Need certainly can come into play when purchasing Aldens, particularly shell cordovan pairs. If the shoes are well cared for and worn after at least one day of rest, Alden shell cordovan shoes are extremely durable and can basically last indefinitely with resoling. I know super conservative old school business guys, who have maybe three pairs of Alden dress shoes they rotate; that's it. While many of us enjoy shoes and have collections that surpass a meager three pairs, I think it would be fair to say a person who wears conservatively styled dress shoes needs only two or three pairs.
Also, I purchased my first pair of Alden #8 LHS circa 2003, which I recognize, makes them nearly new compared to some featured in this thread. I have sent them for resoling through Alden's factory restoration twice, which I think is a good service. Because these LHS are my favorites, and I wear them frequently, whether that means through rain or sleet or snow, I became sick of resoling with leather and opted for a Dainite sole (installed by a reputable place that gets the occasional mention on the forum) for my third sole in a decade. Anyhow, with the Dainite soles, the shoes have become unbelievably hard wearing, meanwhile the uppers still look brand new. Shoes are made to be worn, so no matter how many pairs you have, I think you ought to wear them and enjoy them.
Awesome to hear that about the Dainite soles. I really want to put some red ones on my Whiskey LHS. I think that might make them look kind of funky but the durability sounds awesome + I could wear them in the rainy season here in FL.