I looked them up online to see if I misinterpreted your post. I thought, holy s*&t, how many of my Alden brethren here toss around $14,000 an a single pair of shoes??
I'm so darn gullible...
I think you make a solid point about the dude that wears a very dressy shoe (black bals) with jeans, but I think the color 8 LWB is a tweener. It's not so dressy that it can't go with a nice pair of dark jeans (no acid-wash as you elude to; come to think of it, no acid-wash ever), but I will wear the color 8 LWB with a jacket and tie. I don't wear jeans much at all, so I guess this doesn't apply to me much. One other exception, the color 8 LWB with the antique edge certainly seems to be appropriate for jeans.
Dang those JCREW suede NSTs are a bit of a let down. The color is nothing like the one they have up in their mock-up photo...
On the other hand, I can't get over how outstanding the Unionmade Alpine Grain NSTs are. Wore mine out for the 2nd time today and they garnered nothing but compliments. The contrast gold eyelets are stunners.
Great additions to your collection BeSpiff! Well done with the scratch; I would've been pissed off big time. The j Crew boots are without a doubt sexy, but so too are the king of the gunboats (ravello LWB). Well done and wear in great health!!
+1 if you can find your size. Can't go wrong with the 975 or 990 also.