I'll second that. I'm pretty happy with mine. I have received more complements from ladies when wearing my calf LWBs than my shell chukkas. I know its an apples and oranges comparison, but IMO shell looks great in a plain toe. The rare shell fetish doesn't really intrigue me (yet), so the only shell LWBs that are of any interest to me are in black, and that's more for the luster aspect.
I've found that my lighter color Aldens tend to get more compliments than darker shades, regardless of the type of leather used. For example, whiskey wingtips, natural CXL longwings, tan suede PTBs, whiskey chukkas, etc all grab a lot of attention. I would put the J Crew tan LWBs in that category (especially if you spruce em up with the kind of laces you have). Some of my cigar models (as well as the RL Marlow) also get compliments, but it is a subtler look.