I feel like I have been pretty lucky with all of my Alden purchases, but these guys came in about a month ago. And, of course, I am just now noticing that there are some significant differences around the heel of the shoe. Do you think I should see if Jcrew/Alden will take them back?
I can't see the issue based on your picture, but I don't expect Alden's (especially those purchased from a 3rd party chain) to be perfect. If they fit correctly and it's just cosmetic I'd live with it and have it fixed when you resole. The alternative is to return and maybe get something better, but possibly get something worse.
The issue is the top line of broguing being (relatively) way off on the left shoe's heel. But given how long I had to stare at the picture to see it and the fact that it will be covered by a pant leg the majority of the time, I would bother trying to return them.