i wore my navy suede lwbs last weekend and took my brother to alden sf since he was in town to visit. nice store with a decent selection of alden staples. not much shell selection except black and #8. they did have a nice cigar captoe (i think it was on the aberdeen last), but very limited sizes remaining. the sales guys were really helpful and comped my brother a brush with the #8 lwbs he bought.
these are perfect to wear sockless on warm summer days. i even wear them with shorts on the weekend.
most engineers in silicon valley dress poorly, like they are still in college. it's pretty rare to see anyone wearing aldens around here.
i'm still waiting it out for my epaulet ravello brixton boots. totally gonna be worth it though.