Why doesn't AE offer a cap toe boot in varying shades of shell cordovan (black, brown & burgundy) with a "commando" type sole in their regular line up? It appears that Alden's similar boot has a big demand - sought after and hard to find. Not sure why AE wouldn't capitalize on that market. Especially since they now seem to manufacture their shell shoes upon order. Not a whole lot of inventory concerns.
If they used the existing cap toe / eagle county as the foundation model for shell mto program, total effort to launch would be minimal.
I would guess that the lack of Bayfield is to funnel buyers to the Dalton, but, they both appeal to me for different reasons.
If shell is generally casual material in general, then the Long Branch may be a better fit than the Dalton for shell. The larger holes in the brogueing on my Long Branch enhance the brown shell more than the burgundy shell Daltons perforations imo.
The Bayfield had the larger brogue holes like the Long Branch, imo, making it a great choice for shell.
AE seems to be expanding the stock mto program, so it could be that ... if they find they can make consistent profit ... a wider range of options will follow.
Those of you who enjoyed the $190 mto boot era were very lucky, but, most of our closets have room for a few exact-specification items, even at full price +mto.