Is Alden more expensive cordovan better that C&J and Carmina?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by AleksejsN, May 16, 2019.

  1. StephenRG

    StephenRG Honors Member

    United States
    New York
    Merrick
    ...which also happen to be the colours of the Union Flag (or Union Jack as it is popularly known). :)
     
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  2. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Florida
    Harmony
    LOL! Well played and there is just so much truth in what you said. ;)
     
  3. RogerP

    RogerP Connoisseur

    Canada
    ON
    Oakville
    Not to mention France, The Netherlands, Australia, Cuba, etc. I've never understood the notion that this colour combo is somehow uniquely American.

    But what were we talking about again? Oh yeah - shell. Alden's shell isn't "better" than that of any other manufacturer who sources their shells from Horween.
     
  4. TDWat

    TDWat Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    130
    United States
    Virginia
    Central
    I have a couple pairs of Aldens and a couple pairs of C&J (not all are cordovan). C&J has demonstrably better finishing and attention to detail, especially in the stitching. On the other hand, I stick with Alden for cordovan. As others have noted, Alden's Color 8 is unique, and I like it better than C&J's offering, which is a bit more red. I also think the blocky Alden lasts and construction tends to look better with cordovan, especially with loafers.
     

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