This is an interesting piece on the subject:
Interesting read, but speaks more to the quality of Alden than it does shell cordovan IMO...
The uppers are showing wear.
I'm pretty sure most shoes show wear when worn, no?
The liners have ripped at the heel, probably as a result of the roominess of the last.
Manufacturing issue. Does not pertain to outer leather selection.
The top two speed lace eyelets are pulling away from the upper.
Happened to my Alden's, too. It's a common Alden manufacturing issue.
And, as has happened with another pair of my Aldens, there is a break in the leather at the top of the boot where the liner and outer shell meet.
Yet another manufacturing, non-shell related issue.