I was told by the manager of the Alden store in DC that last year Alden got new machines that are designed to fix that tongue slippage problem. And I have to say that mine have not had that problem, though I half-expected them to.
The White's are definitely more my style -- straight up, round toe workboots. But I definitely like the Aldens as well. I have to admit that many years ago, when I first discovered Alden boots I was not at all impressed. They just looked like shoes to me rather than work boots, and they sort of wear like shoes rather than boots. Then I learned that originally, before the movie made them famous, that Alden just called them "the High Work Shoe," which made sense to me. ...
^ I have the lowered block heel and it works just right for me. Previously I had a pair of Viberg 110s with a higher slightly curbed heel and felt like I was teetering all the time. But Whites lowered block is just right.
B-ewing, I have to think that British tan will be great over time. Look forward to future reports.
Man, if I did not have the Half-Japanese incoming I would be making you an offer on the dark brown oxfords... I am also almost exclusively a boot wearer, but Viberg oxfords are the one shoe I am willing to get out off my comfort zone for. Though pretty sure I don't need two pairs.