Cheap, but they're cheap shoes, and this is full-grain which polishes up okay. Like I said, they're about on par with the full-grain Cole Haans I own, but the finishing from the factory is not nearly as good. I've probably polished them two or three times in the couple weeks I've had them, and they're starting to look pretty good.
In terms of what you picked up, I don't like blind brogues, there's no way I'd wear black shoes with a brown sole edge with a suit, and the overall shape is a bit clunky for a suit with a fashionably trim leg line.
Yeah, surprisingly the Aldo's were rather sleek. Like I said, I'll post a picture. Their stitching isn't amazing, but they look reasonably constructed. I've heard on here that they suck, but we'll see.