After looking at so many color #8 pics, I was shocked how dark they were when I first unboxed them to try on. Only a harsh iphone flash pic revealed the color.
My biggest complaint with #8 is that they are too dark sometimes - I know color and Alden fans are polar opposites - that being said wear them a ton and more red tones will appear- at least my pair has.
i'd go with medium too. my alden is 7.5 and i have both small and medium sizes. Tried them both, and small fits better for me.
Medium feels like its way too tight.