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Alden has a breast to breast welt, vs. 360 on AE.

That makes for a smaller heel. And that's a plus for a formal shoe.

Is it worth the price difference? That's up to you.

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IIRC,

a 360 welt means the welt goes completely around the shoe.

a breast to breast welt goes from the start of the heel around the toe to the start of the other heel, but does not continue around the back of the heel. The heel is pegged or nailed.

360 welts result in a heel that is wider, breast to breast allows for a narrow heel.
Exactly.

I would just like to add that both approaches produce equally durable and repairable shoe - the difference is purely aesthetic, and 360 welt may be a bit cheaper to produce.
 
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