Thank you! Yes I'm aware, and find the shell thing a little ridiculous. That said, I do have some shell boots on pre-order, but none of my current models are constructed with it. I don't necessarily feel like I'm missing out since my office is very casual and I feel that many cordovan shoes would look out of place there.
If you look at most of the shell make-ups posted here, they are mainly casual to business casual with some that can be dressed up to business attire. For instance, any of the shell make-ups with light or antique edge/welt would typically be considered casual to business casual. Unless your officemates don New Balance and Converse routinely, I doubt Alden shell would be too far out of place.