And that is how C&J does its burgundy shell - not as shiny, not as red. So it's a personal decision.
Certainly I prefer Alden's color 8, but these boots, for me, were a nice addition to the collection, even though quite different.
Alden takes the Horween Color 8 shell and adds some additional purple eggplant color type dye to it.
I've noticed the amount can vary and probably can depend on who at Alden is working that day, etc. That said, over time and with usage, the purple dye can wear away yielding a more brownish red shoe than purplish brown.
I'm planning to purchase 9015 and 9016 once I determine my size. I was planning on buying them from SF, also no tax free ship, and have ordered from them before. Do you think it would be better to order from TSM? as they have them listed for $10 less per pair.
Do you think I have a better chance of getting a pair that has no signs of try-on from one retailer or the other? I am more concerned about that than I am the $10 difference. Thought I would order by phone so that I can make a personal request.
It appears that the Shoe Mart has several Alden models on sale. Not sure about size availability, though.