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Yeah, they are all made by Woodlore, an Allen Edmonds Company. :-)
Alden had their made by Rochester Shoe Tree Company, hew is apparently from New Hampshire!
11 EEE -- have you tried Muir Woods?
I would think a standard combo tree would work as well as anything else. No lasted trees on Aldens.
AE/Nordstrom/JAB shoe trees are all made by Woodlore. Alden/JCrew she tress are all made by Rochester Shoe Tree Company.
(Fun fact: Nordstrom sells Nordstrom branded shoe trees at Nordstrom... but they sell Woodlore shoe tress at Nordstrom Rack at a lower price. Yet they are all the identical except for the name on the metal plate.)
I prefer Alden shoe trees to AE/Woodlore (standard) shoe trees. Their have better sanded edges and have bigger and rounder heels. But then the latter are a lot cheaper at Nordstrom Rack or at JAB when they are on sale. Yet, I like Woodlore Epic shoe trees the most:
I have a Cigar pair that had contrasting vamps although maybe not as noticeable as above Whisky pair. After initial wears and first shoe shine using brown shoe cream, the two became more similar. As the other SF user mentioned above, after a couple wears and polish, both shoes gradually have more two tone/patina which also might make contrasting colors more subtle.
Although a left and right vamp may not be cut from the same shell, they should be cut from shells which were tanned together or within same batch which assures same tannage or very close base color. Sometimes you see a color 8 that has a olive hue and some are dark purple which is drastically different as they were tanned in separate batches.
Hope those Whisky pair work out. If you end up keeping em post some photos after some wear!