I love those boots! I have some but mine have the black welt. The natural looks cool! Gotta get those Guarded Good Laces!
Well, Dalton is sleeker compared to Alden Barrie (specially in medium and narrow widths). But I get your point that it has all the features to make it casual. I had it for some time in Bourbon calf but then had to sell it because it never looked right either with casual attire ( jeans/chinos) or business casual ( trousers/odd jacket)..
The the department of "Best laid plans." I just got back from an outdoor wedding where I wore a suit. I brought some Alden shell perf cap toes for the occasion.
But the local area received an inch of rain the day before and there was no way to avoid spending a great deal of time in wet grass and ground. Not a happy environment for shell. Even if the shoes would have been fine, I would have fretted for them the entire time. On to plan B. Derby Bentons, with a good shine and a rubber sole. Unlike the picture, I wore black socks.
Sometimes the weather and outside factors can override tradition. I thought they worked well for the occasion, but were not my first choice.