Not sure if this has been posted yet, but The Shoe Mart has some new videos up on Alden lasts such as this one:
Check 'em out: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheShoeMartTV?feature=watch
What is a "chooka"?
Black shell has it's place. The cadet is on the same last as the PTB, but has one more eyelet. Fit is about identical, IMO.
Did you get the right size? These apparently fit a bit smaller than other Barrie lasted Aldens. So, many size up from their normal Barrie size.
Just received a pair of Alden Natural Chromexcel Longwing Bluchers # 97873 from the Shoe Marts seconds list. The leather on the left shoe between the laces and wingtip is somewhat darker than that of the right, also the right shoe shows some wrinkling but I can live with this. Other than these two factors these shoes are impeccable and actually very nice. Is there a way to slightly darken the right shoe to get it to match the other? - Thanks