I'm trying to decide on my next pair of Aldens. I'm torn between two models: 975( longwing blucher in #8) or a special make up for J Gilbet (NST on the Plaza last in #8 with single flex welt sole). My style is more casual as I'm usually in jeans or chinos. I think the 975 is more casual due to the rounded toe of the Barrie last and the double leather sole. However I'm leaning towards the NST on the Plaza because it is more unique and less ubiquitous than the 975. If I get the NST, I'm considering replacing the single sole with a double leather one to make it more casual and rugged. Which of these two would you all recommend? I also own a 6 eyelet captoe blucher on the Plaza last in cigar, which was a special make up for Alden of Madison in NY. Its probably one of my best fitting shoes due to the 6th eyelet, which helps to keep the heel from slipping. This is another reason I'm leaning towards the NST. I welcome your feedback.