^ Additionally, Alden's recrafting service is part of what makes them such an attractive value proposition to some -- being able to have your years-old shell shoes recrafted into basically new shoes for $125-$150 and have them last years more. The only other shoemaker making goodyear welted shoes in this price range that offers a similar service is Allen Edmonds, I believe, and for some of us, despite AE's generally excellent QC their subpar styling makes them less of an option for a shoe purchase to begin with (although I would call the Park Aves a relative bargain and a good-looking shoe).
All of which is to say, if you are going to spend $700 on a pair of shoes, the recrafting program is an assurance that they will be able to last for decades, given proper care. So it's definitely important for people in this thread! I've never had a pair of Aldens recrafted, and am definitely interested to hear about others' experiences.