Bought mine at full price from Jim at Alden sf. Probably my second favorite Alden LWB after my cigars (my color 8 LWBs are vintage florsheim imperial circa 1972). They can be dressed up and down. By virtue of their dark color they present probably the slimmest silhouette of all Alden LWBs. I really like them.
Thank you. Would love to see some photos of those Florsheims.
I have black shell LWBs and wear them regularly, but unlike many SF members, I don't hate black shoes. I wear them with navy, grey, brown, and olive trousers from Epaulet and Howard Yount.
If NRO includes Alden's in its next discount code and you're willing to try them, you'd be able to get 20-25% off. They usually seem to have #8 and black LWBs.