The Alden full brogues look like blobs to me.
As a lifelong fan of the Alden tassel loafers, I guess I don't understand the reason for the cordovan fascination. They just look shinier to me. I stopped wearing the Alden cordovan in college (the shoes creased more deeply than the calf and, yes, I used shoe trees back then). These were expensive in the '60s ($32.50 was a lot of money) and still are. The BB cordovan bluchers do have a bit of "blob" in them besides being difficult to lift, which appearance is not cured by the addition of steel eyelets. But I guess if you're classic, it doesn't matter (or does it?). Awaiting the indignant responses of many (e,g, Superfly).