I have to agree about the whole shell craze. I mean it's nice but after my initial love affair with it I'm definitely over it. It's just a royal pain having to worry about weather conditions to see if you can wear your shoes/boots or not, and heaven forbid you get stuck in a random rainstorm - you'll be spending an hour to try and get rid of all the splotches.
Shell is a beautiful leather, and I won't be getting rid of the pairs I have, but I probably won't be buying much more of it.
An hour? Takes me longer. Otherwise I quite agree. It's a unique and beautiful material, but it's quite a premium to pay for a fairweather shoe.
I do crave a whiskey shell boot though....