other time it is not.
Goodyear construction can be big problem after three resole and gemming failure is common,
so it not uncommon for shell upper to outlast construction.
Best not to buy shell for durable shoe reason,
best buy hand welt construction for durable shoe and have it repaired by skilled craftsmen,
or buy quality blake rapid construction shoe because bonwelt more easy to replace than welt on Alden.
Advice in many other post here is very bad.