The 993 (black shell mono saddle) is a seldom mentioned - almost never seen (at least on the thread) - stock model. It and the 994 are probably the sleekest Barrie models Alden makes (flat welt, 270 welt, single leather). When I wear mine (993 and 994) I many times get favorable comments.
I've actually been wondering about the black mono saddle as a dress shoe since it's so subdued. Thoughts?
It can be worn as a dress shoe given its monochromatic design.
It can be worn as a more casual shoe given the fact it is a saddle shoe.
The picture on TSM's website is horribel of the 993. Believe me - it is as shiny as Alden's other black shell models.