Alden No.8 as far as I am concerned is a dark brown, unlike some burgundy shoes which are more red tinted. It also is quite dark when new at least. Hence it’s versatility. It is the best dark brown color, and the best burgundy color, and can pass for black. I have read it has an acrylic glaze; also that it is “glazed,” meaning essentially polished with some sort of machine possible called a jack (?). May be some confusion of terms here, but whatever they do I like it.