One thing I can say for the Aldens... I only own Barrie last... they are very comfortable, if clunky, and I've had zero foot discomfort from day one. When I see AE trying to sell corodvan shoes at 500+ $, I wretch a little, thinking about the quality of my current AEs compared to $650 Alden cordovans. (Even my Fifth Aves, which I love, are very inferior to my Aldens.)
I have a pair of Cambridge, 2 pair of Leeds and 2 pair of MacNeil shoes in cordovan (burgundy & black shell). All of them came with JR soles and I assure you they have no problems. On another note, I will post a pick of my Alden #8s and show you where the thread has come loose.