Here are the soles. Luckily I have nothing better to do than take pictures as I sit here watching Washington lose to the Ravens defense.
Washington has made it very difficult for me over the past 11 years.
Before I ordered these, I had a pair of the equivalent Aldens you refer to in my hand. I ultimately decided to order the Yankos for a few reasons--first, the color of the Aldens was a darker brown, and I wanted a milk chocolate color; second, I think the finishing on the Yankos is much better; and third, I think the Yankos have a more elegant last. The toe in particular seems more stylish to me, not to mention the inside of the waist.
Thanks for the pictures. Mostly, I wanted to see if they were stitched aloft and how the waist of the sole was done. I can see a bit of curvature from the third picture, and I think that they're well-done. You know, I don't want to dump of Aldens because I think that they're good shoes and an American treasure. But you're right: they really don't have the elegance of many of the European makes. Please let us know if you're as satisfied with your Yankos after wearing them for a few months.