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Friday, March 1, 2024

Ask the MB -- Alden Shoes

Alden Straight Tip Blucher (& Sputnik 1) via, $390.00
Alden Straight Tip Blucher (& Sputnik 1) via $390.00.
Q: How do you feel about Alden shoes? They fit the "no logos" AND have been made in America for over a hundred years. But can the price be justified? Especially for Cordovan. I ask because I just bought a few pair - so you BETTER SAY YES!

A: In spite of Alden's strong pedigree -- or maybe because of it -- they're too "trad" (traditional) to get a strong MB endorsement. Other legendary brands like Pringle and Burberry have changed with the times, offering updates to the classics. Alden seems content plodding along (get it?) with their aging, evening news-watching market.

Anyhow, if you're going to Go Grandpa, make it work by matching with updated accessories, an unstructured blazer, or basically anything that makes it look like you were born this side of Sputnik 1. And definitely show some ankle. Whatever you do, do not combine with anything from Brooks Brothers.



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  • 3 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth, preferably Dolin
  • 3 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters

Stir over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a pearl onion.


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