That's a truism. They're not really fighting words for me because I'm probably in the minority on the Alden thread who likes shell but likes CXL and calf just as much, if not more. Also, I prefer the shell from C&J or Carmina to Alden for most applications as the matte/satin finish is more appealing to me.
I'd like to know what's special about Guidi leather as well. I've liked the looks of the Guidi leather on the boots/shoes I've seen, if not the style on all of them. The prices on them is insane! Is it just a cult thing or is there something very special about the quality, tanning process, etc.?
Michael, your six months moratorium on shoe/boot purchases extends past March, so don't even think about the derbys. If you don't think about them, you won't be tempted. Just DON'T!! I'm calling you out on this!