Makes sense, thanks for the info Matt. All the Carminas I've seen do look much sleeker than any Alden I've ever worn, so they might work for me. Hopefully I can plan a trip up to NYC soon, and when I'm there I'll stop by and try some on. I assumed snuff suede would look killer with the french blues, but yeah something just seems a little off about this. Like you said, I think it might just be the socks.