+1 Alden finishing is shit. Plus they slather on their own dye over the color 8.
The Alden dye doesn't bother me because I think it adds some depth to the standard No. 8 shell cordovan. What irks me is the finishing and the quality control. I have 6 pairs of Alden shell shoes and I have had issues with 4 that should have been caught before the shoes left the factory. Maybe they can't handle the volume that being the igent fav creates.