I don't have them in my possesion yet but I have a photo from him, there is a small variation in the distance like you were saying but not significant enough for me to have an issue
The posts I have seen on here of the AF 80 always look great.....seems like it would be easier to dress up than the LWB.
There's a pair of WTB on ebay that have commando soles. I assumed they were from AofC, but noticed that the AF79s have blind eyelets, whereas these have agatine. The model number is 4461HC--who offered that model? And do AofC's AF-whatever boots actually have that stamped on the inside, or do they translate to a different Alden model number?