I concur. Plain black leather is boring. So many other great options. I find that matte colours just look better in casual fits. The age old adage of the finer, the shinier, the more formal really hits home for me. I want charcoal or grey suede / nubuck quoddy blucher and penny loafers for spring summer here, I hope they can do it. For me, I think aldens best models are thier suede chukka and thier Indy boot, for casual wear. Dress is another story. Toms cordovan plaza wingtip boots are awesome, and are on my hit list for next year.