As many have said in a similar vein, my wife doesn't understand my obsession with boots/shoes that "all look the same". For the first time however, she actually volunteered a strong complement on one of my boots --- my recently received Alden x J.Crew #8 PCT boots. It's my first #8 shell purchase and I'm in love. One thing I've realized is that in some ways I prefer a closed heel (a non-360 degree welt), especially in the larger lasts, like the Barrie. It reduces the size of the fairly large heel. I'm still learning so much about shoes/boots and also maybe more importantly, the subtle differences (like full 360-degree welting) that contributes to how much I like a particular pair.