Once again enjoy.
Honestly I like Alden too but I think these days they are amongst the worst value shoes you can buy. AE can be found at a fraction of the cost and C&J is now about the same price or even cheaper and they are nicer/better.
The shell Patriots you got are a great example, and not even an uncommon one. I just saw Carmina cognac shell boots in great condition sell for $366, if they were Alden cigar they easily sell for $600. Alden is a huge fashion brand at this point. To bad BC the shoes are nice but pricing too high
If you're talking about Alden calf, I agree. But Alden shell is pretty strong. Also, AE shell prices approximate Alden shell MSRP.