My personal preference for saddles is for shell on the toe of the shoe with suede on the non-creasing part. But those are certainly nice saddles.
It really comes down to whether you primarlily want a shell shoe or a suede shoe.
Great looking boots. I really like the tightly packed perforations in the medallion on the toes, the way it doesn't really wrap down the sides of the toe area. I think It gives it a unique look that you don't see very often in most wingtips.
Yes, finding a pair of discounted Aldens is nearly impossible in Germany. I tried to find Indys in Florida last chistmas... no luck. Could have bought dress shoes, but I hardly ever wear a dress, so that would have been a waste of money.
Last time I was in New York (fall 2012) I had to take care of my dad, who was a first time visitor to NY. If I had told him I'll go hunting for some shoes, he might have been very disappointed ;-)
So, although having spend much more money on them as necessary (I'll be in LA this summer), I'm very satisfied now.
The model number is 405.
What do you like better about these brushes over the AE?