OK, if there's such a thing as a black shell Alt Wien, then I'm definitely pulling the trigger on the king preorder. Maybe even if not. I believe in having shoes in "threes" and I could probably live with the Aberdeen medallion cap toe blucher in black shell as the third if such an Alt Wien doesn't exist.
Unfortunately Aberdeen is just awkward on my feet. It feels sloppy and short in Barrie size, and I didn't want to go through the order/return rigamarole to figure it out since I live in an Alden-free state (Colorado).
I can do Aberdeen, but I go 10 E in it (as opposed to 9.5 D in Barrie), and at that point it's not particularly sleek - but sleekness wouldn't be what I'm looking for in this makeup anyway.
BTW, I don't think anybody's said this to you yet, so let me do it - thanks for the heads-up on the preorders!