I would assume most people in their 20's can't afford shoes this expensive and those in their 30's would have other expenses.
I'm in my 30's and now that I'm past my starter house and getting a newly built home, I know I'd rather save that $700 and put that towards upgraded tiles, or certain add-ons to the house. With kids due in about a year or so . . . might as well forget about Aldens.
See this is my issue -- why assume people in their 30's would have other expenses and therefore shouldn't be able to afford Aldens. You state yourself that you're investing in a newly built home and plan to have children soon, but not all people in their 30's make the same choices as yours. For me, with no children and no plans to purchase a home, it makes buying new shoes more feasible. Just pointing out another perspective is all.