since you seem like someone with a good handle on most things. I thought I would ask you your opinion on whether shell is worth the extra money? At nearly double the price, it's hard for me to imagine that shell shoes are really twice as good as calf ones.
For me it seems like 2 pair of calf shoes would be better looking for far longer than 1 pair of shell shoes. I'm also wondering why the rolling experienced with shell shoes is considered better than the creasing that comes with the wearing of calf shoes. To me the rolling looks odd.
I should also mention that I have yet to see a pair of non-new shells in real life. I saw a few new ones at the local AE store and they were certainly better looking than their calf counterparts.
anyone else who would like to give their .02 is certainly welcome and encouraged to do so!