With all this advice flying around about high-end shoes, I'm considering giving Alden of Carmel a shot, although, being a poor university student, I don't have the cash to spring for a pair of their shell cordovan models. With that in mind, I'm thinking about buying a pair of dark brown calfskin Norwegian-front shoes. Including shoe trees and shipping, the price should be about US$250... Is this a good deal for calfskin, or is there a better one out there for the price? How is the quality of construction, and the quality of the leather? (As for alternatives, I'm not looking for any particular style, but something pretty casual would be nice.) Thanks.