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These were my first Alden's as well. My collection has steadily grown ever since.
I suspect that's where I'm headed. I have to figure out whether Alden's other lasts will be as comfortable as the Trubalance.
I have to saying seeing the picture of these make me feel better in that the stitching on the big toe side does tend to slope away. Mine are a bit tight and I trust they will loosen up... Mine are below and I thought the stitching sloping off on the big toe was a mistake but I guess that is how it is supposed to be... sorry for the blah pictue
Minor asymmetries in stitching, etc. don't really bother me at all, provided the shoe has other qualities. I would certainly keep your pair, judging by the photo. The only problem I have with these Indys is that the tongue on my right foot tends to wander toward my ankle on the outside. The left one stays put, oddly enough.