Right. The Walden is corrected grain. My leather knowledge at the time of purchase was pretty nonexistent, and I preferred the more robust burgundy color of the Walden to the comparatively muted Kenwood. I remember thinking "Wow, this leather is shiny and feels slick like shell, it must be a step up from the usual calf!"
Heh. If only I knew then what I know now.
Of course, the finish difference is due to the CG lacquer layer. Ultimately I do not find the Waldens to be uncomfortable, but they are still very stiff even after a lot of wear while the Kenwoods feel like slippers.
Like the Kenwood, I bought the Walden seconds to have something that looked decent, that I could wear with and through just about anything, and so far they held up well in the year that I have owned the shoe. I don't seem to have the bad creasing that can develop on a CG shoe, at least not yet, and they have been worn through the same kind of wet weather that left water marks on the Kenwood without any marring.
I guess the the good thing is that with those two shoes relegated to junior varsity status, it leaves room in my closet for natural and burgundy shell loafers at some point. I've been eying Rancourt's natural shell full-strap along with Alden's Color #8 LHS.