Thanks. I'd highly recommend the boot. The calf is super soft and the single oiled sole is very comfy, from the get go.
A big difference in feel from the usual shell/dbl leather soles. 270 welt adds to the dressiness of the boot.
If you're OK with black, Alden SF still has a few sizes left.
Edit: Regarding Color 8, I did some legwork about a month ago and posted the results here: