- Jul 4, 2017
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I knew an employee at an Alden retailer who wore that same shell chukka model on the selling floor everyday. I am not sure if he still works there. On one hand I think his wearing shell could help potential customers better understand what shell looks like on the foot, but on the other hand his own pair's size seemed too large for him so its vamp and quarters had excessive rolling/wrinkling. I asked him about it one day and he replied that his preference was to have relatively loose fitting footwear. Your pair appears to be a good, proper fit.
My take is that 401's are produced using a leather named CXL, but it's not the same CXL used for model 403. Some Alden dealers consider 401 to be black calf/work boot leather, others label it as CXL .Alden's website catalog labels 401 as work boot leather, however an Alden factory employee told me it was actually CXL.
Love that model! Great pickup.
These are Pure Blue Japan, I've been wanting a pair of Momo's in black but I've noticed indigo doesn't really rub onto my suede boots. I generally spray them with tarrago before wearing them, so I guess the spray also protects them from dye transfer. Thank you for the heads up, nonetheless!Be careful if those jeans are new and unwashed. I had some indigo transfer from my Momotaro jeans to my tan suede Indys.