Originally Posted by MiniW
^^ I doubt it, you may need to wear them every three days (or as long as it takes for them to dry completely inside) instead of the standard every other day. Some leathers (such as kudu) are nearly indestructible so they will last a couple of years minimum. Also while shell cordovan is very expensive, it seems like it can handle rough wear with protection such as sno-seal from what I've been reading on Crane's thread about the Wolverine boots. The protection will darken the boots it seems but it may be worth considering.
I don't think that anyone is seriously recommending that you use sno-seal on an Alden shell boot - period. If they are, don't listen.
I have been wearing Alden shells in Chicago for years now. That doesn't mean that I wear them when I'm digging out a car or sledding in the park with the kids (there I want/need waterproof and insulated) but they are fine in most every other situation that I encounter.
One additional benefit of shell - they appear impervious to salt. I still clean off my shoes after every wearing but the white salt stains that appear on leather shoes don't appear on shell (and you fellow Chicagoans know what I mean - you step off a curb and into a six inch salt, snow, ice, shit mix).