Great point. Carmina's shell is just fine. This example is plenty shiny. I don't find it any different, other than that one has acrylic and one doesn't. I also have Rancourt shell, which is also just fine. It has been many times before, but it is generally accepted that while they are different, one is not necessarily better than the other. Matter of preference. I like it all. I happen to like shoes in general, not just Alden.