Agree. Alden seems to have me QC issues because we let them get away with it. We created this big demand for exotic shells that Alden are able to pass off defective products by giving us a 50 dollar discount (guilty). :) I own shoes from a few SF popular middle tier shoe makers. Alden has nothing on packaging and finishing to them. Still, I own more Alden than Carmina, Vass, C & J, and AE combined.