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Anonymous asked: Dude, I gather you like classic British and Italian dress shoes. So do I. For decades, my shoes are made by manufacturers in those countries, even though Weston of France sometimes made the cut too. Now I'm considering American shoes and currently torn between Alden and Floresheim Imperial. In terms of quality- to- price ratio, which do you recommend? Of course Alden is much more expensive. Thanks a lot, man and I love your blog!

I would recommend you stick with the Brits my friend. Why trade the Aston for the Chevy?

In reality though, I like Alden and have always been happy with their quality. Don’t have much experience with Florsheim, but this should make my thoughts pretty clear:

Current Imperial Model


Basic Aldens

I’ve heard that the old imperial line used to be really solid and the original gunboats they made were on par with Alden’s LWBs. That is no longer the case however, and I would pay up for the better product in most comparable instances. However, the most apples to apples comp would be the Florsheim Kenmoors vs. the Alden Longwings. The Aldens are made in America, are full grain leather, and are better constructed. The Florsheims are made elsewhere and are corrected grain. For many, this is worth the extra money you’d pay for a pair of Aldens. For others, the Florsheims represent a great value and that is fine too. If you like the style then go for them - they are just unlikely to last as long over time. I personally think the Kenmoors are uglier than the Aldens and would never buy them for that reason alone.  

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