As I clearly stated, I gave this "a lot" of consideration. Careful, even. For me its not even a matter of loving AE or Alden etc. I just think AE shell offerings look better so far. And after skimming that link in your post Im only reassured of how much more preferable Allen Edmond's shell offerings are to my eye. For me, Allen Edmond's burgundy shell beats anything Ive seen from Alden aesthetically. Im not interested in colors like whiskey and ravello, and cigar etc. They dont look good for the most part. Some, I even think look ugly. I find black shell to almost be pointless, at least in terms of appearance. But I realize they may look good to others and that others may find function for them in their wardrobe. Ive looked at them over and over again, and for some reason they just dont move me at all. I know this is contrary to the majority opinion, but it is my take on it.