The price on these Alden shoes are about $100 less than on other sites. I called this store and they said they had quite a few in stock. But the model number conforms to a "Flexwelt" shoe that Alden is still making, even though this shoe looks just like the conventional Aldens. It has a hard sole. Does anybody own this type of Alden, to compare it with a conventional loafer? http://<a href="http://www.elmshoes....ductid=690</a> And, yes, I know I'm overly devoted to this shoe type, to put it mildly.