I received my Alden/J.Crew #8 PCT boots a couple of weeks ago and am totally happy with them. The close heel and regular welt (not a storm welt) make them much sleeker than most Barrie makeups (well, as sleek as a Barrie can look anyway). Then a few days ago, AE finally shipped me my replacement burgundy shell Daltons, which I really like as well. I wanted to share some comments and see if anyone has any feedback or could share their impressions if they have either of these.
- I much prefer the finishing on the Alden. They seem to have the process down perfectly where the shell leather is so smooth and unblemished. It's also much shinier but that's not a big deal to me as I'm not a fan of mirror shines.
- As the pictures show, the Alden has much more of the eggplant coloring, which really stands out in a flash picture or in bright sunlight. The AE's have more of a brown tinge to them. I don't prefer one to the other; I like both.