Why in heaven’s name would you not maintain and care for the pair which is more worn? Plenty of options for a lower-shine finish, if desired. You’re too old, too grown-up, and too smart to abuse Aldens. C’mon.
Funny you make a comment like this. I was actually just thinking about something like this. I have a beautiful pair of Santoni shoes (in this similar burgundy/brown color) and I want to wear them with jeans or khakis more often, but they’re just too nice and really want to reserve for more formal wear. I have been strongly thinking about buying a 2nd similar pair just to beat around in with jeans and not care about scuffs, etc. Great and timely post (for me) by the Satorialist. This should answer your question or at least the logic behind having 2 similar/same pairs of shoes.
I don’t know much about men’s shoes but I do know when a man is wearing a nice pair of shoes. Men seem to think that shoes don’t matter that much, but I completely disagree. I honeslty think it is one of the first things a girl looks at on a man (well maybe not the first but you get my drift).
My husband always has a couple of these too – different brand but similar style. One black and one cordovan. They’re perfect with so many wardrobe choices. :)
Also to the poster who chastised Scott for not caring for the older pair- I personally love it when a well-worn pair has that patina and the creases…it’s a great look. Just because they’re worn in doesn’t mean they’re not cared for. :)
I totally agree. I always kept my shoes as long as I could, caring for them by taking them to the cobbler for repairs and using a good wax.
Same as clothes or furniture : I don’t like the “brand new” look.
I just bought a new pair of penny loafers and i do the same thing. i keep a pair for weekends and jeans and a fresh pair for the office. by the way, why not use vibram sole safers on your leather bottoms? i always get some installed right out of the box.
They are great shoes, well made and timeless…sad to see that you would not keep even a more aged pair in a little better shape.
Also….you forgot to mention Alden is a Made in the USA shoe! http://www.aldenshoe.com/#&panel1-1
Serious shoes. I think that if I had to get rid of every shoe that I own, then keeping only two pair, one would be a pair of the Adidas Stan Smith, and the other would be the Alden shoe pictured above.
From my point of view Alden are too high priced for the quality you get. Allen Edmonds is even worse. Carmina shoes have a nice store in Paris and offer a very high quality and prices around 550 Euros.
Aldens are the best ever and — at least used to — fit narrow feet (AA). Maybe the only thing I don’t like about retirement is that there is no place to wear them. I sometimes wonder if the twelve people that got mine apprecciated what they had.
Go for “sunken metal toe plates”.. On such beautiful shoes they are going to double the lifetime of the sole, the shoe and it’s aspect!! Especially i guess in your case where you enjoy walking a lot in them!!
Please, get some shoe trees for the old pair! Plus saddle soap, neatsfoot oil, kiwi parade gloss and dubbin. I’ve got a pair of Bally chelsea boots that have lasted 18 years so far with this treatment. You won’t regret it
Alden’s is an esteemed label, but their shoes IMHO always lacked a certain daring. The best cordovan brogues available in the USA over the last quarter-century were sold by Brooks Brothers. Now, talk about shoe porn! They were plain toe, and sort of minimalist chic — Jil Sander before Jil Sander. This was in the olden days when BB was still owned by WASPs. (BB also used to make white boxer briefs which were truly decadent in their luxuriousness.) Cordovan shoes are a bitch to break in, which is possibly why the Sartorialist holds on to his old well-worn pair so zealously. I’ve grown to admire a good beat-up pair of leather shoes — of course, the antiqued-shoe trend has made this entirely acceptable — but these are the wrong sort of brogues for that effect, methinks.
I’ll take your word for it, Francesco. But having owned a couple of pairs of the BB shoe, I don’t remember Alden’s name on the label; and I’m pretty sure Alden didn’t sell the shoes themselves. Hate to date myself, but I’m talking the mid-1980s. Are you sure we’re talking about the same model from the same era?
I stand corrected. Just ran across, by chance, some pairs of Alden for J. Crew boots, a few made of cordovan leather, for sale on eBay. And, yes, the maker of these remarkably beautiful boots were certainly the makers of the Brooks Brothers oxfords I remember so fondly. Just an exquisite level of craftsmanship!
Great shoes & both looks work. But i bet you wear them to show a dashing bare ankle….wd like to know what you do to protect the inside. Leather insoles? Low sock liners? Or…? Newspaper rolled up to app shape is good for keeping shoes trim. The English Times is very good….small & easy to roll into compact pointy oval…..
When I met my husband he was always nicely dressed, but he really was quite frugal in many ways and still is to this day. I started upgrading his wardrobe over time, buying him really nice suits, making sure that he went to a tailor for a perfect fit, etc and he would complain about the money spent but went along with it. In the past two years I have gotten him two pairs of Alden wingtips and he LOVES them. In fact he loves them so much that even when I gave him the price tag he didn’t even flinch. It also helps that they are made in the USA and will last a lifetime with good care. It is true that a lot of women pay attention to a man’s shoes! Bad shoes can ruin a look.
I blew the bank on a pair of these a few months back, but they were worth every penny. Unfortunately I walked into somebody the other day though, because I was looking at my Aldens instead of looking where I was walking!
I have a black pair of Allen Edmonds Norwegian split toes which are beat up beyond belief. Salt damage, scuffs, huge holes in the soles, etc. They’re my favorite pair of shoes and plan on keeping them around for a while.
It’s absolutely amazing what a good cobbler can do! I’ve held on to shoes for decades (1) because I take good care of them and have enough pairs to rotate their use and (2) because I rely on shoe repairmen to revive older pairs. I guess some people would consider them mid-market, but I swear by the Andrade chain in NYC, run by a very nice family from South America (I forget what country exactly).
alden makes great shoes! Just got my first pair, a cap toe brown lace up! comfort , quality construction, and, fairly priced if you think of the years you get out of them!
does anybody recommend toe taps as protection?
I have four pairs of Aldens – all made on the Barrie last. Last year I returned a pair of cordovans to the factory to be refurbished. It’s a little pricy, but they came back looking like new. Incredible work and a new set of shoetrees to boot.
I bought a pair of Alden 975′s (not unlike that well worn pair) at a Salavation Army donation store back in the 1900′s for 75cents when I first started college (circa 1992). I brushed and buffed, they looked and felt so damned good for many years. I always assumed that those shoes must have belonged to a successful man, hence and therefore, “walk a mile in a man’s shoes…”. Just bought some new longwings, wont wear them much, hope some kid will find them after I’m done with them and carry on the legacy.