unfortunately, their costs will continue to go up. I remember when their shell cordovans used to be in the $500 range, now they're priced over $600. I ended up buying a pair of shell cordovans because I didn't want to wait and see another price hike go into effect. the upside with AE is that their prices remain consistent with only minimal price increases
I'm not sure how true that is for shell. Most AE shoes are $595 for shell, while Alden is $650. The price gap here is significantly less (especially in % terms) than between their calf shoes, which is like $345 vs. $475.