This isn’t a critique. This isn’t a judgment. This isn’t even a “you coulda done better with your money.” This is a simple question that, I feel, comes up when the issue of “top-quality” footwear arises.
Granted, I buy a LOT, a LOT, of Quoddy. Why? Because I think $250 for a pair of hand-crafted boatshoes that look fuckin phenomenal on me is worht it one to two times a year. Sure, I have a standard set or 8 of Sperrys and Bass and Sebagos, but there’s something about those hand-stitched Maine creations that just does it for me. However, one brand has always eluded my financial and therefore practical radar ever since I started in on the blogging menswear whathaveyou endeavor: What is the allure of Alden?
I was first introduced to Alden, I admit, through J. Crew. This pair in particular:
I mean, look at these boots. They are as pretty as a Venetian sunrise on the forehead of a power-celeb-couple newborn sitting atop a mountain of unicorn glitter on the solstice of the season of the queen of ice cream sundaes. But then, there’s the ice-cold shock of the $645 price-tag. And maybe these are marked up due to Drexler deeming them “cool enough,” but any online search, not exclusing eBay, is gonna yield roughly, ROUGHLY, the same pricepoints.
Okay, so here’s another thing: I know plenty of people with these shoes. And they SWEAR by them. “Best shoes ever,” I hear time and time again. I say that too. But usually it’s dealing with a $40 set of Vans or a $90 eBay Quoddy score, and never a $600 pickup. Granted, I’ve been able to hunt and gather some Aldens of my own, but I don’t count them.
I want to posit an honest, unsolicited, unbiased, and completely curious (as I feel plenty of people reading might have the same question) inquiry.
So here’s the question I want only those who have dropped the money to own a pair of Alden’s to answer; Is it worth it? And if so, why? If not, why not?
Comment and let us know.