumers and retail dealers demand-expect new products as well, and Alden does try to meet that demand buy offering newer upper patterns, upper materials, sole types etc...Sometimes the new model introductions are not as functionally sensible as the iconic 405 model, but the majority of today's consumers and retail distributors seem to favor new aesthetics more than old time sensibility.