Beautiful. In my opinion this is the nicest Alden boot
Shell will hold its shape better than Chromexcel, but I don't think the chromexcel "deflates" in shape with minimal use. Now if you have the unlined dover in chrmxl, that shoe will definitely fold/deflate almost overnight.
I've gotten a good bit of foul weather use out of both my 403 and chrmxl LWBs. With the exception of some creasing/wrinkling in the vamp, both have held there shape nicely.
Nice comparison. The only thing I would say though, is that I doubt both of those shoes/boots that were compared experienced similar use (or abuse) over its lifetime. This is certainly accurate though, with regard to how each develops over time.
Pretty sure they are the same. One may have a double waterloc sole (Halleck) and the other a standard double leather (Epaulet), but not certain. They both have a 360 flat welt, antique edge and welt, and the same broguing pattern.