AE recently changed their shell finishing and their burgundy is more similar to Alden now. It's darker than it used to be and appears glazed as well, but doesn't have the eggplant shade and is more of a real burgundy color.
I posted a video of the old AE shell finishing in a long wing when I was selling a pair. I have some leeds that were a special order to get the old finishing as I preferred it. They look identical.
If you wish, I can try to photograph my #8 alden shell (only have LWB) next to the older AE shell, but new offerings are different.
They were able to make them that big? Amazing! :-)
Amazing isn't it? I got them in 13C but too snug. Returned to local BB store, and said: get me 13D, Sales Assoc. told me got the last 13D in the BB World! Even better it was the Corporate sale last year! I really do like this style and the metal eyelets.