These "are my shoes okay" threads are getting a touch wearisome. I have never seen a perfect pair of shoes. They ALL have imperfections, especially at the welt/waist. . . .
If you buy C/J, Alden, Carmina, and the like, you expect to see these issues. Alden wouldn't be Alden without a utilitarian looking welt that looks like one of 100 made in an assembly line worker's day. Some guy woke up at 6am, thought to himself, I am going to make a zillion durable no-nonsense Massachusetts welts today. If I make them too nice, the shoe will look gay.
The main difference we made to these was in the sole. Instead of the standard double leather sole, we used an oiled version, called a "Double Waterloc" that will resist the harmful effects of Portland's wet climate. The heavily oiled sole is a stacked version of the soles used in the construction of Alden's flex welt system. In this case however, the oil keeps water from penetrating the sole and helps to increase their lifespan dramatically on Portland's soggy grounds.
If anyone is interested I am selling a pair of Alden Tan Suede Flex Plaza Wingtip boots in 11d that I bought from Leather Soul about six months ago, only worn outside once, see thread in my signature for pictures etc. http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/200...-wingtip-boot/