There is little to know difference in "build quality" between Alden and CJ. CJ finishes their shoes just slightly nicer in their bench grade (which the Darlton is). The handgrades are indeed "nicer" than Alden, though I have yet to love the aesthetic coming out of CJ. Too "sleek" for me.
I'll take cigar LWB over the Darlton all day every day.
If you love Alden but want to consider moving "on or up" from them, check out Carmina or Vass.
Edited by BeSpiffington - 3/7/13 at 3:34pm