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Hi everyone,

I'm interested in your opinions on some Alden suede boots I just purchased from The ShoeMart. I'm trying to decide whether to keep them. They fit well enough and I like the style....BUT...there's a problem and I'm trying to decide whether it's a dealbreaker or not.

Basically, there's a dark ring just above the heel on both boots, and I can't decide whether it's a big issue or not. On the one hand, it's pretty obvious when I'm hold the shoe in my hand. On the other hand, when I put the shoes on, I can't really see it. So, what would you do? I do wonder whether as I wear them, the suede might "settle" and hide the dark rings...

Here are some photos:

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Now, these boots were sold to me as seconds (for $269+10 shipping), so I knew they would not be perfect. They also returnable since I haven't worn them outdoors. They also fit pretty well.

I'm interested in your opinions. And if you like the boots, Ed had at least one other pair (in 9.5D) available. They are on the Modified last, leather sole, full rubber heel, Model 41822H. They are not available at TSM as first quality (Ed believes they may be made for Japan).

Thanks for your thoughts...
 

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I have two pair of Alden boots on the Modified last, both found at TSM. I wouldn't trade them for anything. Remarkable comfort and support. If those fit you it would be my strong advice to keep them regardless of cosmetic issues. By the way, did you find yourself sizing down in the Modified?
 

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For my prior Alden purchases, I've gone between a 9D on the bigger lasts (e.g. Barrie) to a 9.5D or even E on the smaller lasts (Plaza, Hampton, etc.). On a brannock device, I am pretty much an exact 9 in length and between a D and E in length. So, knowing that Modified was on the bigger side, I went with the 9D and it fits me quite well. I know a 9.5 would be too big, and I'm not sure what an 8.5 would have done...
 
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