Hi Alden people. I'm getting ready to take the plunge and buy my first pair. I'm still deciding between the plain toe and the longwing (Barrie last). Here's my dilemma, I really want a dark brown (as opposed to the very popular color # 8). It seems getting cigar shell is really difficult these days. Is there some place I can get it now? If not, I guess I'll have to get calf. The question then becomes, do I get the standard dark brown version (like the ones from Shoe Mart), with the lighter color welt and sole, or do I get the dark brown Alden for J Crew, with the dark welt and sole. It seems that the Shoe Mart brown is also a bit lighter than the J Crew brown, but it's hard to tell because on the Shoe Mart site, there are a few pics and some are lighter and some are darker. Top pic is shoe mart, 2nd one (small) is J Crew.
One more question: Does anyone sell this shoe with exposed eyelets, like this:
Thanks in advance - all guidance is appreciated!!
Edit: I'm also open to any other suggestions for a dark brown, either shell or calf. Perhaps there are make-ups that I'm not aware of yet. Thanks!
Not many sizes left, but Epaulet has a nice dark tan longwing as well...