I'm a 26-year-old guy that's just started giving a fsck about what he looks like. Since I'm a programmer, I tend to have only one pair of dress shoes for synagogue / symphony / wedding / funeral / &c duty, and I've just realized my pair of slip-on square-toe J&M's with a big buckle on the front are hideous. So I'm looking for a basic plain- or cap-toe Balmoral Oxford for all-around dress-shoe duty. So far, I've mainly been partial to Alden and AE; my current favorites are this from Alden or the AE Park Ave. Also, they need to be relatively conservative, since I'll likely be wearing them to my grandmother's funeral pretty soon. So I guess my questions are:
* Is there anything wrong with the shoes I'm looking at?
* Is there any reason to prefer one of those shoes over the other?
* Is there anything else I ought to be looking at for a basic, conservative Oxford?
* I'm in a pretty good financial situation; should I stick with calfskin or would it be worth it to shell out for something in shell?