I'm going to risk offending many members in this thread and the vast majority of shoes in my closet by saying that I don't necessarily think that shell is the ultimate goal of Alden ownership.
I know we focus on shell a lot here, but there are many great Aldens in other leathers that we see here too. So go for shell if it is for you, and don't worry if it is not. Enjoy those boots.
No offense taken. And this is certainly a personal calculation. For example, I personally have no need for, or desire for, anything in CXL, but I still can appreciate a nice make-up made of it.
The gentleman who apologized for calf needn't do so.
I dare say most Alden buyers do look to acquire at least some shell after their introduction to the company. And some look to acquire primarily (perhaps only) shell after they have been in the game for awhile. I do wonder the percentage of Alden buyers, who, after having acquired, say, a handful of Alden shell models, do go back to Alden calf.