TBH, I don't know if the streaking would've bugged me so much on such a dark colored shell to begin with. Might show a bit under direct light, but I figure that patina's out relatively quickly.
...But we all know what we're getting into with Alden. If you want a pristine shoe, look elsewhere.
I still second guess my decision to send them back for refinishing. I lived with them for a month before the streaking got to me. I didn't even notice it until day two or three when I wore them outside in the sun. But once I was aware of it, I couldn't *not* see it. Had the streaks been horizontal, they would have likely blended in with the creases/rolls. But since they ran length wise, it bothered me.
I'm sure Ryden's would simply be resold if he chooses to return as well. El Argentino bolded comment says it all. I'm growing fonder and fonder of UK's shoemakers these days. I love my shell Aldens and wear them often but I don't see myself buying any new Aldens in the near future. Coniston or Galway will likely be my next acquisition.
The Coniston and Galway are each nice, with the latter being in a totally different category than the former.