Here is a link to an old post on the forum showing an oxblood calf Dalton next to a burgundy shell Dundee.
Thats what worries me, the oxblood look great the burgundy looks bland. Not to say it's bad but is it worth $100 up charge versus the oxblood calf which appears better?
I know the quality of Shell is supposed to be amazing but I don't want to settle since it's still $400.
In my experience, limited as it may be, there is a striking difference in shell color at different times. The overall depth of color will lighten with time and exposure to the sun, and it is far darker indoors than outdoors. I think you will drive yourself a bit nuts trying to focus in with a specific shade on a shell shoe. They just are what they are and that is part of the nature of the shoe. To me its not an issue of the $100 upcharge for the color. Its the nature of the performance in shell versus calf. They both have their place and there is a reason many find shell to be a desirable portion of their shoe collection. I hope I made some level of sense there.